Tashkent

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Tashkent (Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент; Russian: Ташкент) is the capital city of Uzbekistan.

Understand[edit]

It is an ancient city on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe. Little remains of the ancient city after the 1966 earthquake and earlier modernisation work following the 1917 revolution. Tashkent remains a Soviet-era city that has little remaining from its ancient Central Asian past. The city has a mixture of modern new office buildings, hotels, parks, and crumbling Soviet-style apartment blocks. The streets are generally clean and there are not too many potholes in the city centre. Further out, the infrastructure is not so good.

Over the last few years the Uzbek government has embarked on a major reconstruction program in the centre of the city. Roads, government buildings and parks are all being reconstructed (many historical buildings and sites are bulldozed in process). To the visitor, the new city looks very impressive, although many of the local residents have yet to see any improvement in their residential areas.

Tashkent is waiting for a boom. The infrastructure, hotels, and shops are there but the influx of people and business has failed to materialise. This is caused in part by a combination of government policy and bad publicity.

Tashkent has a population of 2.3 million people (2012).

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 6 8 14 22 27 33 36 34 29 21 14 9
Nightly lows (°C) -3 -2 4 10 14 18 19 17 12 7 3 -1
Precipitation (mm) 55 47 72 64 32 7 4 2 5 34 45 53
Daylight (hrs/day) 9 10 11 13 14 15 15 14 13 11 10 9

Tashkent has a typical continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The best seasons for travel to Tashkent are Apr-May and Sep-Oct.

Talk[edit]

Although Uzbek is now the official language, Russian is the native language for most Tashkent dwellers, although most also speak Uzbek. Most businesses use Russian in their signs, menus, and other printed material. Only government institutions use Uzbek as the first language, and even then, many government forms and reports are in Russian, rather than Uzbek. Currently, Uzbek uses the Latin alphabet rather than the Cyrillic that was used during the Soviet Union. This is a source of some confusion for many Uzbeks, especially those of the older generation. Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan declared independence in 1991, the written Uzbek language was converted back into Latin characters. Many older Uzbeks have difficulty reading the Latin characters. Uzbek is a Turkic-based language, and while Uzbeks and Turks cannot completely communicate directly, the better educated on both sides can usually find some common understanding.

Many of the signs in Tashkent are in Cyrillic. A significant number of Russian words are similar to their English counterparts. Learning the Cyrillic alphabet, not as difficult as one might think, will help a traveller to read signs and in restaurants. It is very useful for the casual visitor to Tashkent to learn a few basic Russian or Uzbek words and phrases. If you need to speak English, young people are your best bet, and even then there is no guarantee that they will speak more than basic English.

The name Tashkent is usually attributed to the Turkish words "tash" ("stone") and the Persian word "kent" ("city"), meaning "city of stones". Another opinion refers to the Sogdian word "tschatsch", meaning "place on a hill".

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Tashkent International Airport domestical terminal

The    Tashkent International Airport (Yuzhniy (IATA: TAS), Uzbek: Toshkent Xalqaro Aeroporti), Sergeli District (Located: just a few kilometres south from the city centre.),  +998 71 1402801, +998 71 1402802, +998 71 1402803, +998 71 1402804, e-mail: . - The airport has two terminals, domestic (Terminal 3) and international (Terminal 2) on opposite sides of the airfield. The only way to get from one to the other is by road, a 10-minute taxi ride. Flights: Aeroflot Moscow, Rostov, Saint Petersburg, Turkish Airlines Daily flights to Istanbul, Air Baltic, Czech Airlines, Iran Air, Korean Air Seoul, Uzbekistan Airways

Airport formalities[edit]

Before passing through customs, you will need to fill out 2 copies of the customs declaration. These forms are often handed out on the flight or can be found on the stands in the baggage claim area. The customs officers will keep one copy and stamp the other. You will need this form when you leave the country and may have problem in taking out money without it. Make sure to declare all money and valuables (cameras, PCs etc.). You may not be able to leave with more money or valuable items than you arrive with. The Uzbek government have strict rules on entering or leaving with money. Don't be intimidated when you see a crowd running to a passport control officer. They are just trying to get a better spot in a huge waiting line.

The departure area is on the upper floor. The access road has been closed, so you have to walk around the left side of the arrivals level and up some stairs or up the road. Allow plenty of time when leaving the country via Tashkent airport. Check-in, customs, and passport control can be very time consuming, especially if there are large numbers of passengers. Make sure and have the customs form you were given when you entered the country.

To/from Airport[edit]

A short and inexpensive (USD2–3) taxi journey is the easiest way to get to the centre. One should bear in mind, however, that upon exiting the international terminal, a large number of men will be crowded at the (sole) exit door offering "taxi" services. For the most part, these are not "official" taxis. "Taxi" drivers will attempt to charge whatever they believe the market will bear. For those without Russian or Uzbek language skills it is best to arrange to have someone meet you at the airport. Fair fares are usually only obtainable by those who understand the system and speak at least some Russian or Uzbek. It is better to walk 50m from the exit towards the taxi stand where many taxis are waiting on the road and negotiate. Generally prevailing fare is minimum USD2-3 for 5km (20 cents per each additional km). Always negotiate. Taxi drivers will rarely accept small bills (dollars, euros, or pounds), and cannot be counted upon to give change (in any currency).

By train[edit]

The    Tashkent Railway Station (Severny Vokzal), Kichik Xalqa Yo'li (Metro station "Toshkent"). is the central hub for trains in Uzbekistan with most domestic trains ending or starting here. The most attractive connections are to Samarkand with the super fast Afrosiob train and the Sharq which continues to Bukhara. For Khiva and Termez there are night trains with comfortable sleeping berths. Make sure that you buy ticket a few days in advance or arrive at least 1 hour before train departure, as the queue for ticket office is often long and chaotic with people jumping the queue. For domestic departure times see the Uzbekistan#Get around section.

Tashkent is a key stopping point for rail services from Central Asia. It is possible to travel from or to Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Almaty in Kazakhstan, and Moscow. It is possible to travel to China through Almaty and to Iran. Ticket prices are cheap by Western standards, but will need to be paid for in cash, preferably in USD. There are many warnings about thefts of personal belongings on the trains.

  • Train 6 leaves Moscow on W, F, and M at 23:16, arriving at Tashkent on Sa, Tu, and Th at 21:00
  • Train 296 leaves Kharkov on Su at 11:52, arriving at Tashkent on W at 21:20
  • Train 486 leaves Chelyabinsk on Su at 23:50, arriving at Tashkent on W at 00:45.

By bus[edit]

To travel by bus to Uzbekistan a traveller has to take a bus to the border post, then cross the border on foot, and then take another bus to the final destination. Buses do not regularly operate internationally. But some private operators run bus services to many CIS cities on announced dates. It is difficult to get information and sometimes dates can change without warning.

  •    Tashkent Bus Station (Avtovokzal), Bunyodkor shoh kochasi and Gavhar kochasi corner (Metro station "Sobir Raximov"). Buses usually are very full and advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are sold to foreigners at Movarunahr Kochasi 51, daily from 08:00-17:00. Buses leave from here to Bokhara (11 hr, USD8), Samarkand (6 hr, USD5), and Urgench/Khiva (20 hr, USD12) (2009).

A marshrutka is a small bus or van which follows a fixed route and stops on demand to take on or drop off passengers. As of 2009, marshrutkas to: Andijan (6 hr, USD5), Bokhara (8 hr, USD6), to Ferghana (6 hr USD4), to Kokand (3 hr, USD3), Samarkand (4 hr, USD4), and Termez (10 hr USD8). Timetable

By taxi[edit]

  •    Stand for Shared taxis to Samarkand and south (Big highway junction close to Metro station Olmazar (Алмазар), right next to Tashkent Bus Station). Lines to: Samarkand (3h, USD8), Bokhara (7h, USD13), Termez (10h, USD15), Urgench or Khiva (14h, USD25).
  •    Stand for Taxis to Fergana Valley (Kuyluk Bazar). Taxis to Fergana Valley leave from here and from the Northern Station. To Andijan (5h, 8USD) also for Osh, Ferghana (4h, USD8), Kokand (3h, USD6).

By car[edit]

There are road routes from surrounding countries but the borders may not be open and there have been security problems. The border from Afghanistan is sometimes closed or not open to Uzbek nationals. You have to walk at least 4km to cross the border on foot from the Uzbek checkpoint to the Afghan checkpoint.

