Uzbekistan Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Uzbekistan

Top Attractions in Tashkent

Tashkent is the Capital of Uzbekistan and one of the largest cities of Central Asia. Tashkent is one of the ancient cities of the world. In 2009 it celebrated its 2200th anniversary. No other Central Asian town has been studied so thoroughly by scientists as this modern capital of Uzbekistan. During the years of Independence more than 240 architectural and archeological monuments within the city boundary have been brought to light. Today the images of olden times such as mosques, madrasahs, and minarets stand in elegant grandeur among parks, museums, fountains, modern skyscrapers made of glass and metal, and highway flyovers. Tashkent offers tourists a host of activities and enjoyments. There are a lot of Tourist Places to Visit in Tashkent. A city tour shows you through Monument of Courage, Romanov Prince Duke's Residence, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Memorial of Repressions Victims, Tashkent TV Tower, Khazrat Imam complex etc.
 

Tashkent Attractions

1. Tashkent–Samarkand Bullet Train

Bullet Train from Tashkent to Samarkand is a 344-kilometre high speed rail connection between Tashkent and Samarkand. The route passes through Tashkent, Sirdaryo, Jizzakh and Samarqand in Uzbekistan. Trains operate seven days a week under the brand Afrosiyob.

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Tashkent–Samarkand Bullet Train

2. Lake Charvak, Tashkent

Lake Charvak is a popular resort in Tashkent and several holiday makers from all over Uzbekistan and neighbouring countries visit the reservoir. Villages on the banks and surroundings offer wide range of hotels, dachas, houses and tapchans to accommodate tourists.

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Lake Charvak, Tashkent

3. Amir Timur Museum, Tashkent

Amir Timur Museum in Tashkent was opened in 1996 in the memory of Mongol warlord, Amir Timur. The blue cupola museum resembles Gur-i Amir mausoleum in Samarkand, built on the traditions of medieval architectural but fulfils modern requirements also.The history of this square goes back to 19th century and the square was a small park in the center of Tashkent city surrounded by buildings of gymnasium for both men and women along with schools and bank. Amir Temur, an outstanding commander and statesman from 14th century is represented through a monument right in the center of the square. So this Monument of Amir Temur in the center of the square is made of bronze figure of Amir temur with imperial regalia on a reared horse. Around this monument earlier there was a small park but after reconstruction in 2009 now there is a small area with fountains and greenery. You should visit this museum also as there are more than 5000 artifacts in the museum along with over 2000 objects which are displayed in museum’s exhibit halls. Museum also has collection of utensils, weapons and clothes belonging to the Temur and Temurid epoch.

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Amir Timur Museum, Tashkent

4. Chimgan Mountains

Chimgan is the most popular ski resort of Uzbekistan, located 80 km from Tashkent on slopes of Chimgan Mountains, the part of Chatkal range of western Tian-Shan.  Tourist complex Chimgan includes the number of high-rise buildings, hotels, cottages, cable rail road, network of shops, bars, restaurants and cafe and other recreation institutions.

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Chimgan Mountains

5. Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, Tashkent

Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, Tashkent is a city landmark. Shastri is a great figure for India however a monument is built in the central part of Tashkent. As dedicated to the person who had contributed to the development of India, it left a track in the history of not only India, but also Tashkent.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, Tashkent

6. Hazrat Imam Complex, Tashkent

Hazrat Imam Complex, also known as Hast-Imam located in an old residential district of Tashkent. Hast Imam Square is a religious center of Tashkent, but you can also explore the place for it’s architectural beauty. The primary significance of the complex is a rich library where oriental manuscripts are preserved. The world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved here. Ottoman Koran is the primary source of Islam holy book that was written in the middle of VII century. Landscape designer’s great work can be observed here. You should see the imported exotic trees, shrubs and flowers from different countries which have been planted on the territory of the complex.

