"I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road..." - Muhammad Ali
Day 12: 22 August 2017 (Tuesday)
Route: Khujand – BP Oybek – Tashkent
Distance: 166 km
Hotel: Tashkent Shodlik Palace Hotel, Uzbekistan
|(Another statue of Somoni)|
|(Border Point Fotekhobod)|
|(Fellow bikers being harrased by the locals)|
We arrived Tashkent just in time to have lunch at a posh Navat Restaurant. After lunch we had a panoramic tour of Tashkent and stopped at Khast Imam Square which includes Barak-Khan Medresse. This is the religious centre of Tashkent. The minarets are 50 meters high.
|(Tashkent Independence Square)|
We visited the Islamic Literature Library where Islam's most sacred relics - Othman Koran, the world's oldest Koran is preserved and kept. It is believed that this is the Quran read by Saidina Usman bin Al-Affan when he was killed. His blood stained could be seen on this mushaf.
|(Khast Imam Square)|
|(The main prayer room of the mosque)|
|(Asmaul-husna on the wall)|
|(Islamic Literature Library)|
Parts of the square are now occupied by artisans working in wood, leather and copper. We bought some souvenirs here.
|(A bazaar in the Khast Imam Square)|
|(The courtyard of the bazaar)|
|(One of the many local craftsmanship)|
|(Varieties of souvenirs to choose from)|
Tonight's dinner was at Pilgrim Art Restaurant where we were entertained by cultural dance. We overnight at Tashkent Shodlik Palace Hotel, Uzbekistan.
|(A cultural show during dinner)|