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What You Can Buy for $10 in Uzbekistan

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Dzhuma Mosque in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is the most populated country among all Central Asian countries, and it is best known for its ancient sites and wonderful cities. Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva make you feel the historical atmosphere along with seeing fascinating buildings, while Tashkent is the capital with modern buildings and architecture. Let’s see what you can buy for 10 dollars in Uzbekistan, particularly in its capital Tashkent.

The national currency of Uzbekistan is called Sum (also Soum and Som). Currently, 10 dollars is equal to around 104,500 Sums.

Hotel

After you arrive at Tashkent after flight or rail travel, the following thing that most people do is finding a place to eat and stay. The main part of the journey starts after putting all suitcases at the hotel. One day for hotel costs around 10 to 30 dollars.

The majority of the tourists want to see bazaars as these local markets are the inseparable attribute of Silk Road cities. In Tashkent, the majority of well-known hotels are located not far from the bazaars, so you can get a taxi for 4,000 Sums for a mile (0,38 USD) or bus for 1,400 Sums (0,13 USD).

Streets, public transport, and shops are safe for foreigners. Also, you may talk to locals as many Uzbeks like to talk with tourists if you know some Uzbek or Russian.

Bazaar (10 dollars left)

Let’s suppose you took a bus and arrived at the bazaar. Tashkent is one of the cheapest cities in the world for tourists. If you have good bargaining skills (It is very important) you can decrease the price substantially.

You are left with 9,87 dollars when you arrive at a bazaar, 0,13 USD spent for the bus.

Uzbekistan is also famous for its delicious fruits. You can buy some grapes, apples, persimmon, and cherries. However, if you want to buy groceries for cheap prices, you should visit bazaars called “Farkhad” or “Urikzor”. Although these bazaars are not located in the city center, they are much cheaper than the markets in the center of Tashkent.

Visitors can see the crowded Uzbek markets and shops in bazaars. You can buy a kilo of beaf for around 55,000-65,000 Sums (5.27-6.22 USD), lamb for 65,000-75,000 Sums (6.22-7.18 USD), sugar for 6,500 Sums (0.62 USD), flour for 6,000 Sums (0.57 USD) and rice for (0.96 USD). One chicken egg costs about 1,300 Sums (0.12 USD), while the Uzbek bread costs 2,500 USD (0,23 USD).

Let’s suppose you only bought a couple of bread because you did not want to cook anything yourself. A couple of bread costs around 5,000 Sums (0,46 USD). Now, you have 9.41 USD with you.

Time to eat (9,41 dollars left)

Coming to Central Asia and going back without trying local food is almost impossible. The bazaars, shops, street markets all have places to eat local dishes. Sometimes tourists object that we only serve Uzbek dishes and Asian cuisine. Yes, western cuisine is not as popular as local here because Uzbeks love their national food. The pilaf (also plov) is one of the most popular dishes in Uzbekistan. People eat pilaf at weddings, family events, meetings, and at home. Almost every Uzbek men can cook pilaf.

For lunch, you can visit the restaurant and try the pilaf. It is not so expensive. Many places offer all of the pilaf, salad, tea, and bread for only 15,000 Sums (1,44 USD). You are most welcome to try them.

Visit touristic sites (7,97 dollars left)

The tap water is not so healthy in Uzbekistan, so we recommend buying bottled water that costs 2,000 Sums for a liter. (0,19 USD).

If you are not in a group with a special bus, you can see the Tashkent metro, the biggest metro in Central Asia with attractive historic and modern design. The ticket costs the same amount as the bus for 1,400 Sums (0.13 USD).

Like other Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan is best known for historical buildings, architecture, design, monuments, museums, and mosques.

Seeing and visiting mosques are free, while museums are not. Museum of Amir Temur (founder of Timurids empire), you will pay 16,000 (1,44 USD), while you enter Uzbek Nature museum for 10,000 Sums (0,96 USD). The entry fee for kids is lower. Tourister.

Souvenirs (5,97 dollars left)

The handmade local crafts are the best way to remember and share the impressions when you go back home. Tourists can buy handicrafts such as carpets, ceramic vases, plates, and many others in the shops in the hotel or bazaars. The best possible way to get them is directly from the people who made them. The dishes and ceramic vases usually cost higher over 7 dollars. However, the small plates can be bought for 4 dollars after bargaining. In hotels, the prices are much higher than in local markets.

Eventually, the remaining 20,500 Sums can be spent on a taxi for returning hotel.

10 dollars are spent

To conclude, Tashkent city is not an expensive city. Although the prices are going up for several years, you can buy many things if you use your 10$ wisely. Bargaining is a must-have skill as it is very useful and interesting with local sellers.

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