Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Its name means “stone fortress” and very little remains of the old city due to a devastating earthquake in 1966 and the Soviet rebuilding era. The buildings that managed to survive are helping the city take back its roots. Even though most of the buildings haven’t survived over the years, Tashkent, Uzbekistan is still a city full of Soviet-era monuments and several museums and modern day buildings.
Despite all that its been through this city is a major commercial and transportation center and is now emerging into one of the major economic centers of Central Asia. There are still plenty of important buildings and museums to be seen throughout Tashkent, as well as an abundance of green space and for the little ones try a visit to the puppet theatre. With the city offering so much to see and visit and with it becoming an economic center for Central Asia, it’s no surprise that this city is referred to as the “Star of the Orient”.
All the new construction of different buildings housing anything from banks to hotels is transforming Tashkent, Uzbekistan into a modern metropolis while it still holds on to it’s old city charm. Tashkent’s Underground is a must see on your visit to this ancient city. It’s the only underground area in Central Asia and one of the most beautiful in the world, boasting beautiful glass and marble surfaces as well as several art ceramics. Another must see is Aqua Park Pond which houses an outstanding golf course and a golf club; a perfect destination if visiting during the summer months.
Tourists flock to the many museums that call Tashkent its home such as the State Museum of Fine Arts with plenty of unique exhibits and collections or the Amir Temur Museum dedicated to the dynasty of the Temurids. Museums aren’t the only thing that attracts the attention of tourists there are also 10 theaters located throughout the city opening their doors every evening to welcome their guests. One of the most popular theaters is the Alisher Navoiy Theatre of Opera and Ballet, offering spectacular performances of different opera’s and ballets conducted by Verdi, Bize, Tchaikovsky and many modern Uzbek composers.
About 50 miles from Tashkent, Uzbekistan the Tien Shan and Small Chimgan Mountains can be found; home to the Ugam-Chatkal National Park. This national park attracts tourists year after year, from all over the world. Chimgan Oromgohi a resort and recreation complex often attracts tourists with its charming cottages and comfortable hotels as well as its selection of restaurants and bars. A wide selection of hiking trails ranging from easy ones that any healthy person should be able to tackle to hard-to-make ones where visitors will have to hike up steep slopes and trek over several mountain rivers. Only very experienced hikers should attempt the hard trails. Horseback riding tours are available and in the winter months ski trails can be found throughout the resort as well.
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The Dedeman Hotel features 206 guestrooms with 100 of them being standard rooms, 98 are standard deluxe rooms and there are two junior suites, five senior suites and one presidential suite. All rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a Jacuzzi, a mini bar and Cable TV among many other upscale amenities. Dedeman won the Best Hotel of Uzbekistan at the Tashkent International Fair.(more)
InterContinental Tashkent Hotel
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Radisson SAS Hotel Tashkent
Radisson Tashkent has multifunctional meeting facilities and an executive business floor sure to suit all your business needs. Guests traveling for leisure are also welcome at the Radisson SAS Hotel Tashkent as it offers an outdoor pool, terrace cafe and plenty of dining options. This hotel is only 15 minutes from the airport and offers 110 beautiful rooms including business class rooms and suites. Free wireless internet access is available anywhere in the hotel.(more)
This three star boutique style hotel is located just 10 minutes from the center of downtown Tashkent and sits in close proximity to Park Bobur. The Elite Hotel offers three different room options: single, double and the mansion/luxury room. This hotel is made up of three palace style buildings providing two conference halls equipped with all your business needs. A restaurant is located on the premises as well.(more)
Located in the heart of Tashkent, the Poytaht Hotel offers 112 comfortable guestrooms all equipped with cable color TV, sound proof windows and doors, a mini bar and internet access as well as several other upscale amenities. There are two restaurants and two bars on the premises serving anything from a delicious European dish to delicious Japanese and Korean cuisine. There are three meeting/conference rooms available for all your business needs, from one on one interviews to business meetings up to 150 people.(more)
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Amir Temur Museum
Highly recognized for its distinguishing blue dome and elaborate interior, the Amir Temur Museum features exhibits of Timur and President Islom Karimov. The museum was created to commemorate the 660th birthday of Timur. Breathtaking gardens surround the museum and house a statue of Timur on horseback. Beautiful fountains can be found throughout the gardens as well.
State Museum of Fine Arts
The main focus of the State Museum of Fine Art is to show different pieces of art either from or pertaining to Uzbekistan. Antique items and early medieval Uzbekistan art can be found on display throughout this museum. Patterns of early Kuskhan plastics represented by clay sculptures can be found as well. The sculptures represent the remarkable skills of Uzbekistan’s local sculptors.(more)
Alisher Navoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet
The Alisher Navoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet isn’t just a theater, but rather an important landmark to the city of Tashkent. Many people consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to perform on the stage of this remarkable theatre. This theatre is the largest as well as the most unique in both Central and Southern Asia. The people of Uzbekistan take great pride in their theatre and all who perform here. In some ways, it is the pride of the nation.
Ugam-Chatkal National Park
This natural reserve located in Tashkent was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978. This is a great spot for eco tourism offering several endemic species of different animals and plants. Over 300 miles long this national park boasts different mountain steppes and forests, alpine meadows, floodplain forests and river valleys. Nestled among one of the most ecologically clean regions in the world; Western Tien Shan, the Ugam Chatkal National Park has diverse selection of birds, plants and different kinds of animals.