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«Lyabi-Hauz» Restaurant, Bukhara
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 21 july 2014

  «Lyabi-Hauz» Restaurant is located in the centre of Bukhara. Skillful cooks of the restaurant always offer you the most delicious national and European dishes, the taste of which will remain forever in your memory, because each dish is cooked here is a kind work of art, and good humor and kindness will be your constant companions. Visiting this cozy place near the pond of the architectural complex Labi-Hauz, you will plunge into the world of an ancient civilization and history.   «Lyabi-Hauz» Restaurant accepts orders for service groups and group activities. If you reach architectural complex Lyabi-Hauz, you will see the beautiful view of the restaurant «Lyabi-Hauz» which combines the architectural traditions of the old East.    Address: Nakshbandi Street, Bukhara city  Cuisine: European, Uzbek  Popular dishes: palo...

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National holidays of uzbekistan
Published: 23 june 2014

Nowruz (New day) is celebrated on March 21, the day of vernal equinox. This day Uzbek families cook national dishes such as sumalyak, pilaf, samsa and others. This holiday symbolizes friendship, unity and brotherhood of all peoples. That is why, this day people must forgive each other, not quarrel, as well as help the poor men. According to tradition, all this brings home good luck, prosperity and well-being. People visit their relatives and friends, sing songs, as well as wish the New Year to be prosperous. The Uzbeks who live in villages arrange traditional competitions and games.Ramazan Hait is celebrated on the 9 month Hijri on Muslim calendar. It is a celebration of moral and spiritual purification. After fasting-day – Uraza, which lasts 30 days, is celebrated Ramazan Hait. During Uraza it is not allowed to eat, drink and take pleasure. But after sunset and before sunrise it i...

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Amir Timur
Published: 09 june 2014

The great military leader Amir Timur (Tamerlane) was born April 9, 1336 in Khoja-Ilgar village, Kesh (now Karshi, Uzbekistan). The founder played a significant role in the history of Central, South and West Asia, as well as Caucasus, the Volga region and Russia.Biography of Tamerlane’s political activity is similar to Genghis Khan. Timur also was interested in all the details of the organization of the military forces of the enemy, as well as he had authority with his troops and always could rely on their associates. Since young age Timur was smart and courage, he liked to talk with scientists, listening to the reading of historical works. He was not only forward-looking ruler and a talented organizer, but also cruel conqueror, ruthlessly suppressing any disobedience.Most of his life the great commander spent in campaigns, his reign lasted 35 years (1370 - 1405). In 1370 Timur was ...

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Mirzo Ulugbek
Published: 09 june 2014

Mirzo Ulugbek is the statesman, an outstanding scientist, great astronomer and mathematician, grandson of the famous ruler and Commander Amir Timur, was born March 22, 1394 in Sultaniya city (Azerbaijan).In 1409 Ulugbek became the ruler of Samarkand. During his reign, the city was one of the world centers of science of the Middle Ages. There used to be scientific school, united prominent astronomers and mathematicians. In the years 1417-1420 there was built a madrassah in Samarkand, which was the beginning of the architectural ensemble of the Registan. Since young ages Ulugbek fond of astronomy. So, he built a unique structure for its time, the famous observatory. In 1437 Ulugbek created Gurgansky Zidj (catalog of the sky), where were described 1018 stars. In 1444, after thirty years of astronomical observations the great astronomer created his scientific work - "Zij jadidi Guragani" or ...

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Alpamysh
Published: 20 may 2014

  «Alpamysh» is nation heroic epic in the Turk people. This epic tale about the hero Alpamysh and his exploits, formed in 14-17 centuries, when the people of Central Asia waged a struggle against Jungar rulers. The most extensive version of the legends of the Uzbek Alpamysh is recorded by Fazil Juldash-ogly.   Compositionally epic is divided into two parts: 1) Alpamysh’s trip to the bride, marriahe of heroes; 2) Alpamysh’s campaign against Kalmyk ruler Taychahan, his seven-year stay in prison and victorious return to his homeland. The main ideas of the epic are struggle of the people for independence, the highest human ideals and peaceful life. The first part of "Alpamysh" was published in Russian translation edited by the poet Hamid Alimjan in 1939 in Tashkent. The plot of the epic is close to mythology of the ancient Turkic and Mongolian people. So, in...

