Uzbekistan Travel Guide
A Travel Guide to Uzbekistan
If Kyrgyzstan is renowned for its natural beauty, so neighbouring Uzbekistan is famous for its spectacular Silk Road architecture. From Samarkand to Khiva the legacy of the Silk Road and the rule of Emperor Timur is evident in the magnificent mosques, madrassas and caravanserais. My names is Jonny Bealby, I run Wild Frontiers, and in this short film I am going to explain about tourism in Uzbekistan.
As the world’s only landlocked country, surrounded by landlocked countries, Uzbekistan needs things other than traditional beaches to attract the visitor; and it does, in abundance. From Iran to India Islam has given the world some of the most spectacular architecture there is, and nowhere is this more evident than here in Uzbekistan.
The mosques and madrassas of Samarkand are as exquisite as any buildings anywhere on earth. The old walled town of Khiva, a veritable living museum, is an entire town of imposing buildings echoing history, and in Bukhara – probably the most important of all Silk Road towns – the soft, earth-coloured forts, squares, domes and towers are all guaranteed to carry the visitor back to a very different time.
The capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent. Formerly the Soviet Union’s fifth largest city, Tashkent is a surprisingly quiet place, with large leafy parks, cafes and some excellent hotel options. But Tashkent is usually only a start or end point on a journey through Uzbekistan. And if you’re travelling overland from Kyrgyzstan and the Ferghana Valley you’ll likely as not first visit Kokand, a former royal khanate, or kingdom, and home to an impressive palace.
But according to Robert Byron, author of The Road to Oxiana, all travellers that venture through Central Asia have one goal in mind, to see the splendours of Samarkand.
Centre of the Universe, Mirror of the world, Garden of the soul, Jewel of the east, Pearl of Islam, Samarkand has had writers and poets waxing lyrical for over two millennia. And for god reason. The Registan, a public square used to hear royal proclamations, is surrounded on three sides by magnificent mosques and madrassas. The huge Bibi Khanym mosques was the largest in the world when built at the end of the 14th century. Emperor Timor’s tomb has exquisite carvings and delicate gold inlay. Ulam Beg’s observatory is fascinating and impressive. And the shar-i-zindar, also known as the street of the dead, is another atmospheric site.
Moving along the Royal Road, perhaps travelling through Shakrizabs and the birth place of Timur, you’ll come to Bukhara. Personally my favourite town in the country, if not the whole region, Bukhara is a sleepy place, easy to walk around and just brimming over with magnificent sites. Probably the most famous is the 150-foot high Kolan minaret, allegedly used in the 19th century by the then ruler, Nazarullah Khan, as a means of execution, and the adjacent mosques and madrassas. Other sites include the Arc, or impregnable citadel, the char minar mosque and the mosque of 40 pillars. Here in Bukhara there is also great shopping, often in the old caravanserais, where carpets, shawls, spice and trinkets of all types can be found.
And finally after another 7 hour drive across the Kyzyl Kum Desert lies Khiva. As one of the most powerful khanates in the 19th century, Khiva grew into a sumptuous walled city much of which has been lovingly restored for the benefit of today’s modern visitor. To watch sunrise over the old town is one of travel’s great experiences.
But it’s not all about ancient monuments. Uzbekistan has some beautiful hills and mountains, the quite extraordinary and fascinating Aral Sea and the famous modern art collection at Nukus. The ancient towns through which you’ll pass also have bustling markets, some great open air restaurants, and some of the best boutique hotels anyway in the region.
Although you might find more tourists here than you will in some of the neighbouring countries, for anyone interested in culture and history Uzbekistan is simply a must.
Samarkand to Tashkent: Beautiful Train Journey in Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan/Fergana Valley (Silk Industry ) Part 1
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Ferghana Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the oasis with the territory in 22,000 square meters. km and a population of 7 million people. Surrounded by mountains of Tien Shan and traversed the waters of the Syr Darya and Naryn, the valley represents the ideal place for agriculture and animal husbandry. The Ferghana Valley is famous for such cities as Andijan, Ferghana, Margilan, Kokand, Shakhimardan, Couva, historic monuments and architecture.
Andijan is located in the northeast, surrounded by mountains and hills. Andijan and Alamishikskie hills are rich deposits of oil, gas, water and other natural resources.The city is known from the IX century BC. Now it is a major industrial center in Uzbekistan. It carried out the construction of the Uzbek-Korean joint venture UzDaewooAuto in the city of Asaka. Andijan is located on the site of an ancient caravan route linking China with Central Asia. In those days it was part of the Silk Road and served as the eastern gateway to the Fergana Valley. On the whole route along the river were Karadarya caravanserai.
Kokand was the capital of the Kokand Khanate in the H1P-H1H ages and religious center of the valley, there are many madrassas and mosques.
Margilan in ancient times was widely known for its craftsmen for the manufacture of carpets and fabrics, especially khan-atlas. This city has a distinctive architectural traditions. Caravans of silk sent from Margilan in Arabia, here produced more than 20 million meters of silk fabrics.
Couva - Memorial famous medieval scholar al-Fergani, who was known in Europe under the name Alfraganus.
Namangan region occupies an area in the north valley, on the right bank of the Syr Darya. At 25 kilometers from the Namangan area is known archaeological survey - an ancient settlement Aksikent.
