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Flying back to Tashkent

Up and on the bus by 4 am for a 4 hour bus ride to Nukus, where we caught a flight back to Tashkent.

After dropping off our luggage at our hotel we climbed back on the bus for a city tour of Tashkent. Tashkent is a truly beautiful city, with wide boulevards, and vast green areas. It is very modern. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that a massive earthquake in 1966 destroyed much of the city, leaving 300,000 people homeless. Uzbek is spoken at home, but Russian is still the prominent language in Tashkent, and most people are bilingual.

Our first stop was Hast Imam Square where there is the madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam. Then it was off to Chorsu Bazaar which is one of the oldest and busiest bazaars in Central Asia. It’s hard to believe that over two thousand years ago, Indian spice merchants and Chinese silk-sellers passed through Tashkent’s famous bazaar as they traded along the Silk Road. The location of the bazaar has not changed in all those years but the old buildings have been replaced by modern ones. The circular main market building houses row upon row of meat vendors, while on the second floor gallery vendors sell dried fruits and nuts. Outside we pass through vast fruit and vegetable areas, as well as every other commodity imaginable.

Then it was back to our hotel and free time to explore Tashkent on our own. A group of us decided to check out the Soviet-designed Metro stations. We decided to visit five different stations to view the unique designs. Every station is ornately decorated, some with intricate mosaics, others with chandeliers. The Kosmonavtlar Station had striking ceramic discs depicting Soviet cosmonauts. Every time we boarded a different train people offered us their seats. So nice to see such a respectful society.

In the evening our group took taxis to a lovely restaurant for our farewell dinner. At the restaurant we were seated in a lovely outdoors area where we shared stories about our trip. The meal was fantastic. We really enjoyed the time we had in Tashkent. As our tour is at an end, we said goodbye to Diana, our wonderful Uzbek guide who shared her fabulous country and its history with us.

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Hast Imam Square
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Chorsu Bazaar
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Inside Chorsu Bazaar
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They even sell horse meat!
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Yummy fresh fruits
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Large selection of sweets
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Lots of ??
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Uzbekistan bread
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Turtles for sale
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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One of the metro platforms
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Last meal in Tashkent

Posted by Jimpat 10:06

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Wow that is an incredibly posh metro!!!

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