(Why) we want to start a city guide for Tashkent Uzbekistan!

Tashkent architecture

In 2019 we plan to expand to less-known but at least as interesting capitals in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and The Middle-East.

Why this move? In many of “our” cities, an overload of tourists is becoming a problem for locals. We personally think the best solution to the “overtourism” problem would be moving tourism from cities that “everybody” is going to, to little visited cities that can actually use more tourism. Read more about our vision on overtourism here and our crowdfunding campaign to combat overtourism.

Some of the added benefits of moving tourism to “unknown” countries:

  • Travelers learn about a culture that is often misunderstood or unknown. We are convinced more intercultural understanding leads to a more peaceful world.
  • Putting money in the pockets of local entrepreneurs and help develop the local economy

Tashkent market (by Carlos Morales)

You probably hadn’t planned on visiting Tashkent in the near future right? Right, that’s why we’re launching a city guide, to make you and other people want to put the capital of Uzbekistan on their bucket-list.

So, what do we know about Tashkent?

We know no one who’s actually been there, so at this moment our knowledge is limited to what we read online…  We hope to visit soon of course to find out more!

Uzbekistan has just announced an expanded list of countries whose citizens can visit without a visa and who can apply through the electronic system. Now seems to be the perfect time to go :)

A few interesting facts about the capital of Uzbekistan:

  • Tashkent has an impressive 2.4 million inhabitants – more than we thought
  • The city is more than 2200 years old
  • There’s just one 5 star hotel (The Hyatt)
  • Tashkent has a 375 meter high TV tower – one of the tallest in the world
  • Tashkent houses one of the oldest written copies of the quran
  • Much of the city was destroyed by a 1966 earthquake and rebuilt in just 3 years
  • Uzbekistan has one of the richest circus traditions in the world

What to do in Tashkent?

Here are some of the highlights, mostly found on the awesome WikiTravel.

Old town
While Tashkent has a lot of modern and Soviet architecture, the old town has retained much of its old charm.

Mausoleums
The city seems to be packed with beautiful mausoleums, that honor former Uzbek warriors and religious leaders.

Yunus Khan Mausoleum Tashkent (by UzbekTravel.com)

Mosques
Uzbekistan has preserved many ancient mosques, much better than most of the other former Soviet Union states. Here’s a list of a few well-known mosques.

Hazrat Imam Mosque Tashkent

The Palace of Prince Romanov
A first cousin of Tsar Alexander III of Russia was banished to Tashkent because of a shady deal he he purportedly did. They still built a pretty impressive palace for him, to spend the rest of his life in comfort…

Palace of Prince Romanov Tashkent

Soviet architecture
There’s a lot of amazing brutalist and other modernist Soviet architecture all around the city.

Hotel Uzbekistan Tashkent

Markets
Tashkent has a few big bazaars, of which Chorsu market is the most well-known. Here you can sample all kinds of Uzbek products.

Bazaar Chorsu market (by Dainius Babilas)

What do locals do in Tashkent?

Where do locals drink their coffee? Where’s that hidden cafeteria where office workers have lunch? Where can we find the newest contemporary art on display? What do Uzbeks who live in the capital do in the weekend?

We have no idea! There is so little information available online, and even fewer paper travel guides (who would probably be outdated)… We want to change this!

Do you live in Tashkent and would you like to open up your city by sharing your favorite spots with travelers who come to visit your city, please apply here: https://www.spottedbylocals.com/become-a-spotter/

Do you know people in Tashkent? Please share the link of this article with them! Any other thoughts about Tashkent or did we get anything wrong in this article? Please get in touch via tashkent@spottedbylocals.com

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