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Ugham Chatkalsky National Park
Published: 03 may 2014

Ugham Chatkalsky National Park was founded in 1990, is located in Tashkent region, offshoot mountain range of the Western Tien Shan. The reserve area is 574.6 hectares. The main purpose of the park is to preserve the unique landscapes, using them for recreational purposes, as well as for agriculture.Territory of Ugham Chatkalsky Park is divided into functional areas: recreation area, wildlife area and area of natural landscapes. Today, there are 2200 plants, among which the most popular are the family Asteraceae (Compositae), Papilionaceous (legumes), Poaceae (gramineous). Approximately 650 species of plants are used in medicine and 400 species as food. Reserve’s fauna includes about 280 species: mammals - 44 species; birds - more than 200; fish - 20; reptiles - 16; amphibians - 2. During the journey you can hear a pleasant birds singing; these are larks, oriole, white-winged woodp...

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Legend of Shah-i-Zinda necropolis
Published: 23 april 2014

One of the world-famous ancient burial places of Central Asia Shahi Zinda is located in the north-east of Samarkand. Ensemble includes mausoleums and other religious buildings 11-14, and 19th centuries. Shahi Zinda in Arabic means "The Living King".According to legend, the Prophet Mohammed a cousin Kusam ibn Abbas, who was sent to earth to preach religion Islam. During the prayer he was killed and beheaded. As he was saint, he didn’t die, but he took his head and went down to the cave where he drank living water, getting immortality. It is said that to this day he lives there.There is also a holly tree at the end of the corridor on the east side of the cemetery Shah-i-Zinda. According to legend, it is able to fulfill wishes. Legend says he who twice visits the complex Shahi-Zinda, will make satisfaction for sins and be forgiven from on high.  ...

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Sumalyak
Published: 23 april 2014

  Sumalyak is a festive dish of Uzbek cuisine, prepared from sprouted wheat. As a rule it is prepared during the celebration of Navruz. In ancient time sumalyak was prepared before spring planting. This traditional Uzbek dish is cooked in a kettle on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. It is noteworthy that for the preparation of this dish people use stones. There is a legend, who will find the stone, he must make a wish and it will come true.   There are also several legends about the origin of sumalyak. One of them says: people, who settled in Central Asia, engaged in farming. Once extremely severe cold came in winter, of course people were not ready to such bitter cold. Food stocks run out. People had to gather sprouted wheat grains and cook food from stocks. Having tasted unappetizing dish, defenders of the city felt burst of force and energy, that be...

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Mountains of Uzbekistan
Published: 27 march 2014

Mountains of Uzbekistan refer to the mountain systems of the Western Tien Shan and Southern Tien Shan (Gissar-Alay, including Turkestan, Zaravshan, Gissar, Karategin, Alay ridges).The high of the mountains on the territory of Uzbekistan reaches more than 4000 m., but all picks of 4000 m, high are situated in the boundary regions. For example, Khazrat-Sultan Pick – the highest point in Uzbekistan (4643 m.) in Gissar ridge, located in Surhandarya region borders on Tajikistan. Adelung Pick (4301 m.) is the highest point in Pskem ridge and borders on Kyrgyzstan, as well as Beshtor Pick (4299 m.).The huge and compound mountain system of Central Asia belongs to the highest mountain systems of Europe and Asia mountain ranges. The range crosses the whole Eurasian continent from West to East. The Tian Shan and the Pamir-Alay mountain systems are included to its central and highest part, so ...

