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Tourist Gems of Uzbekistan
Katta Langar: anchor of Faith and Hope
At the foothills of the Zarafshan ridge, in seventy kilometers southward from Shakhrisabz, in Kamashin district, there is a unique Katta Langar memorial complex. read more
Autumn weddings

In the life of the Uzbeks, from birth till the dying day, no event is as significant as wedding. A family starts to prepare for the children's wedding long before they attain their full age. A girl is just five or six years old, yet her mother has already started to prepare a chest with dowry for her. The choice of a partner is believed to be such a crucial step that young people entrust it to the experienced elders.

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Ibn Sina. The Great Doctor and Spiritual Tutor.

In the Middle Ages the exclusive language of European science was Latin. And the names of those Asian scientists, whose works were popular in the West, were also latinised. Thus Ibn al-Khaysam became Algazen, the Arabic name Ibn Rushd was changed to Averroes. Abu Ali ibn Sina was called Avicenna, and particularly under this name he became famous all over the world. Ibn Sina also had honorary nicknames, among the most popular of which was ash-Sheikh, or "Spiritual tutor".

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From "Country of a Thousand Castles"

Remains of ancient settlements can be met in all the regions of Uzbekistan, but the Tashkent oasis particularly abounds in them. In ancient times the Tashkent oasis encompassed the historical principality of Chach, located on the right bank of the Syr Darya river in the Chirchik and Akhangaran rivers valley on the boundary of two worlds: the settled farming and nomadic cattle-breeding. The principality featured more than 50 urban settlements. The medieval authors wrote with fascination that neither Movarounnahr, nor Khorasan had such an abundance of well-planned towns and blooming gardens as Chach area, and many travelers called it "the country of a thousand castles".

