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Memories from a Trip to ancient city Tashkent

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boating time at Charvak Lake, located at a distance of 60 km from Tashkent

boating time at Charvak Lake, located at a distance of 60 km from 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.

me@ Alisher Navoi National Park.

me@ Alisher Navoi National Park.

outside my hotel..morning time

outside my hotel..morning time

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.

Alisher Navoi National Park

Alisher Navoi National Park

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.

..all friends, Mr Virk, Satbir Bhatia, Sachin & Mr Kamal

..all friends, Mr Virk, Satbir Bhatia, Sachin & Mr Kamal

View of building from Park

View of building from Park

group photo reminding 'friends that travel together, stay together'

group photo reminding 'friends that travel together, stay together'

We all sitting somewhere

We all sitting somewhere

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.

group photo in front of Statue of Mourning Mother

group photo in front of Statue of Mourning Mother

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.

with Mr Tyagi. In background is statue of Sh Lal Bahadhur Shastri, Ex PM, India

with Mr Tyagi. In background is statue of Sh Lal Bahadhur Shastri, Ex PM, India

We all visited a popular Mosque in Tashkent

We all visited a popular Mosque in Tashkent

There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with. With Kamal & Hardeep in leisure mood

There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with. With Kamal & Hardeep in leisure mood

Charvak Lake, located at a distance of 60 km from Tashkent

Charvak Lake, located at a distance of 60 km from Tashkent

..all friends, Devinder, Hardeep, MP Singh & Gurpreet

..all friends, Devinder, Hardeep, MP Singh & Gurpreet

...boating experience with friends

...boating experience with friends

cycling time with Kamal ji

cycling time with Kamal ji

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.

me @ at statue of Tamur Lang

me @ at statue of Tamur Lang

Statue of Tamur at Tamur Lang Square

Statue of Tamur at Tamur Lang Square

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.

Tashkent in Uzbekistan

Tashkent in Uzbekistan

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jaspal Singh

Comments

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 12, 2020:

MG Singh. As I saw present Tashkent is beautiful city worth your revisit. Thanks for your valuable comment.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 12, 2020:

Prantika. Thanks for sparing time to add your valuable comments. Keep writing

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 12, 2020:

Very interesting account. I went to Tashkent once when it was part of the Soviet Union. Pretty bad that the monolith state broke up. I wonder how Tashkent is now.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on April 08, 2020:

Some memories fill our mind with happiness especially during the trying times. Recollecting them boosts our morale and they manage to bring smiles in our face.

Thank you for sharing an informative and an excellent article and being our virtual guide.

I would love to visit the place.

Stay safe.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 08, 2020:

Umesh. Thanks for your valuable words. Keep visiting my page.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 08, 2020:

Nice travelogue. Thanks.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Poonam. Thanks for nice words

Poonam on April 05, 2020:

Very nice.....

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Dev Tyagi ji. No one can forget your dance skills. Let’s make another visit to some different destination. Keep in touch.

Sachin Monga on April 05, 2020:

@Jaspal ji . I know ........ I think trip would not have completed without that bollywood adventure ... Lucky to trace the group and my passport on time before the flight .. Thanks for remembering and reminding ....

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Virk ji, Very first night dance, no body can forget. Still remember @Devinder enjoying all so awesomely. Thanks for your words.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Sachin. And you was left behind when we All were leaving for Airport. It was like climax of Bollywood movie. You made trip really enjoyable

Virk on April 05, 2020:

It was a amazing & very memorable tour till now in the history of ACOS.... thanks Jaspal ji for sharing...

Sachin Monga on April 05, 2020:

@Jaspal Ji thanks for mentioning that. Specially the room which would not have the AC in the night and would re-surface in the early morning. I guess required special skills to know that ..Somewhat Still a mystery !! LOL

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Sachin. I still remember how you enjoyed this trip. I missed your name to mention but still feel, how you & Nandra ji had wonderful night without AC in room, but it was managed before morning.

I agree that people of Tashkent are always welcoming. I too wish to be there at least once. Thanks for your motivating words.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

@Amarjit, real planner of this trip. It was really amazing experience we all had. So many details are missing and I will keep on updating it. Thanks for your inspiring words.

Sachin Monga ( Co-Travellor) on April 05, 2020:

Mr. Jaspal ji You have written really beautiful piece of work,recollected true events and gave another meaning and dimension to that memorable trip.

I completely agree with with Mr. Jaspal Ji that Tashkent,Uzbekistan is hidden and under-estimated travel destination, but will surprise you because of its amazing beautiful tourist attractions,its culture ,food and people. You will mostly find Muslim population who are very nice, patient and welcoming.

Would love to travel again with the same 17 wonderful friends .

(:-)

Amarjeet Singh on April 05, 2020:

Undoubtedly it was awesome trip at beautiful destination one touching thing you missed in this article was small tea shop run young cute kids. We had memorable time discussion with lil masters.

Content writing is appreciating reminding the all memories of trip as crystal clear.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on April 05, 2020:

Liz, Thanks for your motivating words. Sharing adventures itself make you enjoy those moments to its fullest. Keep visiting my page. Thanks once again.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 05, 2020:

At a time like this memories from past travels are especially useful to take our minds off the horrors of the present. It sounds like you had a great trip.

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