The first mention of Namangan refers to the end of the XV century, and the status of the city it has since 1610 year. After the annexation of the Khanate of Kokand, which was a part of the Ferghana Valley, to the Russian Empire, it became the center of the Namangan district of Ferghana region. The city received the education, health and industry, population increased. In Soviet times, these processes are not stopped. Now Namangan is one of the largest cities of Uzbekistan, the number of its inhabitants surpassed 475,000.

In the intercity bus, which carried me out of Uch-Kurgan, tickets were sold by a young conductor. Making sure that I did not understand him, he showed his index finger. I still did not understand him and one of the passengers suggested:

  - Tickets cost one thousand sums.

If we translate this to our money, it was about $0.4, and, given the distance between cities (40 km), it is inexpensive. Border of settlements, that we saw the road, we could not identify. The Ferghana Valley – is one of the most densely populated places on earth, and there are not free territories here. Human dwellings interspersed with fields and orchards.

... A traveler crossing Uzbekistan on the highway, and knows nothing about it, however, without problems could give to the country a name. He would call it Country of Daewoo... I was surprised to find that the number of car brands around us, a little less than the list of dishes on the menu in a tea house, and they are all brand of Daewoo such as Nexia, Damas, Tico and Mathis. Few other cars are passenger cars, manufactured in the USSR.

By bringing the bike, I discovered that the rear wheel is lowered. I pumped it and decided to ride to see how it will behave. At the same time I began to explore the city.

To some of the yards I could reach only along a narrow passage.

My bike.

The street is wider.

Currently railroad of Fergana Valley is cut off from the rest of of Uzbekistan, because the branch to Tashkent passes through the territory of a sovereign Tajikistan now. It's hard to say how it is used today.

The church is located at the normal site between houses.

North Fergana Canal flows through the city ("North" is not too perfectly correlated with the local nature, but nevertheless...).

Through the canal bridges are spanned. So you can say that the Namangan – is a city of bridges and channels.

On the streets there are many trays with all kinds of things to eat. Most often they sell Uzbek bread (“lepyeshka” by Russian). Big one costs 1000 sums ($0.4), small 500 ($0.2). How much they weigh, not specified anywhere. I have not seen.

Mosque Mullah Bozor Ohund

I got off the bike and went to the complex. In the room located near the entrance, there were a few men. From the oldest one in my direction I heard a question:

  •  - Who are you?
  •  - Russian tourists, seeing Namangan.

 He nodded and continued:

  •  - Where you come from and from what city?
  •  - From Kazan.

 The man nodded again. His smile grew wider and more noticeable.

  • - Come to us, now pilaf will bring - he smiled so, as basmachi did in Soviet films before killing.
  • - Thank you, I've already eaten. Better I will search the mosque. I have a little time, tomorrow I'm going to Andijan.
  •  - Please, go, see, take pictures... And, if you decide to, then join us...

This is the mosque itself.

It looks like a mausoleum of Bozor Ohunda. I forgot to ask about the purpose of the building. After talking to those people I did not come to them because of the fear that, after all, I have to sit at the table to eat...

The air temperature rose above 30 degrees, but I felt quite comfortable as a cyclist. But, of course, I drank plenty of fluids, but did not forget to move to the shadow side. Locals did the same.

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