From Bazaars to Mountains, Here’s All That I Saw On My Solo Trip To Uzbekistan

Tashkent was my base in Uzbekistan and I tried to explore the city and neighbouring regions as much as I could.

by Nancy Johri
From Bazaars to Mountains, Here’s All That I Saw On My Solo Trip To Uzbekistan

There’s a funny proverb in Uzbekistan: “Tea is the answer to everything – from love troubles to business deals.” This saying perfectly encapsulates the essence of my journey through this incredible country. In the captivating Tashkent city, tea was a constant companion, weaving its way into every aspect of my expedition. On my solo trip, as I explored the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality of Uzbekistan, I discovered that this humble beverage truly held the key to understanding the heart and soul of this remarkable nation.

This journey promised to be a tapestry of ancient Silk Road wonders, bustling bazaars, and warm, unpretentious hospitality. Eager to uncover its secrets, I embarked on an exciting journey filled with unexpected adventures, timeless traditions, and the ever-present aroma of fresh-brewed tea, inviting me to delve deeper into the heart of Central Asia.

Tashkent was my base in Uzbekistan and I tried to explore the city and neighbouring regions as much as I could.

Recounting My Solo Trip To Uzbekistan, One Cup Of Tea At A Time!

Tour Of Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 

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Embarking on a city tour in Tashkent with a local guide was an adventure that unravelled this magnificent city’s hidden gems and untold stories. As I strolled through the bustling streets, my guide weaved a captivating narrative, sharing fascinating anecdotes and historical insights that brought Tashkent to life. With his deep knowledge and passion for the city, he took me beyond the popular tourist spots and into the heart of local culture. Together, we navigated the narrow lanes of the old town, exploring traditional markets, charming cafes, and authentic Uzbek craft workshops. With every step, I discovered architectural wonders like the Amir Timur Museum and Independence Square, marvelling at the melding of ancient and modern influences.

The guide also introduced me to the flavours of Tashkent, leading me to hidden culinary gems where I savoured delectable vegetarian dishes. A city tour in Tashkent with him became an immersive experience, enriching my understanding of the city’s past and present.

Some of the other spots that we covered were:

  • Tashkent TV Tower 
  • Museum of Victims of Political Repression
  • Minor Mosque
  • Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial
  • Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin
  • Railway Museum
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral
  • Tashkent Metro (the stations are exceptionally gorgeous!)
  • Broadway Alley

Solo Mountain Trip (Chimgan Mountains, Amirsoy Ski Resort, Lake Charvak)

 

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This day tour perfectly blended Uzbekistan’s adventure, serenity, and natural beauty. Winter is a magical time to embark on an exciting journey from Tashkent to the Chimgan Mountains, Amirsoy Ski Resort, and Lake Charvak. As I left the city behind, the landscape transformed into a winter wonderland, with snow-covered trees and glistening white slopes. The trails were adorned with a soft blanket of snow, creating a picturesque scene straight out of a postcard. The sight of skiers at Amirsoy Ski Resort carving effortlessly down the slopes was simply incredible. My last stop, Lake Charvak, was transformed into a frozen wonderland. Its icy surface glimmered under the winter sun and the snow-covered mountains served as a stunning backdrop.

The Chorsu Bazaar

 

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As I stepped into the bustling Chorsu Bazaar, a captivating tapestry of colours, sounds, and aromas embraced me. Nestled in the heart of Tashkent, this vibrant marketplace painted a vivid picture of Uzbek culture and heritage. It is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an immersive cultural experience and a journey into the heart of this captivating country.

The first thing that caught my eye was the plethora of vibrant textiles on display, showcasing intricate patterns and designs. I couldn’t resist getting lost among the rows of richly-hued silk scarves, embroidered fabrics, and traditional ikat weavings. Strolling deeper into the market, the aroma of fragrant spices filled the air. I found myself surrounded by towering stacks of cumin, saffron, paprika, and an array of unique herbs and seasonings. Amidst the vibrant chaos, I navigated through narrow lanes, discovering stalls brimming with luscious fruits, local delicacies, and freshly baked bread. As the sun began to set, I made my way to the rooftop teahouses overlooking the bazaar.

Special Highlight: Metro Stations in Tashkent!

 

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Tashkent’s metro stations are a dazzling display of architectural brilliance and artistic finesse. From Kosmonavtlar’s cosmic murals to Amir Temur Hiyoboni’s intricate ceramic tiles, each station unfolded a captivating story. Chilonzor mesmerised me with its vibrant stained-glass panels, while Mustakillik Maydoni left me in awe with its majestic halls. These metro stations are not just transportation hubs; they are art galleries that celebrate Uzbek culture. Exploring these stations was a visual journey, where I discovered the true allure of Tashkent’s underground marvels.

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Here Are A Few Travel Tips

  1. Visa

Indian passport holders can easily get an e-visa to travel to Uzbekistan at ₹1,792.

  1. Money Matters

Carry cash with you as cards are not accepted everywhere. Also, the money exchange shops there don’t convert Indian Rupee into Uzbekistani Som. 

  1. How To Overcome Language Barriers

Download Google Translate on your phone as Uzbek and Russian are the widely spoken languages there. Most of the time, you will not find someone who understands English and thus, the app will come in handy.

  1. Food Recommendation

If you are a vegetarian like me, even then you will have plenty of options in this meat-heavy country. And if you are looking for delicious Indian food in Tashkent, then I would recommend The Host on Aybek Street.

  1. What Kind Of Clothes Should You Carry?

 

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If you are travelling to Uzbekistan in the winter season, brace yourself! I went there in February and witnessed snow with temperatures as low as -25° Celsius (in some regions)! So, make sure that you have enough warm clothes and wear multiple layers under a heavy jacket. Also, boots, a woollen cap, and gloves are a must here.

  1. Any Safety Concerns?

Uzbekistan is generally a safe country, even for solo female travellers! The people there are helpful and friendly. You won’t face any trouble if you follow the usual safety rules.

Total Expenditure

I spent nearly ₹40,000 on this trip. It includes visa fees, airfare, day tours, stay, shopping, food, conveyance, and everything else.

  1. Flight Fare

Tashkent to Delhi: ₹9,610

I can’t provide the round-trip flight fare as I travelled to Uzbekistan from Kazakhstan, not from India.

  1. Day Tours: Price And Duration

 

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  • Tashkent City Tour: ₹2,917 (6 hours)
  • Mountain Trip: ₹8,312 (5 hours)
  1. My Stay

Topchan (8-Mart St., Tashkent): ₹750/night (including breakfast)

As my time in Uzbekistan came to an end, I reflected on how the warm smiles of the locals and the countless cups of tea shared along the way made this journey unforgettable. This Central Asian adventure has been a true odyssey, one that I will cherish forever.

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Happy travelling!

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