Uzbekistan travel

Uzbekistan travel


The Republic of Uzbekistan is another example of a Central Asian Republic landlocked country that gained independence when the USSR collapsed. The 447,400 sq km country, with a population of 26.6 million people, has the Turan Lowland to the northwest, the Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alay mountain ridges to the southeast and the Kyzyl-Kum Desert to the north and shares borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. It also includes the southern portion of the Aral Sea, which has been rendered partly unfit for potable water due to heavy pollution caused by indiscriminate dumping of industrial waste.

Kyzyl-Kum Desert

by stefan_fotos

Its terrain is generally flat/rolling sandy desert with dunes; broad and highly irrigated river valleys along the two big rivers flowing across the country, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya (Sirdaryo), and the smaller Zarafshon; Fergana Valley in the east is surrounded by mountainous Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tashkent is its capital city, and the official language is Uzbek, which is widely used. Russian, Tajik, Kara kalpak, and English are the other languages in use. The country has 12 provinces and 226 cities/districts. The principal religion is Islam at 88%, with Christianity following at 9%.

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by stefan_fotos

The climate of Uzbekistan is friendly, with many sunny days. January is a cold wintry month, with temperatures between -10ºC to +30ºC. Summer is hot and dry, with July overly hot, at temperatures between +35ºC to +45ºC. A pleasant autumn is the season for delicious fruits. There are two tourist seasons, March to May and August to October. Tourist activity in winter is reserved for mountains and winter sports enthusiasts.

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by jzielcke

Uzbekistan has become the world’s second-largest exporter of cotton, banking heavily on cotton production as the primary source of forex income. Other earners include gold, oil and natural gas. Uzbekistan saw growth in GDP in 2009, unaffected by the global economic crisis, mainly due to its isolation from global markets. It’s GDP – per capita (PPP) was $2,800 in 2009. People below the poverty line were an unbelievable 45%.

The Uzbeks have led a settled life for centuries, which is reflected in their mouth-watering cuisine. In the summer, fruits like grapes, pears, apricots, cherries, pomegranates, quinces, persimmons and figs are found in abundance, as are vegetables. The winter diet is based on dried fruit, vegetables and preserves. Uzbeks prefer mutton as their source of protein. Uzbek dishes are mild and far from fiery. Oven baked flat bread, “naan”, are usually served with every meal.

Apart from Tashkent, other major cities are Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Urgench, Fergana among many others. All cities have accommodation to suit every budget. Travel arrangements are very good, with excellent roads and decent railways. Travel by air is also convenient. Currently, Uzbekistan is the only country in the region with a subway system, which is reportedly the cleanest in the former USSR.

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by Boonlong1

The Uzbek currency is the Soum (UZS); the exchange rate is 1,469 UZS per US dollar. Uzbek time is at UTC + 05:00 hours. Uzbekistan Airways operates an Airbus fleet to over twenty international airfields from Tashkent, Samarkand and Urgench and has another dozen domestic airstrips for internal use. All foreigners except citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, need to have visas to enter the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Date posted: 31st July, 2018

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