To followers of history, the city of Tashkent conjures images of spices, silks and other items of trade. The capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent was an important stop on the ancient and celebrated Silk Route, stretching from China to Europe. While a combination of factors, including Soviet modernization activities and a devastating earthquake which leveled the city in 1966, have led to the city losing most of its ancient heritage, Tashkent still offers the modern traveler many sights and sounds unique to Central Asia and combines old world charm with modern amenities to provide an unforgettable holiday experience.
Born Voyager gives you a chance to explore the Old Town, the fine museums and the other sites of a city still steeped in mystery, but emerging out of its slumber to play a major role in the modern world. The 4 nights/5 days package packs in plenty of excitement, sightseeing and exploratory opportunities.
Fly into Tashkent International Airport by 14:10 local time. Post disembarkation and immigration procedures, our representative will transfer you for a quick lunch at a nearby Indian restaurant, and then escort you to your hotel and assist you in the check-in formalities. Spend some time freshening up and getting used to the time difference. In the evening, you will be picked up for a fascinating tour of Tashkent City, under lights. Get a chance to explore the culturally unchallenged personality of the city with stops at The Monument of Courage, built to celebrate and acknowledge the indomitable spirit of the city following the destructive earthquake of 1966, the Amir Temur Monument and Museum, showcasing the life and battles of the famed Eurasian nomadic general, Timur (known to most history students as the famous predecessor of Babur, the first Mughal emperor). The tour also stops at Saligokh Street, more famously known as “Broadway”, consisting of talented street artists, modern supermarkets, coffee bars, high fashion stores as well as some authentic local restaurants. The tour then transfers to an Indian restaurant for dinner, accompanied with alcohol and a world-class belly dancing performance. Post dinner, head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
After breakfast at the hotel, get on board your transfer to the Chimgan mountains. The mountain is accessible through a high-speed expressway, which makes the 100 plus kilometer journey seem almost like a breeze. The journey also takes you through some quaint Uzbek countryside, and gives you a glimpse of local life outside of the capital city of Tashkent. The Chimgan mountain area, long known as the beginning point for most Soviet mountaineers in the days of the USSR, still remains popular with rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering enthusiasts. The area offers several other outdoor recreational activities, including hang gliding, skiing, snowboarding and horseback riding. Take a chair lift to the top of the mountain and enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the Chatkal range, with several spectacular photo-opportunities. Have lunch at the renowned Pyramid resort, before heading out. On your way back, the tour stops off at Lake Charvak, a reservoir and popular tourist attraction to natives and tourists from surrounding areas. The area offers amazing views of the confluence of 3 rivers, and is popular for its paragliding. Head back to Tashkent, and stop by for dinner at an Indian restaurant for dinner, accompanied with alcohol and a world-class belly dancing performance. Post dinner, head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
On Day 3, after breakfast, spend some time exploring the area around your hotel before heading off for a full day Tashkent city tour. The tour takes you through the quanit bazaars, the Soviet monuments and the modern buildings, erected by the Uzbekistan government since gaining independence. The tour stops at the Monument of Courage, erected to commemorate the ‘never-say-die’ spirit of the city post the devastating 1966 earthquake, the private residence of Prince Nikolay Konstantinovich, an elegant building with beautiful arches, unusually shaped windows, statues of deer at the entrance and an expansive garden at the back of the estate. The tour then stops at the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater, built by Japanese prisoners of war, in a neoclassical style. Admire the famed Soviet architectural style before heading to the Memorial of Repression Victims. The museum is dedicated to highlighting the recent Soviet past of Tashkent and deals with raising awareness of the repression suffered during the tsarist and Soviet eras. The tour also allows you to admire the Tashkent TV Tower (outside only), the highest building in Central Asia, built in 1981. The tour also takes you through the quaint bazaars of the Old City and the Khazrat Imam Complex, housing the tomb of one of the first imams of Tashkent. The mosque in the complex also contains fragments of the very first Quran ever written, making it a centre of faith and spirituality. Head back to your hotel and relax before heading out to a grand dinner at an Indian restaurant, accompanied by dinner and an exciting belly dancing performance. Head back to your hotel post dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
After breakfast, the day is yours at leisure, to explore the city. Head to the bazaars of the old town to explore local goods, eatables and a chance to interact with locals, many of them in traditional dress. You can also check out the Amur Timur Museum at leisure or understand the history of Uzbekistan at the Hostory Museum of the People of Uzbekistan, containing artifacts from Zorastrian and Buddhist times, coupled with exhibits related to the Tsarist conquest and the Soviet era. Visit the Japanese garden, famed among couples as a lovely spot for photographs, the eternal flame at the War Memorial, or the Statue of War Heroes at the Brothers Tombs war memorial monument. Grab a traditional meal at any of the restaurants in the Old City and head back to your hotel to relax. In the evening, head out to a gala dinner at an Indian restaurant, accompanied by alcohol and a fun filled belly dancing performance. Post dinner, take a final walk along the tree lined avenues and broad roads of modern Tashkent before retiring to your hotel. Overnight stay at Tashkent.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board your flight onwards to your next destination.