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Uzbekistan to launch new high-speed train travel route to Khiva from Tashkent
20 March 2024
Uzbekistan to launch new high-speed train travel route to Khiva from Tashkent

As we know, Khiva is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uzbekistan, hosting millions of tourists every year. During the high season, which is spring and fall, tourists traveling to Uzbekistan might have trouble finding flight tickets to Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva due to high demand.

As an alternative to convenient and quick travel to Samarkand and Bukhara by plane, Afrosiyob high-speed train service has been implemented for tourists visiting Uzbekistan and local passengers. Another famous destination of Uzbekistan – Khiva, so far was reachable either by plane or a regular train service. While some tourists might enjoy taking a long trip across Uzbekistan enjoying beautiful and raw landscapes as they travel by train, others prefer expedited ways of getting from one destination to another, so they can spend more days in the city they are visiting.

With the aim of providing an additional option for the second group of travelers, who either would prefer a train trip to Khiva or are unable to find flight tickets due to overbooking in high season, the Uzbek government is coming with another convenience to make a stay in Uzbekistan more enjoyable and comforting.

Today, March 19, Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Tashkent plant for the construction and repair of passenger cars, as reported by the presidential press service. The President was presented with a project to launch a high-speed train between Tashkent and Khiva, which will create another convenience for international tourists visiting Uzbekistan, as well as local travelers.

During the visit, the head of state was informed about the planned launch of a high-speed train between Tashkent and Khiva. For this purpose, it is planned to purchase a high-speed electric train Hyundai Rotem from South Korea.

The new electric train to Khiva with 7 cars will accommodate 351 passengers and can reach speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

The President also inspected the carriages, where He emphasized the need to change their design and improve passenger amenities. Instructions were given to expand the electrification of the railway network, cover areas with large populations, and create separate generation capacities for the industry.

Uzbekistan is planning to build and repair hundreds of cars this year. In addition, it is planned to produce special cars for mining and metallurgical enterprises and develop new types of cars with wide compartments.

During his visit, the head of state was also presented with a new project providing for the organization of the production of electric trains and metro trains.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

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Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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