Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is an ancient city of historical significance. It is over two thousand years old. Based on the Great Silk Road of Central Asia, it lies between China and Europe. The city boasts of buildings both old and new; the architecture of the region reflecting its Central Asian roots. It has also absorbed Islamic Influence and portrays aspects of modern European planning. Visit the Khazret Imam Complex in Tashkent - it houses fragments of the world’s first Koran. The Tellya Sheikh Mosque is a breathtaking structure of ancient ceilings and hosts a beautiful Islamic library. There are several mausoleums and madrassas in Tashkent. The winding lanes and shadowy courtyards of the Old City will transport you to a place of stillness and quiet. The Palace of International Forums and the Senate of Uzbekistan are relatively modern buildings. The Independence Square has fountains and monuments to showcase modern Uzbekistan.
Useful Tips for Tourists flying to Tashkent
Where to Shop
There are many bazaars and markets in the city which sell local goods. The Chorsu Bazaar is noisy, colourful and teeming with people. You will find spices, nuts, jewelry, rugs, ceramics, crockery, handcrafted items and what-not here! It is the largest oriental market of Tashkent and a bustling centre of commerce. Other markets to visit include the Hippodrome and the Parkentsky Bazaars. The Broadway or Saligokh Street has fashion stores and fancy boutiques. Street performers entertain visitors here. Shopping malls like the Zarafshan Shopping Center and the Tashkent Shopping Center dot the city. The Askia Market is a flea market of different stalls selling bric-a-brac.
What to Eat
Dishes from Uzbekistan carry the Central Asian influence of the region. Try the national dish - the Plov (prepared with fragrant rice, mildly spiced with cumin). The Shashlik is another popular delicacy, where meat or mutton is roasted like kebabs over charcoal. Sample the Samsa - a preparation with meat or vegetable stuffing, encased in pastry and baked. The local bread, Naan, is round and flat. The sweet dish of Sumalyak is prepared from wheat and served on special occasions.
A Few Uzbek Words
When traveling to a foreign country, knowing a bit of the local language will help you along the way. Here is a list of some useful Uzbek phrases you can use at Tashkent.
• Hello :
• Thank You :
• Where is the toilet? :
• Where can I find a taxi?:
Qayerda takshi topish mumkin?
• How much does it cost?:
U qancha turadi ?
Do’s and Don’ts
• Settle the fare with your taxi-driver before taking the ride.
• Beware of scams where imposters introduce themselves as police to extract money as penalty-fees.
• Be respectful of the local culture and religion.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Emergency Services - 103
• 24-Hour Chemist - There are no 24-Hour Chemists at Tashkent, but some of them stay open till late.
• Fire - 101
• Police - 102
• Ambulance - 103, 1856093
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Tashkent?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Tashkent is Turkish Airlines.
• What is the time zone used in Uzbekistan?
The time zone of Uzbekistan is GMT + 5h.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Tashkent?
From London to Tashkent, the most popular airlines are Lufthansa
, Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines
• What is the shortest time for a London to Tashkent flight?
The shortest time for a London to Tashkent flight is about 9 hours and 15 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Tashkent?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Tashkent are the Khazret Imam Complex, Independence Square, Tellya Sheikh Mosque and the Kukeldash Madrassa.
• What is the currency of Uzbekistan?
The currency of Uzbekistan is the So’m.
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