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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Old 10th Jun 2019, 10:49
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Thinking this may be somewhere I find myself (a ggod way off as yet), but any experience here? Where to stay etc. understand the central market is worth visiting..
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 11:20
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For background, you may want to read Craig Murray's book 'Murder in Samarkand'. Murray was the British Ambassador in Uzbekistan for several years. You may not agree with everything in the book, but it is definitely worth a read for anyone travelling there. My own views on Tashkent are somewhat jaundiced by personal experience, so I will keep them to myself...
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 17:29
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I was trapped at Tashkent after diverting there whilst enroute Moscow to Delhi with Aeroflot on the eve of 19th August 1991- the night of Yeltsin's coup attempt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_S...27état_attempt.
I was a wannabe hippy from the home counties, 22, just out of Uni in London and going to India - "to find myself" and all that bollocks.

We landed with armed soldiers waiting at the foot of the stairs and were herded off to the terminal where all Soviet pax were ghosted away - at gun point - leaving about a dozen of us other nationalities; mostly Europeans with a couple of our American cousins. Having no idea of events that had unfolded on the ground we nervously muttered amongst ourselves that this did not look good, etc. We were taken to a large restaurant/ waiting area in the terminal where there were other Europeans/ Americans - basically anyone who was not Russian.

Then, all of a sudden vodka, musicians and dancing girls appeared and we were entertained and fed and watered copiously. The dancing girls - when not dancing pressed their hospitality in a most delightful manner.
Through the glass doors of the terminal we could see armoured vehicles, soldiers marching around, dogs, etc. All looked very ominous. I thought WW3 had broken out and would have been typical of me to find myself on the wrong side of the iron curtain about to be nuked by my own country.
Anyway, the vodka and the girls smiles did the trick and we remained in an uneasy but largely comfortable state until about four hours later we were taken from the terminal and put on another Aeroflot flight to our destination only learning of the dramatic events on arrival in Delhi.

No, I'm afraid I can't recommend an hotel in Tashkent but, as the previous poster has said; odd things happen in Tashkent - some of them good/ some of them not so good.
Give it a go!
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Old 19th Jun 2019, 03:28
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Hi there,

I've been to Tashkent several times in the past few years to visit friends and attend 2 weddings which was an amazing experience.
The city in my experience is very safe, the people are hospitable and welcoming. It is a mix between Islamic, Soviet, Uzbek and Modern Russian influences so it is quite eclectic, there isn't a strong night scene here so don't expect to party to hard but there are plenty of later night pubs and restaurants around.

English is spoken mainly by younger people but they are generally shy to speak with a native speaker. There are some interesting sights in Tashkent but definitely try to get to Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva for the beautiful early Islamic architecture and history. Also out to moynaq is cool to see the ship graveyard of the Aral Sea. Closer to Tashkent a trip up to the mountains near Lake Charvak is worth it if you want to cool off in summer time.

The food is an experience but be careful with local/street food, you will most likely end up with some stomach issues initially as your body acclimatises to the food etc. You must try the local Plov and [color=left=#222222]lepeshka (bread).[/color] I generally try to drink bottled water (when not drinking vodka..!).

The only real western level hotels are the Radisson Blu and Hyatt Regency, these would be the best choice if you're looking for Western level of comfort, amenity etc. The local hotels such as Hotel Uzbekistan are quite dated but still comfortable enough if you're on a budget. I would highly suggest getting an English speaking guide if you don't speak Russian. Also be aware of the local laws and customs before travelling as the country has only really recently began to open up more toward tourism, do carry a passport copy with you just incase.

I have an Aussie passport and was required to have a visa issued on arrival the last 2 times which was a little bit annoying to organise but It is my understanding we now do not require a visa for single entries and stay of less than 30 days.

If you have any more questions let me know
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 17:04
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I was married there 13 years ago. Tashkent is a very nice city with wide avenues, some parks and good/cheap places to eat. I have not been for around 10 years. I always used to stay in What was the Dedeman Silk Road hotel. I think Dedeman pulled out as Uzbekistan is a touch place for foreign companies to operate. The hotel was very good though. If you get the chance, it is definitely worth a trip there. Tripadvisor will be your friend.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 15:04
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I’ve been to Tashkent a couple of times in the past month and would certainly recommend it as an interesting (rather than spectacular) place to visit. The central area is all relatively new with wide roads (on which white Chevrolets account for 75% of the light traffic flow) and big monuments / buildings. Further out it’s rather more Soviet-style. The metro offers an efficient way to get around and although there are a lot of policemen around, the only time I was stopped the check was cursory. The people seem welcoming and the atmosphere felt non-threatening. I stayed at the Wydhnam which was a perfectly acceptable, well-located international hotel with several major sights within easy walking distance. The Chorsu market was bustling with locals and was near to some attractive mosques and madrassas.

I also fully agree with tunaking’s comments and would wholly recommend visiting Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva if time permits. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.

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Old 27th Aug 2019, 20:38
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The only real western level hotels are the Radisson Blu and Hyatt Regency,
Don't forget the grandaddy of them all, the one and only Intercontinental/International, next to the NBU.... actually you can't miss it given its size ))

I'm in Tashkent often, I love that place, very safe, in fact far safer than the West, take it from me, fifteen+ years Tashkent hundreds of visits total (from Moscow around once every 2 weeks on average), I also knew Craig Murray as his time at the embassy crossed with my initial business associations with the Uzbeks back in '03/'04.. Craig liked his bevvies... since then many of the nightspots have come and gone, but I always recommend a few places, Intercontinental (now International), Broadway (clubbing/nightlife/restaurant area) and the Ragu Indian restaurant, the curries are awesome... best in the world quite possibly!

odd things happen in Tashkent - some of them good/ some of them not so good.
Your recounted story makes me deeply envious auxtank, I can only imagine, but your statement, oh, how true!

wholly recommend visiting Samarkand
For those feeling adventurous, fly from Tashkent, else superb rail service, another idea is drive it from Tashkent, mostly empty roads, beautiful drive, done it a few times. Food down there is bloody amazing.
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Old 24th Sep 2019, 09:23
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It seemed like pretty much on every street corner there was a lil ol' man cooking shashlik skewers of lamb over charcoal served with marianated onions and freshly baked Uzbek bread, I think we lived for an entire week on take-out shashliks back to our apartment, if you like a GOOD kebab, forget about dining in expensive, if there is such a thing as 'expensive' in Tashkent, restaurants, try a take-out street corner shashlik if only once
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