Bukhara of all times
I was born in the ancient city of Bukhara, the tourism pearl of Uzbekistan and Silk Road. My journey as a tour guide within this country started back in the fall of 2018 when I just came back from my decade-long stay in the US.
All this time, I never visited Uzbekistan and seeing this country change so fast for the past ten years is as big of an event as it might seem for a traveller visiting my country.
That’s exactly one of the values, the advantages of my guide’s context to deliver personal views about Uzbekistan to a foreign visitor without any bias and with best possible objective views.
To most of the world, this place is believed to be remaining stagnant as part of a former Soviet block with no or minor changes in terms of political, economical, social and cultural aspects.
However, that’s not the case of course when a traveller comes and witnesses major developments in a household sector, moving along with world economic trends, having our youth educated at an international standards and keeping and valuing our cultural heritage.
As tourism is booming and getting widespread all across Uzbekistan, along with high tides of globalization, it’s becoming more of a challenge to preserve our genuine culture and its rich traditions.
It’s part of my and the entire tour industry’s task to deliver our history and culture in an adequate way so as to create and maintain responsible tourism. Only this way, we can have a sustainable industry that will find its way into the upcoming and challenging future which is full of uncertainties.
Since Uzbekistan is rich in historical places and monuments, our guests love seeing centuries-old mosques, madrassahs (Islamic educational facilities), and minarets. What I’ve observed for the past few years is that many tourists are curious about the current way of living of Uzbek people, how it was like during the Soviet regime and how we have evolved since then.
To increase an interest among our future travellers, I would love to present an experience of taking my guests not only through the streets of old cities, but also walking them past our twentieth century buildings constructed during the Soviet era, and compare them with those of the Independence period.
Also, having our guests witness traditional holidays when our aunties prepare foods like sumalak and nishallo (deserts). If possible, taking guests to local weddings and present them with our genuine culture. All this would give an unforgettable and unique feelings to our tourists while travelling across Uzbekistan.
Shukhrat Primkulov — your guide in Bukhara