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Sarmysh gorge
Published: 12 november 2013

In Uzbekistan in the Kizilkum mountains near Navoi city there is Sarmysh gorge. It is the area of the massif Bukantau. At the end of the 80-s of the 20th century there were rumours in this region, that UFO accidents occurred in Sarmysh gorge. The scientific expedition immediately flew to the site of occurrence. The researchers made the great and laborious task, but no remains of the UFO were found. However, the expedition was not entirely fruitless. In the gorge Sarmysh many ancient rock paintings were discovered by scientists. Among these pictures there were very unusual examples. People alike aliens in obscure outfits resembling spacesuits were depicted on the paintings. The researchers suggest that the age of the patterns is ten or fifteen thousand years. The scientists already found something like this in the caves in China and Spain. But there were not so many petroglyphs anywhere...

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The theatre of historical costume "El Merosi"
Published: 25 september 2013

  The theatre of historical costume "El Merosi"("The People's Heritage") has been working since 2005. Today, the theatre "El Merosi" offers you the costumes of different epochs. Thanks to them, we can get acquainted with the secrets and laws of folk art’s beauty.   In Samarkand theatre of historical costume "El merosi" you can see the life and traditions of the residents of our region from the earliest times to the present. Here are the costumes of different historical periods:  - Costume of Scythian horsemen and warriors of the first millennium BC, was created based on the Hermitage collection, the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. The leather fabrics and animal skins were used for their production.  - Anahita costume of 6th century BC, was created based on the funds of the Samarkand Museum of History, found on Afrasiab se...

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Art-café “Uchkuduk”
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 20 september 2013

  We have dreamt of visiting the magic world of caravans of the Great Silk Road since childhood. Here, in this world we can see charming east beauties, banquets with tasty dishes and fulfillment of wishes. Art-café “Uchkuduk” is fairy tale in reality. Two floors are at your service. There is a big banquet room with three legendary wells on the ground floor. The VIP cabins are on the first floor. The halls are decorated in accordance to Uzbek traditions.   “Fergana” hall is decorated with pictures of the famous “Farhad and Shirin”, “Bukhara” hall is the summer residence of Said Olim Khan, “Nukus” hall is decorated as a jurt, the gates of dazzling Ak-Sarai are alwaus opened in “Shakhrisabz” hall.   “Uch-Kuduk” is the guide not only in the history, but also the guide into the world of c...

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Gafur Ghulyam Park
Published: 02 september 2013

  Park of Culture and Rest named Gafur Ghulyam  was established in 1967. Today, it is one of the biggest and green parks not only in Tashkent, but also in the whole country. It has an area of 23 hectares. There are majestic plane trees, slender birches and pines, oaks.   Gafur Ghulyam Park is a real oasis in the big city in the summer heat. Having been here, you will forget about scorching heat, because there are so many different trees and fresh greenery. There is a lake in the middle of the park, where you can ride a boat and catamaran. A large number of park amusements are attracted both children and adults. The main attraction of the park is “Ferris wheel”, the movement of which means that the park is open. Here you can spend not only merry holiday with children, but also just to relax and sit in the shade of trees.   There is a small zoo corner in the...

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Mirzo Ulugbek Park
Published: 29 august 2013

  Mirzo Ulugbek Park, former park Thelman is one of the oldest and fascinating parks in Tashkent. It is great place for funny rest with children and friends. Her you can also relax under the shade of green trees, beautiful plants surrounded by greenery. It is especially nice to do after a hard day's work.   There are many different attractions both for children and young people. It is mostly of course children’s rides, as most of the audiences are children.   For the first time the solemn opening of the park was held on June 24, 1934. During the war, there were organized free meals for evacuated children. After the war, there were musical evenings. It was like city “music room”.   Today, there is an artificial lake in the park, where you can ride on boats and catamarans, a huge Ferris wheel from which you can take all round view of Tashkent, as well ...

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Japanese garden
Published: 26 august 2013

  Japanese garden is a small park in Tashkent, located in the territory of "Uzexpocentre". It was built jointly by the initiative of the Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.   August 25, 2001 was the opening day of the Japanese garden. It is an unusually beautiful place is frequently visited by brides and grooms so that to make a beautiful wedding photos. Being in a Japanese garden, you plunge into depth and originality of Japanese culture, as well as learn their philosophy, a way of thinking.   There is a sacred Japanese tree sakura (Japanese cherry) on the bank of the old lake filled with Japanese lotus. From here visitors make trips by small boat. There is also a tea house where you can get a feeling of unusual tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony.   There are two pavilions – Azumaya in...

