The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent is positioned on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe. Though it is a Soviet-era city, it went through rapid modernization after the 1966 earthquake. The city is now a blend of well-preserved mausoleums and modern buildings. A center of Uzbek culture, the city has numerous large libraries, restaurants, and museums. Tourists can spend their time visiting historic sites like Kukeldash Madrassah, Sheikhantaur Mausoleum, The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and Mausoleum of Zangiota. You can also relax at the of green, open spaces like Gafur Gulam Recreation Park and the Tashkent Botanic Garden. Tashkent houses one of the first theaters in Central Asia – the National Academic Drama Theatre which hosts performances of various genres like drama, comedy, romance, classical, and contemporary.
Useful Tips for Tourists Traveling to Tashkent
Tashkent has several shopping centers located across the city. The malls include MegaPlanet, Kontinet, Tashkent Shopping Centre, and Poytaxt. For a more traditional experience, head to the roadside markets like Alay Bazaar, Askia Farmer’s Market, Chorsu bazaar, Karavan Bazaar, and Koyluk Wholesale Market. Here, you can shop for dry fruits, souvenirs, and trinkets. At Chilanzar Clothes Market, you can find fashionable, cheap clothing as well as household goods. For local artwork, visit Saligokh Street, popularly known as Broadway.
Tashkent food guide
Tashkent cafes and restaurants serve up some delicious Uzbek dishes along with Middle Eastern, European, and Russian cuisines. Few of their iconic dishes include Plov (a mixed rice dish with meat and vegetables), Shashlik (roasted meat), Samsa (baked pastry), and Non (baked flat bread). Between Chorsu bazaar and Kukeldash Madrassah, you will find numerous chaykhanas (terrace café) that serve authentic local food. A few of the popular restaurants are City Grill, Han Kuk Kwan (Korean restaurant), Jumanji, Caravan, and Afsona. As for beverages, black tea and coffee are the most common. You can also try the Russian beer ‘Baltika’ and Uzbek wine.
A Few Local Words and Phrases
Uzbek and Russian are the most common languages spoken in Tashkent, so it might help to know a few Uzbek phrases.
• Thank You very much:
Iltimos (or Marhamat qilib)
• How much does it cost?:
Buning narhi qancha?
• Where's the toilet?:
Hojathona qay yerda?
• I don't know:
• The city gets extremely hot during the summer. So, make sure you stay hydrated.
• Obey the local laws as Uzbekistan is a police state.
• Some of the smaller roads outside Tashkent are poorly lit and not in the best condition. Hence, avoid traveling on them during the night.
Emergency contact numbers
• Fire brigade: 101
• Ambulance: 103
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Tashkent?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Tashkent is China Southern Airlines.
• What is the time zone used in Tashkent?
The time zone of Tashkent is GMT+5.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from Beijing to Tashkent?
From Beijing to Tashkent, the most popular airlines
are China Southern Airlines
, China Eastern, and Air China
• What is the shortest time for a Beijing to Tashkent flight?
The shortest time for a direct Beijing to Tashkent flight is 6 hours and 10 minutes.
•What are the top tourist destinations of Tashkent?
Popular attractions of the city include Abdulkasim Medressah, Khavendi Takhur Sheikh Mausoleum, Kaldyrgach-bly Mausoleum, Yunus Khan Mausoleum, Mausoleum of Abubakr Muhammad Kaffal Shashi, and Mausoleum of Zainuddin-bobo Sheikh.
• What is the currency of Uzbekistan?
The currency of Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani Som (UZS).
For the best travel options in terms of flight schedules
, layover time, cheap air tickets
, airlines information, facilities and more, visit yatra.com