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Hazrat Imam Complex Tashkent

7. TV Tower, Tashkent

Seeing something beautiful from top is always a great experience. And when you see the beautiful city of Tashkent from the observation deck of Tashkent TV Tower, the tallest in Uzbekistan, then it is definitely a different experience altogether. Tashkent TV tower itself is an architectural masterpiece. It is a 375-metre-high tower, and is the 11th tallest tower in the world. Construction started in 1978 and it began operation 6 years later, on 15 January 1985. It was the 3rd tallest tower in the world from 1985 to 1991.

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TV Tower Tashkent

8. The Broadway, Tashkent

This is another Tourist Attraction in Tashkent near Amir Temur Square. This is Saligokh Street, locally known as Broadway. It connects the two main squares Amir Temur square and Independence Square in Tashkent city. This is also one of the greenest parks here covering huge area with lots of trees and fountains. For visitors there are shopping centers, restaurants, fashion stores and cafes. You can buy handicraft items, souvenirs and other items on and around Broadway Street.

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The Broadway Tashkent

9. Tashkent Metro

The Tashkent Metro is the rapid transit system serving the city of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. It is one of only two subway systems currently operating in Central Asia. It was the seventh metro to be built in the former USSR, opening in 1977. Tashkent Metro was inspired by Moscow and St. Petersberg Metro and that is why they wanted Tashkent Metro to be a artistic masterpiece. Today, if you see each station of Tashkent Metro then you will immediately feel that you need some extra time to experience the beauty of it. Each station is absolutely gorgeous and they are all different from each other.

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Tashkent Metro

10. Kukeldash Madrasah, Tashkent

Kukeldash Madrasah is a medieval madrasa in Tashkent, located close to Chorsu Bazaar and Chorsu Metro station. It was built around 1570 by the Shaybanid Dynasty of rulers. This is a place where public executions were held. This was an old fortress which used to be an old Islamic school in 16th century which two hundred years later was a caravanserai. This is one of of the most historic buildings in Tashkent. The madrasah is built of yellow brick, and has a traditional square shape with a big portal and an inner yard.

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Kukeldash Madrasah Tashkent

11. Tashkent Clock Tower

Tashkent clock tower, located in the centre of the city near the city administration, is one of the symbols of the capital of Uzbekistan. This tower was opened in 1947 on the eve of second anniversary of Victory Day. The tower has big chimes. The clock tower has an interesting story about how it came to Tashkent. Today, there are 2 towers, second one being exact copy of the first. In both the towers you can see the aesthetics of the past and the dynamic present. You can also see combination of modern and traditional elements of the Uzbek art. In the old tower you can see traditional Uzbek arts and antiques and in the new tower you can see showrooms displaying ancient and contemporary jewelry created by crafts dynasty.

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Tashkent Clock Tower

12. Uzbekistan Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan is the largest state art museum in Uzbekistan. This was an exhibition organised in 1927. This was the exhibition of best works of Uzbekistan masters. After a while this started adding items from the previous centuries which included handmade embroideries, skullcaps, jewelry, carpets and other samples of people’s applied art. Thus 10 years later in 1937 this exhibition achieved the status of Museum. So initially this was known as Museum of handicrafts which later in 1997 was granted the state status and received its present name of Uzbekistan state museum of Applied Arts. Its permanent collection contains more than several thousands works, divided among four curatorial departments.

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Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Arts

13. Monument of Courage, Tashkent

The Monumental Complex ‘Courage’ dedicated to the 1966 earthquake in Tashkent is one of the most significant monuments in today’s city. On 26 April 1966, an earthquake of the magnitude of 8.3 destroyed the city of Tashkent. It changed Tashkent’s appearance forever. Many people lost the roof over their heads and they had to take shelters in the tents. But the courage of the people of Tashkent rose above the adversity and the city was reconstructed from the very next day of the quake. Monument of courage is the symbol of the Uzbek people. This is one of the best Tourist Places in Tashkent.

