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Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations promoted by Indonesian Media
21 September 2023
Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations promoted by Indonesian Media

The Indonesian news agency "Tribun News" published an article on the tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan, recommending to its readers the most interesting tourist destinations in Uzbekistan to visit.

The article highlights that Uzbekistan is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Central Asia due to its rich history, culture and natural attractions.

Alongside the captivating cultural heritage, the author talks about the historical cities of Uzbekistan, located along the routes of the Great Silk Road, which have always attracted the attention and interest of not only local residents but also numerous foreign tourists willing to take a trip to Uzbekistan. The unique architecture of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan, the development of various kinds of Uzbek handicrafts, the wonderful mild climate, the delicious and unique Uzbek national dishes, and most importantly, the hospitable Uzbek people were pointed as the reason to travel to Uzbekistan.

“Tourism in Uzbekistan is traditionally associated with the cities - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. However, every city in Uzbekistan gives many reasons to visit it: Tashkent, Kokand, Andijan, Shakhrisabz... - an endless modern oriental fairy tale,” the article says.

"Tribun News" writes that Uzbekistan offers an activity to everyone’s taste: historical sights and architectural masterpieces of different eras, including the rich heritage of Islamic architecture located in the country, striking examples of Soviet architecture, and of course, modern buildings, picturesque landscapes - highlands, impenetrable forests, mountain rivers, waterfalls, lakes, deserts with golden sands, dunes and oases, unique products of artisans and craftsmen of the East.

The modern development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan is also highlighted in the article. Introducing visa-free travel to Uzbekistan for 93 countries of the world today was mentioned as a significant step for the development of tourism in the country and an increase in the flow of travelers visiting Uzbekistan as a result. Additionally, citizens of 50 countries can now enter Uzbekistan with an electronic visa / e-visa for a short-term stay in the country.

The increasing number of not only high-class hotels but also guest houses and hostels in various regions of Uzbekistan was also emphasized by the author as one of the measures, which makes it possible to receive a record number of tourists traveling to Uzbekistan’s various destinations.

“Tribun News" also underlined that in the ranking of the international publishing house Lonely Planet, Uzbekistan is named the best tourist destination in the Central Asian region in terms of visa-free access and ease of travel. The Economist magazine also recognized Uzbekistan as the most sustainable developing country in Central Asia thanks to reforms carried out in the past few years.


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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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