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Tashkent, Melting pot of Globalisation & traditionalism

In the holy month of Ramzaan or Ramadaan, I would like to take you through Tashkent for its famous Mausoleums, Madarrsas, Mosques, Museums, Mughlai cuisine & Mind blowing shopping options for upcoming Eid festival…

No wonder, In 2007, Tashkent was named the “cultural capital of the Islamic world” by Moscow News, as the city has has numerous historic mosques and significant Islamic sites, including the Isamic University. Tashkent holds the earliest written Qur’an, which has been located in Tashkent since 1924.

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Tashkent (Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент; Russian: Ташкент) is the capital city of Uzbekistan and the most cosmopolitan city in Uzbekistan. This is an ancient city on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe. Little remains of the ancient city after the 1966 earthquake and earlier modernisation work following the 1917 revolution. Tashkent is a very Soviet city that has little remaining from its ancient Central Asian past. The city has a mixture of modern new office buildings, hotels, parks and crumbling numerous historic mosques and significant Islamic sites, including the Isamic University. Tashkent holds the earliest written Qur’an, which has been located in Tashkent since 1924. Soviet style apartment blocks.

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Over the last few years the Uzbek government has embarked on a major reconstruction program in the centre of the city. Roads, government buildings and parks are all being reconstructed (many historical buildings and sites are bulldozed in process). To the visitor, the new city looks very impressive and enchanting.

Tashkent is noted for its tree-lined streets, numerous fountains, and pleasant parks, at least until the tree-cutting campaigns initiated in 2009 by local government. Since 1991, the city has changed economically, culturally, and architecturally. New development has superseded or replaced icons of the Soviet era. The largest statue ever erected for Lenin was replaced with a globe, featuring a geographic map of Uzbekistan. Buildings from the Soviet era have been replaced with new modern buildings. The “Downtown Tashkent” district includes the 22-story NBU Bank building, an Intercontinental Hotel, the International Business Center, and the Plaza Building. Tashkent Business district is specially district, established for the development of small, medium and large businesses in Uzbekistan.

Since 1991, the city has changed economically, culturally, and architecturally. New development has superseded or replaced icons of the Soviet era. The largest statue ever erected for Lenin was replaced with a globe, featuring a geographic map of Uzbekistan. Buildings from the Soviet era have been replaced with new modern buildings. The “Downtown Tashkent” district includes the 22-story NBU Bank building, an Intercontinental Hotel, the International Business Center, and the Plaza Building.

In the recent times it has come up as Business hub, and if it takes you there either on business or leisure trip, take a trip to the city for its unique architecture influenced by the early invasions of the Arabs and impact of Russian Tsarist rule. Mosques and Mausoleums dot the city scape of Tashkent and in the city alone there are five prominent mausoleums, which have stood the test of time. Kaldyrgach –bly-Mausoleums is the oldest one in Tashkent. The lattice work in and engravings in the Mausoleum of Abubakr Muhammad Kaffal Shashi are exceptional.

A trip to old town is a flash back into the past. Don’t miss the hustle bustle of Chorsu Bazaar with its bustling stalls and noisy alleyways. This bazaar has been in the same location for 2000 years and oldest of its kind in Central Asia. Here you can shop for spices, home decor and embroidered shawls. Must visit Moyie Mubarak Library Museum where oldest Quraan has been kept. To quench your shopping frenzy, head to Saligokh Street also known as Broadway for designers and brands. Not to forget the bustling nightlife of Tashkent, to add spice to your trip.

Indians have a special connect with the place because our beloved Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri breathed his last in Tashkent on January 11, 1966. As a mark of respect to him special prayers are being organized in his memory in Tashkent.