Interesting Monuments to Check Out in Tashkent
There is a lot of architectural wonder in Tashkent, the beautiful capital city of Uzbekistan. The grandeur and pristine beauty of the ancient Islamic structures are primarily located in the central part of the city. Totalled in the massive earthquake of 1966, rebuilt to a large extent to a Soviet blueprint, Tashkent is today less a legacy of the Silk Road, somewhat a rumination on Russian rule, but more a picture of urban Uzbekistan.
Today the capital city of Tashkent is lovely. The sights and sounds of Tashkent are nowhere near as stupendous as those of Bukhara, Khiva or Samarkand but its tree lined avenues, wide roads, fountains and parks, universities, and its culturally unchallenged personality makes Tashkent a good introduction to Uzbekistan. It has the best international connections and can be reached by air, rail and road; it is very well connected to the rest of Uzbekistan; and even otherwise, it has the best tourist infrastructure of any place in the country. A lot of Soviet architecture exists now where beautiful Islamic structures stood earlier. The earthquake of 1966 levelled many of Tashkent’s old buildings and Soviet architects subsequently rebuilt the city. But, there’s no denying that Tashkent is a pleasant city.
Vodka on rocks – the most widely available alcoholic drink in Tashkent is vodka. That and tea are the beverages of choice here, and shots of either are on hand at every nook and corner and along the highways at chaikhanas or choyhonas, literally, tea houses!
SAMARKAND ADD ON TOUR
YOU CAN ADD THE OPTIONAL TOUR OF SAMARKAND TO BOTH THE 3 NIGHTS AND THE 4 NIGHTS ITENERIES. Please find the Samarkand tour itinerary below:
The Tashkent to Samarkand high-speed rail line is a 344-kilometre (214 mi) high-speed rail connection between Tashkent and Samarkand the two largest Uzbek cities. The route passes through four provinces: Tashkent, Sirdaryo, Jizzakh and Samarqand in Uzbekistan. Trains operate seven days a week under the brand Afrosiyob. The travel time has been reduced to 2:08 hours
06.00-06.30 Early breakfast at the Hotel coffee shop.
07.00 After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to railway station for the Bullet train “Afrosiyob” (2nd class) to Samarkand at 08.00am.
10.20 Arrive at Samarkand, the former capital of The Great Amir Temur Conqueror. Transfer to the hotel for check in. Free time for fresh and up before the lunch. 02 bottles of 0,5lt of water to be given per pax
11.00 Rukhabad” Mausoleum (House of Spirit) (14th c.);
– “Hazrat-Hyzr” Mosque (19th c.) (outside);
– The architectural complex “Shakhi-Zinda” (Alive king) (11-19th cc.) (Entrance doesn’t included).
13.00 Lunch at Local Restaurant with Uzbek Restaurant.
14.00 After the lunch the group is welcomed for Samarkand city tour. Visiting:
– “Boulevard” and “Lions” Street;
– The magnificent “Registon Square” with three Madrassahas (15th -17th cent), the noblest square in Central Asia, for photo-stop (outside – for photo stop only);
– “Guri Emir” mausoleum, the graveyard of Great Amir Temur and Temurids dynasty(entrance included).
– “Bibikhonum” Mosque (outside only).
17.00 Transfer to Samarkand Railway Station to take Return Train to Tashkent.
18.00 evening Depart from Samarkand By High Speed Train, to Tashkent,
20.00 Arrive in Tashkent Railways Station. Transfer for Gala Dinner.
20.00 Gala (Cocktail) Dinner at Indian Restaurant with 02 veg. and 02 non veg. Indian starters, 02 veg. and 01 non veg. Indian main course, 02 hours free flow of soft drink, beers, local vodka, unlimited water and ice cubes and exclusive Belly Dancing show program with Turkish, Arabic and Indian dance performances, Life DJ and Music.
23.00 Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent hotel.
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If sitting inside a hotel room while you’re in Bishkek seems boring to you, step out into the city and explore Bishkek’s many dance halls and nightclubs. Even cafes and restaurants that are quiet in the afternoon are transformed into lively hangout spots in the evening. Live music, delicious cocktails, and DJs take over Bishkek at night.
