“The stone city”.
Where is Tashkent?
The city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan capital is situated northeast of the country. It is the largest city in Central Asia.
Our journey from Samarkand to Tashkent
Booked through Airbnb. Located in the Oloy district of Tashkent, a lovely little apartment in Block 11 Door 6 of a Soviet housing complex. From the outside, it looked very bleak. However, on entering it was pleasant.
Places to eat
Conveniently close to our accommodation was Just Tasty. Open 24/7 it makes delicious burgers amongst other goodies😋. Another nice place was Cafe 1991, more expensive but very good food, although, the service was extremely slow.
Three days in Tashkent gave us a complete contrast in the weather. Temperatures reaching a pleasant 23 degrees, on our first day. Dropping to a mere 8 degrees on our last day.
Places of interest
Throughout the city, there are many museums, a mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. Tashkent is spread out and with plenty of things to see and do, we decided to take a sightseeing bus. This gave us the opportunity to see the whole city.
The bus tour starts outside the Uzbekistan Hotel, a huge ugly Soviet building. With the tour lasting 2 hours and costing 75000 Som per person. It runs every hour on the hour from 1000 hrs until 1700 hrs. Not on Mondays.
The quality of the sound system was not very good making it difficult for us to understand the translation of the tour. On many occasions, the signal cut out.
You get to see all of the main sights on the tour including-
Amir Temur Square
A Memorial to the Memory of Victims of Repression. A peaceful garden with the calm water of the canal flowing by.
Opposite you will see the Tashkent Television Tower a 375-metre-high tower.
The tour continues through the narrow streets of the eastern city towards Monument of Courage. In memory of people who survived the 1966 earthquake. Onto Hazrati-Imom mosque and the Madrasah of Barakhan, with its three bright blue domes and the original Ozman’s Quran.
Onto the Chorsu bazaar, Istiklol Palace, then passing Forum Palace before returning to the Uzbekistan Hotel. Where the tour ends.