HOW TO REACH
Uzbekistan Airlines is flying twice a week from New Delhi to Tashkent. You have to take hassle of getting a VISA and check for the lowest fare or otherwise you can simply select a good travel agency and start packing your bags. I will suggest you to go with the second option as it was much cheaper in our case. By the way don’t forget to carry some dollar with you.
ONCE YOU REACH TASHKENT
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is a colourful and clean city. It’s like a small European town as seen in many movies. A picturesque town - full of greenery. The population of Uzbekistan is around 35 million and that of Tashkent is around 3 million. The citizens are Muslim by faith but they are very much liberal. So you will not see a single woman wearing burkha, rather you will be amazed to see their elegant style of dressing.
Once you reach airport a guide will be there waiting for you with a luxury coach. So you just have to get your luggage inside the bus and get a comfortable sit. The bus will drop you to your Hotel. We stayed at Hotel City Palace near Independence Square. After settling down, first of all get one registration copy from the hotel as a poof that you are staying with them.
Do not forget to carry original passport, registration copy of your staying and copy of VISA whenever you are travelling alone.
Start your travelling alone or a group and avoid the agency. I suggest to take a half day tour with them if they are going to show you some monuments but avoid shopping malls. Local market is also full of goods which are available in India. So we consider it a total waste of time and started our journey on our own.
TASTE OF TASHKENT
We experimented with our taste buds in many restaurants and was amazed by the crowd. We faced some problem with the language, as the people were familiar with Uzbek and Russian but not English. But every time we were rescued by other local volunteered customers.
Their signature dish is Palov, but you must try the varieties of kebabs, fresh salad, handmade nun, steaks and delightful pastries and tarts.
You must go to Café Sharshara, Toronto and The Noor to try some local food.
Café Sharshara is a waterfall café and they are serving varieties of Uzbek cuisine. Do not ask for the menu if you are not familiar with Russian or Uzbek language. We tried nun, kebabs, steak and salad. The food were delicious and fresh.
In Toronto we had a variety of Continental dishes.
In The Noor, an Arabic restaurant we tried some varieties of kebab and ------
WHERE TO GO
Chimgon Mountain and Charvak lake