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Tashkent activities

Thanks to the government's affords, tennis courts have sprung up across the country. You can rent equipment and play at Yunus Obad Sport Club (Iftihor 1) in the shadow of the TV Tower. The club also boasts an ocean-sized Olympic pool.

There are a couple of places to go bowling, including Yulduz Bowling Alley (Amir Timur 60; working hours 10am-midnight) and Uz Bowling (Uzbekistan 8/1; per working hours noon-midnight).

Runners and walkers can join the local branch of the Hash House Harriers as they cruise the streets of Tashkent every Sunday before repairing to the nearest watering hole. Hashers meet at the Hotel Uzbekistan (5pm summer, 4pm spring and autumn, and 3pm winter).
The Tashkent Hiking Club goes hiking around Chimgan every other Sunday and takes occasional weekend excursions further afield.

The Korean-designed Tashkent Lakeside Golf Club (Bektemir District 1; 1 round weekdays/weekends US$80/100) is at Lake Rokhat, on the southeast edge of the city.

Just north of the International hotel (former Intercontinental hotel), Uzbekistan’s largest amusement park, Tashkent Land (Amir Timur; adult/child US$4/3; working hours 10am-7pm Apr-Oct, closed Mon), has a handful of creaky Soviet rides. It’s an amusing diversion, just don’t expect Walt Disney World. More worthwhile in the warm months is the Aqua Park (Amir Timur; adult/child US$7/5; working hours 9am-8pm May-Sep) just north of Tashkent Land.