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Monument of Courage Tashkent

14. Memorial of Cosmonauts, Tashkent

There have been many scholars, scientists and cosmonauts who were born in Uzbekistan and they did brilliant job in their respective fields. This memorial of cosmonauts has been made in their memory. The space travel theme has been used to decorate the museum. It recognizes the achievements of mankind in space exploration. Memorial also commemorates the role of Vladimir Dzhanibekov, who was the Soviet cosmonaut of Uzbek origin. There is a statue of Vladimir Dzhanibekov standing near one of the subway entrances. He was born in Tashkent region. This is also one of the Tourist Places in Tashkent you should visit.

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Memorial of Cosmonauts Tashkent

15. Palace of International Forums, Tashkent

The Palace of International Forums, Uzbekistan is one of the main Tashkent Tourist Place today. It stands on Amir Temur Square in the very center of Tashkent city. The palace is considered the country’s most significant representative building. This truly spectacular palace was ceremonially opened in September 2009 celebrating Tashkent’s 2200th anniversary. You will find that the palace has classical external elements making it appear amazing and in the interiors you go through the extensively glazed facade. The main foyer has a ceiling height of over 16 meters and an area of 2,500 square meters.

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Palace of International Forums

16. Center of Enlightenment, Tashkent

Center of enlightenment is a modern and spectacular building in the center of Tashkent. The building is home to the Palace of Symposiums and National Library of Uzbekistan. During the years of independence, the Center of enlightenment became an organic part of a single composition; in the center of Tashkent which included others like the Palace of Youth Creativity, Art Gallery, a business center “Poytaht”. Adjacent to the Independence Square, the center of enlightenment stands out as distinguished modern landscape design.

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Center of Enlightenment Tashkent

17. Botanical Garden, Tashkent

If your are interested in natural places then should visit Botanical Garden in Tashkent. This garden here add a lovely splash of color and they are fantastic stopover for the visitors. Botanical Garden have thousands of trees, flower, shrub, vine and other plant species. They are all beautiful and represent the beauty of different geographies of the world. This happens to be the largest and the oldest botanical garden in the entire Central Asia region.

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Botanical Garden Tashkent

18. Babur Recreation Park, Tashkent

This is an amusement park where you can enjoy various fun rides and entertainment options here. There are lot of green spaces and a lovely pond in the center of the park as well. Babur Recreation Parks another park known as the Seattle Peace Park inside of it which is popular for its own cool things. In this small park you can see a collection of tiles designed by students of Tashkent as well as Seattle. There is also a peace bell here. This bell is is rung every year on 21st September on the International peace day. You can have a really good time here.

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Babur Recreation Park Tashkent

19. Tashkent Zoo

There are around 500 different species of animals in Tashkent Zoo, which makes it a perfect place to go to for all age groups. You can also visit the zoo with your family. The zoo was opened almost 100 years back and since then it has been maintained really well. In Tashkent Zoo you will get to see some big animals like gorillas and giraffes. There are special animals here as well and you must not miss out on the African exhibit where you can see zebras and hunting dogs.

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Tashkent Zoo

20. Aqualand Tashkent

Aqualand is closer to another tourist place TV Tower in Tashkent City. The Aqua Park is another place to have some entertainment. It has the largest swimming area in Tashkent. This is great for swimming lovers and for those visiting the city during summers. You can spend some time at a restaurant and coffee shop here where you can take a retreat and enjoy your time. There is a lawn as well where you can sit and relax.

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Aqualand Tashkent

21. Central Asian Plov Center, Tashkent

If you are a foodie? Then Central Asian Plov Center is must go to place for you in Tashkent. Plov is one of the most famous dish of Central Asia and national dish of the Uzbekistan. Central Asian Plov Center is the place to taste Plov. This is the place where you get the best plov in the entire region. Plove is cooked in massive pans (Kozon), which can feed hundreds of people at a time.

