Tashkent Parks and Gardens
Tashkent is a very green city and it is easy to notice especially when walking in the streets of the central parts. Most of the parks are already old from the Soviet era but there are also several new green areas next to the rapidly developing areas of Tashkent. The green space occupies almost 50% of the city’s territory though quite a lot of it is hidden inside private courtyards. There is nevertheless a lot of greenery to be explored for tourists and local residents as well.
Navoi National Park
Alisher Navoi National Park is located in the Chilanzar district of Tashkent near Almazar Street in the west of the city center. It is the largest city park in the country that occupies an area of 65 hectares, of which 9 hectares are designated for water bodies. Since its establishment, the place has become a popular recreation area for residents of the city. Man-made lakes, canals and fountains, cafes, and ornamental gardens appear to cool the air in the hot summer months, which makes it a pleasant place to relax or for picnic.
The park has good landscaping and a large number of cut grass lawns, fountains and flower beds. There are also administrative and cultural institutions, such as the Wedding Palace, Abulkasym Madrasah, Istiklol Palace of Arts and Oliy Majlis (Parliament). In the very heart of the park, stands a monument of the Uzbek poet Alisher Navoi.
The Japanese Garden in Tashkent located North from the center of Tashkent has become one of the most magical sights of the city. A kind of a Japanese island in the middle of a big Central Asian city. Inside the park there are comfortable gazebos, a tea house, a lake, cozy wooden bridges, a variety of birds that all strongly carry the Japanese flavor.
If you are in Tashkent in the spring when the trees are blooming, make sure to check out this very well taken care park. Soft greens in the shade of blooming almonds will also make a great place for a picnic.
Seoul Park in Tashkent is a gift from South Korea to Uzbekistan, designed with the aim of spreading South Korean culture, as well as a symbol of collaboration between the two countries. The green zone is made in the ancient Korean traditions: artificial ponds with bridges, neat flower beds, national buildings, wall decoration with drawings and hieroglyphs. Coming to the park you can experience a place with a meditative atmosphere and enjoy the calm walks in silence and contemplation of nature. A large bell stands in the center of the park as a symbol of friendship between the different camps of the world. The Seoul park was under renovation during the summer 2020. We have no further information if the renovation has been finished.
Park "Tashkent City"
Opened in 2019 Tashkent City Park is the largest park area in Uzbekistan. The park is an example of a modern entertainment center that includes a dancing fountain, wax figure museum, and even flying theater. It is located on Islam Karimov Street (formerly Uzbek), next to the recently completed Hilton hotel. Tashkent city park is designed with a lot of greenery, running and cycling paths, a training ground, a basketball court as well a 7D cinema.
Ashgabat Amusement Park
Ashgabat Park in Tashkent was built in April 2018 in honor of the friendship between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, therefore it received the same name as the Turkemistan’s capital. The park occupies an area of 12 hectares, including walking and amusement park zones. Uzbekistan’s tallest Ferris wheel is located here with air-conditioned cabins together with country’s only dolphinarium. An octagonal star and a horse are the main symbols of Turkmenistan, are often appears in architecture and decoration.
The Tashkent Botanical Garden has been named after academician Fyodor Nikolaevich Rusanov and is one of the largest gardens in the country. The park belongs to the structural division of the Institute of Plant Gene Pool of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. Part of the park is occupied by the famous Tashkent Zoo.
There you can find open-air greenhouses, Central Asian plants, European flora, plants of the Caucasus mountains, as well as China and North America. The exposition also includes medicinal plants, ornamental varieties of fruit trees and shrubs. Flowers are full of beauty and health here, which are characterized by growth in the tropical and subtropical climatic zone: papaya, giant furkreya, leaf-stemmed mullenbeckia, breadfruit, coffee tree and myrtle.
The canal and river areas of Tashkent
The canal and river areas are not exactly parks in Tashkent but they are increasingly popular locations for walks and even organized tours are being organized during the spring, summer and autumn periods. The very central area of Tashkent around the Chirchiq river is very green with fairly wide wildly growing areas surrounded by the more organized parks of Tashkent. Further South and Southwest the river turns into canals but the canal sides also have nice green areas to walk around and even man made waterfalls occasionally.
In the old town area the River Bozsu and Channels Bozsu and Chukartprik also offer green havens for walking trips and picnics by the water. Be aware that sometimes the way is blocked and you might need to wander off a little bit from the water and return back to it after some walking in the streets.
Page last updated 1.11.2020