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Uzbekistan: ‘Hidden’ Potential

February 06
13:04 2018

Tourist opportunities in the Kashkadarya region are not fully used. To such a conclusion, according to the results of the research, came the teacher of the department Tourism and Service at the Tashkent State Economic University, Dilnoza Umirova. The scientist has told that fabulous monuments is the very thing that this region can be attractive with.

– Studying the infrastructure of the industry in the region, I noted the neglected state of many of the monuments of the past. Large part of them was in need of repair and restoration. Take, for example, the museum complex Langar-ota, erected in 1520. According to sources, the remains of the great representatives of the ancient religious and philosophical doctrine – tasawwuf – sheikhs Abul Hasan Ishki, his son Muhammad Sodik and grandson of Abul Hasan Okhund, rest here. An object of similar significance is found only in Turkey, at the burial site of the great figure of the past Kazizade Rumi. In the mosque on the territory of the complex there is another unique monument of antiquity – a part of the Koran in the form of an ancient manuscript on the skin of gazelles. In a word, this place is of great sacred significance among believers, pilgrims and scientists. However, although the mausoleum has been restored, the area around it needs to be landscaped. There are no places for rest, there are no souvenir trade points, catering, road and transport infrastructure leaves much to be desired. Another actively visited object – the historical monument of Humdon-ota has not been studied, is not included in the register, needs restoration and protection. In a similar condition is the historical monument of Tui Buinok of Ostona Buva.

And why not build a sanatorium in Konsoy, where from the bowels of the earth streams of hot mineral water break out, forming a unique lake?! Local residents say that the water in the lake is curative, helps with allergies, gastrointestinal, skin and rheumatic diseases. The Khujaipok-ota area has similar features. Although these two sites are always lively, there is no question of any tourist infrastructure here. People bathe without proper supervision by specialists, eat in unsanitary conditions. In addition, they have to travel an extra kilometer before finding in the steppe zone this place, which is not indicated on the motorway.

Overcoming the multi-kilometer route Tashkent-Termez, noticed that many of the road signs had long rusted or faded. But to create a tourist image every detail is important. It would be nice to make indexes and information in English, because foreign tourists are more active on our roads, both on cars and bicycles.

Speaking about the uniqueness of Kashkadarya, I can not help telling about three more sights I like. The first is a rock in the territory of the Gissar Reserve with fossilized tracks of 31 dinosaurs that lived in these places in the Jurassic period. The second is the cave of Amir Temur depth of 870 meters. According to legend, this cave lived for a while our great ancestor, driven by warring tribes. The cave is also attractive because there are huge stalactites in it – up to 2 m. Another surprise of the local nature is the waterfall Milk Ball, located in the mountains at an altitude of 2.1 thousand meters above sea level. A swift stream of water, boiling, descends from a height of 84 m and turns into a dazzling white foam, for which he received this name.

Travelers like to visit these places, charge with energy, breathe clean air, wash with spring water. I want them to enjoy as many people as possible. Why not make these fascinating places in the travel itineraries? Hospitable mountaineers will be happy to take up tourism, we must first teach them the secrets of this matter and help with loans if necessary.

In the mountain Kashkadarya there are all opportunities for the development of speleotourism (cave tourism), having previously consulted mountaineers, doctors and so on. You can organize a regular route to the Hissar Reserve, a unique landscape, a rich fund of flora and fauna which will provide great popularity among travelers. You can also launch an exciting ecotour “From the hot desert to the mountain glaciers”. There is a wide range of opportunities for the development of agrotourism, safari tourism, extreme, scientific, geological and many other popular species.

A good demand is also expected for the services of the ski base, which can be created in the suburb of Shahrisabz, stretching to the mountainous terrain, building mini-hotels, landscaping. And in the city itself, where more and more tourists come, it’s time to build a conference hall or a palace of culture for celebrations, concerts, forums.

In short, there are many ideas for projects. And they are all realizable provided that they will be created on the basis of public-private partnership, based on the requirements of world practice and national experience.

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