Belongs to Shakhimardan, a small town in Fergana district, Shakhimardan Attractions include the museum, lake, mosque and different sports activities. Enclave Shakhimardan of Uzbekistan is located 55 km away from Fergana city and 25 km from Uzbekistan border in south part in the territorry of Kyrgyzstan.
For its natural beauties on the mountains and in lakes makes the city as one of the best places for Uzbekistan Tours. Shakhimardan in Fergana Valley, which is one of the famous Uzbekistan Destinations, is a region in which Tazikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan all meet. Surrounded by Ok-Su and Kok-Su rivers, the city can be seen in Alai Mountain range.
Shakhimardan in Persian language means the "Lord of the people" which indicates the dominance of Muslim over long centuries. As per the legend, this place was visited by Hazrat Ali, son in law of Prophet and his grave is one of the seven graves. So, it is a sacred pilgrimage place. Shakhimardan is the burial place of poet Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi and this small town was called as “Hamzaabad”, for a long time after the name of great poet.
There was a mosque and mausoleum built over the Tomb of Ali at Shakhimardan which were destroyed by Soviet authorities when it comes in the borderline created by Stalin in Soviet empire. When rest part left outside of Soviet borderline due to poor planned division, the people face bad consequences. Half of people found themselves in a new country, Kyrgyzstan, while other people face the dispute regarding the cultural mismatches. In 1930, due to territorial exchange between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Shakhimardan comes under Uzbekistan.
A mosque in the memory of Hazrat Ali, with three silvery domes, is one of the most important Shakhimardan Attractions. The entrance portal is an arch looks charming with decorative patterns and it also has stairs.
From the 7 km to the southeast of Shakhimardan, a lake can be found, known as Kulikubbon or Blue Lake on your Uzbekistan Tours. The lake was formed after strong earthquakes in 1766.
A museum and mausoleum can be seen which were built in honour of Khamza Hakim-zade Niyazi, the founder of the Uzbek drama and the poet.
Hiking, Trekking Tour
Shakhimardan is of the famous Uzbekistan Destinations in Fergana Valley which offers hiking and trekking tours. Alai Mountain offers the most spectacular view to the visitors and offers hiking to the adventurers. As the temperature is less than 20 degree Celsius in summer, then both spring and summer from March to July is the Best Time To Visit Uzbekistan for the trekking on this mountain.
Fishing, Swimming And Rafting
Lake Kulikubbon or the Blue Lake is one of the Shakhimardan Attractions that offers fishing, swimming and even rafting as connected to the south of Oksu and Koksu River. For picnic and camping, this place is the perfect ideal place.
In the forest of picturesque Aral Mountains, there are wild animals in the trees and also varieties of birds like stork and woodpecker can be seen. You will get excellent game view in this area.
Enjoy the shopping in the bazaar and buy food items with the handmade crafts as souvenirs.
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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