In the Ferghana Valley for agriculture, especially cotton. Grown many vegetables and fruits.
Margilan, a centre of silk-noil spinning
In 2007, the country widely celebrated the 2000th anniversary of Margilan. This is another city in the list of famous historical cities of Uzbekistan with a millennia history.
Located in the south of the Fergana Valley, Margilan lies in a picturesque place that formerly was right at the crossroads of trade caravans from China to the West and vice versa. The origin of Margilan is closely related to the opening of the Silk Road. Even though the birth of city is not regarded to this ancient caravan route, then certainly the Silk Road made Margilan the center of silk and chief keeper of its secrets. As far back as in the 10th century Margilan - the largest city in the Ferghana Valley - was widely known for its silk products on far West and East. Since time immemorial, it is famous for great masters - craftsmen of silk fabrics such as adras khan-atlas, and many others. Beautiful silk, manufactured in the city and its surroundings, was exported to Europe and the East along the ancient Great Silk Road routes into Baghdad, Kashgar, Khurasan, Egypt and Greece. Even today Margilan considers as the silk capital of Uzbekistan.
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Uzbekistan Day 3: Tashkent to Samarkand - Food Road Trip Uzbekistan!
On Day 3 we packed up in Tashkent, and made our way driving to Samarkand, one of the most historically significant cities in all of Uzbekistan, and Central Asia. But this is not the Samarkand food and history tour yet, this is the the journey to get there, which involved some incredible food stops along the way.
Chinoz Fish Market - One of my favorite Uzbek meals of the trip was at the fish bazaar on the way to Samarkand. There are a series of restaurants to choose from, located just a stone's throw from one of the biggest rivers in the country. You choose your fish, it was carp, then she hacked it into small pieces, and deep fried it to a crisp. But the real unique aspect of this style of Uzbek fried fish was that she took garlic in water, and tossed it all over the fried fish right out of the oil. Something I’ve never seen before, and it was quite fascinating to see. Fish was great.
Total price - 144,000 UZS ($17.76)
Melons Stop - Melons are native to Central Asia and they are naturally some of the sweetest and some of the best tasting in the world. They were for sure the sweetest best tasting melons I’ve ever had in my life.
Afsona Jizzax Somsa - Next stop on this Uzbekistan food road trip was to eat a giant somsa (samosa). Now you have probably already seen that you can’t really go a day in Uzbekistan without eating a somsa, and that’s a good thing because they are delicious. But these are super sized, filled with ½ kg. Of mutton and onions, and cooked in the tandoori oven. To eat these speciality somsa you add in some type of oil and tomato sauce.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan - Finally in the evening we arrived to Samarkand, and just along the highway we caught a glimpse of the mighty building and history of the city.
Samarkand Restaurant - Food here was alright. We ordered a sharing kebab tray.
Total price - 227,000 ($28)
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5 Bukhara Tourist Attrations - BUKHARA Travel
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There is four remaining covered bazaar, also known as the dome of the trade of Bukhara. The intersection of the main streets of Bukhara there is buildings with the famous domed structure-Taq (Dome) and Tim (covered market). Currently, this bazaar remained an important place in Bukhara, you can find many souvenir shops with unlimited options. Each covered bazaar with lots of domes and has a unique name. Jawad-Zargaron (cupola jewelry), Jawad-Sarrafon (cupola money changers) and Jawad-Telpakfurushon (vending headwear Dome) and the team of Abdullah.
4. The Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah
Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah, which is dealing with Ulughbek Madrassah in Bukhara was built in 1652. Secondly, this madrasa formed a single architectural ensemble called Kosh Madrasa. Since 1988 this madrasah in enables as wood carving art museum which exhibits a collection of wood carved art of Bukharian best. On. Various works on wood carving were done in the decoration of mosques, madrasahs, gates, doors, and tombstones.
3. Zindan, Emir Prison
There are only two prisons in Bukhara. One located inside the fortress Ark, where political criminals imprisoned. The second is the Zindan, were in the city, behind the Castle, next to the former Shakhristan Gate. Brick construction is high it looks like a small fortress and today it is a museum. The word ' Zindan ', in Persian means ' underground, darkness '. Zindan comprises some of the debtor's prison, cell isolation, and depth of 6.5 meters.
2. The Ark Fortress
Fortress Ark is a great land fortress in the northwestern part of contemporary Bukhara. Fortress Ark is a large fortress located in the city of Bukhara. It was built and occupied by around the 5th century, as a military structure, the Ark also serves as the town at the time, also inhabited by the ruler of the Kingdom over the region around Bukhara. For an overview of Bull, there is a ceremonial entrance into the Castle architecturally framed by two towers of the 18th century. The top of the towers is connected by a gallery, the room, and terrace. In the center of the Ark is located a large building complex, one of the most preserved Mosque is Uldukhtaron.
1. Ismail Samani Mausoleum
Mausoleum of Ismail Samani is located in a recreational Park in the Samanids of Bukhara. Ismail Samani mausoleum is the tomb of Ismail estimated which was built between the years 892 – 907. The mausoleum is a cubic building made of brick, covered with a delicate Terra-cotta dome of the half balls. Construction and artistic details of a wall, still very impressive, and display traditional features dating from the pre-Islamic culture. Around the Tomb, there is a green space with a few attractions. There is also a large lake near the Tomb.
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