Ancient architectural monuments, bazaars with oriental exotic items and hospitable people are all found in Uzbekistan. The country is an intersection of cultures, a mix of modern technological development and ancient traditions intertwined in an unusual way. One of the five countries of Central Asia has always been known for its trade. For many centuries, Uzbek bazaars were famous for local jewellery and household items. These items were popular among the merchants travelling with caravans from Asia to Europe along the Great Silk Road.
MUBASHIRA BAKHSHILAEVA, SPOKESPERSON, TOURIST COMPANY:
- The city of Bukhara is divided into two parts: the old and the new city. When tourists come to Uzbekistan, they often visit the traditional trading districts located in the old city. They want to get the feel for the place, filled with colours and flavours of the past when Bukhara had flourished along the Great Silk Road. Year after year, there is an increase in interest in Uzbekistan among tourists.
The ancient cities of Uzbekistan have preserved the memory of many centuries. The visitors are transported into the past. This might be the very reason why travellers are so attracted to this country. Tourists are impressed by the architectural landmarks, such as Shah-i-Zinda, Registan, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Gur-e Amir Mausoleum located in Samarkand, towns of Bukhara, Khiva and Shahrisabz. These cities are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
2018 is announced as the year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan. The neighbouring countries are strengthening cooperation in many sectors, including tourism. The parties are working on the development of a travel route along the ancient Great Silk Road. Famous bloggers, journalists, public figures and travel professionals have recently visited the unique sites along the route. The trip has been organized by ‘Kazakh Tourism’ jointly with the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports.