Kokand is a trading city on the Silk Road, at a junction where a route going north to Tashkent branches off the main trail from Samarkand through the Ferghana Valley and over a pass to Kashgar. It has existed for at least a thousand years.
The city's glory days were 1709-1876 when it ruled the Kokand Kanate, which included parts of what are now four countries. The Russians put an end to that. Yakub Beg, who was born near Kokand and started his career in the Khan's army, built a kingdom around Kashgar and ruled much of what is now Xinjiang in the late 19th century, but Chinese forces ended that.
By trainUzbek Railways operates daily trains from Tashkent, additionally there are 1-2 services per week from Moscow.
Kokand railway station
Palace of Khudayar KhanOnly nineteen of the palace's original 113 rooms survive; they are now a museum.
Khamza Museumdedicated to Kokand’s Soviet poet and hero Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi.
Khamza House Museum
Jummi MosqueThe Jummi Mosque, built 1800-1812, is large enough to hold 10,000 worshippers.
Amin Bag MadrassahBuilt in 1830 and restored in 1913, the madrassah was closed under the Soviets and reopened in 1991. A carved wooden gate leads to the main courtyard with colored tiled walls
Rishton Ceramics Factoryaddress: in the town of RishtonThe Rishton factory is famed for its blue and green ceramics. Decorative plates, tea-sets with floral design are sold to visitors. However such items are not hand-made. Modern machinery is used in the production process.
Hotel Istiqlolphone: +998 91 140 80 00
Hotel Khanaddress: 31, Istiqlol Kuchasi
Kokand City Hotelphone: +998 95 400 40 81address: Imam Ismail Buchari Kuchasi
Dangara Hotelphone: +998 73 503 80 04address: Tashkent Street 70Comfortable Motel located 5 km from the city center. Outdoor swimming pool and sauna