Shopping the Urgut Bazaar

Posted by on March 11, 2013
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Just outside of Samarkand at the foot of the Zeravshan mountains, the village of Urgut hosts perhaps the best little traditional weekly bazaar in all of Uzbekistan.

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Fresh baked samsas, of course, are the only way to start a good day of market browsing.

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From there, the stalls of Urgut are run by friendly and outgoing bunch of folks who are happy to stop for a quick chat.

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The diversity of stalls around here is amazing, with anything from cleaning products to traditional clothing (and hats!). Each one, at least as far as I can tell, is it’s own family-owned small business.

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At many, the ‘family-owned’ is especially apparent as the kids in the family help with bargaining and making change and running the store in general.

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At the end of the day, there’s a whole section devoted to delicious fresh-cooked food. Plov, seen here, is THE Uzbek food. A delicious dish, for sure, and a satisfying end to a day walking around the colorful chaos of an Uzbek market.

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