The Cherniaevka crossing from Kazakhstan near Saryagash. Allow 1-2 hours to get through, especially from the Uzbek side. OK, but long, long lines. Take the left line at Uzbek customs. They want you to declare any cellphones as communications devices.

From Kyrgyzstan, the Dostlik post 30km from Andijan is open from 09:00-18:00. From Tajikistan Oiybek Post, 80km from Tashkent, is open for foreigners from 09:00-18:00. Tursanzade Post, 60km from Dushanbe Tajikistan, is open for foreigners and locals 180km from Termez. Chorzhu Post on the border of Turkmenistan, 30km from Bukhara, is also open to foreigners and locals.

Distances from Tashkent by road: Almaty in Kazakhstan 810km, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan 1,290km, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan 570km, Kashgar in China 880km, Andijan 392km, Bokhara 600km, Ferghana 325km, Karshi 430km, Khiva 1,045km, Kokand 236km, Nukus 1,115km, Samarkand 295km, Termez 705km, Urgench 1,020km

Get around[edit]

By metro[edit]

Tashkent metro 2014

The city has a good public transport system which is cheap. The metro/underground system is typical of the old Soviet-style with large and impressive stations and is quite modern. Stations are richly themed. For example, Kosmonavtlar is a lavish monument to Uzbekistan's contribution to the Soviet space programme.

There are also modern buses and trams, many of which were renovated in 2008. Tickets (which on the metro are small blue coin size tokens) cost UZS700 for any single journey. It is not permitted to take photographs in the metro stations. Police will usually be present on all platforms. Do not risk taking photos while the policeman is not watching because they have security cameras everywhere and policeman will approach you instantly and check your documents. In all cases do have documents while you are taking the metro (or anywhere in the city), for you can be checked any time.

Tashkent Metro has three lines:

  • Chilonzor (Red line) from Janubiy to Turkistan.    Metro station Buyuk Ipak Yoli (Буюк Ипак йули).,    Metro station Pushkin (Пушкин).,    Metro station Hamid Olimjon (Хамид Алимджан).,    Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni (Амир Темур хиёбони).,    Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni (Мустакиллик майдони).,    Metro station Paxtakor (Пахтакор)..    Metro station Bunyodkor (Бунёдкор).,    Metro station Milliy Bog (Миллий бог).,    Metro station Hamza (Хамза).,    Metro station Mirzo Ulugbek (Мирзо Улугбек).,    Metro station Chilonzor (Чиланзар).,    Metro station Olmazar (Алмазар).
  • Uzbekistan (Blue line) from Beruniy to Chkalov.    Metro station Beruniy (Беруни). 1,    Metro station Tinchlik (Тинчлик).,    Metro station Chorsu (Чорсу).,    Metro station Gafur Gulom (Гофур Гулом).,    Metro station Alisher Navoiy (Алишер Навои).,    Metro station Ozbekiston (Узбекистон).,    Metro station Kosmonavtlar (Космонавтлар).,    Metro station Oybek (Айбек).,    Metro station Toshkent (Ташкент).,    Metro station Mashinasozlar (Машинасозлар).,    Metro station Chkalov (Дустлик).,
  • Yunus-Obod (Green line) from Sabir Rakhimov to Buyuk Ipak Yuli.    Metro station Habib Abdullayev (Хабиб Абдуллаев).,    Metro station Bodomzor (Бадамзар).,    Metro station Minor (Минор).,    Metro station Abdulla Qodirii (Абдулла Кодирий).,    Metro station Yunus Rajabiy (Юнус Раджабий).,    Metro station Ming Orik (Минг Урик).. Trains leave every 2 minutes.

By car[edit]

Taxis[edit]

Taxis can be cheap after some negotiation; however some of the vehicles are very old. While there are official, authorized taxis (with the appropriate sign on the roof of the car), in reality almost any driver in Tashkent can double as a taxi driver. The local custom is to simply stand by the side of the road with your arm extended downward and slightly away from the body. A driver will pull over and then you will state your destination and negotiate the fare in advance. At least some Russian or Uzbek language skills are needed to accomplish this without difficulty. It is usually safe to use this procedure, although virtually every foreign embassy recommends against it. Directions are rarely given here using an address. Most often, a landmark is used, such as "near Hotel Russia". Moreover, many streets and hotels have been renamed in the past few years and often drivers will not recognize the current name of the street or hotel, still knowing them by their old names. Asking to be taken to the Grand Mir Hotel, for instance, will often result in a blank look. Tell the driver you want to go to the Gastinitsa Rossiya (Hotel Russia), however, and they will know exactly where you want to go. For those who speak neither Russian nor Uzbek, it is helpful to have someone draw a rudimentary map or write out directions in Russian. Few drivers will know English.

Do not expect Western-style taxi services. Taxi drivers will often smoke while you are in the car and asking them not to will most often result in nothing more than a look of disapproval. You may be paying, but you are in their car. There are many taxi services operating in the city with fixed rates and a person can order the taxi from their hotel room. There are some web sites offering complete lists of taxi services and taxi charges

Taxis within the city can be reserved by calling Taxi Express, Tel 1399999 or 16360272.

Car rental[edit]

None of the major international car hire companies operate in Tashkent. Where car hire is available, it will include a driver. Generally daily car rental charges are from USD25-35. It all depends upon your negotiating skills. Car rentals are offered by taxi companies. They are expensive but can be more reliable.

See[edit]

Old Town[edit]

The "Old Town" has retained much of its charm. Here you will find low adobe houses with shady courtyards, narrow winding streets and many ancient mosques and madrassas.

  •    Abdulkasim Madrassa (Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh, Медресе Абдулкасыма), Bunyodkor shoh ko'chasi (South part of the old city. A.Navoi National Park. - Metro station Milliy Bog few hundred meters away). This madrassa was erected in honour of the great thinker Abdulkhasim Khan at the beginning of the 19th century.
  •    Kaldyrgach-bly Mausoleum (Мавзолей Калдыргач-Бея), Abdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi (Islamic University). This mausoleum is the most ancient monument in Tashkent. The dome in the form of a pyramid dates from the 15th century and is said to remind the mazars in the Kazakh steppes. The mausoleum contains the tomb of a famous Kazakh political, Tole-bly, who had the nickname Kaldyrgach ("swallow").
  •    Khavendi Takhur Sheikh Mausoleum (Мавзолей Шейха Хавенди Тахура), Abdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi. The mausoleum was founded in the 14th century. The present buildings were erected on the old foundations in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mausoleum is constructed with light yellow bricks and has no decoration in the interior.
  •    Mausoleum of Zainuddin-bobo Sheikh (Мавзолей Шейха Зайнутдина-Бобо), Mannon Uyg'ur ko'chasi, Kurgancha 7th Street (Former Orifon village beyond the Kukcha Gate (now within the Tashkent). - From Metro station Bunyodkor northwest about two km). This is the mausoleum of the son of the founder of a famous Sufi order. His father sent him to disseminate the ideas of this order. The mausoleum is of the khanaka type. The hall is covered with a double dome. Nearby is a chillyakhona (subterranean monastic cell) dating to the 12th-13th centuries.
  •    Yunus Khan Mausoleum (Мавзолей Юнус-Хана), Abdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi (Islamic University. - From Metro station Alisher Navoiy or Metro station Paxtakor north cca one km till Ave. Abdulla Qodiriy further turn right). The mausoleum is one of the few monuments in Tashkent dating to the epoch of the Timurids. Yunus Khan (1415-1487) was a descendant of Gengiz Khan and grandfather of the Indian moghul Babur. The building was erected in the 15th century and restored several times. It has no decoration except 'panjara' on the main façade.
  •    Ensemble Khazret Imam (Ансамбль Хазрат Имам), Qorasaroy ko'chasi (From Metro station Gafur Gulom to north one and half km). Tomb of one of the first Imams of Tashkent. Visitors may wish to visit the mosque in the Hast Imam area of the city. The library there contains the remaining fragments of the world's first Koran, written only 19 years after the death of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Parts of its: Imam Al Bukhari Islamic Institute, Barakhan Madrassa, Mosque Namazgokh (Мечеть Намазгох), Baroqhona Masjid (Hazrati Imom Majmuasi), Mosque Hazrati Imom (Мечеть Хазрати Имом)
    •    Mausoleum of Abubakr Muhammad Kaffal Shashi (Kaffol Shoshiy Mausoleum, Мавзолей Абубекра Мухаммад Каффаль Шаши) (Next to Barrak-Khan Madrassa). It is the mausoleum of one of the first Imams who died c.976. The present mausoleum is rectangular in shape and is crowned by a conical dome. The frieze with inscriptions over the entrance and the panjara (wooden lattices) in the window openings are especially remarkable.
    •    Barrak-Khan Madrassa (Baroqxun madrasasi, Медресе Барак-хана), Qorasaroy ko'chasi (E of Chorsu Market, in the old city). The madrassa was completed in the 2nd half of the 16th century. Barak Khan died in 1556 and is buried in Samarkand.
    • Moyie Mubarek Library MuseumZarqaynar 114 +998 26 00302. Daily,09:00-16:00. Preserving the world's oldest Quran from the 7th century.
    • Namazgokh Mosque (Мечеть Намазгох). Built in 1850's
    •    Tellya Sheikh Mosque (Telyashayakh Mosque, Мечеть Тилла-Шейха), Zarqaynar Street (Зарқайнар кўчаси) (Part of). Built in 1856-57. With a beautiful Islamic library with ancient ceilings and ancient manuscripts and the Osman Koran. It is considered the oldest Koran in the world and is said to have been stained with the blood of Hazrat Osman in 655.
  •    Kukeldash Madrassa (Медресе Кукельдаш), Nawai Prospect (On a hill overlooking Chorsu Bazaar, next to the Friday mosque. - Metro station Chorsu). This Quran school was built in the 16th century during the reign of Abdulla-Khan by the vizier, scientist and poet, Kulbobo Kukeldash. Kukeldash means "the Khan's foster brother'. Kukeldash Madrassa is one of the largest and best-preserved Quran schools in Central Asia. The madrassa has a traditional composition with a large inner yard with hujras (pupils' cells) and darshakona and mosque in the corners. UZS2,000.

