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The annual festival "Silk and Spices" in Bukhara
Published: 13 february 2019

The annual festival "Silk and Spices", held in Bukhara, is perhaps one of the main events in the cultural life of Uzbekistan. This event attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world and reveals the culture of the Eastern peoples. If you go back to history, then ancient Bukhara celebrated its 2500th anniversary in 1997, but in fact, it is an actively developing city. Bukhara is very well located in the middle of the route of the Great Silk Road and represents a colossal historical and cultural heritage. It is for this reason that the UNESCO has included it in the list of historically important objects of the world. In recent years, the festival "Silk and Spices" has significantly increased the number of participating countries. Recently, masters from India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan have participated in the event. The event is striking in its scale - about f...

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Gijduvan pottery
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 12 february 2019

Uzbek ceramics is very rich and diverse. It varies greatly depending on the region where it’s producing. Each region has its own school and traditions. The most interesting ceramics is produced in Gijduvan, a district center near Bukhara. It was the ceramics center for many years. Masters from other cities usually come here to study and to know secrets. Gijduvan ceramics For making ceramics Gijduvan masters use exclusively white clay, which is imported from Gozlika (a place near Bukhara). They also add to clay a reed fluff to protect the product from cracking. During firing the fluff completely burn out, forming a cavity. These cavities are required to prevent products cracking at high heat. Gijduvan pottery is recognizable by its greenish-brown color, as well as by figurative painting and abr stains that resembling patterns Uzbek fabrics. Unique patterns There are more than 300 st...

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Legend of khan-atlas
Published: 06 february 2019

Khan-atlas is traditional uzbek fabric, made from dense silk. The fabric has interesting complex netting. And it’s coloring made by natural dyes. There’re a lot of legends about khan-atlas and there’s one of them: Many centuries ago one of Marghilan rulers fell in love with beautiful daughter of a poor artist and wanted to marry her at any cost. Having heard this news, the father of the young beauty was saddened. So he came to the palace and asked the ruler not to marry his daughter. Khan didn’t agree and laid down one condition.  If the artist could create something beautiful and unusual till the next morning, the Khan would forget about his daughter. “It’s impossible” – thought the artists and came out of palace. Saddened, hesat near arik (small channel). At once he saw reflection of cloudsin the water and this reflection was colore...

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Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh
Published: 06 february 2019

Travel lovers are a very special category of people who appreciate new experiences, discovering the culture and traditions of new countries. Tours to Uzbekistan are made specifically for such travelers. They are filled with the wisdom of the East, millennial traditions, beautiful and mysterious monuments of architecture, which are the heritage by our ancestors. One of these monuments is the madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh, located in the sunny city of Tashkent. Madrasah is translated from arabic as “to study” and is a Muslim educational institution for future clergymen, teachers and government workers. Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh was built in 1850 and was part of the Khonakoyi Muyi Muborak ensemble's complex. In the period before 1864, it was one-story, but after a well-known earthquake, it was decided to finish the second floor. Before the earthquake, a mosque, a men's bath ...

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Samsa
Published: 05 february 2019

If we consider the cuisine of various Asian countries, then national dishes are varied in the presentation and serving. No one celebration or significant event is not complete without traditional pastry baking. Each such baked product has own unique name and, of course, the filling shown the traditions. Delicious, fragrant, baked to brown crust samsa, like a bright sun in the hands of an experienced chef - perhaps one of the most famous dishes in the region of Central Asia, which enjoys a special honor in Uzbekistan. Samsa is small pie made from puff pastry with a wide variety of all kinds and forms fillings. Each country is characterized by special cooking secrets - many options and recipes.  Where does the name of this eastern miracle come from? There is a sad legend about the beautiful Samsa - Bibi and her beloved. The girl languished in a lonely tower, and when a young man had r...

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Garnet – oriental “king” of fruits
Published: 01 february 2019

Garnet is one of the ancient fruits known to a man. It always was popular in the Middle East, it was known in ancient Rome. Motherland of the garnet is South Africa and Central Asia.In the East the garnet is considered the symbol of fertility and friendly feelings. Also from ancient times in the East the garnet has been the “king” of fruits, that is why there is a “crown” on its top. It has many seeds-children – till 1000-1200 in each fruit. In Central Asia and Middle East the garnet is called “anor” and its derivatives “narr” – in Turkic. Many philosophers and scientists of antiquity wrote about medicinal properties of the garnet. In customs of many nations the seeds of the garnet are consider the symbol of indissoluble ties.In the East flowers and fruits of the garnet symbolize friendship, that is why when going to the guests ...

