Charvak is a great place for a lake holiday, but if you continue a bit further up the twisting mountain roads you'll eventually meet the tallest point in eastern Uzbekistan, the 3309 meter (10,856 feet) Chimgan peak. Snow capped until early June, with snowfields preserved on its northern slopes year round, this mountain retreat serves … Continue reading Day 19: Greater Chimgan
Located between Independence Square and the Monument of Courage, directly across the street from Tashkent's Crying Mother Monument, the Palace of Arts "Turkiston" is another of the Uzbek capital city's most imposing Soviet era monuments visitors will find hard to miss. Construction started in the final days of the USSR, but was derailed by lack of … Continue reading Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan
Uzbekistan is hardly world renowned for its contribution to the global viticulture industry, but grapes have been cultivated in Central Asia for more than 2,000 years. Zoroastrians were famous for their wine making skills, and this tradition survived the muslim conquest into the later middle ages, under Russian Imperial influence, during Soviet times, and through … Continue reading Day 21: Uzbek Wine
A home for every worker, or at least that was the promise of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev when in the late 1950s planners introduced the concrete panel apartment blocks which have themselves become a symbol of communism, and enjoy a certain cult following lovingly referred to as Khrushchevkas. These three to five story mass produced apartment … Continue reading Day 23: Soviet Block Apartments
If Chevrolet has a near monopoly on new car sales in Uzbekistan, Lada takes the top prize for pride in ownership, and raw Soviet aesthetic. Few cars have maintained the same basic body style as long as the iconic Lada 2100 series, production lasting from 1970 to 2012, an amazing 42 years. Not the only … Continue reading Day 29: Lada Power!
Tashkent residents are very proud of their metro system. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in being one of the most beautiful in the world. When it opened in 1977, the Tashkent Metro was the 7th in the USSR, and the first in Central Asia. The latter held true until the opening … Continue reading Day 30: Tashkent Metro
Soaring into the skies above the Uzbek Capital, the Tashkent TV Tower tops out at 375 meters (1,230.3 ft), making it the 3rd tallest tower in the former Soviet Union, and is currently ranked the 12th tallest tower in the world. Like the CN Tower in Toronto, and the Fernsehturm in Berlin, the Tashkent TV … Continue reading Day 33: Tashkent TV Tower