Churches[edit]

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in wintertime
  •    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Holy Assumption Cathedral Church, Свято Успенский кафедральный собор), Avliyuata Str (ул. Садыка Азимова, 3-й тупик), 22, (North of Military Hospital. - From Metro station Toshkent west half km),  +998 71 2333321fax: +998 71 2367939, e-mail: . Tashkent Russian Orthodox Сenter area
  •    Evangelical Lutheran Church (Евангелическо-лютеранская церковь), 37 Street Sadyk Azimov (Right nort of the British Embassy).
  •    Sacred Heart Cathedral (Собор Святейшего Сердца Иисуса), Taraqqiyot ko'chasi. Roman Catholic Church

Mosques[edit]

Dzhuma ( Friday) Mosque
  •    Bodamzar or Mirzo-Yusuf MosqueBogyshamol kuchasy (Боғишамол кўчаси) 98 (East ten mins walk from Metro station Bodomzor).
  •    Dzhuma Mosque (Khoja Akhrar Mosque, Friday Mosque, Джума мечеть Ходжа Ахрар Вали), Samarqand Darvoza ko'chasi (Metro station Paxtakor). The first building of Dzhuma Mosque was built in 1451 at the expense of Sheikh Uboydullo Khodja Ahror (1404-1490).
  •    Eshonguzar MosqueZarqaynar ko'chasi (Зарқайнар кўчаси) (Metro station Gafur Gulom 400 m).
  •    MinorKichik Xalqa Yo'li (From Metro station Bodomzor one km to southwest, east bank of Bozsu creek).
  • Architectural Complex Shayhantaur (Комплекс Шайхантаур), Syr-Darya Oblast. Built in 14th century

Museums[edit]

Fine Arts Museum of Usbekistan
  •    Amur Timur Museum (Temuriylar tarixi davlat muzeyi, Национальный Музей Истории Тимуридов), Amur Timur (ул. Амира Тимура) 1 (Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni and Metro station Yunus Rajabiy half km to east),  +998 13 36228, +998 71 232-0212fax: +998 71 232-0213, e-mail: . Tu-Su, 10:00-17:00, closed M. Rather kitschy murals depicting Timur. UZS3,000.
  •    Museum of Applied ArtsRakatboshi 15 (Southwest ten min walk of Metro station Kosmonavtlar),  +998 712 2533943, +998 712 2564042. Daily, 09:00-18:00. In a house built by a Russian diplomat in the 19th century. With carved and painted plaster and carved wood, this museum gives an overview of old architectural details from Bukhara and Samarkand, ceramics and textiles, gift shop. UZS1,200.
  •    Art Gallery of Uzbekistan (Галерея изобразительного искусства), Buyuk Turon 2 (Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni 100 m away). Tu-Sa 11:00-17:00; closed Su-M. Exhibitions of contemporary Uzbek artists in a modern museum building. UZS600 (2012).
  • Collection of Ancient Oriental Manuscripts (Фонд древних восточных рукописей). Part of Institute of Oriental Studies named after Abu Rayhan Beruni. - Uzbek, Arabic, Persian, Tajik, Urdu, Pashtu, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Tatar, Turkmen, Uyghur Manuscripts listed by UNESCO as one of the richest manuscript repositories in the world.
  •    Fine Arts Museum of Usbekistan (The State Museum Of Arts, Davlat Sanat muzey,), Shakhrisabz St and Amir Temur St corner (From Metro station Ming Orik toward NE five min walk),  +998 23 67436. M 10:00-14:00, W-Su 10:00-17:00, closed Tu. Decent collection of Russian and European art combined with regional specialties, such as Russian paintings depicting Uzbek people and their lifestyle, local antiquities, and decorations salvaged from ancient temples. Some parts of this museum may require an extra ticket Behind it is a park with a Monument of Poet Zulfiya (Памятник поэтессе Зульфие). UZS10,000; locals, UZS3,000 (2012).
  •    History Museum (State museum of history of Uzbekistan, Museum of history and archeology, Музей истории Узбекистана), Sharaf Rashidova (Шароф Рашидов кўчаси), 3 (Between Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni and Metro station Kosmonavtlar),  +998 371 2391779, +998 371 2391083fax: +998 371 2394425, e-mail: . Tu-Su, 10:00-17:00, closed M. Artefacts from Zoroastrian and Buddhist times. Exhibits related to the conquest of the khanates of Central Asia by the Russians, and to the first president of the independent Uzbek Republic, Islam Karimov. UZS6,000; locals, UZS1,500 (2012).
  •    Navoy Literary Museum (Alisher Navoiy nomidagi Davlat Adabiyot muzeyi, Государственный музей литературы имени Алишера Навои), Navoi 69 (Metro station Alisher Navoiy and Metro station Paxtakor are both very close),  +998 24 41268fax: +998 71 242-0275; +998 71 244-0061, e-mail: . M-F, 10:00-17:00; Sa, 10:00-13:00; closed Su. Memories of the poet Alisher Navoi, calligraphy from Persia, miniatures from the 15th and 16th centuries. UZS3,000.
  •    International Caravanserai of culture Ikuo Hirayama (Международный Караван-Сарай культуры Икуо Хираямы), Yusufa Khos Khodzhiba str. (Metro station Kosmonavtlar).
  • Museum of telecommunication of Uzbekistan5 Abay ko'chasi.
  •    Navruz Art Palace (Дворец "Навруз”), Furkata str., 5 (Right north of Alisher Navoiy Park. - Ten mins walk from Metro station Bunyodkor or Metro station Milliy Bog),  +998 71 245-77-37, +998 71 2457748.
Railway Museum
  •    House of Photography (Дом фотографии), Istikbol str. (Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni five mins walk),  +998 71 233-5168, +998 71 233-5164. Small exhibition hall
  •    Railway Museum, Central Cultural Palace of Railwaymen (Museum of Rail Transport, Temir yol texnikasy muzeyi Дворец культуры железнодорожников, ДКЖ, Дом Культуры Железнодорожников, Ташкентский музей железнодорожной техники), 6 Turkiston ko'chasi (улица Туркистон) (Metro station Toshkent),  +998 71 299 7277, +998 71 299-7040, +998 71 259-6708. Daily: 9: 00-13: 00 14: 00-18: 00, Sanitary days: Monday, Tuesday (not working excursion train and car museum).
  •    Museum of Olympic Glory4A Sharof Rashidov Shoh Ko'chasi (West half km of Metro station Abdulla Qodirii). A sport museum
  •    Museum of Victims of Repressions (Музей репресированным в Сталинские времена), Yunusabad District, Amir Timur St. (площади Памяти и почести, Шахидлар майдони), (Close to TV tower),  +998 71 244-2940; +998 71 241-8556fax: +998 71 244-2940; +998 71 241-8556;, e-mail: . Memories of the Stalin era. Located in the Memorial Complex Shakhidlar hotirasi.

