Tashkent is the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan, as well as the most populated city in Central Asia. Tashkent is also the most visited city in the country, and has greatly benefited from increasing tourism as a result of reforms under president Shavkat Mirziyoyev and opening up by making visas easier for foreigners.
Tashkent is one of the ancient cities of the world. In 2009 it celebrated its 2200th anniversary. No other Central Asian town has been studied so thoroughly by scientists as this modern capital of Uzbekistan. During the years of Independence more than 240 architectural and archeological monuments within the city boundary have been brought to light. Today the images of olden times such as mosques, madrasahs, and minarets stand in elegant grandeur among parks, museums, fountains, modern skyscrapers made of glass and metal, and highway flyovers.
Things to do in Tashkent
In the central part of the bazaar stands a monumental dome structure, the diameter of which is about 300-350 meters. The lower tier is occupied by basement corridors with utility rooms, the middle and upper - counters.
Under its blue-colored domed building and the adjacent areas, all daily necessities are sold. In this market you can find anything - aromatic spices, juicy fruits, prepared national dishes, chapans, skullcaps, national fabrics and utensils.
Visit Juma Mosque - Juma Mosque is a mosque in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Also known as the Dzhuma Mosque, it was built in 1451 by Sheikh Uboydullo Khoja Akhror (1404-1490).
After the Arab conquest in the VIII century, the ancient, Zoroastrian Tashkent (it was then called Chach) lay in ruins. The city did not actually exist. Aliens-Arabs even could not pronounce his name correctly. There was no "Сh" in their language, and they distorted the name of the fertile valley of Chirchik into the word "al-Shash".
Visit Tashkent Television Tower - The Tashkent Television Tower is a 375-metre-high (1,230 ft) tower. Construction started in 1978 and it began operation 6 years later, on 15 January 1985. It was the 3rd tallest tower in the world from 1985 to 1991. Moreover, the decision of construction Tashkent Tower or TV-Tower of Uzbekistan was decided in 1971 in the 1st September in order to spread the TV and radio signals to all over the Uzbekistan.
People can visit the viewing deck and the two restaurants: the Blue Restaurant and the Red Restaurant. The high-velocity elevators will take you up to the highest restaurant in 30 seconds. Rotating once every hour, visitors can admire the panoramic view of Tashkent.
Try Local Cuisine - Uzbek cuisine is one of the most delicious in the world. The basic ingredients of Uzbek dishes are flour, meat (beef or mutton), vegetables, herbs and spices. Uzbek dishes are rich in calories, due to a considerable amount of oil. Cottonseed oil and sunflower oil are most used. Fat is often used in many different dishes, but pork is never used in Uzbek cuisine.
Some of the Uzbek dishes are cooked only by men. Some special dishes are prepared only in festivals, holidays and special events. Main Dish of Uzbekistan is Plov (pilaf, palov, osh). Herbs and spices, such as coriander, zira (kumin), barberries, sesame, basil (raihon) are most popular in Uzbek cuisine.
Visit Khast Imam Complex - The architectural complex Khast Imam (Khazret Imam) is rightfully considered one of the most striking examples of a responsible attitude to architectural monuments. Its construction began in the XVI century. Due to regular earthquakes, military events and just under the load of years, many of the buildings of the complex have not partially preserved the decoration. In 2007, some old buildings were restored, new and landscaped areas were erected, thanks to which the complex regained its former grandeur.
Visit Minor Mosque - A new architectural complex in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan, located on the banks of the canal Anhor, embankment of which in recent months has undergone significant changes in terms of improvement.
The building of the mosque was built in the traditional eastern and Uzbek style, has two minarets and dome of sky-blue. Its interior is decorated in the style of "naqsh" (ganch - alabaster carving) and mihrab (niche indicating the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca) is decorated not only sayings from the Koran, but hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, may a please and bless of God upon him).
Visit Amir Timur Square - The square was laid in front of the headquarters of the Turkestan military district on the initiative of Mikhail Chernyaev and according to the project of architect Nikolai Ulyanov in 1882 at the intersection of two central streets of the new city - Moskovsky and Kaufmanovsky Avenue. The square received the name of Konstantinovsky.
Over its short history, the square changed six names, twice became either pedestrian or traffic, and in its center ten different monuments and monuments replaced each other.
Visit Tashkent Independence Square - After Uzbekistan declared independence in September 1991, "Lenin Square" was renamed in 1992 and received the name "Mustakillik Maidoni," which in English means "Independence Square".
Independence Square is currently the central square of Tashkent.
The entrance to the square is framed by the Arch of good and noble aspirations with sculptural images of storks. In the center of the square on a granite pedestal there is a symbol of independence - a bronze ball representing the globe with a symbolic image of the outlines of the Republic of Uzbekistan on it. At the foot of the obelisk is a monument to the Happy Mother - a figure of a young woman with a baby in her arms.
Visit Tashkent Metro - The Tashkent Metro is the rapid transit system serving the city of Tashkent, the capital ofUzbekistan. It is one of only two subway systems currently operating in Central Asia (the other one being the Almaty Metro). It was the seventh metro to be built in the former USSR, opening in 1977. Its stations are among the most ornate in the world. Unlike most of the ex-Soviet metros, the system is shallow (similar to the Minsk Metro).
The Tashkent Metro faced with marble, granite and ceramic tiles leaves an amazing impression on the guests of the Republic. Decorated in the eastern style, it is deservingly considered one of the most beautiful and spacious Metro networks in the world. Each station has its own unique architectural features.
Visit Alisher Navoi Theater - The Navoi Theater ("Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre") is the national opera theater in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
In 1929, amateurs of concert-ethnographic group led by M. Kari-Yakubov was established and later founded the professional theatre. In 1939 it was renamed to the Uzbek State Opera and Ballet Theatre, and in March 1948 it was united with Russian theatre and called as the State Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi. Later, in 1959 the theatre obtained the status of Academic theatre and in 1966 – the status of Bolshoi Theatre.