Practically unheard of even few years or decades back, the small town of Yangiabad located in the foothills of Tien-Shan Mountains is steadily gaining popularity as a sublime recreational destination. Located just 119 Km from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, this place takes you away from an usual Oriental Central Asian desert environment more towards a mountainous atmosphere.
Yangiabad is a relatively new city in Uzbekistan which was founded only in around 1953. Located just 10 Km away from the industrial city of Angren, the rich uranium and silver deposits beneath the soil was very well known and construction of a mining town was proposed as early as the 1940s. During the Tsarist period, the city was strategically designated as an important zone of the USSR. After the founding of this town, skilled miners from European part of USSR, mostly Russians and Ukrainians, came here to work and settle down.The immigration comprised of both civilians and prisoners, the latter group of which is believed to have contributed significantly to the development of the city. Additionally, as per some sources and because of the presence of the German architecture in the ancient buildings, it is considered that the town was built mainly by German immigrants who first arrived here through Volga River and other regions of USSR.
Since the minerals in the land ran low after years of operation, factories got shut down and both the population and economic value of this place gradually decreased. Currently Yangiabad is a deserted town which is reduced down to 10-15% of its size of what it used to be during the Soviet period. Bulkof the inhabitants is ethnic Uzbeks and Tajiks with little to no European population.
After the brief mining era, Yangiabad is now a popular recreational zone. Locals and tourists coming from outside of Uzbekistan flock to this place because of its unmatchable natural beauty. You can enjoy various activities while you’re in Yangiabad such as:
Located at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level in the foothills of Tien-Shan, it is a popular hiking and trekking spot among tourists and locals alike. The picturesque mountains of Chatkal Range and the rivers of Katta-Say and Dukent-Say make up an extremely pleasing trekking route. During the winters, the mountains get covered with snow which attracts snowboarders and snowboarding competitions.
As the city is located in high altitude with very few numbers of cars running around, the air you breathe is incredibly pure with scent of pine trees and flowering herbs. You can roam through the city and get a sense of the local lifestyle which is far away from the metro cosmopolitan lifestyle.
With numerous picnic spots to choose from, you can arrange your picnic either in the foothills of the mountain or near the bank of the two rivers flowing through it. A camp site which was built way back in 1970 is equipped with restaurants, bars, and lounges and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
As it is just located 120 km from Tashkent, you can include Yangiabad in your itinerary and take a multi-city tour.Yangiabad which is a recreational hub fits perfectly with Tashkent which is known for its colossal amount of museums and artifacts.