While reading about the sights of Tashkent, I stumbled upon a very interesting and atmospheric place - a recreational area near the Burdjar Hydroelectric Power Station. During the warm season, you can not only take a break from the scorching heat here but also capture some unusual photos against the backdrop of the rushing water streams.
How to Get There by Metro
Access to the recreational area is free; I approached from the central part of the city. There are two metro stations nearby: O'zbekiston and Kosmonavtlar. The walk from them to the entrance takes about ten minutes.
A Bit of History
The construction of the Burdjar Hydroelectric Power Station on the Bozsuv Canal began in 1933. The first hydro unit started operating in the same year. The second stage of putting the station into operation was completed three years later.
The capacity of the Burdjar HPS is 6.4 megawatts. In 1980, it generated 34.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. It is mentioned online that this figure has increased by approximately 30 percent in our time.
Interestingly, during the Soviet era, all production processes at the Burdjar Hydroelectric Power Station were automated. Moreover, remote control of two other HPS, Bozsuy and Sheykhantaur, was carried out from here. They are located at distances of six and three kilometers from the Burdjar HPS, respectively. Additionally, it's worth noting that some solutions applied at the Burdjar Hydroelectric Power Station were unique for the USSR.
The unusual recreational area is a small path along the canal with an artificial waterfall. Visitors to this place have the opportunity to walk alongside the water and enjoy interesting views of the rapids.
The footpath continues on the lower level, where the water flow is calmer, and trees grow along the banks, providing shade for visitors. The recreational area ends at the bridge over the Burdjar Canal, but apparently, it will extend further in the future, albeit in a more modern and improved form.
Have a nice trip!