Nadezhda Dukhovny
Nadezhda Dukhovny

Ancient and unique Uzbekistan – Tashkent

We continue to explore the ancient country of Uzbekistan. Our foot has already stepped on the slabs of its capital. Let’s continue our acquaintance with this many-sided wonder of the East.

Of course, travel lovers did not miss the information that on May 4 the Israeli travel agency Asia Travel, together with Israir airline and business partners from Uzbekistan will resume once-a-week Tel Aviv – Tashkent -Tel-Aviv charter flights.

I am personally very pleased with the fact that Israelis can visit my hometown. In this regard, I would like to tell you more about it. Where to go? What to see? What is of interest? I bring to your attention a short tour to the capital of Uzbekistan, one of the largest cities in Central Asia.

For many years, Tashkent has been the most important business and cultural center of the country, attracting tourists and businessmen from different countries of the world.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

Tashkent has a fairly large list of attractions that will take several days to visit.

✔️ Wide avenues, green alleys, fountains, and eco-parks for leisurely walks;

✔️ Unique artifacts of the history and culture of the peoples of Central Asia in numerous museums of the city;

✔️ Majestic architectural ensembles, mosques, and minarets;

✔️ Theaters and galleries for every taste.

Here everyone can draw their own route through the top sights of the city!

Most of the summer in Tashkent is hot, so don’t forget about sunscreen and hats! Winter is mostly mild and snowless, but do not neglect warm clothes, in the evening it is so cool that you want to wear a scarf!

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The symbol of the modern city of Tashkent is its Independence Square (Mustaqillik Maydoni) located in the heart of Tashkent. And is the main square of Uzbekistan. Citizens often gather here to celebrate national holidays, on weekdays and weekends you can see newlyweds, and in general, there are always a lot of people on the square and a pleasant atmosphere reigns.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

The park zone is located near Ankhor – the city canal, on the banks of which you can often see Tashkent residents having a rest. Along the square, you can take a leisurely and pleasant walk accompanied by the noise and splash of the most beautiful seven-meter high fountains. The majestic cypress alleys also deserve special attention – you simply must see them with your own eyes.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Square is a central tourist attraction in Tashkent with a difficult history stretching back to the 19th century. In 1865, the Kokand Khanate ceased to exist, and Tashkent joined the Russian Empire. They decided to rebuild the city in a European manner. The palace of the Kokand khans, which stood not far from the place where Mustaqillik Maydoni is currently located, was destroyed, and in its place, the construction of a residence for the Governor-General of Turkestan began. This building was called the White House.

In 1956, another renaming took place – the square began to bear the name of Lenin. In April 1966, a strong earthquake shook Tashkent, as a result of which the central part of the city was almost completely destroyed. This event led to a major renovation, which was completed in 1974. Its result was an increase in the area by 3.5 times. After the collapse of the USSR and the withdrawal of Uzbekistan from its composition, the square received its modern name, Independence Square in 1992.

The first thing people see at the entrance to the square is the Arch of good and noble intentions Ezgulik. The structure consists of sixteen columns made of marble of a light shade and interconnected by a ceiling, on which figures of storks were installed – a symbol of peace and serenity.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

An alley starts from the ensemble of columns, on both sides of which are the most impressive fountains and park areas. The alley leads to the Independence Monument and the Mother Monument. The Mother Monument represents the Motherland and her care for her children – the Uzbek people.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

On the left side of the square are the Senate (until 2003, the building of the library of Alisher Navoi has been located in its place), the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, various ministries, and other administrative buildings. Opposite the buildings of the government apparatus, a forest-park zone has been organized, on the territory of which there is the Alley of Memory and Glory as a tribute to those who died during the Great Patriotic War.

To the left and right of the alley, there are galleries decorated with carved granite and wooden columns. Fourteen steles – fourteen regions of the country. On these plates are placed the Books of Memory, where all the names of the brave Uzbeks who gave their lives defending their homeland from the fascist invaders are written in gold. At the end of the alley, there is the Independence and Humanism Monument, where you can observe the laid flowers all year round.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

Each city has its own drawcard. And the city of Tashkent is no exception. It can be seen already from afar, and in order to have a good look at the man-made creation, you have to look only from the bottom up. This is the Tashkent TV Tower – one of the tallest and most beautiful TV towers in Central Asia.

