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25.01.2012: Buzkashi - Uzbekistan polo-like game with goat's carcass
Many heard about the buzkashi - a traditional Central Asian game with goat's carcass. This game is very popular in Uzbekistan, but mainly during winter season. It's hot in Uzbekistan in spring and autumn (not to tell about summer!), so horses are not able to stand an hour of harassing riding.
If you're in Uzbekistan in the end of March (Navruz holidays - 20-30th of March), find some time to visit Samarkand (which is beautiful all year round). In the Samarkand hippodrome on the 25th of March.
We call this game in 3 different ways - Ulok (Uzbek), Kupkari (also Uzbek) and Buzkashi (something Arabian or common muslim) - the last pronunciation is more widely-known. So, Uzbekistan Federation of Ulok-Kupkari game welcomes everybody for the final game of season. The game will be in Samarkand, on the 25th of March 2012. Time: 11:30-16:00.
This event is not just a sport game. It's a great cultural experience. Take a look to the schedule:
The hippodrome in Samarkand is equipped with comfortable tribunes under tents, yurts and the famous Samarkand plov under open sky.
Get in touch with us for more information and prices (they are really cheap - starting from USD 25 per person for entrance with meal).
18.12 Uzbekistan no longer accepts football World Women championship in 2012.
Due to a number of logistical and technical issues, the FIFA Executive Committee during their meeting on 16 and 17 December in Tokyo had no other option than to decide that next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup would no longer be staged in Uzbekistan.
However, FIFA would like to express its sincerest thanks to the Football Association of Uzbekistan (UFF) for their considerable efforts and commitment. Meanwhile, the FIFA Executive Committee took the decision to compensate the UFF by organising another FIFA event, not necessarily a women’s competition, whenever it becomes possible in the future or by awarding the UFF new development projects.
Japan has been proposed as the new host for the competition. Formal confirmation of this will be made, upon receipt by FIFA of the Japanese government guarantees.
01.11.2011: Tashkent is getting more attractive for foreign tourists
Uzbekistan authorities accepted the program on tourism development and extension of tourism potential of Tashkent for 2011-2012 in the value of 140.7 mil US dollars.
The document plans activities on tourist attractiveness growth of historical and cultural sites of the city, also tourism infrastructure development: addition to tourist itineraries of new architectural memorials, reconstruction and building new hotels, the press office of Uzbekistan Ministry of Tourism confirmed.
The program frames define development of new tourist itineraries on historical sites of Tashkent, setting of signs with streets name, posting up pointers and informational desks at all tourist sites in the city. New signs in English in Tashkent metro will appear for comfort of our guests.
Infrastructure of madrassahs “Kukeldash”, “Abdulkasim”, “Ohunguzar”, “Muyi Muborak”, “Ming Urik” ancient settlement, “Yunuskhon” and “Shaikh Hovandi Tohur” complexes and some other sites. After reconstruction of ancient memorials “Shoshtepa”, “Aktepa”, mosques “Kollahona” and “Gulbozor”, the sites will be available to visit.
An important modernization and reconstruction of the Tashkent TV tower is planned. Around 660 thousand US dollars are transferred for this aim. Planned works are: light illumination equipment, both restaurants will be improved.
Hotel “Chorsu” reconstruction near the bazaar in the Old town will be finally finished (400 rooms). The hotel Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent will have new tennis court. A more important news that the state share in some biggest hotels will be sold to private investors (Hotel Uzbekistan, Grand Mir, Markaziy and Dedeman.
A more interesting news for casual tourists in Uzbekistan - at the main crossroads of Tashkent tourist itineraries is going to build tourist information desks with English, Russian, French, German, Chinese and Japanese languages. One of such travel information desks is located in our office, near Kosmonavtov metro station and TSUM supermarket, at the green park area (a cup of coffee for fellow backpackers is always available free of charge, come and taste!). Information brochures and travel maps will be available in the airport and train stations, also in all hotels.
A good idea for nearest years is buying double-decker buses for local excursions, this project is planned for 2012-2014.
20.10.2011: Train timetable update
18.02.2009: Embassies and consulates of Uzbekistan abroad
Other updates: train timetable has been updated, thanks to Ms. Colin Hodgkinson. No big changes, but some trains go via other cites. For example, the Shark train #9 and 10 goes Tashkent-Bukhara-Tashkent via Samarkand.
In the near future we will add useful content to: hotels in Khiva; hotels in other sities; Aral sea; transport; our tours.
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