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Enchanting Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan with its extraordinary history and remarkable culture can take any tourist by surprise. There’s so much to see and discover right from ancient history to modern life. For example, Khiva, one of the oldest cities in Asia has incredible ancient buildings. Similarly, Bukhara-the largest tourist city of the country has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, because of its beautiful old minarets and madrassas standing in the historic centre of this ancient city. Famous Scottish writer and politician Fitzroy Maclean during his travel to Bukhara defined its architecture as "the finest of the Italian Renaissance". Moreover, its rich cuisine has a deep history which is closely connected with Uzbek culture, language and traditions.

Uzbekistan Samarkand Landscape

Khiva: The ancient city that could steal your heart

Khiva is an heiress of the great ancient world. Being one of the most longstanding Asian cities Khiva was established in the 5th century BC. For many ages Silk Road was traversing the main Central Asian cities connecting the east and west. Yichan Kala is one of the main parts of the city and also was the first sight of Uzbekistan that was included to World Heritage List in 1991.

History of Khiva. Sacred atmosphere of the majestic spirit

The name Khiva is mentioned in the hoary chronicles of the 10th century BC. In addition, Arab scholar Al Istakhriy introduced Khiva to the 30 largest cities of the time. And in the description of clandestine message for Khudaiberdiy, Khiva was characterized as "another fortress that founded on sand by son of Noah, and known as Kheivak".

Khiva, the Wall of the Old Town

At present, historians have been exploring the ancient part of the city Yichang Kala with the excavation on the area 1,200 square meters. Khiva is the most popular city of Khorezm region which undergoes reiterated calamities. In Khoresm the source of life is a deep river Amu Darya (Oxus another name of the river) that has great historical value.

The splendor of historical monuments of the city differs from objects of other cities because of the fact that all architecture preserved in its original form. The beauty and grandeur of the Khiva history and the charm of architectural monuments will impress even the most discerning traveler.

Tall and elegant minarets, grandiose madrasahs and mosques, bustle and color of the bazaars, warm hospitality, fabulous legends, medieval palaces and mausoleums, ancient traditions of the local people and the endless sands of the Kyzyl Kum desert will leave a lasting impression in the memory of tourists.

Khiva, Kalta Minar Minaret

Sightseeing in Khiva. The places of inimitable splendor

You will be stunned by its incredible ancient buildings of Khiva. The arches of portals that decorated with beautiful marble could steal your heart and make a deep impression taking you back in time. Breathtaking impression of the beautiful historical places could charm you. All these different patterns, majolica of architectural monuments are all unique and priceless bewitching every visitor.

Khiva sightseeing can impress by matchless harmony of the color and light that create prominent ensemble of architectural ideas and their implementation. Khiva has a unique atmosphere of early times, it is impossible to put into words you can only feel it. The history of the city very is multifaceted and exciting that charming you with magnificence and breathtaking impression. Near the modern city of Khiva visitors can see more than 50 ancient forts such as Ayaz Kala, Kala Guldursun, Kizil-Kala Ellik Kala, Toprak-Kala and others. If you order Tour to Khiva, you will visit every corner of this historical miracle, and learn the exciting history of the development of ancient city.

Modern Khiva. The harmony of the past and modernity

 The refinement of the quiet and gentle shades of these architectural buildings makes deep impression on every visitor. Its green orchards make colorful atmosphere plunging you to the oriental tale.

Modern Khiva is an outdoor museum claiming on the right to the title of "the eighth wonder of the world." Extant architecture of the city allows to state that it was built according to the principles and characteristics of fortified cities of the ancient East. Here everyone can find something close to himself, a beautiful small street, a cozy cafe or tea, a small gift shop and a well-known shopping center Caravan Saray. Lovingly called as Caravan city it can attract anyone's attention by open air city-sized museum with narrow busy streets, old huge minarets, mausoleums.

Modern architecture blends with this historical atmosphere of medieval times. Gradual upgrade of moribund late adobe buildings goes through different ways; individual housing construction reflects the cultural changes in everyday life and the emergence of new ideas in traditional architecture. Khiva is famous for bazaars, which since ancient times have been the busiest parts of the city especially crowded on Sundays.

Almost all people from remote villages, as in ancient times, go to the market which is like a place unique exhibition of arts and crafts products, strict patterns of carpets, beautiful items made by best folk artists, fine bead embroidery, various national skullcaps, majolica and ceramics, engraving on copper, wooden made musical instruments etc. Khiva welcomes you with the hope that you will discover an atmosphere of Medieval.

