Walking solo in Chilonzor district is enjoyable hobby. This district holds a special place in my heart. I was born and still live here. Despite no sign of tourism, the area is full of local realities and scents of Soviet times.
Chilonzor is segmented into more than twenty blocks. This maze of identical five-story buildings – hrushyovka – remain as the legacy of old Soviet times today. Chilonzor stands out for being green and serves as an oasison blazing summer days. As my friend mentioned: “Chilonzor never sleeps, life boils here”. It is particularly visible on summer evenings, when people leave their stuffy flats for some fresh air.
Most of its inhabitants are people from everywhere of Uzbekistan. They have chosen to live here due to the affordable prices. I love the fact that all types of services such as restaurants, hair salons, education and rents are cheaper here.
Chilonzor is my home. I love its spirit, the sense of belonging, the pleasant childhood memories, the endless residential blocks, the beautiful landscape and opportunities to have long walks. A one-hour long stroll is an excellent remedy for both mind and soul. I personally go for walks either to ponder on some life questions or for the sake of physical activity. My last short walk down the same route helped generate the ideas to write this article.
When in Tashkent, spare some hours for Chilonzor. Feel the local colors and hints of Soviet shades. Who knows how this walk will affect you.