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By 1960, television and radio took a firm place in the cultural life of Uzbekistan. The first 180-meter Uzbek television center, built in 1957, could no longer fully cover the capital of four million and the Tashkent region. In addition, it was necessary to increase radio and television broadcasting to remote mountainous areas.

The preparation of a new project for the TV tower began in 1971. The project was carefully considered and tested because the construction of such a high-rise was unprecedented.

Finally, in 1978, the construction of the new TV tower began

All necessary materials were thoroughly studied, technological requirements and norms were observed. Steel equipment from Germany was delivered to Tashkent.

The strength of any structure, of course, depends on its foundation. The four pillars of the TV tower and three additional pillars attached to it were raised from a depth of 11 meters, resting on loose reinforced concrete foundations, creating a classic system capable of maintaining a very high balance.

It took six years to build the tower. The goal of the specialists was to build the tallest building in the whole of Central Asia and at the same time to solve all the tasks set.

Harsh winter conditions 1984-85 with high winds and the need to transport equipment 480 meters above sea level made it difficult to accurately measure the slope. However, the builders succeeded.

The tower was built with a special crane capable of lifting 25 tons of cargo to a height of 240 meters. The TV tower is also equipped with three high-speed Swiss Shindler elevators, which have not yet been used in the country and can reach a height of 220 meters.

On January 15, 1985, the flag began to fly at the highest point of the building. The activity of the Tashkent TV tower is inconceivable without its branches and special workshops. The center has over a dozen workshops, television, and radio stations in the Tashkent region.

The height of the TV tower is 375 meters, it is equipped with the most modern technology and equipment for radio and television broadcasting. The total weight of the structure is more than 6,000 tons.

In the lobby of the TV tower, you can see richly decorated mosaic panels and models of the tallest towers in the world. The Tashkent TV tower takes an honorable 10th place among them.

Anyone can go up to the observation deck and visit the Koinot restaurant at an altitude of 110 meters. The restaurant has two halls: “Blue” in the national style and “Red” in the European style. There you can sit at a table on a special rotating platform and admire the breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Tashkent. At night, the tower shimmers with thousands of lights and bewitches with its beauty and grandeur – a symbol of human labor and technological progress.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Walking the streets of Tashkent, you can find many memorabilia, ranging from small trinkets to huge memorable souvenirs. Most of the souvenir workshops are located in old madrasahs and in the Chorsu bazaar. There you can find absolutely everything! Crafts carved from wood, pottery, national clothes, and even knives and daggers forged in local forges!

Beauty on the shelves, an abundance of goods, wide rows, friendly sellers – this bazaar can be attributed to the sights of Tashkent. In just a couple of minutes from the bazaar, you can walk to the ancient Kukeldash madrasah and the Friday mosque of Khoja Akhrar Vali.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

In the heart of the Old City or Eski Shahar, there is one of the main attractions of Tashkent – the huge Chorsu bazaar, known since the Middle Ages. Once at this bazaar, you find yourself in an oriental tale. Here is the whole history of Uzbekistan: ceramics, skullcaps, national dressing gowns, oriental sweets, spices, fruits, vegetables, clay products, handmade souvenirs, books, gifts, scarves from national fabrics, and much more. You can endlessly list the variety of products.

The emergence of the largest bazaar in Uzbekistan is dated approximately to the 10th century. It was formed at the intersection of four shopping streets, which at one time were an important center on the Great Silk Road. Trade was conducted all year round and a variety of cultures intertwined here. On the trade roads, one could meet overseas merchants, caravan overpasses, shopkeepers, artisans, wealthy farmers, and ordinary hard workers. For 1000 years of its existence, the Chorsu bazaar, this trading mini-city, has not changed in its color.

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The market consists of several pavilions under blue domes: a food pavilion, several clothing rows, a bazaar of carpets, blankets and mattresses, jewelry, and artisan rows.

