An ancient city located on the Great Silk Road, Tashkent is the vibrant capital city of Uzbekistan, where Soviet-era architecture and engaging history museums contrast against one of the world’s largest markets and the city’s modern nightlife. The sprawling cityscape is dotted with mosques and waterside parks, while fine-dining restaurants and street-food stalls serve enticing local cuisine.
Things to do in Tashkent
Don’t miss experiencing the bustling Chorsu Bazaar, the traditional market in Tashkent housed in a blue-domed building. Stroll through the numerous stalls selling local food, souvenirs, clothing and household goods. Afterwards, duck across to the Tashkent Circus to watch acrobatics, operas, dramas and musicals.
Discover more about Tashkent’s fascinating history at the Amir Timur Museum, which houses portraits and artefacts pertaining to the 14th-century ruler, Tamerlane. Don’t forget to the visit the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, where you can see archaeological and cultural relics, including ancient coins, art and pottery.
Do you love ancient architecture? Head to Kukeldash Madrasah, a 16th-century yellow-brick medieval madrasa built during the Shaybanid Dynasty. Combine this mesmerising historical structure with Tashkent Tower, a marvel of modern architecture. The 375-metre-tall tower features an observation deck with panoramic vistas of the surrounding cityscape.
If you’ve got the kids in tow, take them to the Tashkent Zoo, where they can see an aquarium filled with vibrant fish along with enclosures with bears, monkeys, antelope and birds. Afterwards, head to the Tashkentland amusement park to ride thrilling roller coasters and a Ferris wheel. It’s right next to a family-friendly water park that boasts pools, slides and a coffee shop.
Getting around Tashkent
Tashkent is best reached by flying into Tashkent International Airport, about six kilometres from the city centre, or by catching a train from Moscow or Almaty. You can easily get around using the city’s metro and taxis or by walking in certain areas.