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Central Asian Plov Center Tashkent

22. Bazaars of Tashkent

Talking about Bazaars in Tashkent, you can buy almost anything in the Bazaars here. There is not one, two or three but 20 major Bazaars in Tashkent. This means you can spend a great day in Tashkent, visiting these Bazaars only. Alay Bazaar, Karavan Bazaar, Askia Farmer’s Market, Bek Baraka Wholesale Market, Chorsu Bazaar, are some of them. On your Tashkent tour you must take a day out or at-least few hours to visit one of these bazaars.

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Bazaars of Tashkent

23. Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent

Chorsu Bazaar is hundreds years old. Chorsu Bazaar is a traditional bazaar with bright colors. Chorsu is biggest and oldest in Uzbekistan and in Central Asia. Located across the street from Chorsu Station of the Tashkent metro near Kukeldosh Madrasah, in chorus all daily necessities are sold. Chorsu Bazaar like any oriental bazaar has played significant display of social life since beginning. There are 7 huge domes with colored glazed tiles under which the bazaar exist. So after historical and bit of physical description, you would be curious to know what you get in Chorsu to see and buy. It is one of the Must Visit Attractions in Tashkent.

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Chorsu Bazaar Tashkent

24. Alay Bazaar Tashkent

Alay Bazaar or Oloy Market is one of the oldest Bazaars in Tashkent. The bazaar saw trade caravans passing through it over the century to China, India, Europe and Middle East. It played a role of cultural center and social center for locals of Uzbekistan and visitors where people gathered to share and collect news about like in other countries. Today the Alay Bazaar is famous for vegetables, fruits, dry fruits, spices and oriental sweets.

Alay Bazaar Tashkent

25. Karavan Bazaar Tashkent

Karavan Bazaar in Tashkent is mainly for dealers to buy cheapest food in Tashkent. Karavan Bazaar is also the most preferred bazaar in Tashkent for shopping for both locals and travelers. In the bazaar one can buy many things like food, construction equipment, electronic items, machinery, clothing and carpets. Karavan Bazaar is spread over a huge area and you may need an entire day in this Bazaar only for shopping several items.

Karavan Bazaar Tashkent

26. Askia Farmer’s Market Tashkent

If you love the set up of hotchpotch stalls in a market then you must visit Askia Farmer’s Market in Tashkent. The market is full of every item one can think of. You will get food, furniture, kitchen appliances, DVD and other things at one place. Askia Farmer’s Market is close to Babur Recreation Park in Tashkent.

Askia Farmers Market Tashkent

27. Bek Baraka Wholesale Market Tashkent

Bek Baraka wholesale market is locally famous as wholesale clothes market in Tashkent. The market is new as it started only in 2011. Bek Baraka wholesale market is located on the outskirts of Tashkent opposite another cloth market known as Chilanzar clothing market and Abu Sahiy market in Tashkent. There are 3 pavilions in the Bek Baraka wholesale market. The first pavilion sells food products, second pavilion sells industrial products and third pavilion sells home appliance and consumer goods.

Bek Baraka Wholesale Market Tashkent

Top Attractions in Samarkand

One city stands out as being "the Heart of Great Silk Road"; that city is Samarkand. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and many unique monuments and architectural constructions in these towns still remain genuine and are samples of an era that played a significant role in history. “The Radiate Point of Globe”, “The Jewel of Islamic Architecture”, “The Mirror of the World” are oriental titles bestowed upon Samarkand from earliest times. It was made the capital of ruler Amir Temur's powerful empire and its majestic monuments are testimony to the skills of the architect and artisans. Here are some best Places to Visit in Samarkand.

Samarkand Attractions

1. Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand

Gur-e Amir Mausoleum is named after the Asian conqueror Tamerlane, also known as Timur in Samarkand. It occupies an important place in the history of Islamic architecture as the precursor for great Mughal tombs, including Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Gur e Amir is tomb of King Timur and other member of his family, the Mughal dynasty. The architecture has an azure dome and contains tombs of Muhammed Sultan, Timur and his sons and grandsons along with his teacher Sayyid Baraka. The monument that was built in 1403 has now only remains of it, not the entire piece.