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Tashkent Disneyland
Published: 20 august 2013

  Tashkent Disneyland is Amusement Park, located near the Water Park. Here, in the centre of the city, you will have a unique opportunity to ride on dizzy “roller coaster”, as well as there is “Ferris Wheel”; here you can admire the beautiful view of our city.   You will also sail on a boat among the thickets of tropical plants on the ride “Jungle”, meeting on the way different wild animals under the accompanying sound that creates the illusion of your stay in the tropical jungle.   There are also many other swings: “boat”, “wave”, “frog”. If you prefer extreme sport, you should try the “hammer”, which gives a dose of adrenaline.   The youngest visitors of the park can enjoy a fun time on the classic children’s carousel. It will not leave anyone indifferent.   Tashkent Disne...

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Uzbek head-dress
Published: 14 august 2013

  The Uzbek head-dress has always been one of the most popular and widespread types of applied art of Uzbekistan. It is a hard or soft cap on the lining. The Uzbek head-dress became an integral part of the Uzbek national costume, came into the life and traditions of Uzbek people. It (from the Turkic "Tube" - top) is not only the national head-dress among the Uzbeks, but also among other Central Asian nations. They are classified by types: men, women, children, for old people. Old women do not wear it. Child's head-dresses (kulohcha, kalpakcha, duppi, kulupush) are colorful fabrics, fluffiness of tassels and beads, embroidery, spangles and lots of charms. The most common forms of Uzbek head-dreasses are- square, slightly conical. They are made of two or more layers of fabric quilted and fixed with a silk or cotton thread. It is usually embroidered with a silk thread, gold or silver c...

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Aquapark
Published: 14 august 2013

  The beach season in Tashkent begins with the opening of Tashkent Water Park, where adults and children can spend unforgettable summer holiday. The Tashkent aquapark was built in 1997, located near the TV tower, next to the hotel “Intercontinental”.   Here are fascinating and colorful water slides for children, “kamikadze” for adults, “Jakuzzi” with the effect of massage and swimming pool, simulating sea wave. The water in the pools of Water Park is so clear that meets drinking water standards. The waterslides are built according to age.   Having enjoyed the pleasure and extreme, you will feel an irresistible hunger. There are several cafes on the territory of the Water Park: "Favorite", "Aqua", "Jacuzzi", "Expo", "Green Island" where you can enjoy a variety of meals and snacks of international cuisine.  Address: Tashkent city, Ami...

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Carpet factory in Samarkand
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 14 august 2013

Where else but in the East, one can observe an abundance of bright colors and tints. And oriental carpets are still famous for this.Uzbekistan has always been famous for producing carpets. Uzbek carpets are rich in embossing and drawing. While being in Samarkand, you of cause will see carpets of unusual colors, weaved by skilled girls, who produce this beauty by their hands.In Samarkand you should visit the carpet factory “Khudjum”, where for many years the famous silk “miracle” has been producing by hand. Only natural silk threads are used for this, and carpets are weaved on vertical or horizontal weaving looms.Unfortunately, the technology of producing these unique articles by the middle of the XIX century had been almost lost. And only by the end of 90s of last century by laborious task, step by step the forgotten trade was restored in Margilan, Khiva and Samar...

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Tashkent zoological garden
Published: 06 august 2013

  Tashkent Zoo is a cultural and educational institution, organized in 1924. In 1940 the exposition of the zoo included more than 200 different species of animals and birds.   In 1994 the Uzbek government decided to build a new modern zoological garden. In 1997 it opened its doors for both residents and visitors of the capital. The territory of New Tashkent Zoo is 22 hectares.   Today, the exposition of zoological garden has more than three thousand of animals and 415 different species of birds. Here you can see 58 species of mammals, 74 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 191 species of fish.   There is also the "Aquarium" with sharks, morays and other inhabitants of underwater world. Workers of the zoo engaged in improvement of the territory, grow rare plants.   Taking a walk along the zoo, you can enjoy not only funny animals but also camel and hors...

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