From Samarkand in Uzbekistan to The Faroe Islands in Denmark—our travel specialist makes a fearless forecast for 2019: the It destinations include places you would have never considered visiting five years ago but are ripe to be marveled at this coming year.
Khiva (Uzbek: Xiva, Хива; Russian: Хива) is a town in the western province of Khorezm in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Along with Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road. It’s difficult to imagine what exactly ancient Khiva was like, considering the historical…
Outbound travellers from Singapore are coming to tour planners with higher budgets and interest in farther-flung destinations, revealed travel agencies at the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Holidays 2018 fair last weekend.
As the UN agency on World Tourism focuses on the old Silk Road to promote transnational tourism, here’s a closer look at Amir Timur, or Taimur, hailed as a national hero of the former Soviet-ruled nation celebrating his legacy of stunning Islamic architecture.
One of India’s most friendly Central Asian nations, Uzbekistan, hails Timur as their national hero as it emerges out of the Soviet penumbra since gaining Independence in 1991. The trail of Timur in Uzbekistan is also the trail of the ancient Silk Road, which the 8th UNWTO (UN agency for World Tourism) in Berlin in March 2018 chose as the most important transnational tourism route of the 21st century.
But if you are visiting Uzbekistan on the trail of Timur- with Genghis Khan, India’s first Mughal emperor Babur and great Timurid astronomer king Ulugbek thrown in for good measure – your initiation perhaps begins with a museum to the Timurids in the sprawling capital city of Tashkent.
Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines started flights from Istanbul to the historic Central Asian city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan on March 16, according to a company announcement.
“Samarkand, part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, has been added to the flight network as the 302nd destination of Turkish Airlines,” the flag carrier said.
“Samarkand, founded on the Silk Road and for centuries one of international trade’s most important transportation hubs, has become Turkish Airlines’ second destination in Uzbekistan after the capital city Tashkent,” it said.
In a speech at the opening ceremony held at Samarkand Airport, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi hailed the new destination as “one of the most important cities in our civilization.”
“This pearl of a city — featuring madrasahs, mosques, museums, tombs, and architectural masterpieces — will quickly make progress in tourism,” he said. “Also we are glad to serve this city, the eternal resting place for so many historical figures and scholars.”
“We are proud to strengthen ties between our two sister countries by operating our flights since 1992,” he added, mentioning that there were flights to Tashkent seven times a week.