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Sufism in Uzbekistan. On the track of spiritual elevation
Sufism developed in Muslim countries over 1200 years ago and within several centuries it spread from the Middle East to India and Central Asia, and from the northern parts of China to Indonesia. Soon Sufism became an important part of Oriental culture and began to strongly affect the philosophy, literature and art of Islamic peoples. The term Sufism, tasavvuf, is traced to the Arabic word suf ('wool'), referring to the simple cloaks the early Muslim ascetics used to wear. Scholars define Sufism as mystic Islamic belief and practice. But this definition is as brief as it is inaccurate. Ordinary people associate Sufism with asceticism or philosophizing... Peculiar are the paths Sufism traveled along in the past.
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The Silk Road from train window
Tourism industry offers travels for every taste: culture and history tours, ecotours, bird watching and horseback riding trips, hang gliding, extreme rafting and mountaineering, downhill skiing, biking or motoring vacation, diving in exotic seas, yacht cruise holidays and many others. In the past decade the railway tours have begun to enjoy wide popularity. This is not surprising, as compared to air and motor transport, railway mode is a safer way to travel, and modern locomotives can run at 300 km per hour. Moreover, the comfort that a VIP sleeping car provides is not inferior to the most luxurious hotels.
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The last residence of Kokand sovereign
Kokand, one of the ancient cities of the Ferghana Valley, is known worldwide for its numerous historical and architectural monuments. Jami Mosque, built in the 1800s under Umarkhan, Kamal-kazi Madrassah, Norbutabiy Madrassah, Miyan Khazrat Madrassah, Dakhma-i- Shakhan Royal cemetery, Modarikhan Mausoleum – these and other ancient constructions fit into Kokand modern townscape. But the largest and most opulent among the architectural monuments of the Ferghana Valley and a real masterpiece of ancient oriental architecture is Kokand urda architectural complex, generally known as Khudoyar-khan's Palace.
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Four Great Religions on the Uzbek land
Tourists, who visit Uzbekistan for the first time, take the country as an integral part of the Muslim world, and it seems to them that it has always been like this. Yet this is not the case. For centuries along the Great Silk Road there were disseminated large numbers of various religious and philosophical teachings, and on the territory of Uzbekistan, since ancient times, there coexisted a lot of beliefs: worshiping the forces of nature, Manichaeism, Shivaism, animism. Yet the most influential in the area were Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism. But for all that, Islam, brought by the Arabs in the 8th century, became a religion commonly practiced by the aboriginal population of Uzbekistan.
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Fathoming secrets of the ages
Being one of the most ancient centers of human civilization, Uzbekistan confidently wins a reputation of a "Mecca for tourism". Over the last few years more and more enthusiasts of archeological tours show interest in visiting Uzbekistan, willing to learn about rare findings discovered during excavation of ancient sites, to take part in archeological expeditions, and to fathom secrets of the ages.
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Around Uzbekistan by coach
Amazing nature of Uzbekistan, its centuries-old history, unique monuments of Oriental architecture, hospitality of its people attract tourists from all over the globe.
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Navruz - New Year Festival of Spring
For all the nations spring is the time of nature revival and renovation, the period of expectations and hope for peace between people, for bumper harvest in the fields and gardens and good increase in livestock, for love and consent in family. And all these expectations are embodied in spring festival Navruz.
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Invaluable treasures of ancient Samarkand
In different centuries Uzbekistan`s ancient cities played the main role on the Great Silk Road - this ancient transcontinental road. But the title "the Heart of Great Silk Road" is indeed obtained by Samarkand. The city is included into "The World Heritage" list of UNESCO - so great the significance of material and spiritual values concentrated here. The unique buildings of ancient architecture, heritage of scientific and art schools, centers of national handicrafts available in ancient city are famous today all over the world.
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Uzbek musical instruments
Overriding the street noise, the blaring inviting karnay sounds are being heard above the city. People are in a hurry having heard this invitation for celebrations: for wedding ceremony in mahalla, or may be for the opening of a new exebition.
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Souvenirs from Uzbekistan
On returning home every traveler tries to obtain something as a keepsake reminiscent of the countries and people visited. A souvenir made by the hands of a master of traditional arts and crafts can stir up vivid memories of culture and history of the visited country.
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Uzbek National Dress
`Clothes make the man`, as the saying goes. While meeting people, it is indeed their clothes we pay attention to in the first place. If a person is dressed tastefully, it certainly makes a good impression on anyone around. And it is well-known that first impressions are the strongest. So everyone wants to dress beautifully, and it was like this at all times. Even oriental women, who used to be secluded from public view, tried to decorate their yashmaks – though the purpose of yashmak was to conceal woman’s appearance.
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The sunny craft
For centuries Bukhara has boasted fine jewelers, engravers, ceramists and tailors. Yet it is the art of gold embroidery that has made Bukhara famous worldwide.
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Carpets that warm the heart…
`Сarpets warm your heart and please your eyes`. This saying expresses in the best way possible the significance of carpet weaving art for the Uzbek people. There would be no house in Uzbekistan without carpets. By tradition that developed in antiquity, carpets have always been an important part of dwelling decoration, often replacing furniture. Carpets have been used to cover the floor and to decorate the walls, and their artistic values have always been appreciated no less than their functional properties.
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Tourists’ Compass
Hundreds of guidebooks to Uzbekistan, Central Asia and the Great Silk Road are published in many thousands copies by publishing houses all over the world. The interest to such publications is understandable: a guidebook is not only a real help to tourist companies in their activities but also a compass for those people who decide to travel around our native land.
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Heritage of Fergana armourers
Everyday life of the Uzbeks still incorporates centuries-long traditions and customs. Many of them many had arisen before spread of Islam in Central Asia. The knife pichok, a part of Uzbek men’s national dress, reminds of the custom the Sacae, ancestors of the Uzbeks, used to have: they would wear on the belt a short sword akinak – symbol of martial spirit. Yet a pichok knife, though coming from cold steel, is never double-edged, and is never a dagger.
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Uzbekistan's Nature Reserves
Enthusiasts of ecological tourism have always been very much attracted by Uzbekistan's exotic nature with its contrasts, diverse flora and fauna, abundance of sunny all the year round, and friendly climate. Now there are nine functioning nature reserves in Uzbekistan. They embrace as diverse types of the environment as deserts with their sand-dunes, blossoming oases, riverside tugai woods and alpine meadows. The forces of nature seem to have created this part of the world for keeping and development of its sound genetic fund – the fund that cannot be restored if damaged.
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