Bukhara: The largest tourist city of Uzbekistan

  The scientists say that the place around modern territory of Bukhara had been inhabited for about 5 millennia, and the time of existing of this city is about 2,5 millennia. The meaning of the city name is “lucky place” or “the place of good fortune” and for a long time this lucky place had been the center of trade and culture, religion and scholarship on the way of the Great Silk Road.

Bukhara, like Samarkand, is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, because of its beautiful old minarets and madrassas standing in the historic center of this ancient city. The changes in Bukhara are not such big like in Tashkent or Samarkand – it’s almost the same as before. The streets are the same and the architecture the same. You have to visit this place because it will show you the best how the ancient city of Uzbekistan looked centuries ago.

Bukhara, Char Minar Ensemble

Sightseeing in Bukhara: sights of enchanted city

Once famous Scottish writer and politician Fitzroy Maclean during his travel to Bukhara called it “enchanted city” and its architecture he defined as "the finest of the Italian Renaissance". You can read his “Eastern Approaches” but better for you to take a walk to Bukhara and you will understand what he meant under these mysterious characteristics.

You should start with Poi-Kalyan Ensemble which undoubtedly is most significant architecture monument in Bukhara. The components of this ensemble are really grand and beautiful. Kalyan Minaret, or the Grand Minaret: its historic name is Death Tower, because the criminals were thrown down from the top. Made like circular-pillar and narrowing upwards brick tower, Kalyan Minaret was built in 1127 by the order of Mohammad Arslan Khan. Kalyan Mosque is the second component of the Ensemble, similar in its size to Bibi-Khanim Mosque of Samarkand. Mir-i Arab Madrassah is the third component of Poi-Kalyan Ensemble and it is very little information about it.

Among the other interesting historical sights of Bukhara is Ismail Samani mausoleum related to 9th-10th centuries (he was the founder of Samanids dynasty). Near it you will find Chashma-Ayub mausoleum, constructed during the rule of Tamerlane.

Bukhara, Ark-Citadel

And of course you have to visit second great Ensemble of Bukhara – Lab-I Hauz (the meaning of the name is “by the pond”). It surrounds one of the few survived after the Soviet period Bukhara pounds. Other sights are The Ark (fortress) and Char Minor placed behind the Lab-I Hauz Ensemble, Medieval Baths of Bukhara, Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah, Djami Mosque, Magoki-Attori Mosque.

The uniqueness of gastronomic tourism in Uzbekistan

Located at the intersection of the caravan roads of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan for many centuries absorbed the most interesting and unusual recipes of dishes from different countries. Gastronomic tours to Uzbekistan provide a unique opportunity not only to taste famous Uzbek dishes every day, but also to become a true connoisseur and connoisseur of Uzbek cuisine. It is very interesting to see firsthand how the main masterpieces of the Uzbek national cuisine are prepared: Uzbek cake in tandyr, aromatic pilaf, rich shurpa and samsa melting in the mouth! Uzbekistan is also rich in an abundance of vegetables, fruits and berries. Uzbek melons are rightly considered to be the most delicious in the world – this is the result of a unique combination of dry soil, poor watering and a high number of sunny days per year.

Mei Rondreis Asiandream

Uzbek cuisine

Uzbek cuisine is the national cuisine of Uzbekistan. Rich cuisine has a deep history which is closely connected with Uzbek culture, language and traditions. The origin of many of them has deep roots and preserved traditional species. They are popular all over the world, such as pilaf, lagman, manti and others.

Pilaf is an oriental dish of boiled rice with fat, slices of meat and spices.

Dimlama – stew with onions and other vegetables.

Dolma – stuffed cabbage, stuffing wrapped in young leaves of grapes.

Kozon-Kabob – meat fried to crisp with fried medium-sized potatoes in oil and fat from meat.

Manty is an exquisite dish of Uzbek cuisine, steamed from the most delicate thin dough with juicy meat stuffing inside.

Khonim – steam roll with meat or potato filling.

Mastava – rice soup with vegetable fried.

Samsa – pies of a characteristic three- or quadrangular shape (meat, chicken, pumpkin, potatoes, greens (kook-samsa)), cooked in tandoor or in the oven.

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