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.
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.
Mention the word Uzbekistan and thoughts of the ancient silk road immediately comes up. Cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand have been etched into many a wanderluster’s minds as being synonymous to adventure and the exotic. These days, Uzbekistan is a frequently touristed destination, though nowhere near popular places such as Thailand or even India. This…Read More »
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.
A new book by Rizzoli travels to the corners of the globe to find the architectural splendors of mosques.
Raised amid historic Islamic architecture in Baku, Azerbaijan, interior designer Leyla Uluhanli’s appreciation for the architectural splendor of mosques began at a young age. This childhood exposure turned into a lifelong fascination, which has now lead to a comprehensive new guide to 53 of the world’s most beautiful structures. Mosques: Splendors of Islam (Rizzoli, $75) explores places of both historic and contemporary places of worship from the Great Mosque of Córdoba in Spain to the minimalist Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul. Architecture and design experts and scholars shed light on the architectural and ornamental elements and themes that distinguish Islamic architecture, as well as the components that are unique to each region. Read on to tour 10 incredible mosques around the globe.
A fearless and seasoned traveler learns the hard way that her medication is illegal in Uzbekistan.
When I announced to friends, family, and colleagues last summer that I’d be traveling to a Central Asian country that most people can’t pinpoint on a map, I was met with (mostly) this response:
“Uzbekistan? Why? What’s there? Where is it even?”
This kind of raised eyebrow reply isn’t new for me. I’ve visited nearly 50 countries across five continents since I was 16. I’ve taken a scooter up a dirt highway through Northern Laos to the border of China, and hiked through rural communities in Myanmar.
Exploring the enigmatic Stans—the junction where East meets West—with their varied topography and deep historical significance in trade seemed like as good a pit stop as any on my far-flung tour of the world.
Explore new corners of the world – and get away from crowds – at these amazing travel locations.
Paris, New York, Tokyo. They’re all amazing vacation destinations, but sometimes (always?) it’s preferable to get away from the crowds.
With that in mind, users on the querying site Quora asked for “some of the best travel locations that most people have never heard of.” There are hundreds of replies on the thread, and the answers uncover a world of fascinating, underrated locales.
One unusual location suggested by user Julia Mathews is Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The stunning city of Samarkand is a gem of the ancient Silk Road, growing wealthy as a stop along the trade route between China and the Mediterranean.
By the late 1300s, Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s Central Asian empire, and he wanted to adorn it as such.