City of artisans
The climate in Kokand is characterized by consistently hot summers and equally stable cold winters. There is not much rainfall here and most of them fall in autumn and spring. Arriving in the summer, do not forget hats and umbrellas, as well as drink more water.
When you traveling to Kokand, take a larger suitcase, because this is the capital of handicraft of Uzbekistan! Here you can find absolutely everything! Want to buy unusual clay crafts? You are welcome! Ceramics workshops have no account. Or maybe you want to buy a rare suzane? No problem! In the city you can also find objects made by craftsmen from neighboring cities, such knives from Chust or fruits from Ferghana.
The cuisine in Kokand is just as meaty and very tasty as in the whole of Uzbekistan. Kokand pilaf is made exclusively from a special kind of rice called devzira. This variety is also used throughout the valley. This kind of pilaf is prepared exclusively with garlic and hot pepper and in no case, are any sweet additives added to it. Of all types of pilaf, Kokand is the most difficult to digest, so be sure to take enzymes with you! Another distinctive feature of the Kokand cuisine is patyrs. People from Kokandan say that all the naans that are made in the valley are made by men from Kokand. We also advise you to try Kokand halva! It is the most tender and most delicious of all those that are made on the territory of Uzbekistan. You can read more about Uzbek Cuisine at this link.
An integral part of every trip is photography! In this section, we will introduce you to the most beautiful places in this city where you can make the best shots.
P.S. Do not forget that when visiting religious sights of Uzbekistan, it is advisable for women to cover open parts of the body (shoulders, back and legs). Such sights will be marked with symbols ☪️☦️✡️✝️
One of the best places for photo shoots in Kokand is the palace of Khudoyar Khan! The unusual architecture of this building will not be remembered by you for a long time!
You can take pictures not only outside but also inside! In the interior of the building you will find the decoration of a real palace, so keep your cameras ready.
In the courtyard, you can also find many interesting places for photos!
Kokand can be called one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The first mention of it, as a city on its own, goes back to the distant X century.
Then the city was called "Hovakend" or "Hokand" and it was a very large shopping center in its area. But the city did not last long, the city was razed to the ground by the Mongols who attacked it in the 13th century. Earlier, the city was part of the Chinese state of Davan. During excavations that were carried out on the territory of the monuments Muyi-Muborak, Essi Kurgan and Tepekurgan, ancient buildings and pottery of 2000 years ago were discovered. This city went through a lot, but it reached the peak of its development in the 18th century. At that time, the city received the status of the capital of the Kokand Khanate.
Having become the capital, the city received a second wind and turned into a religious center, in which there were more than 300 mosques. Now the city is called the center of handicraft, as many masters live on its territory. Also, once every 2 years, the "International Festival of Applied Arts" will be held in Kokand.
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