Chorsu Bazaar has an overall history of 100 plus years and it was the traditional bazaar of ancient times. Chorsu Bazaar is the largest and the oldest bazaar in the Tashkent. We can see a huge complex with blue-colored doom in the bazaar. Chorsu Bazaar was set up to sell the daily needs of people in and around. The name Chorsu means crossroad, it came due to the fair which was set up, where all the goods arrived and were taken to other routes of north, south, east and west for trade.
We in Chorsu Bazaar can see a huge number of sellers, selling a variety of products, daily needs such as a variety of bread, fruits, vegetables. The largest part of the ground floor is a meat market with fresh lamb meat, beef, horse meat and the fish is available. Dry fruits, nuts, spices, dairy products, cheese.
The bazaar is very famous for its delicious Uzbek Cuisines such as Honim, Norin, etc., and it also offers very delicious foods such as soups, kebabs, bread, and Uzbek Plov (Lamb Pilaf). Ideally, it is for the food lovers who enjoying tasting such a delicacy, a must-visit spot. In Chorsu Bazaar we can find good quality of silk, art and craft goods such as carpets, pottery, painted plates, where hand-made souvenirs are sold by the experts of applied art.
The best time would be to visit Chorsu Bazaar is in peak hours where most of the items bought by local residents as grocery shopping. Usually, tourists visit Chorsu in spring April to May) and the autumn seasons September to December of every year. The summers are very uncomfortable and hot.
In ancient times traders had to face lots of problems such as war attacks, robbery, etc. while moving from one place to another. Chorsu Bazaar has survived throughout and it has maintained the history of its survival and the pride and honor of Tashkent.
Due to its fame and availability of all the day-to-day goods and materials at very reasonable prices, the bazaar has its own variety of products make Chorsu Bazaar a must place to visit. It has been a center of attraction for the tourist visiting Tashkent. If you are visiting bazaar on your trip without missing than you are utilizing your trip at its best.
There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry