Kazakhstan Tours

There is one country near Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, which is called as the Heart of Euroasia. It is developing not by months or years, but days and hours! Therefore, even in the United States people recognize this place easily and its history is also known to pretty great amount of people. Dear friends, Kazakhstan is that land of extreme development and rich culture at the same time!

Kazakh nation is said to be somehow proud of themselves. This may be because of their strong patriotic feelings and the support for their mother language and traditions. I guess, this quality is worth being proud of! They have such a beautiful land with beautiful life, which is a-must-see for many of us! So, we make the first step today!

Khiva

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Our Uzbekistan tour 2015 continues after a little break! The place we will talk about today is the very first site to be listed in the World Heritage List from Uzbekistan! Welcome to Khiva, the capital city of Kharezm province!

History says that Khiva has been existing since V-VI centuries. According to some legends, the name comes from the visitors back in time, when they came to the city all tired and thirsty. Once they tried the blessed water there, they could say nothing but “Khey Vah!”, which is the exclamation of true joy! Since then it turned into “Khiva”…

Round Run

Running around Bukhara… Is it something you can imagine? Running in its ancient streets, going forward no matter how high the buildings are, no matter how long the walls are…

If you can’t imagine what it is like, then go ahead and check this video out! It is the official music video of Uzbekistan’s singer, politician and ambassador, who goes by the nick-name of Googoosha. The song does not really have anything to do with the ancient city, but the quality of recording made me share and enjoy watching it with you!

Welcome to Bukhara

As we are going step by step in discovering beautiful Uzbekistan, here comes a turn to the next great destination of Uzbekistan. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bukhara – the city of wonders!

Located on the Great Silk Road, Bukhara was one of the hottest points of this route, where they exchanged not only with goods, but also with culture and beliefs. The atmosphere of that history’s golden period can still be felt in the ancient streets of the city and its busy bazaars.

I will now go ahead and let you take a virtual tour around the city, listening to the wonderful stories about it at the same time. Click play and enjoy the video!

Shakhi Zinda

In the city of ancient mausoleums, Samarkand, there is another place, where I am going to take you today. This place is very famous, for it has a very mystical background…

They say that years ago, in the times of Islam’s last prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.), one of his relatives visited the lands of modern Samarkand. He, definitely was a very well respected man, despite which there also were some enemies. Once they tried to kill him and he ran away… Since then, no one knows whether he was able to survive or got caught.

The place where he was lost later became a mausoleum and was named as Shakhi Zinda, the Living King, by those, who believe that he still was alive…

RIP, Tamerlan…

Here it is, the final destination of the great conqueror, Amir Temur…

It is said that he wanted the most modest way possible to see him off to Hereafter. However, how could that ever be possible  to do for the people around him, who know him as the greatest human of his time.

Thus was built the mausoleum “Gur-i Amir”, translated as the Tomb of Amir/Tamerlan. Located in the city of Samarkand, mausoleum is now keeping not only Amir Temur, but also other Temurids, including his sons and grandsons…

More of Samarkand

Welcome back to our virtual station, which is ready to take you to the best touristic spots of Asia every time!

Today we will continue our tour to Samarkand, since there is so much more to exlpore. If you wonder what a building it is in the picture above, then keep on reading :)”

They that mosque “Bibi Khanum”, after the great woman in the history of Uzbeks. She was the lovely wife of the world’s conqueror, Tamerlan. What gets us wondered is the fact that he brought the best architects and building materials all the way from India for this beautiful mausoleum for her. You see how special she was for him?!

Samarkand City Center

We will start exploring the city of Samarkand today and the first place we must visit is the downtown. Just like the Times Square of New York, downtown Samarkand is also famous for its Registan – the legendary place everyone must visit!

Tranlated as “Sandy Place”, Registan is the complex of three masterpieces of architecture, which were built by its famous and legendary rulers: Amir Temur, Mirzo Ulugbek and Yalangtush Bakhadir. At the first glance, those three buildings seem to be very similar to each other. But as you learn each of its history and construction, you will find pretty much special sides.

So, let us turn to the first of them, that is Sher Dor. This is the one, constructed by the world’s conqueror, Tamerlan. Although it has the typical shape of madrasahs nearby, the decor is unique: there are the pictures of animals, mainly lions, because of which it was given the name “Sher Dor”.

Temurland

I think there is so few in the world, who has never heard about Tamerlan or Amir Temur, the great leader. he stood out with his exceptional skills, wisdom and bravery. This perhaps made him once the owner of half of the world!

However, everyone and everything has an end in this world, so did the life that incredible leader. Here is a question: do you know where he spent most of his life and where he ended up? The city of Samarkand answers all those questions.

Samarkand is one of the largest and most famous cities of Uzbekistan. As the center of many kingdoms and empires in hisotry, the city is unique with its incredibly beautiful architectural heritage, which includes the tomb-memorial of Tamerlan as well…

Capital in Pictures

To the attention of you, my dear friends, today I prepared this beautiful presentation on Tashkent city. Although I devoted two of my latest posts on this city alone, it still feels like necessary to have more visual details.

Below in the presentation you will get to know some of the most famous sights to visit in Tashkent. Besides, the pictures of the city’s metro are also included. By the way, why metro? Anything new with that way of transport, which has been exisiting for so many years in the world already? The thing is, metro stations in Tashkent are just like the separate galleries, filled with art!

So, check this out and leave your comments below :)