Built in 18th century in Mariglan, Architecture Complex Pir Siddik comprises of a mosque, minaret and courtyard with the tomb of Pir Siddik, darvozahona and dovecote. With its remarkable architecture, Margilan is worldwide famous for its beautiful silk and remarkable architectural monuments about which, it got the place in Uzbekistan Tours. Among the monuments, Architecture Complex Pir Siddik is in the first place on Mariglan Attractions. This complex is one of the ancient monuments which survived the constant earthquakes that occur in the region.
According to the legend, when Turks-pagans, attacked the Fergana Valley, the saint Pir Siddiq hide in a cave to be protected from unbelievers. When the saint entered the cave a flock of pigeons flew in and platted a lot of nests. The passing Turks thought that no one could hide in this cave and they left that place. In the memory of the miraculous rescue of the saint, the whole Architectural Complex of Pir Siddiq was erected around the tomb and the pigeons were especially esteemed in Margilan. So, the locals call it Kaptarlik or pigeon.
In the courtyard of Architectural Complex Pir Siddik, there is a mausoleum, oriented to the north in which allegedly the grave of Saint Pir Siddiq can be found. The extended portal is joined with square chamber containing the arched headstones - Sagan. There is the peculiar portal on in the mausoleum. There is a screen in the shape of decorated wall with slim angled columns, completed domed lights, exceeding the portal. The mausoleum is supported by four wooden pillars, decorated with beautiful and delicate carvings. On the entrance to the tomb is a traditional Islamic architecture portal, flanked on either side by two columns. Columns are decorated with carved by ganch geometric pattern.
On Uzbekistan Tours, there is a small courtyard around the mausoleum of Pir Siddiq, surrounded by the fence with portal-domed entrance. The iwan hovers there is a symbol of the complex, a dovecote with the sacred birds.
On the eastern side of the complex, there is a minaret from which people are called to pray, and a mosque. Integrity and compactness of the composition distinguish this architectural complex.
Darvozahona is a construction that deserves special attention. The entrance to the complex is made in the form of a high monumental construction with a characteristic ornament and a form of passage for the eastern architecture.
There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry