After a rich breakfast on the way, we started our tour from the city of Kokand. Here with the info displayed in the Khan’s palace and the insightful explanation of Yacob we learned about the history of the Khanate of Kokand and the last ruler Khudayar Khan. As well, not so far we stopped to visit a really nice mosque, with tall, carved and wooden columns and all the roof beautifully painted.
The second stop was in the town of Rishton, famous for the ceramic factories during USSR period, nowadays still keeping alive this art thanks to few masters that in their workshops are teaching to the new generations and showing to the tourists their work. We went to see the process of the traditional ceramics at the Rustam Usmanov laboratory and it was really interesting.
Following, as the conclusion of our day-tour, after a traditional and refreshing lunch including the common Russian cherry juice, kampot, and okroshka, that it can be described as a cold yogurt soup, we headed to Yodgorlik factory in Margilan. In here they explained us all about the production of silk, carpets, scarfs and cloth. All the processes still totally handmade and following the traditional methods.
Yacob has already long experience as a tour guide and he is so nice, smiley and easy-going guy so it was a real pleasure to spend the day in his company learning not just about history and traditions, but also about the current Uzbekistan. Recently he decided also to start taking care of the guesthouse that his mother opened years many ago in Fergana.
It is located near the center and the bazaar of the city. And right on the road in front, you will be able to catch the bus to Margilan. The walls of the guesthouse were decorated by Yacob’s father in traditional style and there are a total of four rooms so even if the place is completely booked will keep anyway the familiar and intimate atmosphere. The breakfast, homemade, is complimentary and usually served in the topchan in the garden, where you will also find two playful dogs to spend time with.
Unlucky we couldn’t sleep at the guesthouse since they had to renew the license, but from what Yacob showed us and having known him and his wife, we are sure it’s going to be a warm and lovely accommodation for your stay in Uzbekistan.