Others[edit]

Prince Romanov Palace
  •    Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Академия наук Узбекистана), Yahyo Gulyamov ko'chasi (From Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni half km SW),  +998 71 233 68 47.
  •    Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute (Астрономический институт имени Мирзо Улугбека), 33 Astronomicheskaya str. (East half km of Metro station Minor),  +998 71 2358102fax: +998 71 2344867, e-mail: . There is a small museum on the foyer of Institute of Astronomy
  •    Tashkent City Hall (Tashkent City Khokymiyat), 11, Amir Temur St (Амир Темур шоҳ кўчаси). (South of Amir Timur Monument),  +998 71 233-90-69, 233-79-80fax: +998 71 233-65-88.
  •    Mustakillik Square (Mustаqillik mаydоni, Independence Square, Площадь Независимости, Мустакиллик майдони), Mustakillik Square (Metro Mustakillik maydoni‎). The political centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Governmental buildings and the senate are here.
    • Brothers Tombs. A popular tourist attraction and on 9 May (Victory Day) thousands of people visit the place to pay homage to the victims of WWII. Statues of war heroes are on the south wall of the monument. A statue of famous Uzbek General Sobir Rokhim is also there.
    •    Independence MonumentIndependence square (Amir Timur Monument & Park five mins by walk). Erected in 1991 as a symbol of the sovereignty of the country. It shows a golden globe and the outlines of Uzbekistan. Here is the Amir Timur Monument & Park
    •    World War II MemorialSharof Rashidov Ave, (city centre , Mustaqillik Maydoni). Eternal flame and park has the names of all the fallen victims of WWII.
Monument of Courage
  • Monument of CourageSharof Rashidov St (300m from Independence Square, near to German Embassy). Built to acknowledge the courage of the people at the time of the Tashkent earthquake on 26 April 1966. The whole city was reduced to rubble and then modern Tashkent was built.
  •    Tashkent TV Tower (Ташкентская телебашня), Amir Temur St, (Амир Темур шоҳ кўчаси) (Between Metro station Habib Abdullayev and Metro station Bodomzor). Viewing levels and restaurants with views of the city. The TV Tower, built in 1981, is the highest building in Central Asia. It is 375m high. It is the 10th highest building in the world and the 2nd highest buildings in GIS and has a revolving restaurant 110m above the ground. Foreigners $15.
  •    Receptions Hall of the Foreigh Affairs Ministry (Prince Romanov Palace) (Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni).
  •    National Assembly Building (Oliy Majlis Qonunchilik palatasi), 1 Bunyodkor shoh ko'chasi (Next to Abdulkasim Madrassa),  +998 71 239 87 07, e-mail: . The building of the Parliament of Uzbekistan. A meeting place for the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Republic of Uzbekistan
  •    New Clock Tower (Chime), Istikbol St (Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni five mins walk).
  •    Old Clock Tower (Chime), Amir Temur Ave (South of Monument Park).
  • International Forums Palace (Xalqaro anjumanlar saroyi).
  • Experimental nuclear reactor (Reactor Dosimbaev Abdulrahim) (Located: Institute of Nuclear Physics),  +998 712893134, e-mail: . By special permission. A project of the Academy of Sciences Republic of Uzbekistan.
  • Peoples' Friendship Palace.
  •    Oqsaroy Presidental PalaceAfrosiyob ko'chasi (Next to State Puppet Theatre).
  •    Old TV Tower (Старая телевышка) (Metro station Alisher Navoiy and Metro station Paxtakor are right there).
  •    Yunusobod Aktepa (Юнусабадский Актеп), Otaboy ota Tursunov Str. (From Metro station Habib Abdullayev about two and half km east). An archaeological site of 5-13th centuries. There are found some remains of an ancient settlement with the strength and extensive artisan quarters. The 'Fortress' was here more like a castle-manor. Maybe here was the summer residence of the rulers of Chacha. Excavated here a remains of a Zoroastrian cult altar. The complex was surrounded by a moat.

Further afield[edit]

Maidanak Observatory
  •    Architectural Complex Zengi-Ata (Комплекс Занги-Ата), Zangiota, M-34 Hwy (In the Zengi-Ata settlement SW five km out of Tashkent City limit). Burial place of sheikh Aj-Hodzha, nicknamed Zengi-Ata, which means "black", who lived from the end of 12th to the first half of 13th century. Parts of its: Zengi-Ata Madrassa (Медресе Занги-Ата) and Zengi-Ata Mosque (Мечеть Занги-Ата)
  •    Maidanak Observatory (Майданакская высокогорная обсерватория) (First go to Suvlisay (cca. 500km SW) from there on four wheel cars or walk cca. twenty km SW). Located on the western top of mountain Maidanak (altitude 2650 m), located 35 km southward of the village Yakkabog, Kashkadarya province
  • Big Solar Furnace (Большая Солнечная Печь). A project of the Academy of Sciences Republic of Uzbekistan
  •    Lake Charvak (Chor bogh) (NE cca hundred km). The reservoir was created by erecting Charvak Hydropower Station on the Chirchiq River, a short distance downstream from the confluence of Pskem and Chatkal rivers in the western Tian-Shan mountains. The reservoir popular resort place for locals.
  •    Ugam Chatkal National Park (Chatkalskiy State Nature Reserve, Угам-Чаткальский Национальный Парк), Toshkent Province. Bustonlik tumani (NE about 140km take R-5 road). About 570 sq km of mountain steppes, mountain forests, alpine meadows, river valleys and floodplain forests.



Do[edit]

Parks[edit]

Alisher Navoiy Park
  •    Abdulla Kadiri Recreation Park (Abdulla Qodiriy nomli bog’i,), Zarqaynar ko'chasi (East of Metro station Chorsu). There is a Planetarium
  •    Alisher Navoiy Park (Exit Milly Bog Station on the Chilonzor line of the Metro). This large park is popular on the weekends where many weddings are held. A fairground and man-made lake are also well frequented by locals.
  •    Amir Timur Monument & Park (Монумент Амиру Темуру), Amir Timur Square (Площадь Амир Тимура) (In the centre). Amir Temur in armour sits on his horse, holding the reins with his left hand and greeting the people with his right hand. A bust of Karl Marx previously occupied the position during Soviet times.
  •    Babur Recreation ParkBobur ko'chasi (SW). A nice park with some boating lake
  • Boghi Eram Recreation Park. Fun fair for the young and not so young.
  •    Tashkent Botanical Garden (Ботанический сад, Botanika bog’i, Ботаника боғи), Боғишамол кўчаси (From Metro station Bodomzor (Бадамзар) toward east). The total area covers 66 hectares. The herbarium is a storehouse of unique collections. The Paleobotanical collection include some valued pieces of Middle Jurassic Period Tashkutan from Hissar county, and from Lower-Middle Albian stage, in the southwest part of the Kyzyl Kum region's Kulzhuktau mountains.
  •    Japanese Garden (Behind the Intercontinental Hotel. Metro station Bodomzor five mins walk away). Popular during summers. Many couples go there for wedding photos.
  •    Mirzo Ulugbek Recreation Park21 Hamidulla Oripov ko'chasi (From Metro station Hamid Olimjon ten mins walk to south).
  •    Tashkent Zoo (From Metro station Bodomzor (Бадамзар) toward east. - South of the Botanical Garden).
  •    Aqua Park (Amir Temur Rd, near TV tower. Metro station Bodomzor). The water park has several pools, one with a wave machine, water chutes, and high slides. Well worth a few hours in hot weather. Take your own towel and pool footwear (the paths can get very hot). There is a restaurant and bars inside. Adult, UZS7,000; child, UZS4,000 for 3 hours.
  •    Tashkentland (Near Aqua park, not far from Tashkent TV Tower. - Metro station Bodomzor right there.). An amusement park. It has few nice rides, nothing special if you have been in big park, but a nice place to spend a free afternoon with friends. It is also worth a visit to a simple park in Tashkent. Although they have fewer attractions and are less exciting, they give off a more authentic feeling. UZS7,000.

