(October 5, 2017) Tashkent
As our flight from Urgench should reach Tashkent
morning, we'll spend the rest of the day exploring this city.
The spots marked at map are:
0- City Line Boutique Hotel
2- Hazrati Imam Complex
3- Chorsu Bazaar area
4- Navoi Park
5- Amir Timur Square
6- Minor area
We start early this morning as we must take a flight to Tashkent.
When we’re done with our breakfast, the taxi we booked yesterday to
Urgench airport by 80000 soms through the hotel is already waiting for
us. No issues with our flight at 9:20 AM, so we’re in Tashkent airport
by 11 AM. Now we use what we learned a week ago about this city buses
to skip all taxi offers and get directly into one of the vans that are
waiting on this terminal 3, the one for domestic flights. All buses
coming from the airport stop by our hotel, so we’re soon in our room.
We take some rest and leave the hotel to go to the market Chorsu for
the latest shopping. We want to visit Hazrati Imam complex too, which
is close to the market. We take bus 92 and go all through the city
until the market. As the bus is less crowded than the last time, we can
enjoy Tashkent landscapes through the window.
We walk through the crowd around the market, where there are even
more stands than in the market itself. Just around the blue dome are
organized stands where I can find what I was looking for: sweets to
bring to home. We pay 30000 soms for three different packs of the
typical blocks with nuts they have here.
Inside if the dome it’s all white and the stands there are mainly selling meat.
We leave the place by the opposite side from where we came in and
ask for directions to Hazrati Imam complex. We’re answered by pointing
to the minarets and roofs that can be seen from here.
We follow that reference walking by a wide avenue with some buildings that get our attention.
When we reach our destination, we find a big courtyard at our left with two beautiful buildings with blue domes on it.
We explore the area with these buildings with an architecture
similar of what we’ve seen in the historical sites around the country,
but with their specific beauty.
We’re enjoying this visit and want to see more things, so we get
into the garden looking for more. Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi appears
and we go there with the peace we’re getting from this place.
It’s magnificent outside and interior is small. Being alone in
this visit to this complex makes us feel like we’re living something
When we’re finished with our visit, we’re back in the avenue
looking for a bus to go back to the hotel. Couldn’t find any convenient
for us in the nearest bus stops, so we keep walking down until we reach
a strange building we already know from our first day. It has “Sirkus”
written on it.
As we’ve been here before, we know we can take a bus to the hotel across the road, where we can go through a subway pass.
We’re not going directly to hotel, though. We thought about
taking our lunch in the same place we ate the first day as I keep in
mind tasting that sort of pizza a last time by 20000 soms. We’re
keeping an eye to the cash today as we want to spend the local money
that we have in order to avoid exchanging more. Since tomorrow, soms
will just be souvenirs for us.
Like then, this late lunch works as dinner too as it is past 4 PM
now. The breakfast and sandwiches we brought to the plane have made the
work for us until now.
While eating, we can see how they’re cleaning the park
outside. Tashkent, and Uzbekistan in general, is quite clean and there
is always people working for that, although nothing compares what we’ve
seen in Baku. In front of us we can see a woman sweeping the passway
through the park using that brooms we’ve seen across the country made
of dry branches put together, and making an old man in a bench to put
his feet up to allow the brooming underneath.
We spend the rest of the day in the hotel, assuming this is the end of this travel.