Of particular interest is the food pavilion, which is located under a large blue dome, shaped like a circus. The products are divided into types. For example, dairy products separately, spices and dried fruits separately. The choice of dairy products is interesting, among which you should definitely try katyk (sour milk), kurt (a dry fermented milk product), syuzma (a fermented milk product). The assortment of dried fruits and oriental sweets dazzles the eyes. The counters are strewn with raisins, dried apricots, a variety of nuts, salted apricot pits, sugar-coated peanuts, and sesame seeds. Among oriental sweets, you will surely see navat, parvarda, pashmak, halva, and kozinaki.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

It is inconceivable to walk past the rows with multi-colored dunes of spices and herbs. Uzbek dishes are the song of the East, but it is impossible to cook them without the traditional set of spices: cinnamon, saffron, black and red pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cumin, coriander, caraway seeds, turmeric, dried vegetables.

Not far from the food pavilion there is a number of catering establishments where you can taste national Uzbek dishes. Approaching the counters, from afar you can feel the indescribable aromas of pilaf, barbecue, samsa. Even if you are full, you will not be able to resist the Uzbek delicacies. Here you will see cold naryn noodles, kazy sausage, pies with gumma meat, homemade khasyp sausage, fried fish, hanem, manti, peas with lamb, lamb ribs. You can try the delights right in the cafe, or you can take it with you, always with a fresh Uzbek flatbread.

But in any case, the rows with food on Chorsu are a real flavor of Uzbek gastronomy, an adventure for real gourmets!

Chorsu Bazaar – this is where Uzbek culture begins, a piece of history that has come down to us through the millennium.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

The modern metropolitan Central park was founded back in 1934 and was called the Mirzo Ulugbek park of culture and recreation (known also as Telman Park). During the war years, free meals were organized here for evacuated children.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

After the war, the park became a musical hallmark of the city: one of the first rock concerts in Tashkent took place on the summer stage, and on weekends there were puppet theater performances. And after the renovation in 2018, many innovations were introduced, but at the same time, the ancient Spirit of the park was preserved.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

Today, 26 new European attractions are located on a huge territory of 13 hectares. Before choosing the attractions, all the wishes of the park’s visitors were taken into account, who left their comments on the official page of the park, and consultations were held with leading manufacturers and specialists.

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Safety was one of the most important factors when choosing attractions, so they were ordered from Italian and French companies.

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There are many benches and gazebos in the park, and for the convenience of visitors, there are signs in Uzbek and Russian. Conventionally, the park was divided into two zones: the upper one is the territory of tranquility on the Street of Colored Lanterns, where you can enjoy the nature in the shade of the trees, resting from the bustle of the city, the lower one is an active zone, the so-called European quarter, where interesting attractions, restaurants, shooting gallery and fast food shops.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

Whole families come here: while the parents enjoy chatting or reading their favorite book, children can go to the labyrinth and find Rapunzel Castle. In the future, the organizers promise to distribute bracelets with a GPS sensor to children so that parents are always aware of where their children are.

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In general, everyone can find an attraction to their liking. Fans of extreme sports can go to Drop’n’Twist, or, as the people call it, to the Tower. The height of the attraction is 39 meters.

There are also some stress-free rides for parents with children. For example, a real French Carousel, which is located in the heart of the European Quarter.

For the older generation, several trestle beds have been installed here, where they can play checkers, chess and simply chat while enjoying a conversation over tea, which will be free for them in the park.

On the territory of the playground of 3.5 thousand square meters, 200 children can simultaneously play.

The lake, in which they used to ride on catamarans and boats, was given to ducks and geese, having built cute houses for them. It is also planned to launch white and black swans here, symbolizing peace.

This photo is courtesy of The Press Service of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city

 

 

 

 

 

Could you imagine that you can see all of Uzbekistan in just 30 minutes?

The Navruz Park attracts visitors days and evenings, weekdays and weekends. At the daylight from afar, one can see the dazzling snow-white Ferris wheel Star of Ankhor, 72-meter high, the highest one in Uzbekistan. In the evening, the lights are mesmerizing, all the colors of the rainbow of LED luminescence beckon the guests.

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In the Navruz park, you can see the spiral bridge in the form of infinity, 88 meters long, and an ethnographic town – a collection of the reduced copies of sights from all over Uzbekistan, collected on the territory of one park.

The cable-stayed bridge is the first construction of this type in the Republic. It connects one green zone with another, namely with the Ankhor Lokomotiv amusement park.

