"A soviet-styled capital hiding some true charm" Top 5 Page for this destination Tashkent by carolerica

Tashkent Travel Guide: 268 reviews and 588 photos

First impressions

I have been in Uzbekistan for a little over a month, and spent most of my time in Tashkent.
Tashkent is a huge soviet-styled city... No wonders when one knows that the 1966 earthquake has demolished the entire town, keeping just a tiny little section of the old town intact.
Tashkent is a very pleasant city, with huge avenues hidding a maze of tiny streets, huge fountains, parks everywhere, big buildings of the soviet time, or more modern ones all in mirors. The city is very "green" in the summer, nicely tended lawns on the street sides, flowers blooming at the street-crosses...
Easy to get around, thanks to taxis (officials and non-officials), bus, trams, trolleys, metro...
There are lots of places to discover, some very interesting museums that are worth going to, high quality theaters... and of course wonderful restaurants.
Every kind of sport is offered in or around Tashkent, from skying, jet-skying, golfing, to horse riding and paint-balling...

Week-end explorations

Uzbekistan is mostly known for its mythical oasis spead along the silk road.
From Tashkent it is possible to escape during week-ends to visit Khiva (see my travel page under Khiwa), Bukhara and Samarkand (as well as to the nearby mountains of Tcharvak). Either by plane, train, bus or cars can those cities be reached.
The three magical cities on the Silk Road are a MUST SEE in a life-time. I have rarely been speechless in front of a monument, but the beauty of those three cities are incredible, especially if you're an admirer of islamic art of the Middle-Ages. The mosaics are breathtaking, the "grandeur" of the Medersa are undeniable.
My personal favorite? The inner city of Khiva and the citadelles of the desert.

  • Last visit to Tashkent: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 14, 2004
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  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Well done Tashkent pages. Thank you. And birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Thanks for the tip on the Navoi theatre. I never knew there was an opera house in Tashkent --- and the prices are even more reasonable than here.

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2006 at 7:22 AM

    These great tips make Tashkent look so much nicer and more interesting than the LP makes it sound! Good work, and thanks for sharing!

  • Feb 6, 2006 at 6:11 PM

    happy birthday , feliz cumpleaños,joyeux anniversaire !!! et au passage,tres belle page sur tashkent.

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2005 at 7:54 AM

    what an interesting page, I really enjoyed reaing it, thank you

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2005 at 9:28 AM

    I really liked Tashkent too - a very under-rated city I feel, with many things to enjoy. leyle

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2005 at 7:50 AM

    Your other nice UZ page! Hidden charme between 19th century European bourgeoise entertainment (opera) and the great Chorsu which is my absolute favourite in Tashkent

  • Oct 9, 2004 at 1:11 AM

    It's a pity I haven't luck to meet you when you were in Tashkent! Wonderful pages of Uzbekistan!

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2004 at 6:10 AM

    Wonderful page with a lot of information about Tashkent! Greetings!

  • rsleisk's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2004 at 7:32 AM

    Excellent pages on Tashkent. Great photos as well.

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