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Uzbekistan’s ancient monuments highlighted by IndiGo Magazine: “Uzbekistan is home to fabulous ancient cities that tell the story of the Silk Road”
26 December 2023
Uzbekistan’s ancient monuments highlighted by IndiGo Magazine: “Uzbekistan is home to fabulous ancient cities that tell the story of the Silk Road”

The magazine of the Indian airline "IndiGo" published an article about Uzbekistan and its tourist cities.

The author of the article, Ketki Gadre, is a popular blogger in India who writes about environmental issues and heritage sites. Green tourism is also her favorite topic. In August-September of this year, with the support of the Embassy of our country, she traveled around Uzbekistan.

“Uzbekistan, one of the most dynamically developing countries in Central Asia, has many ancient monuments of the Great Silk Road, such as the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. As a center of the intersection of many cultures for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is home to fabulous ancient cities that tell the intriguing story of the Silk Road" – the author writes.

One of the most impressive sights in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is an unusual destination whose popularity among tourists has been growing rapidly in recent years. Whether it's ancient Bukhara, historic Samarkand, or the modern capital Tashkent, the country will amaze you with its stunning architecture, delightful nature and vibrant culture. Sip local tea while breaking local bread and relive the region's glorious past, notes an Indian blogger.

Next, she describes the main tourist cities of Uzbekistan starting with the capital city Tashkent.

In the author’s opinion, Tashkent is a good introduction to the stunning architecture of Uzbekistan. This sprawling metropolis is a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of a modern city, with parks, fountains and museums juxtaposed with bustling bazaars and ancient mosques. Tashkent metro was described as the best way to get to know the city. Beautiful stations of the Tashkent Metro impressed the author with their unique themes and luxurious atmosphere.

Ancient city of Samarkand, which played a key role in the Great Silk Road comes next in the article. Samarkand is described as the most bejeweled famous city of Uzbekistan with its iconic medieval mausoleums, majestic squares and incredibly delicious cuisine. “No wonder poets and historians called the city the “Pearl of the Eastern World” the author notes.  

Bukhara follows next, which also left an unforgettable impression on Ketki Gadre:

"Bukhara, with its winding streets and bustling bazaars, is a vibrant city of the Silk Road, where the residences of former rulers are preserved. Walking between the many arches and domes of the old city, you want to go back in time. The high and absolute craftsmanship with which the monuments and walls of this city were built mesmerizes tourists”.

According to the author, the best way to experience Bukhara is to stroll through the dense network of nooks and crannies that hide many ancient monuments. The streets of Bukhara are filled with amazing experiences, Sufi shrines, and traditional guest houses with courtyards, she highlights.

Khiva, another jewel of Uzbekistan, which is famous for its stunning architecture and cultural traditions finalizes the article. The author calls the city of Khiva “charming”, mentioning it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ichan-Kala, an open-air museum, houses more than 50 historical sites and monuments, including palaces, mosques and minarets, set in a maze of narrow medieval streets lined with bazaars.

The IndiGo airline's in-flight magazine is distributed on all its aircraft flying to domestic and international destinations. Since September 22 of this year, IndiGo has launched flights four times a week on the Delhi-Tashkent-Delhi route.

Taking the abovementioned fact into account, highlighting our country in the magazine will not only attract Indian tourists to visit Uzbekistan, but also the residents of other countries using the airline’s services will get a great impression to travel to Uzbekistan. 

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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!

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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.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

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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