Uzbekistan is an attractive tourist destination. International Tourism in Uzbekistan is growing very quickly last years. A state in Central Asia, that has recently emerged to the world as an independent country – Republic of Uzbekistan, but still remaining a Terra Incognita for most foreigners.
The Republic of Uzbekistan is situated between two rivers: the Amudarya and Syrdarya. The Turan Lowland lies to the northwest, and the Tien Shan and Pamir-Alay mountain ridges are located in the southeast of the territory.
The Kyzyl-Kum Desert defines the Northern part of the country. Continue reading “Welcome to Uzbekistan”
The Fergana Valley or Farghana Valley (Uzbek: Farg’ona vodiysi, Russian: Ферганская долина) is a region in Central Asia spreading across eastern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The most important part of the province is a rich and fertile valley, in an altitude of 1200 to 1500 ft (400 to 500 m), opening towards the southwest. Continue reading “Fergana valley”
Ancient cities of Uzbekistan were located on the ancient Silk Road, the trading route between China and the West. The route took its name from silk, the commodity most in demand in Europe from China during the Roman period. Some of the most influential and savage conquerors came and ruled these lands. Continue reading “Uzbekistan Cities”
Urgench (Uzbek: Urganch / Урганч) is a city (1999 population: 139,100) in southern Uzbekistan. It is the capital of the Khorezm Province, on the Amu Darya River and the Shavat canal. Continue reading “Urgench”
Termez (Uzbek: Termiz) is a city in southern Uzbekistan near the border with Afghanistan. The city was named by Greeks who came with Alexander the Great.
Termez means in Greek “hot” or “hot place” (Thermo or Thermos). It is still the hottest point of Uzbekistan. It has a population of 140,404 (1 January 2005), and is the capital of the Surxondaryo Province. Continue reading “Termez”
Tashkent (Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент; Russian: Ташкент) is the capital of Uzbekistan and also of the Tashkent Province. The officially registered population of the city in 2008 was 2.18 million. According to unofficial data, the population is more than 3 million. Continue reading “Tashkent”
Timur’s hometown Shakhrisabz is a small town south of Samarkand. By the time of birth of Timur on 9 April 1336 at the village of Hoja Ilghar, 13 km to the south from Kesh (former name of Shakhrisabz), Kesh was ruled by the Barlas clan, Mongols of the Chaghatai khanate, turkicised by their long stay in the fertile Kashkadarya valley. Using his Barlas lineage, Tamerlane gathered a band of followers, who helped him to become from a sheep-rustler to the lord of the valley by the age of 25. A decade later he became a lord of the whole Transoxiana, making the Samarkand the capital of his empire. As he rose to power, Timur paid great effort to strengthen and beautify Kesh. He built Ak Saray, the white palace, surrounded it by high walls and a deep moat, crossed by drawbridge, and laid out green gardens which gave a new name of Shakhrisabz (Tajik for “Green Town”). Continue reading “Shakhrisabz”
Samarkand is the second-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of Samarqand Province. The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. The Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The Registan was the ancient centre of the city. In 2001, UNESCO inscribed the 2750-year-old city on the World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures. Continue reading “Samarkand”