What NOT to miss in Uzbekistan
Each country is unique and special with plenty of interesting places in every city. Going on a journey, every traveler wants to check out the most popular places, wants to see the brightest and most unforgettable sights, try dishes, a country or city is so famous for.
For those who travel to Uzbekistan, we have prepared a list of the most interesting and fascinating moments, which in no case one should miss.
National cuisine - a soul of the Uzbek people
The whole world knows about the national cuisine of the Uzbek people. People come from all over the world to try famous Uzbek dishes. Uzbek cuisine is very rich and tasty, and the most famous dishes are:
- different types of plov (pilaf, osh), depending on the region;
- samsa (samosa) with meat, herbs and other fillings;
- delicious naryn - finely chopped meat with noodles;
- shish kebabs (shashlik), especially the Gijduvan style;
- dimlama - stew with beef or mutton, vegetables, potatoes and cabbage;
- manty - meat in the dough, steamed;
- mastava - national soup with rice, cooked in meat broth;
- and many other delicious dishes, which must be tried, while in Uzbekistan.
Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are top cities, which are obligatory to visit
Next on our list are the three epic cities of the Silk Road - Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva - the true keepers of the many thousands of years of history and culture of Central Asia. Absolutely deserved, these cities are the cultural heritage of mankind and are protected by UNESCO. The famous Registan, Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Kalyan Minaret, mausoleum of Chashma-Ayub, Ark citadel, Ichan-Kala, Kunya-ark fortress and many other famous sights await you in these ancient cities. Therefore, without hesitation, go and see these cities, and you will never regret!
The art of Uzbekistan is the epochal pride of the people
For the lovers of art, we have prepared a separate list of places where you can enjoy Uzbek national art and get to know the cultural heritage of the country. In Uzbekistan, much attention is paid to the development of art. There are museums and theaters in every city. Among the most popular are the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater in Tashkent, Museum of Avant-garde Art in Nukus, theater of the historical costume "El Merosi", Museum of the History of Temurids and many others. If you like Uzbek folk art, then be sure to visit these places.
Unique traditional crafts
The next point to pay attention to when in Uzbekistan is the craft centers and everything related to the national Uzbek craft. These are: the silk factory in the city of Margilan, house-museums of hereditary ceramists in the homeland of the "red earth" - in the city of Rishtan, factory for the production of the ancient paper "Koni Gil" in Samarkand, as well as the famous Samarkand suzane, Khorezm and Bukhara carpets and Chust knives. These crafts are widely distributed throughout Uzbekistan, and products in a large assortment are present in every market. You can safely go to the nearest market and buy your favorite national souvenirs.
Mountain trekking in Uzbekistan is a real expanse for the extreme people
Uzbekistan is also famous for its excellent mountain resorts. Among them are: the famous Chimgan and Beldersay resorts with cable cars and ski runs, Yangiabad tourist base with crystal clear air, Nurata Mountains with the famous gorge and "The Gates of Tamerlane", as well as "Zaamin" - a unique reserve at the foot of the Zaamin mountains known for its coniferous forests. In these beautiful places you can arrange unforgettable mountain hikes, multi-day or just for a weekend.
Yurts and safari on camels - arrange a real adventure!
And, of course, if you are travelling in Uzbekistan, be sure to visit the Aydarkul Lake - a huge natural pond of heavenly color, surrounded by Kyzylkum desert and Nurata mountains. This is an excellent place for fishing, and for recreation in the nearby "Aydar" yurt camp. Here you can spend the night in a real nomadic yurt, taste national dishes cooked on open fire, listen to traditional songs in the evening, and also ride a camel. There is another similar place - Ayaz-Kala fortress, located in the Kyzylkum desert, near Lake Ayazkol. Not far from the shore, at the foot of the ancient fortress of Ayaz-Kala, there is a yurt camp - a favorite place for many tourists. Both camps are located in a real wild nature, so lovers of wildlife and thrill can arrange an unforgettable safari there.
Now you know everything you need to visit Uzbekistan. It is these things that Uzbekistan is famous for, so they must certainly be experienced and seen with your own eyes.
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