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Expert opinion: how to make the Kashkadarya region more attractive for tourists?

Tourist opportunities in the Kashkadarya region are not fully used. The teacher of the "Tourism and Service" chair of the Tashkent State Economic University Dilnoza Umirova made such conclusion, according to the results of her research. And she told what else, except as "publicized" monuments, may be attractive this region:

- Yes, there is a regular festival "Kashkadarya - the center of artisans". Work has been carried out to preserve such objects of antiquity as the Oksaroy complex and several others. A gallery of national art was built in Shakhrisabz. There are
32 hotels in the region, ten travel agencies, more than 30 guest houses organized in the Shakhrisabz mahallas included in the UNESCO List, such as “Habarlik”, “Kulollik”, “Zingiron”, “Urda”, “Zargarlik”, “Kushhovuz”, "Koziguzar". And yet, considering that there are 2,753 private houses on the territory of these mahallas, it is possible to understand how far the potential of tourism at the local level has not yet been revealed.

In addition, studying the infrastructure of the industry in the region, I noted the neglected state of many of the monuments of the past. In the repair and restoration needs more of them. Take, for example, the museum complex Langar-ota, erected in 1520. According to sources, the remains of the great representatives of the ancient religious and philosophical doctrine - tasawwuf - Abul Hasan Ishki, his son Muhammad Sodik and grandson of Abul Hasan Okhund sheikhs, rest here. An object of similar significance is found only in Turkey, at the burial site of the great figure of the past Kazizade Rumi. In the mosque on the territory of the complex there is another unique monument of antiquity - a part of the Koran in the form of an ancient manuscript on the skin of gazelle. In a word, this place is of great sacred significance among believers, pilgrims and scientists. However, although the mausoleum has been restored, the area around it needs to be landscaped. There are no places for rest, there are no souvenir trade points, catering, road and transport infrastructure leaves much to be desired. Another actively visited object - the historical monument of Humdon-ota has not been studied, is not included in the register, needs restoration and protection. In a similar condition is the historical monument of Tuya Buynoq Ostona Buva.

And why not build a sanatorium in Kosonsoy, where from the bowels of the earth streams of hot mineral water break out, forming a unique lake?! Local people say that the water in the lake is curative, helps with allergies, gastrointestinal, skin and rheumatic diseases. The Hujaipok-ota area has similar features. Although these two sites are always lively, there is no question of any tourist infrastructure here. People bathe without proper supervision by specialists, eat in unsanitary conditions. In addition, they have to travel an extra kilometer before finding in the steppe zone this place, which is not indicated on the motorway.

Overcoming the Tashkent-Termez multi-kilometer highway, noticed that many of the road signs had long rusted or faded. But to create a tourist image every detail is important. It would be nice to make indexes and information in English, because foreign tourists are more active on our roads, both on cars and bicycles.

Speaking about the uniqueness of Kashkadarya, I can not help but tell about three other places I like. The first is a rock in the territory of the Hissar Reserve with fossilized tracks of 31 dinosaurs that lived in these places in the Jurassic period. The second - the cave of Amir Temur depth of 870 m. According to legend, this cave lived for a while our great ancestor, driven by warring tribes. The cave is also attractive because there are huge stalactites up to 2 m in it. Another surprise of the local nature - the "Milk Ball" waterfall, located in the mountains at an altitude of 2.1 thousand meters above sea level. A swift stream of water, boiling, descends from a height of 84 m and turns into a dazzling white foam, for which he received this name. Travelers like to visit these places, charge with energy, breathe clean air, wash with spring water. I want them to enjoy as many people as possible. Why not make these fascinating places in the travel itineraries? Hospitable mountaineers will be happy to take up tourism, we must first teach them the secrets of this matter and help with loans if necessary.

Kashkadarya with its many attractive and scientifically valuable objects of antiquity and monuments of nature is worthy of creating a "Territory of free tourism".

I would like to share some more suggestions that can improve the level of tourist service.

In cities and areas it is useful to create a network of information and referral service that would help tourists to orientate on the terrain, and entrepreneurs - to attract the maximum number of visitors to landmarks. It is also necessary to install shields with maps of accommodation of tourist objects, information on distance, transport, along the motorway, in parking lots, bazaars and station.

In the mountain Kashkadarya there are all opportunities for the development of speleotourism (cave tourism), having previously consulted mountaineers, doctors and so on. You can organize a regular route to the Hissar Reserve, a unique landscape, a rich fund of flora and fauna which will provide great popularity among travelers. You can also launch an exciting ecotour "From the hot desert to the mountain glaciers". There is a wide range of opportunities for the development of agrotourism, safari tourism, extreme, scientific, geological and many other popular species.

Good demand is also expected for the services of the ski base, which can be created in the suburbs of Shakhrisabz, stretching to the mountainous terrain, building mini-hotels, landscaping. And in the city itself, where more and more tourists come, it's time to build a conference hall or a palace of culture for celebrations, concerts, forums.

It is appropriate to involve in the sphere of tourism workers of culture and art, who can provide mass entertainment for the guests. Positive results will give an increase in the production of souvenir and fishing products, the construction of small cottages or villas.

In short, there are many ideas for projects. And they are all realizable provided that they will be created on the basis of public-private partnership, based on the requirements of world practice and national experience.

(Based on the materials of the "Narodnoe slovo online" portal)

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