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Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand

2. Shah I Zinda, Samarkand

Shah-i-Zinda is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Today’s Shah I Zinda ensemble includes mausoleum and ritual buildings from the time of 9th to 14th and 19th centuries. It was established with a single religious monument in the beginning and then temples, mausoleums and other buildings were added from 11th to 19th centuries. Shah I Zinda is perfect example of various architectural imprints through the centuries. The style, the method and the decorative craftsmanship of this site is a witness of work that changed throughout the time. If you love historical monuments then you should visit Shah I Zinda in Uzbekistan. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Samarkand.

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Shah I Zinda Samarkand

3. Imam Bukhari Mausoleum, Samarkand

Imam Bukhari Mausoleum occupies a vast territory, one of the main pilgrimage sites in Samarkand. The visiting of three shrines, the mausoleums of Al-Bukhari, Shakhi-Zinda and Rukhabad, within one day, is called ‘small Hajj.’

Imam Bukhari Mausoleum, Samarkand

4. Registan Square, Samarkand

Registan Square is a real gem located in Samarkand, worldwide famous for its architectural collection that has become a monument of the oriental architecture. Today different concerts, celebrations and other bright events of the city are held there.

Registan Square, Samarkand

Top Attractions in Bukhara

One of the most important trading posts, 2500 year old Bukhara city is one of tourist's favourite and offers a walk through 140 monuments of ancient architecture. Ismail Samani Mausoleum, the 9th-century monument whose exterior is an intricate pattern of delicate masonry resembling the lace; majestic Ark fortress, once a fortified residence of the rulers of Bukhara; Kalyan Minaret whose vertical lines mark the city skyline at about 50 metres; a living maze of numerous mosques and madrassahs, caravanserais, baths and multi-domed market buildings - all these monuments are inimitable gems of Holy Bukhara. We are bringing some of the best Tourist Places to Visit in Bukhara.

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Bukhara Attractions

1. The Great Minaret of Kalon, Bukhara

The Kalyan Minaret is a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara, and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. Its sky high structure must drive you to capture it in your camera from different angles. The minaret, designed by Bako, was built by the Qarakhanid ruler Mohammad Arslan Khan in 1127 to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day, which means it is old over 850 years. This 47m tall building used to be highest of its time. The beauty of engineering of this minaret is that it is supported by 10m deep foundations padded with reeds so to make it earthquake proof and in times of over 850 years the minaret never needed any repairs. In early times The Great Minaret of Kalon also acted as a guide for caravans on Silk Road.

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The Great Minaret of Kalon

2. Chor Minor, Bukhara

Chor Minor, alternatively known as the Madrasah of Khalif Niyaz-kul, is a historic mosque in the historic city of Bukhara. Situated in North east of Bukhara Chor Minor is a mosque and it is a monument which represents cultural heritage of Bukhara. This mosque in comparison to other mosques in the city is not so old. The mosque was constructed in 1807 and was a part of a madrasa complex which was demolished earlier. Chor Minor has four towers but they are not minarets exactly. Three of them are storage house and one of them has stairs that takes you to the top of the mosque. Bukhara contains lot of historicity with itself and that attracts visitors to walk into the past when visiting Bukhara.

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Chor Minor Bukhara

3. Lyab I Hauz, Bukhara

Lyab-i Hauz, or Lyab-i Khauz, is the name of the area surrounding one of the few remaining hauz that have survived in the city of Bukhara. Lyab I Hauz is a charming plaza in Bukhara. It was built in 1620 and even today it is a pleasant place. Through the passage of time Lyab I Hauz has stood with its timeless quality. The Lyab I Hauz ensemble which surrounds the Hauz on three sides consists of Kukeldash Madrasah on the northern side of the Hauz and two other religious edifices, a Khanka and a Madrasha on the west side and east side. So Lyab I Hauz is a plaza that surrounds Bukhara’s last remaining Hauz.

