Land of fire
Reasons to visit Azerbaijan in 2021 year
The fabled Caspian Sea is often considered the largest lake in the world which shares its waters with Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan but it is only Azerbaijan which is considered to be the center of coastal tourism in the region. The reason why one should come to visit the Caspian Sea is that the water here is less salty as compared to other seas of the world which make it a great place for swimming which doesn’t dry the skin of the swimmers or irritate their eyes. Azerbaijan has developed excellent infrastructure on the seaside which offers a number of hotels, yachts, diving, fishing and other activities.
World Heritage Sites
Azerbaijan is located in a very central location which was a trade route for the ancient world. This central location resulted in settlements which have left marks which can still be seen today. Many of these places have been declared as a heritage of the world by UNESCO. These sites include Gobustan which has been considered the first center of human civilization by many archeologists. The drawings on stones have been dated back to the Stone Age. Nearly 6000 petroglyphs have been found describing the people and the animals.Another major one of these sites is Icheri Sheher (Old City) which is a unique historical area in the city of Baku. Excavations by archaeologists have shown that the city existed in the Bronze Age as well and the Greeks and Romans have written about this city.
It is said that the hospitality of the locals has no comparison. It is not hard to find friendly people anywhere in the world but the kindness and warmth of the locals from Azerbaijan are truly exceptional. Food and hospitality usually go hand in hand – the food in Azerbaijan is extremely delicious. The geographical differences allow a large number of fruits and vegetables to be grown locally and they’re some of the best ones in the world.
Colors of Sheki
Sheki is probably the most colorful town in the entire world and this is not an exaggeration. Although there are many attractions of the city but the best one is the Khansarai palace which has colored glass windows. The glass is not ordinary, each window is composed of hundreds of tiny pieces of glass which have been fitted together to create multi-colored mesmerizing patterns. There are scores of artisans nearby who’ll be painstakingly working on these designs and the entire area is shining brightly with colors. This is not just all; the town of Sheki is a beautiful place on its own too!
Tashkent - Capital of Uzbekistan
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and is a metropolis of over 2.5 million people. The city is set out as a grid of straight, wide streets and avenues, interspersed with many green areas (parks, squares, and gardens) and fountains.
This marvelous city embodies the modern elegance of many other capitals of the world; at the same time, as an eastern city, Tashkent has its own unique flavour. It tastefully combines medieval buildings that look like they’re from the pages of ancient oriental tales, with elegant European architecture from the time of the Turkestan governorship, concrete ‘blocks’ from the Soviet era and, finally, sparkling high-rise commercial buildings made of glass and concrete that represent a new era of independent Uzbekistan.
Majestic and beautiful city Samarkand has a marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it "Rome of the East, The beauty of sublunary countries, The pearl of the Eastern Muslim World". Its advantageous geographical position in the Zarafshan valley puts Samarkand to the first place among cities of Central Asia.
Today Samarkand is the treasure of unique antiquity spirit. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to the abundance of material and spiritual values. Unique monuments of ancient architecture, heritage of scientific and arts schools, artisans workshops are well-known around the world.
Amirsoy - ski resort
The Amirsoy resort is located at an altitude of 2,494m on the northern slopes of the majestic Tien Shan mountains of Maigashkan.
Amirsoy is particularly attractive due to its proximity to Tashkent and the Islam Karimov International Airport. The 65km drive takes no more than 2 hours, with an excellent high-altitude highway leading to a high-quality parking area at the resort.
Amirsoy’s winter sports season opens in late November or early December and ends around early March, depending on weather conditions.
Equipment is available for hire and professional, English-speaking local and international instructors are available for skiing and snowboarding lessons throughout the season.
Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on a sacred hill, the place where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in springtime. This city was mentioned in a holy book "Avesto". Bukhara city is supposed to be founded in the 13th cent. B.C. during the reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great.
Bukhara with more than 140 architectural monuments is a "town museum" dating back to the Middle Ages. 2,300 years later, ensembles like Poi-Kalyan, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Ark, Lyabi-Khauz are attracting a lot of attention. The city consists of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments belong to the different epochs, but locate very close to each other.
Activities and other Sights
Apart of above mentioned famous cities, there are a lot of other places worth visiting in Uzbekistan:
Khiva is the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Uzbekistan
Shahrisabz - flourishing city of the Timurid Empire
Aidarkul Lake and Nurota Mountains
Hotels and accommodations
The majority of Uzbek hotels are located either on sightseeing routes, in immediate vicinity to historical sites, or near the airport and terminal. Tashkent has hotels scattered all over the city, but there, rather than elsewhere, available 5-star hotels offering highest possible level of comfort and service.
The Samarkand hotels, also scattered, include budget guest houses offering you a chance to see directly the everyday life of Uzbek family. The majority of hotels and guest houses in Bukhara are concentrated in a city’s historical part not far from Lyabi Khauz. The Khiva hotels are found inside the ancient Ichan-Kala fortress, with few of them located directly behind its walls. The hotels in less popular Uzbek cities are small in number, but they are basically located in the center, near local landmarks.