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Kokand (Uzbekistan)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
90 minutes from Ferghana by taxibus
When to go
Avoid the period from July to September due to the heat (40°C).
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kokand

Seasoned Traveller
28 written opinions

Like the rest of the Ferghana Valley, Kokand is not a town that attracts a lot of tourists; nonetheless, a day spent there can be full of pleasant surprises.

My suggestion:
It is a much more hospitable place than other, more tourist-oriented places in Uzbekistan. Enjoy that fact and take advantage of it!
My review

Kokand is an ordinary town, but for all that, I had a really lovely day there. There are attractive mosques, a few old madrassas, and above all, lots of warm and welcoming people.

I had the opportunity to visit the Mir Mosque at 1 p.m., right in the middle of prayers. When the prayers had stopped, I was very invited to return inside, and we quickly struck up a conversation.

I then headed toward the Dakhma i Shokon Cemetery. After a few missteps around the oddly laid out tombstones, I ended up at the Modari Khan Mausoleum. There, in the shade of a tree, a group of men and women invited me to drink tea with them, offering to watch my bag while I went for a walk, and then gave me an explanation of local history - at least as far as I could understand. And yes, before any trip to Central Asia, it makes sense to learn Russian, even just a little!

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