Have you ever wondered how Aladdin’s city would have looked like if it was all not fictional? To experience your imaginative city in real, you should pack your bags and head to Uzbekistan, which is a landlocked country in the heart of Central Asia. In Uzbekistan, one can get to experience a place with highly infused culture, scrumptious food, compelling mosques, mausoleums, and madrasas, etc. Its architectural beauty is deeply soaked in the captivating history of the Silk Road which links China with Rome and the Middle East. It is believed to be one of the most ancient civilizations that have persistently inhabited and grew old into cities of Samarkand, Khiva, Tashkent, and Bukhara. This place is a heaven for travelers where you will see its beautiful Mosques with Turquoise hued tomb reflecting vast cultural evolution with every passing king it had seen, be it, Macedonian ruler Alexander the great, Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan, Timur or the Arabs.
Places to Explore in Uzbekistan
There are quite a number of places you can explore in Uzbekistan. With every passing street, you will get to witness quintessential architecture dipped in cross-culture and every shade of blue. Following are the cities which are preserving the cultural treasure of this beautiful country:
Tashkent is the place where your whole journey will start and probably will end as there are only two international airports in Uzbekistan and one is here. This capital town is the cultural and economic hub of this country. This city is a perfect blend of Soviet-Era architecture and cosmopolitan structure. Your to-do-list in Tashkent should include a visit to Chorsu Bazaar which is the most famous farmers market where you can find Chapan (traditional cloaks), skullcaps, Kurpacha (sitting mattresses) spices, sweets, and many other things. Hazrat Imam Complex, Amir Timur Museum, and Minor Mosque are some other places to go in this city.
Khiva holds the title of World Heritage Sites and considered to be one of the first cities to be included in that list. This city has two parts – one is Itchan Kala and the other one is called Dichan Kala. Itchan is considered to be an open-air museum with brilliant Islamic architecture Medrasse and Mosques while Dichan is covered with a wall all around itself to save it from rivals. Top places to visit in Tashkent include Kunya- Ark Fortress, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and Islam Khoja Complex and Tash Hovli Palace, etc.
Bukhara is all about its monuments, bazaar, and minarets. This city is believed to be around 2000 years old and gives you a glance at Medieval Central Asian Muslim culture. This mesmerizing city is said to have not changed from the past two centuries. Bukhara is beaded with 140 monuments and making it one of the best destinations to explore in Uzbekistan. You will need at least two days to explore the scenic beauty of this city completely. Major attractions to explore in Bukhara are Kalon Minarets, Chor Minor, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and Ark Fortress, etc.
Samarkand has a very strong historical root due to located in the center of major trade routes. Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan had captured this beautiful city in the past. It was the capital of the Timurid Empire during the 14th Century. So, whenever you will be in this city, you could sense how this city might have evolved from Macedonian, Islamic, Russian and Arabian culture. The most hyped fact about Samarkand is that Gur-e-Amir mausoleum located in this city is said to be the inspiration behind the world-famous Taj Mahal which was later on built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Registan, Afrasiyab, Shah-i-Zinda, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, and Madrasa Tilya Kori are some must-see places in Samarkand for travelers.
So, whenever you day-dream next time about Aladdin’s magical land, do not forget that you might get to see it in Uzbekistan. To experience this quintessential place, you can book your tickets from the cheap flight app of EaseMyTrip and explore the top destinations of compelling Uzbekistan.