Clubs in Bishkek are separated by genre, price range, and age of clientele. If you’re a fan of rock, jazz, blues, techno, or pop music, you’re sure to find a club that suites your tastes.
The average cost of a trip to a nightclub is about 100 SUM (equivalent to Rs 100/-) and drinks at the bar will cost you an average of between $10-15 per night. Of course, tips for the waiters and staff are at your discretion. Most waiters and bartenders are familiar with at least basic English and can easily take orders and carry on a conversation.
The cost of a taxi ride from any hotel to anywhere within the city shouldn’t be more than about 100 SUM (equivalent to Rs 100/-).
Nightclubs in Bishkek are usually very popular with visitors to Kyrgyzstan. People go to meet new people, strengthen friendships, and just kick back and relax. So while you’re in Bishkek, check out the city’s nightlife and see what appeals to you!
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PROMZONA | GOLDEN BULL | GQ EXCLUSIVE | ZEPPELIN
BISHKEK (Capital of Kyrgyzstan)
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, borders Central Asia’s Tian Shan range. It’s a gateway to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains and Ala Archa National Park, with glaciers and wildlife trails. The city’s arts scene encompasses the monumental State Museum of Fine Arts and the colonnaded Opera and Ballet Theater. The vast, central Ala-Too Square features the Manas monument, honoring the hero of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas.
Area: 127 km²
The ski season is usually November-December to March-April. Good areas for skiing are the Kyrgyz Alatau valleys, especially Ala-Archa, south of Bishkek. Summer skating is also popular at Karakol on Lake Issyk-Kul. Some travel firms organize ski-mountaineering trips in Central Tian Shan in July and August, and in the Alatau ranges between Almaty and Lake Issyk-Kul from February to April.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE
1 KYRGYZSTAN SUM = 1 INDIAN RUPEEE
After Lake Titcaca, Lake Issyk Kul is the world’s second largest mountain lake. It’s much longer than it is wide: 182km (113 mi) long, and 60km (37 mi) wide. At the center its depth is as much as 663m (2,175 ft) and as a whole the lake covers 6,236 square km (2,408 sq mi) of ground. Lake Issyk Kul’s waters radiate a brilliant blue color, are slightly saline, and are encased by the snowcapped mountains of the Tien Shan. In fact, it looks rather like an ocean because of its size, but instead of an endless sky in the background, you have endless layers of white-tipped mountains.
There’s lots of cool stuff available to do at the lake during summertime. For people that like water sports, there’s plenty of good swimming, boating, parasailing, and jet skiing to be had. I also recommend exploring the area surrounding the lake either by trekking, horseback riding, or cycling. There are also nice health resorts, local festivals, cities, and villages you can check out.
Kyzyl-Tuu is a village off the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul that’s known for being a village primarily made up of yurt makers. (Yurts are the felt-covered dwellings used by nomads in the mountains.) For those interested in nomadic life and how Kyrgyz people build their yurts, there are yurt building demonstrations you can take advantage of there.dpp_60121902_1200
Also on the southern shore of the lake is a village called Barskoon. This is a popular destination because there’s a gorgeous waterfall you can hike to behind the village. If you’re in the area in early November, Barskoon also hosts a horse racing festival to help encourage the continued breeding of the nearly extinct Kyrgyz horse breed.
Cholpon-Ata is a city that sits on the northern shore of the lake. History lovers can visit an open air petroglyph museum here that costs next to nothing to visit and has a great overview of the lake.
Karakol is the 4th largest city in Kyrgyzstan and is perched just to the east of Lake Issyk Kul. It’s more of a tourist town because of its historical buildings and museums as well as its large variety of hotels and guesthouses. Two of the most popular things to visit in Karakol are the Dungan mosque built entirely without nails and the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
As you travel around the lake, you’ll notice local vendors selling sheep/goat skins, jars of jam/honey, baskets, and various other items on the side of the road. These are some of my favorite places to stop because you never know exactly what you’ll find and I love talking to the people manning the stands. They’re very friendly and can usually recommend cool places to go or festivals happening around the lake.
After visiting Lake Issyk Kul, you’ll see the attraction to the area. It’s got gorgeous scenery, water sports, lovely people, museums, local festivals, and lots of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s particularly nice for larger groups traveling together where half your group likes history and half likes water sports, for example. There’s a little something for everyone.