Holidays in Uzbekistan 2022 – 2023
Uzbekistan – a warm, hospitable country with a thousand years of history and mad hospitality of the local population. It is cozy, delicious and safe. Truly, it does not want to leave.
It is a medieval fairy tale, fantastic mosques and mausoleums, a bit of good Soviet past and a lot of positive emotions. Nobody grabs hands here: “buy, buy”. There are no beggars here: the President has issued a law, forbidding begging. Here people speak Russian, which they study at school, they love their country very much and are proud of its century-old history. You can cross the border for once; declarations and inspections are cancelled, there is currency exchange almost everywhere, and the rate is the same.
Cost of tour in Uzbekistan for two persons with flight and transfer
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Tourist regions and cities
Bukhara – the warmest city in the literal and figurative sense. I found it very warm and hospitable. It is very clean here. Despite the fact that sand from the desert daily lays on the streets of the city, it is regularly cleaned, and the streets look washed clean all the time. It is also a very old and majestic city. It is more than 2 500 years old. Through Bukhara passed through the Great Silk Road, and it served as a huge trading point in ancient times. Now it is a place where every house reeks of antiquity. Walking through the streets of the old city, you see more and more sites of excavations, hiding their ancient secrets. And the blue domes of the mosques here merge with the sky and dissolve into infinity.
It is one of the most mysterious, ancient and beautiful cities, the same age as Rome and Athens. Samarkand reached its greatest prosperity and fame during the reign of Timur, who chose it as his capital for its temperate, compared with other regions, climate. The best scholars, craftsmen and artisans were invited and brought here by force. To this day, in the passage of centuries, the monuments and buildings have not lost their beauty and grandeur. And the scientific discoveries made by Timur and the great minds of the time, scientists use to this day.
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Weather in the country. When is the best time to relax?
The best time to travel is off-season, that is, from March to May and September to October. Although from January to March is also quite good. Summers are usually dry, with high temperatures, up to 45 degrees, and dust storms. Precipitation is uneven, most of it falls in the mountainous regions, where there are many trails for trekkers. Very beautiful early spring, from Nowruz (New Year) to late April. This is a time of early fruits and blossoming trees.
Prices for tours to Uzbekistan 2022-2023 with flights from Moscow
|for 3 nights||68 365 Р||92 618 Р|
|for 7 nights||87 963 Р||87 963 Р|
|for 11 nights||145 230 Р||147 067 Р|
|for 14 nights||64 113 Р||49 859 Р|
|81 837 Р||88 380 Р||64 586 Р|
|185 268 Р||87 691 Р||113 460 Р|
|147 312 Р||267 172 Р||52 754 Р|
|305 587 Р||470 253 Р||120 939 Р|
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Sightseeing I recommend to visit
The ensemble includes Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Mir-i-Arab Madrassah. This ensemble is one of the most famous in Uzbekistan. The capacity of the main Bukhara mosque is 10,000 people.
The minaret survived the capture of the city by Genghis Khan, and the madrasah Mir-i-Arab is known for the fact that it worked even during the Soviet era and was the only Muslim spiritual institution on Soviet territory.
All that is known about it is that it was built by Ismail Samani, the founder of the state, and that it is the only surviving structure left from the Samanid dynasty. During the reign of Samanids culture and economy blossomed, many historical monuments were built, but only the mausoleum has been preserved intact. And that is thanks to the fact that residents during the attack of Genghis Khan, covered the city with sand, having turned it into a hill. But so well covered, that dug out the mausoleum only in the last century, and was horrified by this.
Within several centuries to the tomb of Shahi Zinda, built in the XI century, additional buildings were added which make up today’s complex. Here is buried Kussama ibn Abbas, a relative of the Prophet Muhammad, who came to Samarkand to spread Islam, and stayed forever. The necropolis was so named: Shahi Zinda, which means living king. For several centuries, the mausoleums were added on and on, and it is known that here are buried women (sisters, wives and mothers) of the noblest clans and Tamerlane’s wife, sister and niece. All the buildings are elaborately covered in Arabic script and decorated with majolica and mosaics.
The famous tomb of Timur and his descendants. Initially it was conceived as an educational center, the construction of which was supervised by Tamerlane’s favorite grandson Muhammad. But his grandson died suddenly, and inconsolable Timur ordered in a short time to rebuild the center into a mausoleum. Here subsequently found rest both Timur and his sons, and his mentor, at whose feet he ordered himself to be buried.
At Timur’s tomb is a dark green jade tombstone set by his grandson Ulugbek. It was brought from China. The inscription on the slab reads, “Whoever violates my peace in this life or the next will be tormented and die.”
