If you’re interested by the ancient Silk Road you shouldn’t miss Uzbekistan. Its’ cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are main jewels you should pay attention to. Their former glory cannot be denied as you walk through the rich decorated minarets, large domes and cannot get enough of mosaics. Uzbekistan is still one of the places not to be too crowded by international tourists so hurry up if you would like to explore the country in more purity before this changes.
The capital city of Tashkent has been restored to its original beauty after the 1996 earthquake. You can see both the old 12th century architecture mixed with the socialist type of architecture and statues of the working class.
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Samarkand is a modern city despite being one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. It has preserved its traditions of ancient crafts like embroidery, gold embroidery, silk weaving, engraving on copper, ceramics, carving and painting on wood. The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Bukhara with about 140 architectural monuments is considered a live museum. Being part of the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. The mother tongue of the majority of people of Bukhara is Persian. The city’s historic center has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Tashkent and Bukhara cities have a European spirit. Imagine lakeside beer gardens, parks and cafes, all close to the most popular areas.
The city of Khiva surrounded by city walls and protected by Unesco can be considered a living museum. It originates in the 6th century and was an important trading place on the Silk Road. It is this place that is very popular for wedding parties that gain on a special touch under the old blue mosaics of the city. Uzbek wedding parties represent a very important step in the families of the Uzbek people and are also becoming popular activity in which you can take part in.
Local art includes handmade ceramics, needlework, silk cloth making, painting and architecture. The mosques of the main cities have the finest elements of mosaics and murals.
The Uzbek cuisine originates on the former USSR cuisine with its steam boiled vegetables, boring soups and ordinary meat. Nevertheless things like a lamb soup, noodles and beef with egg plant can improve your culinary experience.
The Uzbek cuisine is influenced by local agriculture, as in most nations. There’s a lot of grain farming as well as mutton growing.
It is quite easy to get around in Uzbekistan. There are low cost domestic flights and high speed trains. Shared taxi and minibus services are very common. On top, Tashkent has an impressive metro network whose underground stations are decorated by marble and chandeliers.
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