Tashkent Vacations, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan. Although it has a history dating back to the glory days of the Silk Road, little remains of the ancient city due to an earthquake in 1966. On Uzbekistan tours, you will see that much of the city was rebuilt. It is a mixture of Soviet-style architecture and contemporary buildings and has been described as part leafy city and part a sleepy Uzbek town. This is because of the fact that one can see farmers taking their wares to the bazaar through the modern sections of the city. It does have the best museums and restaurants in the country to be experienced on Uzbekistan travel.
The Old town has retained most of its charm with its adobe houses, courtyards, narrow winding streets and many ancient mosques. The Chorsu Bazaar here is a well-known lively farmer’s market selling fruit and vegetables as well as spices and clothes. It is the largest and oldest bazaar in Central Asia and has been operating in the same place for over two thousand years. It also offers the visitor the opportunity to see Uzbeks in their colourful traditional dress. You can watch craftspeople making jewellery, embroidery, lace, quilts and other assorted merchandise.
The History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan is the perfect place to learn about the history of the country from ancient times to the present including exhibits about the Russian conquest of Uzbekistan. The Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan gives an overview of the history of art in the country from the 7th Century to contemporary works. The Tashkent Gallery of Modern Art offers works by young artists. In Khast Imom Square, Tashkent’s religious centre in the Old Town, the library/museum houses the world’s oldest Koran dating back to the 7th Century - a well-preserved deerskin copy and a most treasured item.
Some of the other highlights on Uzbekistan ttravel include the Kulkedash Madrasa (a madrasa is an educational centre) situated on a hill overlooking the Chorsu Bazaar built in the 1990’s on the site of a16th Century mosque destroyed during the Soviet occupation; the TV Tower which can be seen from all over the city and which has a viewing platform; many mausoleums dotted around Tashkent such as the Kaldyrgach-bly Mausoleum, the most ancient monument in Tashkent from the 15th Century with a dome in the form of a pyramid, the Khavendi Takhur Sheikh Mausoleum founded in the 14th Century and the Yunus Khan Mausoleum - Yunus Khan (1415-1487) was a descendant of Genghis Khan; the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre built by the same architect that designed Lenin’s Tomb in Moscow and which features classical ballet and opera.
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