There are many legends associated with this slab. And, according to legend, the warning written on it comes true. The film “Gur-Emir” directed by M. Kayumov was made about it.
What to see in Uzbekistan: from ancient cities to mountain reserves
Tourists traveling to Uzbekistan, bet on a relaxing, interesting vacation with a gastronomic bias and, of course, on the rich excursion opportunities of the country. We have compiled a mini-guide for connoisseurs of cognitive rest, full of vivid impressions.
Uzbekistan is a country you can come to an endless number of times. And every time you fall in love with it anew.
Blue mosques of Samarkand, Bukhara caravanserais, ancient Khiva, mysterious Tashkent, unique Shakhrisabz, the cemetery of ships in Muynak, numerous archaeological sites Surkhandarya, the majestic madrassa of ancient Kokand – everyone should visit these places.
But even if you came just to walk along the streets and enjoy the oriental coloring, nothing will leave you indifferent.
The “sightseeing menu” of Uzbekistan, one of the centers of the legendary Silk Road, has an impressive collection of architectural monuments and ancient cities, each of which has its own pearls of the must see.
The most popular tourist sites in Uzbekistan are the cities of the Great Silk Road: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
WHAT TO SEE IN KHIVA
Khiva is first of all the ancient city of Ichan Kala. This is a real “portal to the Middle Ages,” and not for nothing it was the first city in Central Asia included in the UNESCO list.
Its streets are full of surprises for every building, because each of them has its own, sometimes very interesting, history. There are more than a hundred ancient mosques and madrassas, minarets and mausoleums.
Those who climb the highest minaret of Khiva Islam Khoja, will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city, with its flat earthen roofs and narrow streets.
Tourists who are very important to “rest their eyes” on vacation will also enjoy the Juma Mosque, built in the XIII century: its ceiling supported by 212 wooden columns.
You could be impressed by palaces and residences of Khiva rulers, amazing and unusual sites of ancient settlement Ayaz-Kala (ruins of antique fortress of Kushan Empire), Toprak-Kala (ancient Khorezmian capital of ancient times), etc.
TOP SIGHTS OF BUKHARA
Instagram photos don’t lie – Samarkand and Bukhara are also fascinating in their beauty. This place is a real Oriental fairy tale. The kaleidoscope of ancient streets does not allow you to let go of the camera, you want to take your time and shoot every house.
More than 400 architectural monuments make Bukhara the biggest open air museum in Central Asia. In 1993 the historical part of Bukhara was included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List.
The tourist center of Bukhara is the Lyabi-Hauz pond framed by a small square, two madrassahs and a mosque.
The ideal locations for tourists whose plans include visiting Bukhara’s main attractions – Poi-Kalon architectural complex located at the foot of the grand Kalon minaret on Registan square, Ark fortress, Samanidov mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum, Magaki – Attari mosque, Ulukbek madrasah, Mari-Arab madrasah, etc.
Samarkand, whose history accounts for over 2.7 thousand years – a diamond in the tourist scattering of cities in Uzbekistan, the keeper of ancient sights, an open-air museum.
Over the centuries Samarkand has inspired writers and conquerors, from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan. After the destruction of Samarkand by the latter, the city was brought back to life by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) and made the capital of his empire.
Almost all unique monuments of Tamerlane’s architecture have survived to this day.
One of the most important observatories of the Middle Ages, built by Ulugh Beg, the grandson of Amir Timur, is also interesting to visit. Under Ulugh Beg many madrassahs were built in Samarkand, so it became the scientific capital of the East.
Must see: Bibi-Hanym Mausoleum and Mosque (by the way, the largest mosque in all of Central Asia), as well as the necropolis of Shahi Zinda, which consists of beautiful tombs of the rulers of the Timurid dynasty.
Near the mosque Bibi-Hanim is Siyab market, which, like all bazaars in the East, deserves special attention of tourists.
Ruhabad Mausoleum is one of the oldest buildings of old Samarkand, and the ancient site of Afrosiab preserved cultural monuments that date back to the VI century.
Tourists will also be interested in the Imam al-Bukhari Memorial Complex built in 1998 on the ancient mazar (burial place) of the famous Islamic religious leader Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari to mark the 1225th anniversary of his birth.
SHAKHRISABZ AND ITS ARCHITECTURAL RICHES
Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, is 90 km from Samarkand. Tourists come to admire the ruins of the Aksaray palace of the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
The building was 73 meters high, there was a swimming pool on the roof, and on the portal it was inscribed: “If you doubt our greatness, look at the castles we have built.
Also noteworthy in Shakhrisabz and its environs are the Dorut-Tilovat memorial complex, the Dorus-Saodat, Shamsad-Din Kulyal and Gumbazi-Seyidan mausoleums.
