The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, or, as it is also called – "Stone Town", was founded 2000-2200 years ago according to different estimates.
This beautiful city, which today can be called the pearl of Central Asia, is not only the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, but also the place of great historical importance. Pictures of Tashkent, like the city itself, impress with its colorfulness and diversity. All this even though there are relatively few historical monuments left in the city.
How to get to Tashkent
There are two international airports and a railway station in Tashkent. From the neighboring cities and regions, one can also get to the city by car. Cars arrive at Almazar subway station and Kuylyuk bazaar.
Climate in Tashkent
Winter in Tashkent is warm even in winter. Winters in Tashkent are seldom abundant with snow, so there is no reason to worry if you do not take warm clothes with you. In the worst case you can buy them at local bazaars or shopping centers. The usual temperature for spring is 28-30 degrees, the real tropical heat comes in summer (40-45 degrees). Why go to Turkey? Tashkent is waiting for you! By the way, you'll have always to take sunglasses and a hat with you.
What to see in Tashkent
It may sound weird, but one of the city's things to be proud of is the subway! Tashkent is the only city in Central Asia with a full-scale underground. By the way, Tashkent subway is radically different from its western counterparts. Each station tells the story of its creation. For example, at A. Navoi station, you can get into real eastern fairy tale by viewing illustrations to the books of the great poet, which are depicted on the walls.
If you want to plunge into the atmosphere of Old Tashkent, you have to visit mosques, mausoleums and madrasahs that have survived. We would like to tell you about one of them.
Kukeldash madrasah was built more than four hundred years ago. This stunning architectural monument had been used not very expedient during Sheibanids era. For example, it served as a residence for the Kokand rulers, and a little earlier – as a fortress.
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What to do in Tashkent
Modern masterpieces of architecture also cause genuine admiration, among them there are:
- Minor and Islam-Ota Mosques;
- Amir Temur Square;
- Independence Square.
If you want to know more about the history of Uzbekistan, then you should go to the museum of Temurids. It was this great dynasty that made a great contribution to the development of Uzbekistan state.
We also recommend you to devote time to the Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan. There you can see not only the works of local artists, but also of Russian and Western European painters. By the way, it is the place where the most large-scale exhibitions of Tashkent are held in. At these exhibitions you can not only see various art works and hand-made things, but also buy gifts for your friends. It is known that gifts from Tashkent (national souvenirs) have always been admired by guests of the capital and their relatives.
Tashkent TV Tower is the tallest building in Tashkent and Central Asia (375 meters). By the way, here, at a great height, you can try the most exquisite masterpieces of national Uzbek cuisine.
The population of Uzbekistan, and of Tashkent in particular, has always been distinguished by the traditional oriental hospitality. If you come to Tashkent, you should definitely visit Uzbek wedding (in case you have such an opportunity). Weddings in Tashkent are as loud and fun as they were several hundred years ago.
For the tourist to note: In Uzbekistan it is not accepted to refuse the offered food, otherwise it will hurt the owner of the house very much.
Where to go with children
There are several amusement parks for children and adults in Tashkent. In particular, in the summer guests of the capital may visit many water parks. Several amusement parks are open for visitors all year round.
What to buy
The greatest variety of souvenirs in the city one can find at Chor-Su bazaar in the Old Town. By the way, the prices here are the most affordable. The most popular souvenirs among tourists are:
- handmade souvenir knives;
- painted ceramics;
- garments and hats.
Where to stay in Tashkent
There are many hotels in Tashkent. Among the 4-5 stars hotels, we recommend Hayat, Hilton and Lotte City Hotel. If you look for a budget option, then a modern and cozy Topchan hostel is the best one.
Where and what to eat
In Tashkent one can find a cuisine for every taste. However, if we talk about traditional local cuisine, it can be found everywhere. In particular, we highly recommend to try local Tashkent pilaf, which significantly differs from the other ones.
Even tourists agree that the best kebab is cooked in Tashkent. It is cooked here from minced meat, beef, chicken and lamb. There are also many variances of fish kebab cooking. Pork kebab in the only one you almost cannot find, since most of the local population does not eat pork. At the same time, dishes with pork can easily be found in any restaurant that has European dishes in menu.
24/7 Help Desk for Tourists: 8 371 200-00-88 or +998 71 200-00-88
Tashkent airport: +998 71 140-28-01, +998 71 140–28–02
Tashkent railway station: 1005 (only from Tashkent) or +998 71 299-18-73