Flights to Uzbekistan
Flights to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan – Center of Ancient Silk Roads
Glorious for its magnificent past and diverse natural areas, Uzbekistan, also known as the Republic of Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia. To its north and northwest, the country is bounded by Kazakhstan, in the east and southeast by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with south and southwest regions surrounded by Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Tashkent Airport, located in the capital city of Tashkent is the main international gateway for airlines flying into the country.
About the Country
Sprawling on an area of 447,400 square km, Uzbekistan ranked 56th in the list of world’s largest nations by area. With a population of roughly 29 million people, Uzbekistan is the 42nd most populated countries in the world, with 81% of the population constituted by Uzbeks. Almost 88% of the people residing in the country are Muslims and official language here is Uzbek.
The country mostly enjoys mid-latitude desert climate with long and extreme hot summers (July to Aug), mild winters and offering semi-arid weather in the eastern regions. March to June and September to November are favorable tourist months. Climate during these periods are comfortable for outdoor explorations. It is also a good time of the year to visit Uzbekistan during Asrlar Sadosi festival (May) for those seeking to experience the cultural diversity of the country.
Major Cities & Attractions
Tourism in Uzbekistan centres on the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent, Kokand, Andijan and Shakhrisabz, which are also the major cities in the country. Cities like Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva has rich history which can be dated back to the times of Alexander the Great and houses some of the most precious architectural monuments of the country. These cities are also the gems of the great historical Silk Road.
Dating back to Amir Temur’s times, the majestic structure of Bibi-Khanum Mosque in Samarkand, the Fortress Ark, located in the heart of Bukhara city, Karakalpak State Museum showcasing over fifty thousand paintings and art works are among the most valuable and worth watching historical and heritage attractions in Uzbekistan.
Stroll along the streets of the ancient desert city, Khiva to enjoy the mesmerizing sights of various mosques, mausoleums and minarets of early times. The most prominent structures here are Kunya-Art Citadel, Murad, Inak Madrassa & Hojja Minaret. Besides, the modern city of Tashkent has its own charm offering unique historical delights, gardens, fountains and green parks. The architectural Zengi-Aa Complex, Alisher Navoi Opera, Ilkhom Theater, Khazret Imam are some of popular sightseeing places in Tashkent city.
Travelers are also attracted by the natural diversity of the country. There are numerous places that are of adventure tourist interest in Uzbekistan. The mountains of Chimgam and Charvak, situated at a distance of about 80 km from Tashkent, Nuratau Mountains, the plateau of Ustyurt offers great hiking trails and splendid landscapes. Take a trek to the mountain of Tien Shan and get a glimpse of the cave paintings of prehistoric man. The Kyzyl Kum desert and Kara Kum desert are best places for jeep-safari. One should also not miss to visit the Aydarkul Lake and the Aral Sea which are popular sites in the country.
Eating & Shopping
Uzbek cuisine is one of the essential aspects of Uzbek culture. The cuisine is very flavorful and is greatly influenced by local agriculture. An array of breads and noodles are major parts of Uzbek meals. Among the meats used, mutton is very popular and is also a part of many Uzbek dishes. Some of the most popular traditional dishes include Plov, manti, samsa, shurpa, lagman and shashlik. Most of the tourist locations and major cities in the country have well-established restaurants where tourists can savor delicious local fare as well as other dishes.
Shopping is one of the fun elements of any trip and a trip to Uzbekistan is no exception. Babaichik figurine and the traditional Uzbek cap, tubeteika are must buy souvenir items for tourists visiting the country. Aside from these, ceramics, wood carvings, metal arts, national clothes, fur, embroidery items, oriental fabrics & carpets, Uzbek wines and Samarkand paper are some popular items to shop for in Uzbekistan. Yangiabad Bazaar, Alayski Bazaar, Eski Djouva Bazaars are very famous shopping sites. Various supermarkets, shops and other variety of shopping options are also available across the country.
Flights to Uzbekistan
The prime international airport in Uzbekistan linking to the rest of the globe is Tashkent Airport. Other important airports in the country also include Andijan airport, Bukhara airport, Nukus airport, Karshi airport, Ferghana airport, Termez airport, Namangan airport and Urgench airport. Uzbekistan Airways is the major international as well as domestic air carrier in the country.
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