Cemeteries[edit]

  •    German CemeteryYakkasaray District, Sodiq Miraxmedov ko'chasi (SE two km of Metro station Mirzo Ulugbek). Burial place of soldiers of World War II
  •    Japanese CemeteryYakkasaray District, Sodiq Miraxmedov ko'chasi (Next to German Cemetery). Burial place of soldiers of World War II

Stadiums[edit]

Bunyodkor Stadium
  •    Pakhtakor Stadium (Стадион Пахтакор, Paxtakor Markaziy Stadioni) (Metro station Paxtakor and Metro station Alisher Navoiy are very close). This is a multi-purpose stadium
  •    Bunyodkor Stadium (Bunyodkor Stadioni, Стадион Бунёдкор) (Metro station Mirzo Ulugbek is very close.). This is a multi-purpose stadium. Mostly for football matches
  •    Jar SportcomplexLaylito'g'on ko'chasi (SW of Metro station Chorsu).

Theaters[edit]

A fountain before Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater
  •    Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater (Ballet and opera, Государственный Академический Большой Театр оперы и балета имени Алишера Навои), Ataturk Kochasi (ул. Ататюрка), 28 (From Metro station Mustaqilliq (Мустакиллик, Космонавтов) Maidoni walk. One block south from Russian Drama Theatre),  +998 71 2339081, +998 71 2333344, +998 71 2321948. Ticket counter at the main entrance open on performance days from 10:00-19:00. Performances, M-F 18:00, Sa-Su, 17:00. The theatre was built in neoclassical style from the plans of Alexey Shchusev, the architect of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow. The theater has special significance for Japanese nationals because it was built by Japanese prisoners of war during the WWII. A plate acknowledging their contributions is part of the building. 3-8$,.
  •    Istiklol PalaceBunyodkor shoh ko'chasi (Metro station Bunyodkor),  +998 71 2459251. A concert hall
  • Ilkhom Theatre (Театр Марка Вайля Ильхом), Pakhator ( ул. Пахтакорская) 5 (Sodlik Hotel),  +998 71 2422241, +998 71 2440403. Ticket counter, 11:00-18:00. Performances, Tu-Sa 18:30. Progressive theatre. Performances in Russian, sometimes with English subtitles. UZS2,500-5,000.
  •    Russian Drama Theatre (Академический русский драматический театрУзбекистана), Buxoro ko'chasi (ул. Зарафшон) (From Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni (Мустакиллик) walk to SE five mins),  +998 71 233-8165, +998 71 233-4210.
  •    Musical Comedy Theatre (Ташкентский государственный театр музыкальной комедии (оперетты)), Chapanata ko'chasi (Чапаната ул. квартал «Ц») (NW of Metro station Mirzo Ulugbek (Мирзо-Улугбек)),  277-8592, +998 71 277-8529, +998 71 277-8354.
  •    National Academic Drama Theatre of Uzbekistan (Национальный академический театр драмы Узбекистана), 34 Navoiy shoh ko'chasi (ул. Навои), (South half km from Metro station Gafur Gulom (Гафура Гуляма)),  +998 71 244-1751, +998 71 244-3375.
  •    Tashkent Circus (Ozbak Davlaat Sirki, Узбекгосцирк), 1 Zarqaynar ko'chasi (East of Metro station Chorsu),  +998 71 244 3509, e-mail: .
  •    Turkiston PalaceAbdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi (East of The Park Turon). A concert hall. There is a nice fountain before its.
  •    State Puppet Theatre (Республиканский театр кукол), Afrosiyob ko'chasi (пр. Космонавтов), 1 (West of Metro station Kosmonavtlar),  256-62-46, 256-73-98.
  •    Theatre for Young Audience (Республиканский театр юного зрителя), Abdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi ( ул. А.Кадыри), 13 2447597, 2447620.
  •    Youth Theatre (Молодежный театр Узбекистана), 55 Navoiy shoh ko'chasi (ул. Навои) (Metro station Alisher Navoiy and Metro station Paxtakor are right there),  +998 71 244-1087, +998 71 244-0088, +998 71 244-1089.
  •    Ulugh Beg PlanetariumZarqaynar ko'chasi (East of Metro station Chorsu).

Buy[edit]

Art galleries[edit]

  • Art Caravan73, Buyuk Turon Str. (Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni),  +998 71 235 5833, +998 71 235 6164, e-mail: . Selling hand-made goods.
  •    Bona Fact (Галерея "Art and Fact”), Sadyka Azimova 3-y str.(Ул. С. Азимова), 20, tupik-3 (Near to Japan Embassy. - From Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni SE one km),  +998 71 2320360, e-mail: . M-F 10.00-18. Photo exhibitions and sales.
  • Caravan Art GalleryAbdullah Quahor 22 (Near Istiqlol Palace next to Alisher Navoi Monument),  +998 23 2556296, +998 23 1527555, e-mail: . High quality handicrafts.
  •    Granart Art gallery (Арт-Галерея "Granart” , Художественная галерея), 13a Khamid Alimdjan sq.(площадь Хамида Алимджана,), entrance 4, Capital Business Complex (Metro station Hamid Olimjon is right there),  +998 71 1205560fax: +998 71 1205562, e-mail: . Opening hours Tu-Su 11:00 -19:00.. Exhibitions, Sale of artworks, Art studio, Cultural and educational activities, Art therapy, Collectors club, Developing interior design, Framing shop
  • Hamar centre - Art gallery40, Sharaf Rashidov Str +998 712 2565226fax: +998 71 2523530. Sells souvenirs.
  • Human HouseUsmon Nosir 30/9 (Near the Grand Mir Hotel),  +998 71-255-4411, e-mail: . M-Sa, 10:00-19:00. Features handmade crafts and clothing of all sorts, ranging from full outfits to purses to beautiful hand-painted tea sets and ceramics at very reasonable prices. It is non-profit and is meant to help provide income to the crafts persons, who are often from remote poor villages.
  •    Orient HouseAmir Temur Str., 51 (Metro station Minor right there),  +998 71 235 5833, +998 71 2356164, +998 97 3404815, e-mail: . A souvenir shop
  •    Renessans Culture gallery (Арт-Галерея "Ренессанс”), Furkata str. (Between Metro station Bunyodkor and Metro station Gafur Gulom),  +998 71 2449263, +998 71 3930034, +998 71 3930028. Former Pioneer Palace

Banks[edit]

Bank building in Tashkent
  • Agrobank, Head OfficeStreet Mukimi, 43 371 2770822, 371 1506765 (Helpline)fax: 150-53-95, e-mail: .
  •    Bank "Asaka"Nukus str., 67 (Take Bus 2, 12, 80, 81, or Marshrutka 17, 62, 95, 136, 153 to stop Mirobad Bozori. - Metro station Toshkent 15 mins walk),  +998 371 1208111, +998 71 2005522fax: +998 71 1208691, e-mail: . - Branches: I. Akilov str., 40,, Tashkent city branch ( Yakkasaray district, A. Kahhara str., 73, Phone : (8-371) 120-83-00 tоshkеntshahar@asakabank.uz, Fax: 8-371 1208302), Autotransport Branch, (Yakkasaray district, Mukimiy str., Avenue 1, 9, Phone: 8-371 1203901, 1203902, avtоtranspоrt@asakabank.uz); Shayhantaur branch (Shayhantaur district, Furqat str., 9, Phone : 8-371 140-39-04 shayhоntоxur@asakabank.uz, Fax : 8-371 140-39-04), Yunusabad branch (Yunusabad district, 2 kv., 8, Phone : 8-371 221-80-67 yunusоbоd@asakabank.uz, Fax : 8-371 221-8067), Sergeli branch (Sergeli district, Masson str., 39, Phone : 8-371 257-87-55 sirgali@asakabank.uz, Fax: 8-371 257-44-10)
  •    Mortgage Bank, Central Office (Ipoteka Bank), Independence Avenue (Prospekt Mustakillik, проспект Мустакиллик), 17 (Center. Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni and Metro station Yunus Rajabiy are right there), e-mail: . A Joint-Stock Commercial Bank.
  • Microcredit bank, Head office14, Lutfiy street +998 71 273-2811, Helpline: +998 71 150-56-47fax: +998 71 273-0590.
  •    People's bank (Xalq Banki), 3, Amir Temur avenue (Амир Темур шоҳ кўчаси) Mirabad district +998 371 1201700fax: +998 71 120-1703, e-mail: . Business hours: M-F 9.00-13.00, and 14.00-18.00.
  •    NBU Republic of Uzbekistan (National Bank of Foreign Economic Activities of Uzbekistan), Amir Temur street, 101 (Metro: Bodomzor‎),  +998 71 233-6070, +998 71 234-4771, +998 71 235-9060fax: +998 71235-90-20, e-mail: .
  • Uzpromstroybank (Uzbek Industrial and Commercial Bank), Yunusabad district Shaxrisabzkaya str. (Юнусабадский район, ул. Шахрисабз), 3, e-mail: . M-F 09:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00..
  •    Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan (CBU, Ўзбекистон Республикаси Марказий банки), Uzbekistan avenue (Ўзбекистон шоҳ кўчаси), 6. (Next to State Academic Grand Theatre named after Alisher Navoi),  +998 71 2126010, +998 71 2525739, +998 71 2126299fax: +998 71 2333509, e-mail: . M-F 09.00-18.00.
Market

Most tourists change money at the black markets. For more information see the the Uzbekistan#Buy section. Best place to do so in Tashkent is around Chorsu Bazaar.

