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Uzbekistan’s tourism opportunities and gastronomy promoted in Swedish Media: “Gastronomy is another reason to fall in love with Uzbekistan”
28 February 2024
Uzbekistan’s tourism opportunities and gastronomy promoted in Swedish Media: “Gastronomy is another reason to fall in love with Uzbekistan”

The Swedish news agency "Cawa Media" devoted several articles to the tourism potential of Uzbekistan in its new publication: “Gastronomy is another reason to fall in love with Uzbekistan”.

The articles talk about the Uzbek national cuisine and ethno-tourism opportunities for those planning a trip to Uzbekistan.

According to the authors, Uzbek cuisine is one of the most colorful and rich cuisines in Central Asia, which is another reason to travel to Uzbekistan. The centuries-old culinary traditions of the indigenous and nomadic peoples of the region are collected into a single and understandable puzzle of exquisite dishes of Uzbek cuisine.

“Gastronomy is another reason to fall in love with Uzbekistan. Arriving in Uzbekistan, you can refuse any excursion, but you will never refuse Uzbek food, especially here, where upon arrival you will feel that even the air at the airport is saturated with the aroma of delicious Uzbek dishes,” the authors write.

It is emphasized that a gastronomic trip to Uzbekistan will give you unforgettable taste experiences for the whole year, and you will certainly want to repeat them while at home.

The culinary traditions and popular dishes of Uzbek national cuisine are described for readers’ attention in the articles.

“In Uzbekistan, guests are greeted with aromatic tea, bread is broken, and they will feed you delicious pilaf,” the article says. “In different regions of Uzbekistan, tea traditions may differ from each other.”

“If you want to enjoy the best pilaf in the world, juicy lamb on coals, shish kebab in the tandoor, spicy Lagman, or crispy samosa - visit Uzbekistan!” the authors urge.

For those who are tired of city traffic and noise, "Cawa Media" offers to relax and feel harmony by taking this tour to Uzbekistan.

“Ethno tourism is an activity dedicated to the revaluation of ancestral cultures, allowing one to learn more about the traditions of peoples, ethnic groups and peoples of the world,” they write.

It is noted that travel companies in Uzbekistan offer a wide selection of ethnic tours. You can take part in the life of rural residents, stay in a remote village or yurts in Uzbekistan, attend a local wedding or celebrate the birth of a child, ride horses and camels, go on a safari through colorful deserts, and enjoy the unique exotic fauna of diverse Uzbekistan.

“Living in a tourist village is a great opportunity to see rural life from the inside. Wake up to the singing of birds, enjoy the most natural breakfast, lie on the grass and admire the blue sky, see how to cook Uzbek pilaf on the hearth, how to milk a cow and take part in the harvest, see how to make ceramics by hand or fabric from the most beautiful silk in the world ancient technology,” the article says.

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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.

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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