Rich in significant monuments and majestic madrassas, the ancient city on the Silk Road – Kokand, founded in the 18th century.
This city, located in the Fergana Valley and surrounded by cotton fields, vineyards and vegetable plantations, was once a center of education and the development of science. It has preserved quite a lot of architecture of the early 20th century, both Uzbek (even highlight a special Kokand style) and Russian.
What to see first of all? The palace of Khudayar Khan, the madrasah of Norbut-biya, the tomb of the Kokand khans Dakhma-i-Shahan, and the Jami Mosque.
For a real magic of antiquity you should go to the southernmost city of Uzbekistan Termez, located on the right bank of the great Asian river Amu Darya, and founded, according to legend, by the legendary King Zoroaster. It is interesting, that the inhabitants of these places, Bactrians, already in V century B.C. called this town “ancient”.
The town has a collection of unique architectural monuments among which the Buddhist temple complex of Airatam deserves special attention.
There are also unique archeological complexes that date back to the ancient, Greco-Bactrian and Kushan periods of the history of Central Asia. There are offered to get acquainted with the findings of excavations of ancient monuments in the Museum of History of Uzbekistan, as well as in archeological museum of Termez.
The architectural complex of Sultan-Saodat, Surkhandarya’s Regional Museum of Local History, Musical Drama and Comedy Theater and other sights are sure to be of interest for the tourists who come to Termez.
The best way to get to Termez from the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent by plane (flight takes just under 1.5 hours) or by car.
Tashkent is definitely worth a walk in the center of the city, visit the Museum of Amir Timur, the Museum of the History of Uzbekistan, the Art Museum, the architectural ensemble of Hazrati Imam, Suzuk-Ota, the Palace of the Romanovs, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Minor Mosque and Kukeldash Madrasah.
It would be inexcusable not to pay close attention to gastronomy. For this purpose, one must go to Chorsu Market with its famous “gluttonous rows”.
Chorsu has been known since the times of the Silk Road and is conveniently located in the old part of Tashkent, which means that you can combine your visit to Chorsu with a visit to Kukeldash Madrasah and Khoja Ahrara and Jami Mosque.
ZAAMIN – UZBEK SWITZERLAND
Do you want to combine sightseeing and recreation surrounded by incredible natural beauty, get a mountain of impressions, surprise your friends and get the maximum number of likes on social networks?
Then you have to go to Zaamin. It is often called the “Uzbek Switzerland”. It has stunning landscapes and clean mountain air, a variety of fauna and flora, ancient pilgrimage sites and a unique national health resort.
The first thing to visit is Zaamin State Mountain Reserve. Its territory is covered with coniferous and juniper (juniper) forests, the only ones in the whole Central Asia.
Tourists who are hungry for bright emotions will be satisfied. Mountains and gorges, forests, flowers, rare animals will create a mood. And in the glade Kyzyl-ataksae you can see the giant red stones of bizarre shapes, resembling sphinxes.
A 20-meter high Boboengok walnut tree has been growing in the reserve for seven centuries, spreading its mighty branches for 28 meters. And at the outlet of the Chortanga canyon in the upper reaches of the river Yettikechi there are ruins of the ancient fortress Muk and ancient Chinese tunnels for mining silver.
Not far from Zaamin there is Pishgor village, on the territory of which there is a cave with preserved petroglyphs.
You are going to have a memorable meeting with one of the most beautiful gorges of the Morguzar mountain range. There is Teshiktosh cave and the tomb, popularly called “Parpi Oyim”. The cave is popular with women planning to become mothers.
In the Chortangi Gorge in inaccessible, deep crevices of rocks nest rare black storks, who come here every year.
The region also has opportunities for recreation. In Zaamin National Park, at an altitude of 2 thousand meters, there is a health and recreation center “Zaamin”.
ADVENTURES IN MUYNAK
You can feel the spirit of adventure in the town of Muynak (Karakalpakstan), located on the Uzbek coast of the dried up Aral Sea.
In the former fishing port has long ceased to fish, is now the so-called “graveyard of ships.
Here tourists are waiting for the perfect backdrop for the fantastic movies and unforgettable photos. The Arakum desert, plateau Ustyurt, the yurt camp “Muinak” also amaze even the most sophisticated tourists.
In addition, Karakalpakstan is considered an archaeological reserve in the open air. Nowadays there are over 300 archeological objects mainly left from Khorezm civilization.
While here, you can buy leather goods or treat yourself to the products of local craftsmen in woodcarving, weaving and embroidery. The Karakalpak people cherish their rich customs and traditions.
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