Bazaars[edit]

Most local residents do their primary shopping in bazaars. Local produce, such as fruit, nuts, vegetables can be very good, especially when they are in season. In the late summer, local melons appear on the streets and in the bazaars and are tasty and very cheap.

  •    Chorsu Bazaar (Eski Juva) (Heart of Old Town, next to Chorsu Sq.- Metro station Chorsu is right there). The biggest and the most exiting oriental market in Tashkent. Eski Juva Bazaar is the biggest and oldest bazaar in Central Asia, operating on the same spot for over 2,000 years. The stalls of the bazaar stand under seven huge domes covered with colored glazed tiles. In the biggest domed building you will find all kinds of spices and cooking herbs: saffron, brown tree bark, red and black pepper, thyme and cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, as well as raisins, and dried apricots, almonds and pistachios, walnuts and peanuts. The bazaar is famous for peanuts boiled in sugar or honey, covered with sesame seeds. Under the small domes are the workshops. Here craftsmen make and sell jewelry, painted cradles (beshik); gold embroidery; Uzbek chests with metal decorations; embroidered suzanes (thin tapestries), jiyak (lace for trimming the lower edges of women's trousers); quilted men's (chapan) and women's (yashmak) caftans; kurpacha quilts, and pichok knives in leather or brass sheaths, and national musical instruments. Potters offer lyagan dishes and kosa bowls with blue and turquoise painted patterns. You will also find carpets from Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan, and Turkey.
  •    Central Market (Oloy Bozori, known to most locals as the Alayskee Bazaar), Amir Timur St (Metro station Abdulla Qodirii five mins walk, near to Dedeman Hotel). Beautifully laid out displays of local produce, dried fruit, and nuts. Every Friday and Saturday there is a wholesale dried fruit bazaar. The least noisy and crowded bazaar in Tashkent. Only here can you can buy button and oyster mushrooms, Caspian sturgeon, and Far Eastern salmon.
  • Farkhatsky Bazaar. Selling only melons, especially in Sep-Oct.
  •    Hippodrome BazaarChilanzar District (Two km SW of Metro station Olmazar, take a tram from there). Daily except M. Best for (leather) clothing, shoes. Very crowded.
  • Parkentsky Bazaar. Best for beer, biscuits, cigarettes, coffee, cookies, cooking oil, soft drinks, liquor in large quantities.
  •    Yunusabad Food Market (Юнусабадский продуктовый рынок), Ahmad Donish ko'chasi (From Metro station Habib Abdullayev north one km).

Broadway[edit]

Saligokh St, known locally as "Broadway", has some street artists, etc. The street is easy to find from the Amir Temur Monument, just head away from the Uzbekistan Hotel. The 'mirstore' just off of Saligokh St has a modern supermarket, coffee bar and hugely overpriced fashion stores. This area, known locally as "Demir," also has Mir Burger, which has burgers, pizza and local dishes at reasonable prices. There is also a Georgian restaurant ("Tblisi") and a Chinese restaurant. There is a heavy police (militsiya) presence here and foreigners are not often, but occasionally asked for their documents. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport and visa with you, but leave the originals in the hotel safe.

Recently, modern designer fashion and shops selling luxury goods from famous international brands have started to appear in Tashkent. Catering for the wealthy, these can be found in the Broadway area, on Amir Temur Street and Pushkin Street.

Department Stores, Malls[edit]

  •    Central Department Store (Tashkent Department Store (Former TSUM)), 17, Uzbekistan Ave. (O'zbekiston shoh ko'chasi) (Between Metro station Mustaqilliq Maidoni and Metro station Kosmonavtlar),  +998 712 256 3001, +998 71 233 6288. Could be find some souvenir.
  •    Tashkent Shopping Center (Turkuaz Chorsu), Navoiy shoh ko'chasi (Metro station Chorsu).
  •    Trade Center Tashkent Plaza107, Amir Temur Str (Next to International Business Center),  +998 71 2389408, e-mail: .
  •    Shopping center Poytakht (Торговый центр Пойтахт), Buyuk Turon Str. (Mustakillik Metro Station).
  •    Universam Yunusabad‎Amir Temur Str (Амир Темур шоҳ кўчаси) (Right opp. to Yunusabad Food Market). Department Store

Handicrafts[edit]

  • Abdulkasym Madrassah (Metro Xalqar Dostligi). Lacquer paintings with oriental motifs.
  • Rakhimov Ceramics StudioKukchka Dabaza 15 +998 14 90435. By appointment.
  • Hamza Art Gallery, Caravan Cafe and Restaurant, 22, A. Kakhar Str. tel.: +998 712 2556296, e-mail: caravan@bcc.uz.com
  • Souvenir Shops also can be find in some hotel as: Grand Mir, InterContinental, Dedeman Silk Road, Tashkent Palace, Uzbekistan Hotel

Supermarkets[edit]

  • Kontinent (Near the Grand Mir Hotel at Usmon Nosir, Shota Rustavelli). Good supermarket with a wide range of stuff.
  • Turkuaz Hypermart (Formerly GUM), Akhunbabaev Sq (W end of Navoi, across the street from Hotel Chorsu). 09:00-20:30. Good for Western clothing and travel accessories.

Eat[edit]

There are hundreds of small cafes in Tashkent (and other Uzbek cities and villages) offering these and other local dishes at inexpensive prices. A meal of salad, bread, tea, soup, and shashlik at around USD2-3 isn't difficult to find. Sanitation standards can leave a lot to be desired in many of these cafes. Especially on warm days, look to see if the meat is kept refrigerated before it is cooked. Before meals you will always be offered warm water poured over your hands from a jug. Before drinking tea, it is traditional to bless the cup with the first splash of tea from the pot. This serves ritual and hygienic purposes. Locals also believe in the sterilising properties of vodka.

Budget[edit]

There are many small restaurants serving simple meals at good prices. Burgers and kebabs are common. Borsch (soup) is tasty and perfect on a cold day.

