tashkent city in uzbekistan

Exploring Tashkent and Silk Road Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Now I understand why many visitors say Tashkent, Uzbekistan is very fascinating and has historic architecture. It was the first place I saw in the Central Asian republics and I loved it. As I belong to Punjab so my journey starts from Amritsar Airport to Tashkent Airport by Uzbekistan Airways of 1 hour 45 min long flight. I traveled with my friends to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

We reached Tashkent early in the morning around 3 am, so it was dark when we reached the hotel from the airport and took some rest. In the morning our tour guide was waiting and we went for a city tour in a van. The morning light had transformed the city into a clean and well planned beautiful city. To my surprise, Tashkent city offered much more than what we expected, in the month of August. The wide roads with sidewalks divided by trees and flowers, lend the city a very developed and rich look. And we visited the city’s old and new parts, explored a real eastern bazaar, and take the Tashkent metro – one of the most beautiful in the world.
The most beautiful part of Tashkent is green gardens every corner.
Main highlights such as city museum, Taimur Lung statue, some buildings in the central Tashkent are all worth a look.
The city has some nice restaurants and street food to try out. And after the sun-set, the nightlife springs up in most of the pubs and bars. Especially Broadway street a great place to interact with locals must visit.

The next day we went to the Chingam Mountains and Charvak Lake which is the best part of our tour.
On the way, we enjoyed the views of the mountains and life of the locals and takes a break in the middle of the destination at the local market to buy some items. After Reaching the mountains we take a ride on a Chair Lift going up to the top of the mountain and enjoy our free time on the mountain peak for taking photos and videos. Then move to the beautiful “Charwak” Lake, which is the favorite spot for Uzbek people in summers and at lakeside we enjoyed the sports activity.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

This one day tour helps us to explore the silk road world’s cultural and historical heritage and gives us the best travel experience. We all planned to get ready in our traditional outfit which is “Kurta-Pajama” to represent the Indian Culture. Then, we booked tickets and depart from our hotel in Tashkent and catch a high-speed train in the morning to Samarkand. with the help of guide and driver, After reaching the city every one gives attention to our outfit and native people come and talks in the Uzbek language some of them known Indian phrases like “Namaste” & “Kese ho” & some invited us to lunch at their house. A great and lovely gesture from the Uzbek people. Enjoying our day and visiting popular places such as Registan, Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Shahi-Zinda necropolis, and local market. Many people interacted with us and share their stories and engaged with us. At the end of the day, return to Tashkent on the train.

After Returning from Samarkand we still feel the vibe of people, affectionate welcome and lovely gesture to us. We are also used to some Uzbek phrases like “Salom”, “Raxmat”, “Assalomu Alaykum” & “Arzimaydi”. Another day we visited the city main bazaars like chorus bazaar, city malls and ice city to do some fun activity.

Overall, the trip was exciting and memorable. Interacted with lovely and friendly people of Uzbek. They got excited to meet Indian people.

Best time to visit Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

The best time to visit Tashkent has to be in the summer months between March and May and then again during September – November when the weather is most favorable. Temperatures are pleasant and remain in the 20-30 degree C at this time of the year. In the interim months June to August, it is peak summertime when the heat is intense and temperatures rise to touch 40 degrees C. July and August are good months for hikers as it is not so hot in the mountains around Tashkent and there is not much chance of rainfall as it is the dry season.

Winter from December to February are biting cold – there maybe snowfall and the mercury plummets under the zero degrees mark frequently. So if you do come in at this time watch out for the cold weather.

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