New Delhi, 13th September 2018
A cultural event was organized by the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan and Indian Council for Cultural Relations at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kedra Auditorium on September 10, 2018. It was the opening ceremony for the Cultural days of Uzbekistan in India which was the beginning of the series of events in Delhi NCR as a part of the cultural dialogue between the two nations, marking the strong bond between the two.
“Indian and Uzbek people have much in common in terms of culture and tradition, which is an advantage to our relationship in many fields,” said H.E. Mr Farhod Arziev, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of India. The event displayed a series of folk dance, music, and songs of Uzbekistan dedicated to the strong tie between India and Uzbekistan.
The cultural closeness brings a homely environment for Indian tourists in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is one of the International tourists’ attractions with ancient cities like Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, etc which’s historical buildings have been listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. The Uzbek government has liberalized the visa policies for Indian and other Fifty counties introducing the electronic visa (E-VISA.UZ) application. To strengthen the bonds, the Uzbek government has also announced Five days visa-free visit for the Indian tourists.
For the ones who are planning to have a tour to Uzbekistan, an only two and a half hours flight takes off daily from Delhi and twice a week from Amritsar. Append to this, from October flight service will get started from Mumbai to Tashkent. In October, the Uzbek President Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev is expected to hold his first state visit to India.
Mohit Srivastava, Diplomacytoday.in