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Legend about Minaret Kalyan
Published: 14 december 2018

Minaret Kalyan is the main symbol of holly Bukhara.Minaret Kalyan is strong, majestic and balanced in its monumental and a little bit massive shapes. At the same time it is distinct, clear and filigree fine worked in all details. Its proportions, divisions are of big taste.During many centuries minaret Kalyan survived all earthquakes, which destroyed many tall constructions in Uzbekistan. The secret of its stability is in empirically right found correlations of the parts of the building, in the construction of its fundament, in a good quality of the brickwork.There are notes on its three belts: date of construction – 1127, name of the donor – ruler of Bukhara Arslankhan and the name of the constructor – usto Bako.There are many legends about Minaret Kalyan. The name is translated as “Big tower”, “Tower of death”. In ancient times many people were...

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Samarkand bread
Published: 28 november 2018

Samarkand flat bread is famous for its inimitable in its taste and features not to get stale for a long time. Real Samarkand bread should be eligible during three years. So, one should sprinkle the bread with water and warm it in tandyr (clay stove, where flat bread is baked). In modern conditions one can do it with the help of the microwave or common stove.It was known that the Bukharian emir liked Samarkand bread. Once he puzzled his courtiers and ordered that Samarkand bread to be baked in his court.So, the best bread baker was asked in Samarkand. “Emir ordered to come!”, hi was brought to the palace, “now you will bake bread here”. He had to implement the order.But, how the master tried, the bread did not turn out so taste, so soft, as he baked in Samarkand.Bread baker thought, that the matter was in Samarkand flour, or in Samarkand water, but may be in the ta...

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Carpet factory in Samarkand
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 28 november 2018

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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Chust knives
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 27 november 2018

 Since ancient times Chust knives have had a great popularity not only in Uzbekistan but beyond. Chust is a small town in the Namangan region, which is famous for the manufacture of knives. Uzbek knives have peculiarities inherent to the culture of the Central Asia. Therefore, the width of the blade is more than the diametre of the handle. Knives can have typesetting or wooden handle. Besides, skullcaps and colorful woven belts were embroidered in Chust. It is considered that every man must have these three things. Uzbek knife is not a weapon but the object to emphasize the status of the owner.  Chust knives are distinguished by their lightness and elegance, the tip of the blade is curved upward and the “nose” of the handle is slightly folded down. Masters will always offer you a large selection of knives: with threaded, patterns, with bone or wooden handle, and als...

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The restaurant "Old Arba", Samarkand
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

Comfortable and soft atmosphere of the restaurant «Old Arba»will wrap you with warmth and hospitality. Thanks to its friendly staff, you can relax and feel at a party of careful friends. “Old Arba ” is famous not only with its national and European dishes but also with variety of desserts. Here you can spend time with a cup of coffee and delicious cakes. Having been in the restaurant, make sure to taste the special dish “Bedana” (stuffed quail). It is cool here in summer, and it is warm and comfortable in winter. There is a VIP room for loves of oriental exoticism. The restaurant “Old Arba” invites not only the residents of Samarkand but also the guests of the capital. Having visited the restaurant “Old Arba”, you will be sure that Samarkand people are very hospitable and friendly. Quisine: national and European. Recommended dis...

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The restaurant "Sim-Sim", Tashkent
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

 The interior of the restaurant «Sim-Sim» is decorated in Uzbek style. You will be admired by the beauty of decoration, from wood carvings on the stairs and columns till ceramic floor and wall. Large winter hall decorated with ceramic panels in the oriental style is accommodated 180 seats. Another large hall is outside under the bluish glass dome. There is also bolohona-mansard for 80 seats and 3 trestle beds. The restaurant reminds the house of hospitable host. A unique night bar with working hours from “from dusk till dawn” includes 150 seats. There is a bar with disco. The peculiar design of the bar room creates a feeling that you have a rest in a fantasy world under the vines. Having been in the restaurant “Sim-Sim” you will plunge into an unforgettable holiday atmosphere.   Cuisine: European and Uzbek. Working hours: from 09:00 am. Till ...

