|Uzbek Som||31,85 million|
|New Year (January 01), Women’s Day (March 08), Newroz (March 21), Day of Remembrance (May 09), Independence Day (September 01), Teacher’s Day (October 01), Constitution Day (December 08), Ramadan Feast, Sacrifice Holiday|
As one of the enjoyable destinations of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is simply enthralling by its marvelous towns with a history of thousands of years. This Asian country shines out by its unique culture, its contemporary life embracing its historic fabric and the magnificent Aral Sea. Having an extremely high potential economically especially in gold mining and cotton harvesting, Uzbekistan is a favorite spot not only in cultural tours, but also in business trips, by its rich underground resources.
The country is flooded by a large number of tourists all year round both for commercial, business and vacation purposes. Take a look at the flights to Uzbekistan now with Turkish Airlines to enjoy a privileged journey of high quality.
Turkish Airlines flies to five different destinations in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, Urgench and Fergana.
Flights from Istanbul Airport (IST) to Samarkand International Airport (SKD) or Tashkent International Airport (TAS) take nearly four to four and a half hours.
Tashkent International Airport (TAS) is the busiest airport countrywide, with its capacity of more than 2 million passengers per year, which is followed by Samarkand International Airport (SKD) and Bukhara International Airport (BHK).
Air traffic in the country gets busier especially during the festivals and holidays. As a significant stop on the Historic Silk Road, Uzbekistan’s Bukhara city hosts the International Silk and Spices Cultural Fest in May which is held with huge participation. International Food Festival in Tashkent, is another remarkable fest also held in May. Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival in Samarkand is held with participation from all over the world in August. Tashkent Festival of Plov (Rice), European Film Festival and Tashkent Beer Festival are other notable crowd-pulling events taking place countrywide.
Owning a deep-rooted history dating back to the 2nd century B.C., the capital Tashkent hosts an utterly modern life today. One of the favorite attractions in the city is the Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh, a remarkable leader of 19th century who attached great importance to science and arts. Kukeldash Madrasah in the city center arouses interest as well, by its square shaped structure made of yellow bricks. Barak-khan Madrasah, which is regarded as the city’s icon and the largest madrasah, on the other hand, owns one of the two largest Korans worldwide. Amir Timur Museum, located on the square with the same name, is named after Amir Timur, cited as a strong and fair leader who played a big role in the history of Uzbekistan which declared independence in 1991.
As another historic town of Uzbekistan, Samarkand maintains its commitment to the past both traditionally and architecturally. Globally known as one of the most stunning models of Central Asian architecture, Registan is surely amongst the top visited spots in Samarkand. Ulugh Beg Madrasah which is very close to Registan, is one of the significant educational institutions in the Central Asia. Bibi-Khanym Mosque, which is named after Timur’s spouse, ranks among the prominent architectural structures countrywide; the gigantic presence of the mosque represents the power of Timur. Other tourist attractions in the city include Ancient Business Center Chorsu, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Central Bazaar, Afrasiab Museum and Sher-Dor Madrasah.
As a home to the valuable scholars of the Turkish Islamic world, Bukhara is shown among the top remarkable Islamic centers worldwide. Hosting a large number of mosques, madrasahs and caravanserais, this lovely city appeals to those who are especially fond of religious and cultural tours. The most attractive structure in the city is Bukharo Kalon Minaret with its height of 48 meters. The Ark Citadel, which served as a palace of the rulers of the land throughout its history, together with the Bukhara State Architectural Art Museum located in the Citadel captivate the visitors by its priceless archive.
You may wish to visit multiple destinations during your visit to Uzbekistan, where you can experience a stunning desert safari as well. It is possible to benefit from bus services offering public transport between the cities. If you are interested in a more private option, you may also consider renting a car to save your time for seeing more destinations.