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Lyab-I-Hauz Bukhara

Top Attractions in Khiva

Khiva offers the visitors the most stunning homogeneous collection of architecture of the late 18th century - the first half of the 19th century. Khiva is crammed with historic buildings. City’s ancient gates, a chain of minarets, including the 45-metre tall Islam-Hojja Minaret, the architectural complex of Pakhlavan-Makhmud, the patron saint of Khiva, congregational Juma Mosque with carved columns of astonishing beauty, the exquisite Tash-Hauli Palace built in the 19th century as a residence for the emir, his entourage and harem. You would need days rather than few hours to discover this ‘museum in the open’, to explore its tiny streets, to lose yourself hundreds of times and "find" yourself gazing at another splendour. The traditional idea of an oriental bazaar as a place of abundant merchandise, brightness of colours and lively bustle finds its embodiment in Uzbekistan.

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Khiva Attractions

World Heritage Sites of Uzbekistan

1. Historic Centre of Bukhara

Located on the silk road Bukhara in the ancient times served a great role as a centre for trade, scholarship, cultural exchange and religion. Historic Centre of Bukhara was listed as world heritage site in the year 1993. Bukhara is a city museum which has 140 architectural monuments. Some of these famous monuments are Kalyan minaret, Kalan mosque, Char minar and Chashma Ayub mausoleum. Every monument in Bukhara is a great representation of ancient architecture.


 

Historic Centre of Bukhara

2. Historic Centre of Shahrisabz

Shahrisabz is a city in Southern Uzbekistan located around 80 KM south of Samarkand. Shahrisabz once used to be a major part of Central Asia and it is known mainly for being the birthplace of 14th century conqueror emperor Timur. So everything here is connected with the name of Timur. Shahrisabz is said to be one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. Shahrisabz was listed as World Heritage Site in 2000. In old times the city was called Kesh and was named as Shahrisabz in modern times.

Historic Centre of Shahrisabz

3. Itchan Kala

Itchan Kala is inner town of the city of Khiva. This was inscribed as world heritage site in 1990. The architecture again is quite beautiful and the old town retains over 50 historic monuments and around 250 old houses. Remains of old architectures here represent beautiful and well preserved example of Muslim architecture of Central Asia. There are several outstanding structures one must visit while in Itchan Kala, such as the Djuma Mosque, the mausoleums and the madrasas and the two magnificent palaces built at the beginning of the 19th century by Alla-Kulli-Khan.

Itchan Kala

4. Samarkand - Crossroads of Culture

Historic town of Samarkand is known as crossroad of cultures. Samarkand is also one of the oldest inhabited place in Central Asia. Though there is no proper theories about when exactly Samarkand was founded but some evidences hint about human activities in this area of city from late Paleolithic era. In the past Samarkand has been one of the greatest and most prosperous city of Central Asia too. Samarkand as Samarkand – Crossroads of culture was listed as world heritage site in 2001 by UNESCO.

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Samarkand - Crossroads of Culture

Ferghana Valley Attractions

Ferghana offers stunning landscapes to tourists keen on experiencing pristine beauty of Tien Shan mountains surrounding it. The Ferghana Valley is famous for such cities as Andijan, Ferghana, Margilan, Kokand, Shakhimardan, Couva, historic monuments and architecture. Ferghana is known for its agricultural production and is also known for its traditional arts.

Ferghana Valley Attractions
 

Moynaq City Uzbekisatn

Mo‘ynoq, also spelled as Muynak and Moynaq, is a city in northern Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan. Formerly a sea port, now home to only a few thousand residents at most, Mo‘ynoq's population has been declining precipitously since the 1980s due to the recession of the Aral Sea. In its prime Moynaq was a bustling fishing place with only port in Uzbekistan with tens of thousands of people living here. But now the place is quite distanced from Aral sea as a result of receding Aral sea in last few years.

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Moynaq City Uzbekistan
 

 

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