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Art-café “Uchkuduk”
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

  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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«Lyabi-Hauz» Restaurant, Bukhara
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

  «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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The restaurant "Dolon", Bukhara
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

  The restaurant “Dolon” is situated between trade domes in old part of Bukhara. Interior design is in a traditional style. At lunchtime you can hear pleasant background music. The main difference of the restaurant “Dolon” is that sitting in one of the comfortable halls or on the terrace, which offers panoramic view of Bukhara, you can admire the beauty of ancient city. You will be surprised by rich variety of national and European dishes and its exquisite and unforgettable taste. Address: Hakikat Street, 27, Bukhara Cuisine: European, Uzbek Working hours: from 09:00 am till 12:00 pm. Popular dishes: shashlik, shurpa  ...

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The restaurant "Bahor", Tashkent
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

The restaurant «Bahor» is the sight of Tashkent, was built in 1958, it is also monument of culture of Uzbekistan. Here you will be able to experience the atmosphere of the East, enjoy the magnificent show program on the big stage of the famous restaurant, which is accompanied by a variety of dance numbers. From 9 to 10 pm singers of the restaurant "Bahor" sing various repertoires in live performance. There are often famous people, noble people circle.  In the restaurant “Bahor” you will spend an unforgettable evening in beautiful surrounding. Address: Tashkent, street Istikbol, 8.   Cuisine: Uzbek, European, Arabic, Chinese.   Recommended dishes: mampar, crispy chicken, carbonara.   Show-program: from 9:30 pm. to 10:30 pm.   Working hours: from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm....

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The Restaurant "Platan", Samarkand
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

 The restaurant «Platan» is situated in the centre of Samarkand. Interior, music, entertainments create a harmony of soul and body, filling you with positive emotions. Thanks to the unusual atmosphere of the restaurant, you can relax and relieve fatigue. Restaurant chiefs will surprise you with tasty, fresh and various dishes prepared not only in the kitchen but also in the open air. Restaurant “Platan” is situated in a picturesque and secluded place, which attracts tourists.  Address: Pushkin Street, 2, Samarkand.  Cuisine: European, Uzbek  Working hours: from 10.00 am till 01.00 pm.                                                        Recommended dishes: shashlik, grilled chicken, pork ribs, fahitos and...

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The Restaurant "Karim Bek", Samarkand
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

  The interior of the restaurant "Karim Bek" combines design, European comfort and eastern generosity. The chef of the restaurant “Karim Bek” will offer you the masterpieces of European cuisine and exquisite dishes, such as a tender chicken, cucumbers stuffed with turkey. There are European hall, eastern courtyard and bar in the restaurant.   "The European Room" accommodates 150 people. This bright and spacious room is ideal for corporate events, presentations, anniversaries, weddings and other celebrations. Here you are offered the masterpieces not only European but also National cuisine.   “Orient courtyard” is an ancient oriental house with ayvan. You can enjoy the richness of the national cuisine in the picturesque national interior. Good service, a favorable atmosphere and comfort will be the occasion to plunge into this unforgettable fairy-tal...

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The restaurant "Caravan", Tashkent
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

 The restaurant «Caravan» is decorated in an oriental style. The entire furnishings interior radiates a friendly atmosphere. This applies to the orcheous color of the walls, and a variety of antiques, and the walls of Gijduvon ceramic tiles. All this gives the restaurant a special charm. Here you can enjoy a variety of live music, from national Uzbek songs to contemporary melodies, from the works of classical music to jazz. Restaurant “Caravan” is always welcome not only the residents of Tashkent, but the guests all over the world for its delicious dishes and unforgettable hospitality.      Cuisine: Uzbek, European, vegetarian  Popular dishes: lamb, kebabs, hasyb, dolma, seafood  Music: Eastern, live, background  Working hours: from 11.00 am to 24 pm...

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The restaurant "Doston House", Bukhara
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

 The restaurant «Doston House» was built in 19 century by Bukhara Jew, that’s why the decoration of the house reminds the сonstruction of that time. The main hall of the restaurant is decorated in the   national uzbek style. The walls are decorated with painted mosaics, national ornaments; there are also small niches in the walls. The restaurant is situated in the old part of the city, not far away from the famous square Laybi House. Hospitable «Doston House» invites everybody who wants to enjoy a variety of uzbek dishes prepared in accordance with national traditions. Almost all the main dishes are prepared on an open fire. Traditionally table full of sweets, vegetable salads, dried fruits and flour products. Besides, Radjabov Doston-owner of the house is always glad to offer guests Bukhara wine and soft drinks.  For visitors of the rest...

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