In 2019 we plan to expand to less-known but maybe even more 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 tourists. Like Tashkent!
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
So, why Tashkent?
We don’t know people who have actually been there, so at this moment our knowledge is limited to what we read online… We are super fascinated and 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.
While Tashkent has a lot of modern and Soviet architecture, the old town has retained much of its old charm.
The city seems to be packed with beautiful mausoleums, that honor former Uzbek warriors and religious leaders.
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.
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…
There’s a lot of amazing brutalist and other modernist Soviet architecture all around the city.
Tashkent has a few big bazaars, of which Chorsu market is the most well-known. Here you can sample all kinds of Uzbek products.
So, 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 (which would probably be outdated)… We want to change this!
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