Salvador Dalí restaurant
  • Bravissimo (Junction of Shahrisabz & Movarounnakhr St). Serves cakes and good local food. Russian language only.
  • Bukhara Food (Corner of Shahristan St, near Museum of Repression). Offer cheap, good quality food. Try the Following dishes: lavash (Armenian), shurpa (Uzbek), kazi kabob (Uzbek).
  • Cafe Bukhara (Near the railway station (Avliyoota St and little ring road intersection)). Cheap and tasty local food. Nice atmosphere and you can buy your drinks in a shop next to the place.
  •    Central Asian Plov Center1 Guards Colonel Khodjaev St (1 ул. Ифтихор) (Near TV tower and Museum of Victims of Repression). Plov is available for lunch, together with fresh tomato and other salads. All the plov is prepared outside in huge cauldrons. Go early as the place gets packed and sometimes they run out.
  •    DilkashMirobod Ko'chasy. Specialty is shashlik from UZS7,000 and up, fresh salads, and non. Plov and soup also available. No liquor is sold on premises, but nearby shops sell vodka and beer.
  • Neft i Gaz Kitchen (Not far from Amir Temur Blvd and Westminster University. If you ask around people will know it). 12:00-16:00. A company canteen, but many people go there, as it is cheap and tasty. It serves most traditional dishes: plov, lagman (a soup with spaghetti, meat and other ingredients), borsh. Languages are Russian and Uzbek, but it is easy to order, as it is canteen type and you can just point to what you want. Lunch shouldn't cost more than UZS2,000.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Amfora Greek Restaurant (АМфОРА) (Near junction of Shahrisabz and Movarounnakhr).
  • AristonSabir Rahimov, St Lashkarbegi, 2 (Off Pushkin St). Like Polyanka, excellent food and cabaret entertainment (suitable for families).
  • Ariston Park. One of a few good places to eat in Boghi Eram Recreation Park.
  • CaravanA Khalkat kochasi 22a. Breakfast USD10, lunch USD15, dinner USD20.
  • Al Delfin. Excellent Arabic food. Great sheesha can be found here.
  • Jumanji62/2 Yunus Khos Khodjib St and K. Jalilov St intersection +998 71 2554200. 12:00-23:00. One of the best restaurants in town. Serves big portions of high quality Chinese, central Asian, and European food. Lunch USD15, dinner USD20.
  • Khan Kuk Kwan. Korean food.
  • Mir Burger (On Tashkent Broadway). So-called Turkish McDonalds.
  • Nam Dae Mun24 Bukhara St (Near Alisher Navoi Theatre and Broadway),  +998 71 2320105. Fine Korean and Japanese restaurant. Reasonably priced.
  • Pizzeria Bella Napoli63, U. Nasir St (Next to Bon! coffee shop),  +998 2539183, +998 2539184. 11:00-23:00. Small pizzeria, great atmosphere, and reasonably priced too (suitable for families). You might need to reserve a table on weekends as the place gets packed some evenings. Free delivery.
  • Polyanka Cafe (Near Boghi Eram Recreation Park). Excellent food and cabaret entertainment (suitable for families).
  • Ristorante Semo de Roma40, Chekhov St 1501835, 1501836, e-mail: . 10:30-23:00. One of the best Italian restaurants in town. Excellent food and a very nice terrace. Lunch USD10, Dinner USD15.
  • La Riva (Next to Salvador Dali nightclub.). Fast food plus huge variety of different international dishes from Russia, Korea, Italy, Tatarstan. Many college students drop in throughout the day and the evening.
  • Salvador Dalí restaurant (Salvador Dalí tamaddixonasi).
  •    Sultan Fast foodMustafo Kamol Otaturk ko'chasi.
  • Tang Cheng Chinese Restaurant60A Amir Temur St +998 71 1358916. Good Chinese restaurant.

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

As is common in other Central Asian countries, tea is drunk by most people, but without milk. Black coffee is also available everywhere. Some coffee shops and cafes offer good coffee, but the best of them is probably Amore Coffee at the MIR store just off of Broadway.

Alcoholic drinks are readily available. Outdoor bars are popular in good weather. Uzbek wine, vodka, and many different beers are available. The Russian beer "Baltika" is popular. Baltika 3 is good and similar to other international beers. Baltika 0 has no alcohol, Baltika 5 and 7 are also good, and Baltika 9 is very strong. A new local beer, Sarbast, has been launched and should be about half the price of imported beers. It is quite good and at 4.2% (red label), not too strong. Sarbast is also available with a blue label at 5.6%.

Nightclubs, as everywhere, offer expensive drinks and typically play a mix of Russian and Western music. Strip shows are common.

  • Chelsea Arms (Kakhara St). English pub. It looks like it has been transplanted from the East End of London. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Club Diplomat (S Navoy St 200m from Dedeman Hotel). Billiard tables. It can be very busy and getting in may be difficult if your face does not fit. UZS3,000 (free for ladies).
  • Diamond Club (Below Arkada Centre on the Broadway). New and modern nightclub with a sci-fi theme. Check out the "Predator" look-alikes.
  • Fashion Bar25 Kunaev St (At the junction with Shahrisabz St). Modern bar/cafe, showing Fashion TV on large screens with music until late at night.
  • New Irish Pub (Istikbol St).
  •    Patrick Irish Pub45a Istikbol St (Istiqbol ko'chasi) (About one km South from Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni).
  • Rich (In the Dedeman Hotel). Nightclub.
  • Studio Cafe (S Azimova St). Modern cafe/bar with good food and drink.
  •    Chalet +998 71 2338639, e-mail: . Great bar in the centre of the city. Beer from UZS7,000.

Sleep[edit]

Tashkent's hotel scene for budget and mid-range accommodation is not very welcoming, but improving slowly.

Budget[edit]

Darhan quarter near to Inconel Business Centre
  •    Gulnara's B&B (Гостевой дом "Гульнара"), Ozhod Street (Short walk from Chorsu Bazaar Metro Station),  +998 93 402816, +998 93 1447766 ?, e-mail: . Clean, and comfortable. Rides from the airport can be arranged for a reasonable price. Unfortunately the owner can be very rude and unfriendly sometimes. Sgl / Dbl $20/40, dorm, USD15 (2014).
  •    Glen Eden Hotel (Гостиница Глен-Эден), Chavandoz (ул. Чавандоз), 16-18 (Near to Clinical Psychiatric Hospital. - From Metro station Toshkent to south one km),  +998 97 704 4559. A two star hotel. Rooms with bath or shower, air conditioning, direct dial international telephone, internet access, satellite TV, mini-bar, hairdryer. In the hotel: lobby, reception. security service, restaurant, children's play room. Laundry service. Economical Sgl / Dbl $35/60, Standard Suite Sgl / Dbl $50/75, Business Suite Sgl / Dbl $75/95..
  •    Grand Tashkent Hotel (Гранд Ташкент), 57, A. Kahhara-6 (Abdulla Kaxxar 6-tor ko'chasi) (Second house from the Embassy of Tajikistan),  +998 71 2550599, +998 97 4052677 (mobile)fax: +998 71 2550599, e-mail: . A two star hotel Standard single/ double/triple $50/60/70, Luxury: single/ double $65/75.
  •    Jahongir Hotel (Частный гостевой дом Джахонгир), Chirokchi 4 (From Metro station Tinchlik north ten mins walk),  +998 66 2357899, +998 91 5550808 (mobile)fax: +998 66 235 7899, e-mail: . A two star hotel.Economy rooms are with shared bath Sgl / Dbl $35/45, Economical Sgl / Dbl $28/35.
  •    Mirzo guesthouse95 Sagban St (Short walk to north from Chorsu Metro),  +998 93 3796668 (English), +998 71 2443794 (Russian), e-mail: . Traditional house. Clean. Friendly owner. He often plays traditional music for the guests. Wi-Fi in the evening only. Dorm, USD15; Dbl USD35-40.
  •    Orzu Hotel (Гостиница Орзу), Ivliev Str (уллица Ивлева), 14 (Near to Raduss Hotel. From Metro station Oybek and Metro station Ming Orik toward southwest),  +998711208822fax: +998711208824. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A two star hotel. 34 Rooms, Sixteen singles, sixteen doubles Single/Double/Triple $45/65/80 (2013).
  •    Tashkent Apartment9 Damariq (Near Nukus St and Glinka St intersection). A house with three separate bedrooms, owned by PageTour travel agency. Owners are very nice and helpful; no problem to arrange pickup from airport, book train tickets or help to change money on the market. Only downside that they do not provide registration slips for your stay (Aug 2012). (GPS N 41.17.02.2, E 069.15.44.1)

Mid-range[edit]

