The Uzbek capital of Tashkent is a vibrant, fascinating city that is quickly becoming famed for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and friendly, multi-ethnic population. Many are drawn in by this northeastern city's intriguing history; it was once flattened by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, only to be rebuilt on the back of the nearby silk trading route. More recently in 1865, it was invaded by the Russian Empire, eventually becoming independent with the rest of the country in 1991. Walk round the city today and you'll find numerous historic reference points, such as the numerous Persian Mosques standing alongside Soviet-style office and housing blocks.

Although not jam-packed with many obvious tourist attractions, passing visitors are often charmed by the quaint idiosyncrasies Tashkent seems to offer. Take, for example, the ancient mud-walled maze of houses that will render your map all but redundant, or the pulsating live shows lining the city streets after dark. Popular activities include tours around the beautiful Islamic mosques, each as impressive as the next. There are also a wealth of interesting day excursions which can be made from central Tashkent.


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A popular Tashkent day-trip for both locals and tourists is to the mountainous region of Chimgon. The two-hour drive follows a safe and scenic route through rural Uzbekistan. Once you arrive, there is much to keep you occupied, such as cable car rides, stunning mountainside restaurants, and the most popular activity of all - skiing.

Chorsu Bazaar

Chorsu is Persian for ‘crossroad’, and this ancient city bazaar seems to be exactly that. Lying at the center of Tashkent, the market attracts locals from far and wide, who come to buy and sell fresh and dried foods in the busy and often hectic stalls. It’s as impressive outside as it is in, with a beacon-like blue dome at its center and intricate carvings on the sloping walls.

Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)

Located at the heart of Tashkent, this wide open public space features several interesting monuments and fountains that can be enjoyed whilst taking a leisurely stroll (or run) around the park. Once named ‘Lenin Square’ (before independence in 1991), the area is also home to the popular Turkiston Opera & Ballet Theater, which runs regular evening shows.

Khazrati Imam Complex

Situated in the old-town of Tashkent, the stunning Khazrati Imam complex is one of the jewels in Tashkent’s crown, welcoming thousands of worshippers and tourists every year. The mosque features beautiful, traditional Islamic architecture and its iconic turquoise domes can be recognised from miles away. The complex also has some luscious surrounding gardens that offer a peaceful haven inside this busy city.

People' Friendship Palace

Peoples' Friendship Palace is a huge, Soviet-era concert hall seating 6,000 people. Not only famous for its size, it’s also widely renowned for its impressive design and unique style, created by Russian architect Yeregenzy Rozanov. The name is a tribute to all the people who came to rebuild the city after a huge earthquake caused widespread destruction in 1964.

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