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Uzbekistan campaign to push pilgrimage tourism in ancient cities

Uzbekistan is taking a look at selling pilgrimage tourism to diversify its portfolio. In a not too long ago concluded International Ziyarah Tourism Week, held from November 1 to November 3, 2022 in Uzbekistan, the destination showcased its historic cities Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara and Tashkent.

Held underneath the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in cooperation with quite a few organisations, the Tourism Week included exhibitions, seminars, scientific and sensible conferences in addition to cultural and academic occasions aimed on the growth of pilgrimage tourism. Go to to the brand new Silk Highway vacationer heart in Samarkand and the International Exhibition of Crafts on the theme “Khiva – the Capital of Tourism of the Islamic World” had been amongst different occasions that had been held through the week.

In keeping with the Authorities of Uzbekistan, International Pilgrimage Tourism Week will now be an annual occasion and held within the first week of November.

Beginning April 17, flights on this route will likely be elevated to 4 instances weekly. At present, flights are operational twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays and from subsequent Sunday, one other frequency of flights will likely be added and subsequently one other one on Wednesdays beginning Might 4.

Just lately, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, outlined tourism as one of many strategic sectors of the nation’s nationwide financial system.

The Uzbekistan Embassy in India shared that owing to the open-door coverage in Uzbekistan, in a short while, the variety of visa-free nations has grown from 9 to 90 nations over the previous three years. A system for issuing digital visas for residents of greater than 50 nations together with India has additionally been launched, it mentioned.

Historic Silk Highway cities of Uzbekistan, corresponding to Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and others, it mentioned have gotten fashionable locations amongst Indian vacationers. As of current, there are 4 direct flights per week between Delhi and Tashkent operated by “Uzbekistan Airways” which takes solely round 2 hours and half-hour flight between the capitals of the 2 nations.

Indian vacationers can get an digital visa (e-visa) of Uzbekistan by way of a particular portal inside three days, it mentioned.

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