Hotel Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent
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... world’s oldest Qu’ran. While admittedly not anywhere near as impressive as those in Samarkand or the other historical cities in the country it was at least proof that Tashkent was worth spending a bit of time in.
By the final day however I was starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel a little, though by spending time in a very social hostel we had met enough people to form a group – two Brits, a Hong Konger, ...
... taxi. If you need to get somewhere, you just hail the nearest car and then find out whether that person is heading in the same direction - if so, they will take you along for a fee. Our language skills weren't good enough to manage these negotiations so we just used the comprehensive city bus and subway system.
Uzbekistan just crawls with policemen in dark green uniforms with hats that look like a cross between a top hat and peak ...
... passport control and customs were pretty much a breeze. We had to wait a bit for Julie and Colleen to get their visas on arrival, but other than that, there were no bag searches, no cumbersome processes, nothing other than a simple form fill and a couple of bag scans. And then it was welcome to Uzbekistan!
We then hopped onto a private transfer to the hotel. Our hotel is big, centrally located, and quite nice. It's a former government hotel ...
... and the most determined to leave Uz. Most of these people were working summer jobs back in their home towns to pay for the education.
Tashkent was a major city on the Silk Road when the road was at it's height. It was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1219 and rebuilt. Not much remains of the old architecture, the Bolshevik revolution and a severe earthquake in 1966 taking care of most of the rest. There are a ...
... way, plane tickets to Khiva were sold out until October 6th, a week from now.
Next, we went to the train ticket office to buy a sleeper-train ticket to Urgench
near Khiva for the night of the 30th. We didn't want just any bed. We wanted 2 lower beds in a 4 compartment birth.
Entering the Hall of Luxury
We skipped the long lines and went straight to "the Hall of Luxury" where, for 4000 som ($1.30) ...