Memories from a Trip to ancient city Tashkent
Memories are like pages of dairies that we all carry with us. Sometimes we feel that some memories are gone in the deep past, but suddenly, we see them floating back like some moving screen. Good memories are always the source of inspiration, and we try to keep them refreshing from time to time. Today in this article, I will share a few moments from the past, and I hope you will also enjoy the brief description of those wonderful moments. I strongly believe that sharing adventures mean enjoying them to the fullest.
In September 2018, few friends from the same profession planned a trip to the ancient city of central Asia, Tashkent, in Uzbekistan. In this article, I will be sharing few names; otherwise, the description will remain incomplete. I read somewhere, ‘A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. This trip was initially planned by my wonderful friends, Amarjit & Gurpreet, although at a very initial stage, it was not an organized trip but still we all enjoyed it. Few of us were not quickly ready to join the trip; they may be having different reasons. There is no doubt that Tashkent is still a very underrated destination, but it has many amazing things to make the tour trip worth memorable. Ancient mosques, dazzling minarets, and Medieval-style Islamic monuments gloriously exhibiting the country’s rich cultural and architectural heritage make your experience really awesome.
On the second day of our trip, the very first place we went was Alisher Navoi National Park. It is a beautiful and largest park having beautiful buildings located deep within the park, and while one can’t enter, it creates a stunning view. These buildings, especially Romanov Palace, are examples of Russian influence in architecture. The park is named after Alisher Navoi, the great Turkic poet and thinker.
We spent few hours in the park while clicking few photographs. Park is so large, having a water stream passing through it. You can enjoy so many different activities like boating, cycling, and roller-skating. Having seen a lot of greenery, a big lake, canals and fountains, meadow and decorative flower beds, most probably, that you will forget about being in the centre of Tashkent.
Another place we visited was Independence Square, located in the centre of the city. This is again a big garden with a lot of water fountains, statutes, and few buildings. Spread over 12 hectares, this place has so many government buildings and administrative institutions located there. During Soviet rule, the square was named Lenin Square. A monument to Lenin was erected in its centre, dismantled upon the declaration of independence in 1991. There is a monument of a woman, normally known as a mourning mother, sadly looking down onto an eternal flame in memory of her children who fell in defending the country, make us silent for few moments.
As the late Prime Minister of India passed away in Tashkent, his memories have been treasured in the form of a monument by the Uzbek Government as a mark of respect to the great man. Visitors, especially Indians, visit this monument while they visit Tashkent. We also planned to visit this place and spend few memorable moments and also clicked few photographs as memories.
We went to Amir Timor square; his statue is fixed in a huge sized park, where visitors hang out. Amir Timur was the most famous Central Asian conqueror in history. At its largest, the empire stretched from the borders of Western China all the way to Turkey. He was the great grandfather of the famous Mughal emperor Babur who ruled India.
It was a sunny day with pleasant weather as it was the month of September, so the weather was sunny but not hot. A beautiful garden surrounds the statue. In the background, the building of the Uzbekistan hotel, a classic piece of Soviet design, make sight more beautiful. The park surrounding the statue and the Bolazhon Park is certainly worth exploring, especially around sunset as locals meet to chat and relax. We all friends clicked few pictures with statues. There are so many restaurants, café’s in the square's surroundings, where you can sit and enjoy your evening. In the evening, this area comes more alive with visitors roaming here and there. Tashkent’s nightlife is also amazing. Bars and clubs attract you. Few of us went there and shared our experiences second day. I still remember they were pleased.
There are so many other details that I am missing due to the size of this article. We went to a traditional market, a dry fruit market, many food corners and enjoyed delicious dishes. Restaurants and cafes in Tashkent surprise you with perfect service and food quality. You will be amazed at a wide range of cuisines.
The traditional market, located in the old city, is a major crowd-puller of tourists. Just perfect for souvenir shopping, you can pick gorgeous trinkets, handicrafts, apparel, home décor items, and spices. You must know bargaining art while shopping there. I still remember how we purchased few things utilizing this bargaining art; few of us have.
In the last, it was really a wonderful trip; we really enjoyed it a lot. I can easily recommend you to choose Tashkent as your next destination for a vacation.
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