Sights of Uzbekistan

Sights of Uzbekistan

Ancient cities of Uzbekistan - Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List delight tourists with historical architectural monuments that inhaled spirit of the Great Silk Road caravans. Though sights of Uzbekistan are not only about monumental madrasas and minarets, mausoleums of rulers and spiritual leaders.

Nature of Uzbekistan, its traditions, culture, cuisine and handicrafts are amazingly diverse.

National crafts of Uzbekistan deserve a separate story: silk fabrics and carpets, bright ceramics and oriental knives, wood carving and metal coinage, lacquered miniatures and golden embroidery, famous suzanes and old styles of embroidery ‘basma’ and ‘iroqi’, paper production according to an ancient technology and construction of seismic-stable houses from clay.

Uzbek cuisine that at the behast of destiny turned out to be at the crossroads of the culinary preferences of civilizations and absorbed the best of centuries in itself. Talk about the sights of Uzbekistan is impossible without touching gastronomic attractions. Plov (also known as polo, pollo, pilav, pilau, plov, pulao, polu and palaw), bread, sweets - the list is endless. Besides, there is a specialization in dishes: there are centres of plov, or lagman (homemade noodle soup with seasonal vegetable topping) places, shashlik (local barbeque) spots and samsa (also known as samosa) stalls. Each city has many chayhanas (tea-houses), every chayhana has quails singing in it, canals with honey melons cooling in them, and gardens are there with ripe peaches, pomegranate and grapes.

Natural landmarks of Uzbekistan are so that in winter one can do mountains sports; in summer eco tours on camels in the desert and swim in a mountain lake; and in autumn practice some paragliding in Chimgan mountains or have a walk on the shrinking Aral sea bed in Karakalpakstan.

You should definitely find some time to visit museums: Savitsky Museum in Nukus, Local History Museum in Kokand, “Afrosiyab” Museum in Samarkand, House-Museum of Fayzula Khodjaev in Bukhara and Locomotive Museum in Tashkent. There are dozens of them - choose to your interests.