Monday, December 6, 2010


Here the journey begins from Delhi airport on 23 NOv 2010 morning to "TASHKENT AND SAMARKAND" for 6th AIPC International Convention

Earthquake Memorial. In 1966, an earthquake levelled Tashkent. The city was entirely rebuilt in the aftermath and little of Old Tashkent remains

Courage Memorial
Among the large number of Tashkent monuments Courage Memorial deserves special attention. It is dedicated to the events that took place almost 50 years ago and left a deep trace in Tashkent’s history. On the granite podium of the monuments stands a black labradorite cube. One of its sides contains the engraved inscription: April 26, 1966; on another side there is the engraved image of a clock-face whose hands show the time: 24 minutes past 5. On this day, at this early morning hour the city was struck by a severe earthquake measuring 8.3 degrees on the Richter scale.


(me with sandhya and kavita)

Chorvoq is a water reservoir in the northern part of Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan. The reservoir was created by erecting a 168 m (551 ft) high stone dam (Charvak Hydropower Station) on the Chirchiq River, a short distance downstream from the confluence of Pskem and Chatkal rivers in the western Tian-Shan mountains

ON THE WAY TO Big Chimgan Peak

SILK ROAD The Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent reflects this unique blend of Soviet architecture and Central-Asian Islamic culture


MonumentLal Bahadur Shastri
The monument of Shastri and the street named after this significant personality are placed in the very centre of Tashkent. This is the place of visit of Indian travelers and businessman visiting the capital of Uzbekistan

The Gur Emir (the 15th century), where Tamurlane is buried along with several sons and a grandson, is the most brilliant example of the medieval Central Asian architecture.

Monument of Independence Square tashkent
The Independence Square is the main square of the country with the administrative offices of the Cabinet and the Senate. The entrance to the square is framed by the arch of good and noble aspirations with the sculptural images of storks. In the center of the square on the granite pedestal is placed the symbol of independence - the bronze ball, symbolizing the globe with a symbolic image of the Republic of Uzbekistan on it. At the foot of the obelisk there is the monument of the Happy Mother - the figure of a young woman with a baby in her arms.

Monument of Independence & the “Happy Mother” Fountains of the Independence Square in the city of Tashkent

Memorial to fallen soldiers at Independence Square, Tashkent


Tashkent TV tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city; it comes into view from behind every structure. The height of the tower is 375 meters, which is 75 meters higher than that of the famous Eiffel Tower. The weight of this “Tashkent Beauty” is 6,000 tons, which is 3,000 tons less than Eiffel’s structure. The lightness of local tower is especially noticeable if you compare the silhouettes of the two rivals. Topped with an antenna, the graceful dodecahedral stem of Tashkent TV Tower looks soaring on its three conical props.

Registan Square:
two beautiful madrasahs that balance a mosque. The Registan was the heart of the ancient Samarkand. The name means ”Sandy Place”. The ensemble of three madrasahs is a unique example of town building art a remarkable pattern of the architectural planning of the main town square. Madrasah is a medieval Moslem clergy academy. The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugbek Madrasah (1417-1420), the Sher Dor Madrasah (1619-1636) and the Tillya Kori Madrasah (1646-1660).

Bibi-Khanym Mosque
(the 15th century), which at that time was considered to be the largest dome in the Muslim world, is standing next to a noisy and crowded oriental market full of colorful fruits, vegetables and fragrant spices grown in Uzbekistan. The construction of Bibi-Khanum Mosque was undertaken by Amir Temur in 1399 after the victorious Indian campaign. Amir Temur dedicated Bibi-Khanum Mosque to his love queen Bibi-Hanim. Samarkand
Monument of Emir Timur in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Amir Temur who died in 1405, as a great sovereign, commander and founder of world power. During the years of his reign, Temur was constantly dealing with building activity: he created new and reconstructed old towns, built fortresses and constructed irrigation systems. Having established a huge empire and having become its absolute ruler — Emir, Temur made Samarkand the capital of his state. The city made a deep impression on Temur's contemporaries: it was named "The Sparkling Point of the World". Amir Temur is esteemed for having revived belief in Islam, infringed during the Mongolian dominions and for his leading role in stimulating the Renaissance of Middle Eastern culture which took place during the 15-16th centuries.





Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Seema,

I enjoyed the lovely photos and the interesting write up.This is a lovely place and I can see that you enjoyed the tour.

Best wishes,

Birds Watching Group said...

nice photos
i think you enjoyed lot

Allison said...

Thank you for stopping by gallimaufry, seema gupta. Your blog is fascinating and so very different from where I live! A lot of interesting facts and points of interest... so nice to meet you!


Trotter said...

Hi Seema! What a fabulous trip!! And your pictures look gorgeous!! I had a trip to Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent planned in 1979; never made it, but haven't given up yet... ;)

Blogtrotter Two has started to cruise the Nile for you, but without Poirot... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!

Akshitaa (Pakhi) said...

Beautiful Pictures..Nice Journey !!

ManPreet Kaur said...

hi seema ji,
pehli baar apke blog par aaya hu, or aakar bahut acha laga, sabhi tasveerein bhi sundar lagi..

mere blog par bhi sawagat hai..
Lyrics Mantra

Trotter said...

Hi Seema! Back to enjoy it again, before heading there... ;)
The Registan place is awesome!!

Blogtrotter Two is moving south on the Nile: water, greenery and desert… Enjoy and have a great week!

Dr. Zakir Ali Rajnish said...

अरे वाह, सीमा जी, फोटो यात्रा वृत्‍तांत बडा प्‍यारा लगा।

आपका सुनहरा भविष्‍यफल, सिर्फ आपके लिए।
खूबसूरत क्लियोपेट्रा के बारे में आप क्‍या जानते हैं?

Unknown said...

nice trip
it shold be
the memory lot
the pictures exposes
a feeling hot

QuoteMaster said...

nice photos. I hope for your happiness.

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David Santos said...

Hello, Seema!
Really great posting! I love your creations. Very nice picturs! Congrats. have a nice weekend!

Sawai Singh Rajpurohit said...

nice photos

Sawai Singh Rajpurohit said...

"मेर्री क्रिसमस" की बहुत बहुत शुभकामनाये !

मेरी नई पोस्ट "जानिए पासपोर्ट बनवाने के लिए हर जरूरी बात" पर आपका स्वागत है

Trotter said...

Hi Seema! Have a Happy and Successful New Year!! Wish you all the best!!
Horus and Sobek wait for you at Kom Ombo. Enjoy!

Amit Verma said...

I just lost amid pictures, beauty and joy spread all over your trip..

Feel like being there tooooooooo :)

Trotter said...

Hi Seema! This trip always bring me back... ;)

OK; I know that contemporary art doesn’t take unanimous approval... But some pieces are worth seeing. Check it at Blogtrotter Two, enjoy and have a superb weekend!!

Smart Indian said...

Excellent report with beautiful pictures.

Mukesh Garg said...

hello seema ji,

aapki sabhi pic"s dekhi or sabhi pic"s bahut hi acchi lagi, or aapki pic"s dekh kar pata chal raha hai ki aapne waha kuhb enjoy kiya hai or har lamha bauht hi kuhbsuti se jiya hai or har lamho me aapna ek sunder rang bhar diya hai

eye in the sky said...

I've to admit, I had to google for "Tashkent". I'm glad though, I love learning about new places. The photo of the Independence Memorial is amazing, surreal and poetic.

narinder said...

i am planning to visit Tashkent, while searching on net i got chance to visit your blog, got good info .........and lovely pics.