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In the park, you can stroll through flower gardens and bright green lawns that breathe freshness and floral aromas. There are figurines of birds and animals on the lawn. You can easily navigate in the park with signs that you can use to make a mini-trip around Uzbekistan. Here are the Registan Square, the Ark fortress, the pylons of the arch of the Ak-Saray palace, and the incomparable Khudoyarkhan palace in miniature.

The center of the park is a stage in the form of a flower “Navruz”. On its marble floor is a map of Uzbekistan, and fountains are placed in a circle. The park got its name in honor of the holiday of the arrival of the spring of Navruz, but the purpose of the park is not a one-time celebration of the equinox, but a year-round rest, in one of the most beautiful places in the capital.

The photo is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

Time will fly by unnoticed in the ethnographic town. This is a real study of the richest history and culture of ancient Uzbekistan. Passing adobe walls, teahouses, and terraces, you will get acquainted with the peculiar architecture, carved furniture, amazing products of folk applied art, spread out on the shelves – everything to imbue with the flavor of Uzbekistan. Entering the territory of the miniature of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, you will see exact copies of streets and dwellings. The interior decoration will take you back to the authentic past, the walls of the dwellings are decorated like in an art gallery.

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In addition, Navruz Park regularly hosts fairs dedicated to national products, souvenirs, textile products, and the works of artists. Navruz Ethnographic Park is another reason to get out of the house and spend your leisure time in a fun, interesting, and informative way.

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This unique place, located in the center of Tashkent on an area of 2.5 hectares, will delight you with an unusual view and thematic objects.

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Ankhor Lokomotiv amusement park is a great opportunity to go on a journey into childhood because each of us is a child at heart. What is there in the park! Both adults and children of all ages will find entertainment here to their liking. Each ride is like one big adventure that only lasts a few minutes.

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Adults will love karting, the area of ​​which is more than 12 thousand square meters. For those who like to tickle their nerves, there are several extreme attractions here. For the smallest visitors, there is a mini-carousel, a hydrodrome, and a trampoline center.

Proudly rises in the park above the city the Star of Ankhor – a Ferris wheel. There is also the Ice Rink skating rink, the Enter game center, the 5D cinema, and the Seven Wonders of Uzbekistan. Many cafes, a summer theater, and a musical fountain will be a great addition to fun activities for the whole family. The park is located in the Shaikhantour district of the city of Tashkent along the Ankhor river canal.

How great it is to get out of the noisy center and go for a walk along the embankment, from where freshness and coolness blows.

River Park in Tashkent is a wonderful place where you can enjoy the beauty of the canal coast.

Opened in early May 2020, the park enchants with its spaciousness, abundance of greenery, bike paths, mini-versions of architectural monuments from around the world. The park is located in the Almazar district of the city of Tashkent near the Damashi canal.

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Great news: soon the residence of Prince Nikolai Romanov in the very center of Tashkent will become available for visiting and will turn into a museum.

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The residence was built in 1891 in the Art Nouveau style. The prince was very much loved in Tashkent because he paid a lot of attention to the inhabitants. He contributed to the construction of the first cinema, a bakery, a small district for the princely soldiers called a settlement, and a network of irrigation canals. During his life in Tashkent, Nikolai Konstantinovich collected a unique collection of paintings by famous artists, as well as antiques and books that he bequeathed to the city. Now the building is used as the Reception House of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, but soon it is planned to open for visits and make it a museum.

Nowadays, Tashkent is a modern metropolis and perfectly combines in its architecture both medieval buildings and modern business centers. The city has all the conditions for a wonderful pastime. Here long history and modern lifestyle merge together.

There are two international airports and 2 railway stations on the territory of Tashkent.

One of the main modern sights of the city is the metro. It was opened in 1977 and is the first in Central Asia. Each station has its own unique design and unique architecture.

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In Tashkent, you can see both historical monuments and modern mosques, stroll through the oriental bazaars, get acquainted with the thousand-year history and culture of the people in the capital’s museums, and of course relax in the parks, restaurants, and nightlife of the city.

About the Author
Nadezhda Dukhovny was born and raised in Uzbekistan and made aliya in 2005. She holds an MA in Linguistics from Tel Aviv University and works in translation. She has a true interest about her motherland and would like to tell more about that fascinating country to make Israeli readers familiar with another culture from other part of the globe.
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