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The Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan will be rolling out electronic visas from July to enhance more travel exchanges between the two countries. The country had initiated a friendly visa regime for Indians early this year by doing away with the mandatory ‘invitation letter’ for visa applications. Uzbekistan offers a wide range of attractions for tourists starting from religious to spiritual to eco-tourism, adventure, educational, etc. With the flying time from Delhi being less than 3 hours, it is the closest neighbour with a lot of common heritage and culture to share.
Requirements for the visa application process have been eased for citizens of 39 countries, including several EU member states, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, as well as India, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Citizens of these countries will no longer have to present a letter of invitation to receive a visa, and embassies will issue visas within two working days.
Uzbekistan with its rich and diverse tourism potential as well as close historical and cultural links with India is well placed to be one of the best destinations for Indian tourists whose numbers are growing year after year.
When in Uzbekistan, don’t miss a visit to the historical city of Samarkand. Bibi-Khanym Mosque is arguably the most important mosque in Samarkand; Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand—one of the largest archaeological sites in the world; Gur-e-Amir—a 15th century mausoleum; the city should be on every traveller’s wishlist. In Tashkent, look out for lovely souvenirs and great local food at Chorsu Bazaar; get a glimpse of the Turco-Mongol conquerer Amir Timur’s (also called Tamerlane) portraits and artefacts at Amir Timur Museum. When in Uzbekistan, one must try the country’s signature dish palov or pilaf; shurpa—a traditional soup of mutton and fresh vegetables; lagman, a pulled noodle dish; green tea, the national favourite.
For more information, check Uzbekistan visa policy
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