Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan. 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 is a very Soviet 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.
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 the 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.
This wonderful city is a real embodiment of the modern elegance that is inherent in many world capitals. At the same time, it remains to be an oriental city. Tashkent has its own unique flavour. It combines medieval buildings as if descended from the pages of old oriental tales, elegant European architecture from the period of the Turkestan governor-generalship, standard concrete “boxes” of the Soviet era and, finally, glittering skyscrapers of glass and concrete (modern business centres and banks).
Things to do in Tashkent:
You can visit Chorsu Bazar, one of the most important markets in Central Asia, Tashkent Metro, Central Asian Plov Centre and many more.