Amir Timur street
  • Asia Tashkent Hotel (Азия Ташкент) (Usman Nosir St?),  +998 71 2509687, +998 71 2509688. It has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, 72 rooms, nightclub, and is popular among European customers. Sgl from 50$.
  •    Expo Tashkent Hotel (Next to the Expo Centre. - Take a metro to Bodomzor half km northwest from there).
  •    Grand Ist HotelYakasarayskiy d-ct., Bolshaya Mirabadskaya Street 1/28 (North of Mirabad Bazaar. - Metro station Oybek 15 mins by walk to north),  +998 71 255 5246, +998 90 998-9868 Mob()fax: +998 71 254-7900, e-mail: . Standard Sgl /Dbl or Twin / Tpl $65/85$/100, Lux Double/Twin 130$.
  •    Grand Orzu Hotel (Отель Гранд Орзу), 2 Kunaev Street/27 Makhmud Tarabi Ko'chasi (South of Babur Park. - Metro station Oybek two km away). A three star hotel 50 guestrooms, including twenty one single rooms with king size beds, ten luxe rooms and 19 double rooms with two standard beds. Sgl / Dbl $ 45/60, De-Lux Sgl / dbl / tpl $65/75/90.
  • Grand Raddus Hotel (Гранд Раддус JSS), 11, 2 Passage Kichik Mirobod Street. A three star hotel King Size Bed or Twin Sgl./dbl $55/80, VIP dbl $130.
  •    Malika Hotel (Малика), 53A Chapanata ko'chasi (Metro station Mirzo Ulugbek),  +998 71 1730203. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Probably the best bang-for-the-buck in Tashkent. Well-equipped and nicely outfitted. Ownership includes an American partner. Services: Restaurant, Business center, Bar, Laundry and ironing, Parking, Conference hall, Sauna with Jacuzzi. Internet is non-existent in rooms, and marginally so in their lobby (email, etc., but no Skype). Also in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Sgl./dbl $40 / 60 / 70 including breakfast.
  • Oasis Asaka Hotel (Оазис Асака), Khamza District. A four star hotel Sgl standard / superior $45 / 55, Dbl / Tpl $75/ 95, De-Lux Single / Dbl $90 / 100.
  •    Rovshan Hotel (Ровшан), 118 Katta Mirabad Str. (ул. Мирабадская), 118 (Near the Turkmen Embassy),  +998-71 120 7747fax: +998-71 120 7747. Good service and cold beer sold at reception for UZS2,000 a bottle. Standard room Sgl / Dbl / Tipl $55/70 / 80, deluxe for one /two 70/80 $ (2014).
  •    Raddus Hotel (Раддус JSS), 39/41 Suleymanova st, Yakkasaray District, (SW two km from Metro station Oybek). A three star hotel 55$+.
  • Retro Palace Hotel65 Vahidov St. 55$+.
  • Sayokhat Hotel (Гостиница Саёхат). A three star hotel.Prices include breakfast only. Free Wi-Fi. Lunch Buffet - $15 dinner buffet - $15. - Services: Business Center, Room service 24 hours a day, Order railway / airline tickets, taxi, Internet, Currency xchange, Laundry, Sauna, Massage, Pool, Parking. Single shower $ 50 - 55 - 65 - 75, Double $90-100, Triple $100, Quadruple $110, Suite $120.
  •    Shodlik Palace HotelPakhtakor Street (Пахтакор кўчаси), 5 (Metro station Paxtakor and Metro station Alisher Navoiy are both west of its). A four star hotel 60$+.
  •    Elite HotelStreet 75, 10, Tashkent 700063 +998 71 1208829.
  •    Gelikon Vest HotelJarqo'rg`on ko`chasi Street 76 A, Tashkent 100073 (East of the Airport. - From Metro station Toshkent take a tram toward south after Risovyy bazar stop at Jarqo'rg`on ko`chasi Street (there is a petrol station) turn to east about two hundred meters on the right side is the hotel),  +998 94 3637878.
  •    Sambuh Elite Hotel10, Tsekhovaya Street, Tupik-1 (West of Metro station Paxtakor and Metro station Alisher Navoiy),  +998 71 1208826, +998 71 120 88 21, e-mail: . 38 rooms Single /Double / Triple $55/80/100, deluxe Single /Double $80/100.
  •    Uzbekistan Hotel (Отель Узбекистан,Otel O'zbekiston), 45 Hamza Street (Taraqqiyot ko'chasi) (Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni and Metro station Yunus Rajabiy are very close),  +998 71 1131111, +998 71 13-1012, +998 71 236-7666fax: +998 71 113-1122,+998 71 113-1090 ,+998 71 113-1100, e-mail: . Offers 285 rooms. Services:dry cleaning, laundry, room Service 24 hours, deposit safe, wake up call, ticketing office, porterage, luggage room, barbers shop, exchange ofice, credit card payment, florists services , gift Shop , free WiFi internet in the hotel, car rental, organization of sightseeing tours, sauna, massage, gym 65$+.

Splurge[edit]

Chorsu Bazar
  •    Hotel BEK (БЕК), 64A Yusuf Hos Hojib (ул. Юсуф Хожиб) (North of Babur Recreation Park),  + 998 71 215 5888, + 998 71 215 5999, + 998 71254 8118 + 998 71 215 5454. $100.
  •    Hotel City Palace (Former Markaziy Hotel, Sheraton), Amir Temur St (Metro station Yunus Rajabiy a couple mins walk). Opened in 1999 by Sheraton and was run by them until a few years ago, when they left having lost money after some alleged financial irregularities. The hotel is one of Tashkent's taller buildings. The rooms are still very good, but service and maintenance...Bar/restaurant bills must be paid in cash. Classic sgl. / dbl $90/110, Studio sgl. / dbl $160/180, Senior Suite sgl. / dbl $320/340 (2014).
  •    Dedeman Silk Road Hotel (Дедеман), Amir Temur St (Between Metro station Yunus Rajabiy and Metro station Abdulla Qodirii),  +998 71 23401fax: +998 71 234242. Excellent hotel in the city centre. Drinks are overpriced. Free Internet connection in rooms. USD160+.
  •    Miran International Hotel (Отель "Miran International"), Borovskiy ko'chasi (Shakhrisabz Passage 4,). A five star luxury hotel Deluxe sgl. / dbl $130/160, Superior 400/400$, Premium Suite 600/600$.
  •    Grand Mir Hotel (Гран Мир), 2 Kunaeva St (SW from Metro station Ming Orik, Metro station Oybek),  +998 71 1402000fax: +998 71 1402040, e-mail: . A four star luxury hotel for business travellers. Wi-Fi. Rates include fitness centre and a healthy breakfast. 130$+.
  •    Le Grande Plaza Hotel (Formerly BUMI, Гостиница Ли Гранд Плаза), 2 Uzbekiston Ovozi St (Metro station Amir Temur Xiyoboni and Metro station Yunus Rajabiy are very close). Executive floor with lounge, outdoor pool, South Indian restaurant. 10km from airport. USD150-200.
  •    Hotel Ichan QalaYusuf Hos Hojib ko'chasi ( ул. Юсуф-Хос-Хожиб), 75/10 (Close to State Pedagogical University and BEK hotel). A four star hotel. Sixty eight rooms: Superior, DeLuxe, Junior Suite, Suite, Presidential Suite and Villa Standart Сглгл / Dbl $125/150, Delux Room /en- Suite Room $180/250, Junior Suite/Senior Suite $290/375, Executive Suite Room $415, Villa Khorezm $2500.
  •    InterContinental Hotelул. А.Тимура, 107А (Amir Temur St Next to Tashkent Funland, Japanese Garden),  +998 71 1207000fax: + 998 71 1206459. USD181-2,200.
  •    Ramada Tashkent (Former Hotel Park Turon, Парк Турон), 1 Abdulla Qodiriy ko'chasi (Between Metro station Gafur Gulom and Metro station Abdulla Qodirii),  +998 71 1406000fax: +998 71 140 6030, e-mail: . A four star hotel. One hundred twenty deluxe roorms with tea/coffee maker, cable/satellite TV, minibar, in-room safe, work desk, iron & ironing board (on request), hair dryer, blackout drapers and design bathroom with shower and bathtub.Upon request, rollaway beds, baby cribs Superior Rooms: from $150 , Premium Rooms: $170, Privilege Rooms: $185 (2015).
  •    Radisson SAS (Радиссон SAS), 88 Amir Temur Street, (About 2km from the city centre opposite Intercontinental. South of Metro station Bodomzor),  +998 71 1204900. Four star hotel 200$+.
  •    Tashkent Palace Hotel (Formerly Le Meridien), 56, Buyuk Turon St (Central Department Store is right there.),  +998 71 1205800. A four star, traditionally-styled and visually impressive hotel. Very poor Internet. 155$+.

Phones, Post Offices[edit]

Tashkent Central Post Office
  •    Beeline Mobil Office1 Buxoro ko'chasi.
  •    East Telekom OfficeChehov ko'chasi (From Metro station Oybek SW ten mins walk).
  •    Central Post Office (Pochtamti), 7 Shahrisabz ko'chasi (Metro station Abdulla Qodirii),  +998 71 233 47 49.

Stay safe[edit]

Tashkent is generally a very safe place to visit. However, visitors should refrain from political activities or doing anything that could be regarded as undermining the state. As anywhere, remember to watch your personal belongings. There have been incidents of robbery, including some violent assaults but they are very rare. Travellers should use the same caution they would use in any large city, especially at night. It is not advisable for foreigners to walk around alone at night, especially in areas where few people are about and/or lighting is poor. Police sometimes levy small on-the-spot fines for minor offences such as appearing to be slightly intoxicated.

The emergency number is ☎ 103 for medical emergencies and ☎ 101 for fires, while the police emergency number is ☎ 102. Major clinics are listed below:

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Embassies and Consulates[edit]

Monumental Building of the French Embassy

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