Ancient Cities Of The Orient – The Rich Tourism Heritage Of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a country that is rich in its tourism attractions. There are rich architectural monuments and historical sites in the ancient legendary cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and many others. Their marvels have been well known worldwide for centuries. Every year, tourists spanning more than 80 countries worldwide make their way to Uzbekistan.

Khiva Ichan Kala – Inner city, panoramic view
Bukhara Old City citadel walls

 

 

 

Registan square in Samarkand

Malaysians and Indonesians carry out pilgrimages and visit sites associated with Islam in cities across Uzbekistan, especially in Bukhara and Samarkand. The one particular place to visit is the shine of Great Imam Al-Bukhary, his burial place, which is located in the village of Chelak just less than 40 minutes’ drive from Samarkand.

Shrine of Imam Al-Bukhariy, Samarkand

Malaysians and Indonesians carry out pilgrimages and visit sites associated with Islam in cities across Uzbekistan, especially in Bukhara and Samarkand. The one particular place to visit is the shine of Great Imam Al-Bukhary, his burial place, which is located in the village of Chelak just less than 40 minutes’ drive from Samarkand.

Chimgan mountain ski resort
Mountain lake in Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many projects are being developed at the moment to meet the most sophisticated and modern standards. The country is now focusing on further development of the tourism sector. Since December of last year, the Uzbek government has been steadily boosting tourism in the country.

One of the many projects being developed at the moment is the creation of the first free tourist zone in the Bukhara region. The new zone is going to be built in the heart of Bukhara and named “Eternal Bukhara”.

A private hotel in Bukhara

There are plans to build many luxury hotels in Bukhara, along with entertainment and trade facilities, which includes an amphitheater for 500 seats, bowling clubs, dance clubs, souvenir shops, karaoke bars, cafes and restaurants offering local and international cuisines. Construction works will start this year and projected to finish by March of next year.

Another project is the construction of a quarter in the city’s historical center, where there will be a cluster of handicraft shops. It will be adjacent to the Shahristan market, which is one of the biggest and the oldest shopping places in Bukhara.

Busy street in old city, Bukhara

There are also plans to build indoor and street markets selling traditional handicraft workshops, souvenirs, carpets, books, gold embroidery articles, fruits and vegetables, sweets and other products that are popular among tourists.

Carpet weaving in Samarkand
Uzbek fabrics bazaar in Tashkent
A carpet shop in Samarkand

The next project will be the creation of agro-tourist clusters with unique appearances. They will be in the form of yurtas – nomads traditional houses in Navoi and Karakalpakstan regions, and in ancient settlements in Khiva, artisan townships in Chust and Margilan in Ferghana valley, tours along Alexander the Great routes, ancient Buddhist sanctuaries in southern Surkhandarya region.

Traditional yurta – nomad’s living place

Uzbekistan is also rich in its cultural dishes. Tourists will be offered tasting tours of local traditional food and beverages, including dried fruits, fresh vegetables, fruits, grapes, melons, as well as different types of pilav, kebab, hanum, shashlyk, wine and other well-known Uzbek delicacies.

Traditional Uzbek lunch table with pilav in the center

Uzbek cousine restaurant in Tashkent

 

Summer time Uzbek dining set with lagman as a main dish
Variety of Uzbek traditional dishes, salads and fruits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uzbekistan is the host of unique collections of paintings from early 20th century, which are displayed in the Savitsky State Museum of Art, located in the northern regional capital Nukus. Its collection is the biggest and the founder of the museum is the late Nukus-Igor Vitalievich Savitsky, an artist and collector of paintings, graphics and objects of folk and applied arts, who wanted to educate people about how the easel art originated in Uzbekistan.

Building of Savitskiy Museium of Art in Nukus
Exposition of Paintings in Savitsky Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The museum proudly displays the work of artists from the association “The Jack of Diamonds” – R. Falk, V. Rozhdestvensky, A. Kuprin, representatives of the “Turkestan avant-garde” – A. Volkov, U. Tansykbaev, N. Karakhan, A. Nikolaev (Usto Mumin ), V. Ufimtsev, who sought to develop their own special artistic language to convey the paintings of creative changes in Central Asia.

There are stories that relate to the paintings, archeological exhibits and objects of decorative and applied art together. Tourists can check out ritual objects related to the burial ceremony of one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions Zoroastrianism, such as pottery and miniature vessels, polychrome ceramics of the 13th-14th centuries, anthropomorphic clay sculptures, as well as unique women’s costumes, elements of the yurtas’ decoration.

Chilpin kala in Karakalpakstan
Chilpin kala in Karakalpakstan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, welcome to Uzbekistan, see new places, have new experiences, indulge in local delicacies and discover many more wonderful sites.

 

By Dato R. Rajendran – CEO of RHA Media Sdn Bhd

 

 

 

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