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Uzbekistan has received many attributes throughout the centuries. It is the country of the legendary flying carpet, the land where both precious goods and fairy tales were transferred from Eastern Asia to Europe along the famous Silk Road.
1. Heritage of Amir Timur
Another emblem of the country is Amir Timur (or historically Tamerlane), a national hero and a successful warrior establishing his own empire in Central Asia. Although his dynasty, the Timurids were actually short-lived, their legacy still survives in the breathtaking historic monuments of Bukhara, Samarkand and Shakhrisabz. Moreover, their cultural impact also influenced other countries: for example the famous Mughals of India were actually descendants of Amir Timur.
2. Uzbek cuisine
Besides cultural tourism, Uzbekistan is also famous for its delicious cuisine influenced by Turkish, Persian and Russian elements. You should never miss traditional meals like the plov, lagman soup, shorba (chorba) or the stuffed cabbage. Although being a stranger, don't be surprised when getting invited by locals to eat with them together. This is simply because Uzbeks are warm and welcoming people who are very proud of their heritage.
3. Uzbekistan Airways
4. Getting around
Generally speaking, it is not recommended to travel to longer distances by car or bus because Uzbek highways don't reach the European standards. On the contrary, both domestic flights of Uzbekistan Airways and local trains provide excellent service. They are always on time and in case of trains, expect an airplane-like seating with however much more leg-space and huge TV screens.