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Uzbekistan’s ecotourism opportunities presented in International Conference in Delhi
08 June 2023
Uzbekistan’s ecotourism opportunities presented in International Conference in Delhi

The tourism potential of Uzbekistan was discussed at an international conference organized by one of the leading tourism publications in India – the Travel Jingles magazine in Delhi.

The event was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps in the capital of India, leading travel companies, business circles, and MASS MEDIA representatives.

Ambassador of Uzbekistan Dilshod Akhatov spoke in detail about the tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan, the comprehensive measures taken by the Uzbek government to support the industry, create favorable conditions for foreign tourists traveling to Uzbekistan, and increase the tourist flow.

Also, along with the traditional tourist destinations in Uzbekistan, such as the historical sites of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, new destinations, which are becoming increasingly popular among foreign tourists planning a trip to Uzbekistan, were also discussed. Eco-tourism in Uzbekistan was the topic of discussion amongst such, where the sides discussed the perspectives and potential of this new destination being designed in our country.

The sides talked about the consistent efforts made in recent years to protect nature and the environment in Uzbekistan, the investments attracted to the field of ecotourism, the volume of which is increasing year by year. Uzbek side also mentioned that the interest in this direction of the leisure industry is growing more and more, which demonstrates the raising interest among tourists visiting Uzbekistan for leisure tourism purposes.

The head of the diplomatic mission spoke about the measures to green the dried bottom of the Aral Sea, the consistent expansion of the area of green zones in Uzbekistan, and increased attention to the careful attitude to water bodies and other natural resources. Nursery "Jayron" in Bukhara was brought as an example of new opportunities created for tourists traveling to Uzbekistan, where the prospects for the development of ecotourism are considered.

“In recent years, the interest of Indians in traveling to Uzbekistan has been growing,” says Gurdip Sahni, representative of the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India. - Tourists return home with great impressions, they say that all the opportunities for a pleasant trip around Uzbekistan have been created. We have established close relations with the Embassy of Uzbekistan in this direction, and we believe that mutual cooperation is to the benefit of both parties.

It should be noted that as a result of the ongoing consistent work to develop cooperation in the field of tourism, this year it is expected to achieve the highest result in the entire history of relations in attracting Indian travelers taking a trip 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.

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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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