When you look for the best places to visit, Tashkent in Uzbekistan may not fall under your radar. However, of late, the capital city, and things to do in Tashkent have been in limelight. All thanks to Covid-19, travel bans, and related rules. Traveling to UAE from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, and a few others has been restricted. Nevertheless, a safe window is opened for people from aforesaid countries to visit UAE. They can visit the capital city of Uzbekistan, observe the required quarantine period and proceed to fly to UAE.
A lot many people have been celebrating this opportunity. Since it is a rare occurrence for people to travel via Uzbekistan, they make the best use of their stay. My friend Preethy too returned to UAE from India via Uzbekistan. Looking at the photos and videos she shared, we can know of the exciting things to do in Tashkent.
Visiting the Magic City is certainly one of the best things to do in Tashkent. The family entertainment park is a mega attraction that is still in the process of completion. Yet, the visitors are allowed to visit the opened zones. How about visiting Paris or Barcelona or Berlin when planning things to do in Tashkent?
Streets and structures built after the world-famous cities and a musical fountain therein are centerpieces of attractions.
Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein, an amphitheater in the form of the Roman Coliseum, Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben in London, etc can be seen.
The total area of the park covers a whopping 21 hectares of land. Can you imagine it? Obviously, once fully done, Magic City is going to be Asia’s largest year-round amusement park. And of course, visiting the park will be of the best things to do in Tashkent. Installation of modern rides, tallest ferry wheels, water parks are only going to pull more crowds to the city.
Besides the fun activities and sights to see, there are shops, restaurants, a cinema, and an oceanarium. The best part is no entry fee to the Magic City. However, for some rides and zones, you need to pay. Even though the work is far from over, you still need to spend at least a day to see around.
Amirsoy Resort in Bostanlyk
One of the other exciting things to do in Tashkent is the cable car ride. Well, you need a bit of a bumpy ride to reach the spot from the city center. Whine not. The picturesque surrounding will keep you awestruck throughout the journey. You can only imagine how magical it would be when you travel in the winter through the snow-enveloped roads.
Amirsoy Resort located in Bostanlyk, 2 hours from Tashkent is a sought-after spot by tourists. Multiple action-packed activities await you at the resort. Depending on your taste and confidence, choose from the gondola lift, chair lift, cable car ride, tubing, sledging, and snowmobiling or quad biking. Most of these activities come to the fore during winter when the visitors throng in.
With modern amenities, restaurants, and bars, the resort is truly an enjoyable spot to visit. Delicious Mediterranean & European dishes, fragrant shish kebabs, and barbecues add taste to your stay. beverages include alcoholic drinks too for those inclined to.
Ride Duration: 60 minutes.
Spending a day around the lakes is one of the enjoyable things to do in Tashkent. You may not have seashores to relax in Tashkent, but the magical lakes more than compensate for it. Okay, Urungach lakes, also known as Jade lakes are a bit far away from the city. It is part of Ugam Chatkal National Park. Some of the roads are not just as ideal as you would like them to be. Hence, covering around 150 KM from the city may seem to be harsh.
However, once there, the panoramic view of the stunning jade-colored lake is sure going to soothe you in a meditative mood. Serenity is written all over the spot. Depending on the season of your arrival, the depth and brightness of water vary. Don’t forget to carry your own items if you are planning to plunge into the water.
The Tashkent TV Tower is a prominent icon in the city. The radio and TV broadcasting stations are one such tallest structures (1,230 ft) in Central Asia. In operation for more than 20 years, the tower deck provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. Visiting the Tower is one of the memorable things to do in Tashkent.
At the Tower arena, there is a restaurant, an aqua park, and the Tashkentland amusement park that can entertain both adults and children.
Food & Beverage
Alright, you got to accept some reality here. If you are strictly particular about your food, you are in for an unpleasant surprise here. Although there are several restaurants and night Pubs in the city that provide delicious food, you may not get every flavor you desire. Yet, stopping by at one of these night pubs is a good idea.
Besides the palov and shashlik, multi-flavored kebabs and barbecues are available in plenty. So are alcoholic beverages.
With USD$ 5, you can enjoy delicious food from a normal hotel.
The fun doesn’t stop with these places alone. Many other historically popular and attractive spots await you in Tashkent. Amir Timur Square, Romanov Palace, Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre, Khast Imom Complex, Chorsu Bazaar are some other notable places.
A few tips to round off
- Plan at least a week’s trip.
- Tashkent has an international airport.
- Trains connect Tashkent to Almaty or Shymkent in Kazakhstan and even to Moscow.
- Kaznetwork buses connect the city to other major towns.
- Uzbekistani Somлв or USD can be used for payments.
- The locals are friendly and respectful of you.
- Expect language barrier & communication hindrance.
A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers