A well-known American online platform about lifestyle “InsideHook” published an illustrated article about Uzbekistan, recommending our country as a must-travel destination for everyone.
Stunning photos of the architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva along with the descriptive article about these ancient cities of Uzbekistan doubtlessly encourage readers to take a trip to Uzbekistan for its fascinating history and culture.
The article by Charukesi Ramadurai names Uzbekistan “A stunning Silk Road country that should be in one’s travel list”, reminding that once the country was located right in the center of the ancient Great Silk Road, connecting merchants from all over the world, trading between China and Mediterranean.
The author beautifully describes the historical cities of Uzbekistan, talking about the “dazzling monuments decorated with tiles of a dozen shades of blue” in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, giving tips on how to travel around Uzbekistan cities quickly and easily by using Afrosiyob high-speed train.
Instead of staying long in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent city, Ramadurai suggests taking a flight to Urgench, from where you can get to the ancient city of Khiva within an hour drive. “Everything that is worth seeing in Khiva — and that means more than 60 monuments and museums — is contained within the Ichan Kala. This isolation makes it something of a living museum, but with souvenir shops and craft studios rubbing shoulders with splendid palaces and sacred mosques” – writes the author describing the Silk Road ancient city.
The ancient monuments of Khiva then are counted by the author, including Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kalta Minor tower, Kuhna Ark, Juma Mosque, The Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum, Tosh Havli Palace and others.
Talking about the ancient city of Bukhara, the journalist accents that Bukhara was selected as the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. ”Bukhara hides some of the most interesting monuments of the age. Apart from the usual suspects, there are also a handful of ancient trading domes, where souvenir and craft shops now beckon travelers much the same way mounds of silks and spices did a few centuries ago” - writes Charukesi Ramadurai.
Po-i-Kalon Ensemble, Kalyan Mosque, Bolo Hauz, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Kukeldash Madrasah and other historical attractions of the ancient city are then described with their colorful photos to inspire the readers to take a trip to Bukhara as they visit Uzbekistan.
Samarkand was praised in the article for having some of the most magnificent monuments travelers will see on their trip to Uzbekistan. “Unlike Khiva and Bukhara though, where the past is secreted away in one corner, this is very much a modern city with traffic snarls and concrete buildings that belie its 2,500-year-old history” – states the author.
Ancient monuments of Samarkand, such as Shahi Zinda, Gur-e-Amir, Registan Square, and Bibi Khanum Mosque come one by one in the article, decorated with beautiful photos of Samakand’s attractions.
Speaking about Uzbek food to the audience, the author says “It’s almost illegal to leave Uzbekistan without trying the national dish of plov — mildly spiced rice cooked with fatty beef, onions, yellow carrots and, occasionally, raisins”, highlighting Samarqand Pilaf specifically.