Uzbekistan, Tashkent | History of Tashkent

History of Tashkent When you go on a journey to Central Asia, you must surely visit Tashkent Uzbekistan. This city has an ancient history with numerous interesting stories, which creates a special atmosphere for everyone visiting the country. Tashkent tourism becomes more affordable each year, offering travelers to find out what happened on the urban streets, which building is the oldest, and how people used to live there in ancient times, without spending too much on a trip. Yet, here are some things you can learn before arriving. How It Began The oldest urban and agrarian civilizations of Central Asia have appeared first in the watershed of the Chirchiq River. That’s exactly where the beautiful Tashkent was born. More than…

Samarkand, Uzbekistan | History of Samarkand

History of Samarkand Regardless of what type of vacation you are planning and with whom, Samarkand Uzbekistan can be a wonderful destination for anyone. During the city’s almost-three-thousand-year existence, it has always been the crossroads of civilizations, cultures, and peoples. Being commonly known in different parts of the planet as a fantastic place with a unique oriental flavor that enriches Uzbekistan history, this city is both ancient and at the same time forever young. Marks of the Ancient Times Samarkand, being kind of an old greybeard among other cities of the world, embodies the stories of countries and nations and shows how time influences generations of people. Just like the locations of the first civilizations – Rome, Athens, Babylon, Alexandria,…

Shakhrisabz | Useful information about Shakhrisabz

 Welcome to Picturesque Shakhrisabz One of the marvelous cities in Uzbekistan is sited 80 kilometers south of Samarkand, behind the high Davenport Karachi mountain pass. This city is called Shakhrisabz. No matter in what period of the year you decide to visit this ancient city, it appears to travelers as a huge green garden. And if you come in the evening, Shahrisabz will be glowing with all its street lights. Looking at it, you cannot believe that this small town is 2700 years old. It’s also difficult to believe that this small colorful town has played a considerable role in the story of Central Asia and its regions. A Small Town with a Big History It is known that about…

Bukhara city – Tours from Dolores Travel | Bukhara history

Samarkand  is the beauty of the earth, hut Bukhara is the beauty of the spirit Traditional Bukhara, the most shameless sink of iniquity that I know in the East. Arminius Vambery 1868 Travel writers, chroniclers and historians are in agreement about Bukhara city: Bukhara the Holy, Bukhara the Noble, the Dome of Islam, the Pillar of Religion, the beauty of the spirit, the most intact city in the hoary East, the most interesting city in the world. Bukhara history Persian prince Siyavush, who built a citadel here shortly after marrying the daughter of Afrosiab in Samarkand, is the traditional founder of Bukhara city, but its growth has for centuries depended largely upon its strategic location on the crossroads to Merv, Gurganj,…

Khiva | History of Khiva

Welcome to Khiva, Uzbekistan While traveling, we are not looking for shopping centers or skyscrapers. We long to dive into a foreign, strange, unexplored culture. We want to witness the outstanding architecture and weird-looking buildings, to taste new dishes, and to see completely different people. The Khiva city is able to satisfy all of those desires.   Khiva Throughout the Centuries Ancient Khiva is sited in the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan, 30 kilometers away from its regional center Urgench in the Amu-Darya’s lower reaches. Khiva is a unique open-air museum, the main pearl of the Khorezm oasis surrounded by the deserts, which stretches along the left strand of the Amu-Darya. For several centuries, Khiva was one of the major centers…

Nukus | History of Nukus

 The Young Heart of Karakalpakstan Republic Surrounded by three deserts, the Uzbek city Nukus (Nokis in Karakalpak) is situated on the north of Uzbekistan. The city is the capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, which is the most extensive in territory and the most thinly populated region in Uzbekistan (the density of population here is only 10 people per square km). Nukus is the sixth largest city in the country, but someone may tell you this is the least appealing destination among tourists. Don’t believe them! This city has an ace in the hole. Developing and Attractive for Travelers Nukus is a Soviet creation, and some may find it not that beautiful as other big Uzbek cities. Still, after…

Margilan | History of Margilan

Visit Beautiful Margilan on Your Uzbekistan Vacation Margilan is the silk capital of the East, located 15 kilometers north of Fergana and Kokand. In 2007, it celebrated its 2000th anniversary, so it is an old city indeed. According to some archaeological researches, some types of agriculture existed on its territory already in the 13th century BC. History of Margilan According to the legends, the name of the city is associated with Alexander the Great. Margilan comes from the word “Murginan”, which is a dish that Alexander was once offered during his stay in the city. The dish was pretty simple – chicken and bread – but Alexander found it very tasty and so he gave the name “Murginan” to the…

Ferghana Valley | History of Ferghana Valley

Fergana Valley – the Pearl of Uzbekistan About the Fergana Valley Being often referred to as the Pearl of Uzbekistan, Fergana Valley is famous for its magnificent landscapes and ancient history. The picturesque valley is located in the eastern Uzbekistan. Covering the territory of more than 22,000 square meters, the area is inhabited by almost 7 million people.   The Tien Shan mountains and the Syr Darya and Naryn rivers create the most favorable conditions for animal husbandry ad agriculture. Thanks to its soft dry climate, with temperatures varying from +28ºС in summer to -2,5 ºС in winter, the valley is a popular tourist destination all over the year. The major cities located in the Fergana Valley are Andijan, Fergana,…

Kokand | History of Kokand

Kokand – the Center of the Great Silk Road Being widely recognized as a cultural phenomenon of the Middle East, Kokand city turns out to be a great combination of magnificent architectural constructions, picturesque landscapes, and ancient cultures. Kokand, located 228 km southeast of Tashkent, is considered one of the most significant cities in Uzbekistan. These days, Kokand is not only an important industrial, cultural, and trading hub but also a land of famous poets, writers, and scholars. History of Kokand Being located on the crossroads of the ancient trading routes in the Uzbek province of Ferghana, Kokand Uzbekistan had been a trading center of the Silk Road during the 10th century. The city was later destroyed by the Mongolian…

Qarshi, Uzbekistan | Qarshi – city of southern Uzbekistan

Qarshi – the City of Many Attractions If you ever consider a trip to Uzbekistan, there is one place that will grant you the feeling of ancient oriental tales. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and cotton fields, Qarshi city is located about 520 km away from Tashkent in the south-southwest direction. Thanks to its location in a fertile oasis, Qarshi has turned into one of the major economic, trading, and agricultural sites in Uzbekistan. Historical Insights Nowadays, Qarshi is well-known for the large Shurtan natural gas fields located around the area and the military airport Khanabad temporary used by NATO military forces. However, only some of us know that Qarshi is actually one of the world’s most ancient cities, with the…