Bukhara (Day 5, 6 ) – Small and colourful

The city has so subtly crept into the Indian lexicon that we barely noticed. One of the most famous Indian restaurant known for its succulent kebabs was named after it – aptly because some of the kebabs and shashlik in Bukhara was sublime. Plums also derive their Hindi name from this city -“Alu Bukhara”. While “Alu” is a potato in Hindi, it is a Plum … Continue reading Bukhara (Day 5, 6 ) – Small and colourful

Samarkand (Day 2-4) – A lesson in History

The Afrosiyab from Tashkent departed in the evening and rolled into Samarkand around 9pm, right on schedule. The ride itself was quite comfortable and the modern Spanish train touched a cool 200 kmph. Once out of the train station, it took some deft negotiation with the cab drivers before we got going. The ride into Samarkand can be quite deceptive as at night if gave … Continue reading Samarkand (Day 2-4) – A lesson in History

Tashkent (Days 1, 2 and 7) – City of Fountains

For a typical Central Asian or even European capital, Tashkent has way more fountains than you can imagine. Every large park worth its name would have a display of dancing fountains with hundreds, if not thousands, of streams of water sending across a joyous message. The city is amazingly green with wide roads and little traffic but for some strange reason we always saw loads … Continue reading Tashkent (Days 1, 2 and 7) – City of Fountains

Uzbekistan – Planning to see the history of our culture

The modern Indian (especially north Indian) culture has more roots in the seldom discussed country of Uzbekistan than most would believe. While the Guptas and Tomaras to have been rulers of North India, the area was completely plundered by Taimur in 15th century and hence the culture was completely reset. Post that the Mughals drove all the development of art and architecture. Both Taimur and … Continue reading Uzbekistan – Planning to see the history of our culture