There is a lot of architectural wonder in Tashkent, the beautiful capital city of Uzbekistan. The grandeur and pristine beauty of the ancient Islamic structures are primarily located in the central part of the city. Totalled in the massive earthquake of 1966, rebuilt to a large extent to a Soviet blueprint, Tashkent is today less a legacy of the Silk Road, somewhat a rumination on Russian rule, but more a picture of urban Uzbekistan.
Today the capital city of Tashkent is lovely. The sights and sounds of Tashkent are nowhere near as stupendous as those of Bukhara, Khiva or Samarkand but its tree lined avenues, wide roads, fountains and parks, universities, and its culturally unchallenged personality makes Tashkent a good introduction to Uzbekistan. It has the best international connections and can be reached by air, rail and road; it is very well connected to the rest of Uzbekistan; and even otherwise, it has the best tourist infrastructure of any place in the country. A lot of Soviet architecture exists now where beautiful Islamic structures stood earlier. The earthquake of 1966 levelled many of Tashkent’s old buildings and Soviet architects subsequently rebuilt the city. But, there’s no denying that Tashkent is a pleasant city.
Vodka on rocks - the most widely available alcoholic drink in Tashkent is vodka. That and tea are the beverages of choice here, and shots of either are on hand at every nook and corner and along the highways at chaikhanas or choyhonas, literally, tea houses!
The Tashkent to Samarkand high-speed rail line is a 344-kilometre (214 mi) high-speed rail connection between Tashkent and Samarkand the two largest Uzbek cities. The route passes through four provinces: Tashkent, Sirdaryo, Jizzakh and Samarqand in Uzbekistan. Trains operate seven days a week under the brand Afrosiyob. The travel time has been reduced to 2:08 hours
06.00-06.30 Early breakfast at the Hotel coffee shop.
07.00 After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to railway station for the Bullet train “Afrosiyob” (2nd class) to Samarkand at 08.00am.
10.20 Arrive at Samarkand, the former capital of The Great Amir Temur Conqueror. Transfer to the hotel for check in. Free time for fresh and up before the lunch. 02 bottles of 0,5lt of water to be given per pax
11.00 Rukhabad” Mausoleum (House of Spirit) (14th c.);
- “Hazrat-Hyzr” Mosque (19th c.) (outside);
- The architectural complex “Shakhi-Zinda” (Alive king) (11-19th cc.) (Entrance doesn’t included).
13.00 Lunch at Local Restaurant with Uzbek Restaurant.
14.00 After the lunch the group is welcomed for Samarkand city tour. Visiting:
- “Boulevard” and “Lions” Street;
- The magnificent “Registon Square” with three Madrassahas (15th -17th cent), the noblest square in Central Asia, for photo-stop (outside – for photo stop only);
- “Guri Emir” mausoleum, the graveyard of Great Amir Temur and Temurids dynasty(entrance included).
- “Bibikhonum” Mosque (outside only).
17.00 Transfer to Samarkand Railway Station to take Return Train to Tashkent.
18.00 evening Depart from Samarkand By High Speed Train, to Tashkent,
20.00 Arrive in Tashkent Railways Station. Transfer for Gala Dinner.
20.00 Gala (Cocktail) Dinner at Indian Restaurant with 02 veg. and 02 non veg. Indian starters, 02 veg. and 01 non veg. Indian main course, 02 hours free flow of soft drink, beers, local vodka, unlimited water and ice cubes and exclusive Belly Dancing show program with Turkish, Arabic and Indian dance performances, Life DJ and Music.
23.00 Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent hotel.