In the East, "ziyarat" means "visiting holy places" and involves religious tourism in excursion and educational orientation.
Ziyarat tourism is an actively developing in Uzbekistan. The country has a huge number of religious sites and holy relics. 7-8th century Caliph Uthman’s Mushaf and Katta Langar Qur’an are one of the oldest and unique manuscripts of Qur’an in the world.

In Tashkent, you can visit the religious center of Hazrati Imam Complex, which keeps one of the most valuable relics of Islam — the Qur’an of Caliph Osman. In Samarkand is the famous Shahi Zinda necropolis, where the cousin of the prophet Muhammad – Qutham Ibn Abbas is buried and the mausoleum of Khoja Doniyar is located.

Imam al-Bukhari Tomb in Samarkand

Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Ismail Al-Bukhari (810-870) is well known in the Muslim world theologist of the 9th century, the compiler of the most authoritative collection of the Hadith (The Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ).

Ziyorat tourism in Uzbekistan

One of the main centers for ziyarat tourism is Bukhara. It is called Sacred because there is an unprecedented number of mosques and tombs of Muslim saints. In the Bukhara region there are seven graves of the great Sufis of the Nakshbandiya order, one of the most influential Sufi movements in Uzbekistan.

In February 2019, Bukhara hosted the First International Forum on Ziyorat tourism, which resulted in the signing of the Bukhara Declaration on the recognition of Uzbekistan as a center of ziyorat tourism.

According to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) rating for 2019, Uzbekistan is among the ten most attractive countries among the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).