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Posts Tagged ‘Uzbekistan’

A Local Look at Uzbekistan’s Colourful Markets

  • Stephen Lioy (text and photos)
  • 7 October 2012

When in Central Asia, one of the easiest ways to see life from a local’s perspective is to wander through the markets of each town – places where travellers can readily find just about anything. Most of the items on sale in the bazaars of Uzbekistan are locally grown and produced, so the markets are also a great stop for anyone looking to shop sustainably and responsibly.

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Myths and Minarets in Uzbekistan’s Ancient Cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 28 November 2011

Uzbekistan is a premier cultural heritage destination sought out each year by more and more travellers wishing to immerse themselves in the magic of Central Asia’s Great Silk Road. How do you keep your bearings? Learn the unique stories behind the buildings. In each of Uzbekistan’s three Silk Road cities – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – a landmark minaret has a myth behind it, adding a touch of intrigue to the present-day wonder.

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Photo of the Week: Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – the Tomb of Temur, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

  • Luke Ford (Photo) Cynthia Ord (Text)
  • 13 November 2011

In a place called Shakhrisabz, about 80 kilometres south of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, a giant monument to the 14th-century Mongol khan Temor (Tamerlane) marks the place he was born. The towering statue of Temor cues what is to come: in the city of Samarkand itself, even more references to one of the country’s most important historical figures are to be found, including the heavily-restored mausoleum where he was buried.

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‘The Region Initiative’ Connects Silk Road Tourism Destinations

  • Muhammad Asad and Laurel Angrist
  • 19 October 2011

Any far-reaching initiative that promotes tolerance, interfaith harmony and shared opportunity really stands out, especially in the world of travel. Such is the case with The Region Initiative, a broad-based, tri-regional responsible-tourism partnership founded in May 2010 and spanning South Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe with the goal of connecting communities along the ancient Silk Road.

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I’m with the Band: Sharing Music at Weddings in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 6 July 2011

My chance encounter with Sadriddin occurred in a local coffee shop in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. What started as an inquisitive chat between tables ended with an invitation to join him and a musician friend for a jam session in his living room. After three or four songs, he suggested that, later that night, I attend a local wedding reception at which he was performing.

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Top Five Horse Sports in Asia

  • whl.travel
  • 6 June 2011

All around the world, horses are often the star athletes of best-loved sports that go way back in history, most tracing their roots to the ancient equine traditions and horsemanship originally practiced in Asia and the East. We’ve taken a look at some of the most fascinating horse sports in Asia – tournaments, games and traditions that helped define the local cultures of which they are still an integral part today.

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Buzkashi: One Against All on Horseback in Uzbekistan

  • Kristina Yermakova
  • 19 May 2011

Buzkashi, which literally means ‘goat fetching,’ is a traditional horse game of the steppe nomads in Central Asia. It has been played since the epoch of Genghis Khan, the 12th-century ruler of the Mongol Empire, and variations of the game are popular in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, northern Pakistan and Kazakhstan, as well as in Uzbekistan, where, having first found followers in rural villages, it is today a celebrated national sport.

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Photo of the Week: Delicacies of the Tashkent Bazaar, Uzbekistan

  • Valeriy Bukharov (Photo) Alexei Bukharov (Text)
  • 19 September 2010

There are several big bazaars in the city and most of them still function just the way they did hundreds of years ago, although, of course, they pay proper attention to sanitation and food safety. Traditionally, bazaars are not only the place to buy food, but also, and more importantly, to socialise, hear the latest news and bargain vigorously.

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Photo of the Week: A Warm Smile from an Elder in Uzbekistan

  • Nabikhan Utarbekov (photo), Lyudmila Vafaeva (text)
  • 4 April 2010

Uzbekistan is valued for many things, but its most precious treasures are its historical heritage, rich culture and, of course, its people. The cordiality and hospitality possessed by local citizens make acquaintance with them an unforgettable experience for people in Uzbekistan who have come from abroad.

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Inside Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara

  • whl.travel
  • 3 March 2009

Exploring Uzbekistan is like leafing through the pages of an Eastern fairytale. During your journey you come across ancient fortresses, emirs’ palaces, tall minarets, noisy bazaars, fragrant cuisine and myriads of legends. But beyond some of the more better-known highlights there are distinctive aspects of each place that should not be overlooked.

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