Tourism in Uzbekistan
Read the article below about tourism in Uzbekistan and what prospects it offers for a traveller interested in culure, lifestyles, archaeology and spirituality.
Between the two rivers Amudarya and Syrdarya, in the area called Maverannahr, human civilizations emerged thousands of years ago. They built huge cities that compared well with Babylon or Rome, and amazed travelers and merchants on the Great Silk Road with their beauty and sophisticated infrastructure.
This land has been a scene for atrocious clashes and violent fights between uncountable armies: Cyrus, Darius, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane wanted to realize their ambitions and dominate the world. Between devastating war campaigns local rulers patronized science and arts and prepared a remarkable emergence of prominent scholars, cultural personalities and poets from Central Asia. They have compiled comprehensive and amazingly precise catalogues of stars and built tremendous palaces with swimming pools on their roofs with water pumped up through lead pipes, at the time when Paris and London were primitive villages.
Centuries of Islamic domination have strongly influenced the material culture of peoples in Central Asia and produced a fanciful blend of previous local cults and traditions merged with the Islamic culture. What Central Asia possesses now as historical monuments and cultural heritage has no match anywhere in the world. It was a unique place on planet Earth where five religions adjoined and co-existed peacefully.
Present-day Central Asia and Uzbekistan in particular, are ready to share all its beauties and treasures with interested visitors and will be happy if you take advantage of genuine Uzbek hospitality.