Travel to Tashkent

Tashkent city is the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, in the Valley of Chirchik River, at an altitude of 440-480 m above sea level. The city territory is 335 square kilometers. The city itself has the highest economic, scientific and cultural potential in the country.

Tashkent is a political and economic center of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Here, the residence of the president, the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, the Senate of Oliy Majlis, Cabinet of Ministry, embassies of foreign states, public organizations, and also center administrative boards of all ministries and department are located.

The city structure includes 11 districts: Bektemir, Mirzo Ulugbek, Mirabad, Sabir-rakhimov, Sergeli, Uchtepa, Hamza, Chilanzar, Shaikhantakhur, Yunusabad, Yakkasaray.

Scientists consider the age of Tashkent as twenty five centuries from the first few settlements to the modern metropolis, with its high-rise buildings, crowded avenues and streams of cars.

Tashkent is mentioned in Avesta and in Chinese sources. It emerged in the valley of Chirchik River, on the border of the oasis and steppe as a meeting place for farmers and pastoralists, settled population and nomads for joint trade. The place appeared to be so successful that the city has survived, despite all the trials wars, invasions and sieges. This ancient city which for the period of its two thousand and two hundred years history had been named Mingurik, Binkat, shoshkent, Choch, Shosh has always been in the center of civilization, social political events and culture progresses which have taken place on a west territory of Central Asia. According to Biruni and Mahmoud Kashqariy, the name of Tashkent appeared in the Turkic sources of IX-XII centuries. The city has always been a bridge between East and West, North and South countries. The advantageous geographical position and favorable climate made Tashkent one of the main essential points for a trade route of the Silk Road in ancient times.

The destiny of Tashkent was often dramatic. Being a rich trading city, it was constantly under attack of stronger neighbors and it rarely belonged to itself. In the VII century Tashkent was the summer capital of the Western Turkic khanate, in the VIII century it was destroyed by the Arabs, but was revived, and at the beginning of the XIII century the city was taken into possession by Khorezm Shah Muhammad, who then left it to Kuchliku Khan. In the XIV century Tashkent was a part of the Temur Empire, who consigned it to his grandson Ulugbek. In the XVI century the city belonged to the Sheybanids, and in the next century it was capture by Imam Quli Khan of Bukhara, who left his deputy there to govern. At the beginning of the XIX century Tashkent got into possession of Kokand ruler Alim Khan. And in the same century the city was included into the Russian Empire and become the administrative and political center of Turkestan. And finally, in the Soviet regime the sovereign and independent state.

Mountainous region of Chimgan is located about 100 km far from Tashkent. This beautiful place is worth seeing for those who likes to feel the harmony with nature, to gateway from daily routine live and have some time to think about one's own place in life given by god for such a short time. This could be one of the reasons why people like Chimgan and Beldersay so much. These are two places which offers something anytime of the year. The bubbling mountain streams, the lull of the warbling birds and the dark-green slopes of the majestic mountains fascinate people in the summer and offers slopes covered with snow during the winger. The air is so clean and fresh that it simply makes you dizzy. If you are a poor skier and have children, then, probably, it is better to go to Chimgan. There are many people and even more snow here. Gentle slopes give a wonderful opportunity to learn skiing. There is also a private rent of skis, snowboards, sledges, etc. here. The coaches will spend time with you till your utter exhaustion.

Do not rush when choosing a coach - the way you will ski tomorrow directly depends on his professionalism. Approach the specialists of the cable-seat way or hoop - they will recommend. By the way, the cable-way and rope-tow invite those who already stand well on skis and feel confident. The length of the chair lift is 800 m and the shorter hoop - 650m. A good skier makes 30 trips a day.

Chimgan is the ideal place for a winter parties, this is why one can find everything for relaxation - three decent cafes, discos flash out simultaneously in three places. As demand for quality accommodation grows it provides a healthy room for supply of good hotels. You can find now new private hotels offering quality rooms and meals on their premises. One of them "Snejniy Bars" and another "Sky Village". If Chimgan is matchless in the nomination "The best for amateurs", then Beldersay is a leader in the nomination "The best for professionals". It has the best luxury type hotel in mountains of Uzbekistan, the longest cable-chair way in Asia (extension - 3.5km), and has a lot of fresh air and plenty of snow. People return here again and again, as if pulled by a magnet. The cable-chair way works every day. Very often, having sat on the lower station in fog, we get off to the blinding sunlight in the upper station. The clouds remain below us. The emotions that fill each person who climbed here can be compared to the delight of a first airplane flight. The skiers and snowboarders ride on the Kumbel Mountain , which is surrounded by mountains from every quarter. Of late the Kumbel peak has become a paradise for the paraplane lovers. These people are unusual, romantic and impulsive, real "sky bikers". If you are lucky, you will see the blue sky colored in bright canopies. The flights on Kumbel will become more intense by summer when there will be good upstream of air. However, practice and training flights do take place in winter here. Also, you can have possibility to make Helsinki on this region. In Uzbekistan the season starts mid January and usually the last runs are towards the end of March or beginning of April. Skiers are set down at an altitude of 3000 to 4300 m; the amplitude of descents is as wide as 2km with the length of a run up to 10 kms. Helicopters of the type MI-8 MTB takes aboard up to 15 passengers with their equipment. Two instructors accompany the group. Touchdown points in an area comprising Chimgan, Bildersoy, and the Pskem and Chatkal ridges are no further than 100-200 km from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan

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