Tuesday, 9 May 2017

UZBEKISTAN: Boysun Spring Festival

On 12-14 May, there will be held an International Folklore Festival “Boysun bahori” (Boysun spring) in the Surkhandarya region, reports the press-service of the State Committee on Tourism Development.

Since 2001, Boysun region has been included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The first folklore festival “Boysun spring” with participation of national performers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan was held in May 2002.

There is a necessary infrastructure for holding these events – in 2002, with the support of UNESCO, park “Boysuntog” was built that includes ethnography museum, special folklore village tandoors (ovens), vineyards and gardens, craftsmen street and traditional yurts, specific for Boysun.

Festival “Boysun spring” enlarges the festivals list in Uzbekistan, namely, “Sharq Taronalari” in Samarkand, “Silk and spices” in Bukhara, “Atlas bayrami” in Marghilan, “Magic of the dance” in Khorezm and tourism exhibitions in Tashkent.

On 21 March 2017 the international passenger train № 1/2 Almaty – Tashkent was launched from the station Almaty-2 to cater to the growing demand of passengers in the region, as per the release issued Kazakhstan National Railways press-centre.

The train is formed of “Tulpar-Talgo” cars with a wide body. The train Almaty-Tashkent consists of 29 cars and will run twice a week. Travel time is about 16 hours 30 minutes.

Urgench International Airport won the prestigious contest “The best airport in the CIS states” held by the Association of Civil Aviation “Airport”, reports the official website of Uzbekistan Airlines.

The victory was received in the nominations “The best CIS airport 2015” and “Contribution in the sphere of tourism”. Uzbek air harbors have already taken part in this contest several times and won the award in different nominations.

For Urgench Airport, it is the fourth victory in this prestigious contest.

It is to note that in 2013-2015 the airport held an extensive reconstruction and introduced new modern terminals of international and local airlines with capacity of 300 passengers an hour.

Apart from that the building of the airport has a transit hall for 200 passengers, VIP and CIP halls as well as a crew room. Information room has been developed for tourists, where guests of the city can get information on transportation of the region, hotels, food courts and other.

New electric cars began to route in the historical part of the ancient Shakhrisabz.

Four modern electric cars tour around the old city. The 4 km route includes such complexes as Ak-Saray, Dor-ut Tilovat, Dor-us Saodat and others.

Comfortable excursion transport is safe from ecological point of view and does not damage the architectural sights. New electromobiles are the only permitted transport in the historical part of the city where ban on cars and buses applies.

Electric cars were purchased within the frames of the Kashkadarya region tourism development program. Each electromobile has 14 seats; the average speed of 20 km an hour and a range of 80 km on a charge.

Uzbekistan Airways, the national carrier, restores direct connection Navoi-Moscow-Navoi and launches new flights Nukus-Moscow-Nukus, reports press-service of the company.

Flights to both directions will operate on comfortable Airbus A320 once a week on Mondays.

Flight HY-617 departs Navoi at 21.15 and arrives in Moscow at 23.00. Flight HY-618 departs Moscow on Tuesday at 01.30 and arrives in Navoi at 05.55.

Flight HY-625 departs Nukus at 10.45 and arrives in Moscow at 12.25. Flight HY-626 leaves Moscow at 13.55 with arrival time in Nukus at 19.20.

From 14 June 2016, new regular flight were connected to Voronezh, a Russian city, and Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan,- reports the press service of the Uzbekistan Airways, the National Air Company. Flights will be operated by Airbus A320 on Tuesdays.

Flight HY-715 will leave Tashkent at 18.55, arrive in Voronezh at 21.00. Flight HY-718 will depart Voronezh at 23.00 and arrive in Tashkent at 04.40 (the next day).

Tashkent International Airport put into service the new Business Lounge Hall with increased level of comfort for service of departing passengers, - reports the press-service of Uzbekistan Airways.

Business Lounge includes everything necessary for comfortable rest. Its nice interior is well completed with vivid flowers. Thanks to modern equipment, luggage procedures and registration of passengers are rather simplified.

Spacious waiting room is 350 square meters and can place up to 160 seats. Soft furniture and TVs are there to make your rest more comfortable and interesting.

Those who prefer to spend their time over a cup of coffee will enjoy the bar with a wide range of food and beverages. Free access to Wi-Fi and great choice of newspapers and magazines are also an advantage.

There is a change room, playground and shower cabins as well as special equipment for the passengers with disabilities for a better comfort of the customers. The territory of the hall also has first-aid post and Duty Free shop.

The 15th Silk & Spices festival will be held in Bukhara in May, 2017, - reports the Uzbektourism National company.

Annual holiday of the colorful oriental culture will again gather artisans, artists and folklore ensembles, souvenir vendors, designers, and cooks in one of the biggest touristic destinations of the Great Silk Road.

The festival program includes performances of folklore bands from different regions of the country, national games and fun, master-classes, degustation of Uzbek plov at the event “Palovsayli”, fashion show from young designers of Uzbekistan.

Beautiful festive procession will create atmosphere of oriental fairy-tale that will take the guests of Bukhara to thousand years back, when caravans loaded with silk and spices went from China to Europe through the mountain passes and abandoned deserts, and would stop in blooming valleys.

Organizers of the event are Hakimiyat (Major’s office) of the Bukhara region, Bukhara regional branch of Uzbektourism National Company and Khunarmand Artisans’ Association.