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Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby steven » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:01 am

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I was just wondering if you had any advice on travelling through Uzbekistan with a wheelchair? My partner is disabled and we are going in September for 10 days, from Tashkent through to Khiva (hopefully) and we are coming up against some challenges in terms of finding accessible accommodation and how on earth to book trains! Any advice or links would be hugely appreciated.

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I am not in a wheelchair myself so I cannot judge what kind of problems you might come across. I imagine it might be similar to using a wheelchair in Europe or the US in the 1960s: no ramps, no elevators.

Perhaps others can say more?
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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby roro » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:34 am

Hi,
I've done it in 2015 and 2018 with my wheelchair.
Not a big problem to find accessible hotels, you just have to choose better ones (more expensive).
Idem for restaurants.
The main problem is to find toilets during the day, for me not a big problem , I'm travelling with a Land Rover Defender, so I can go in the wild!

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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby steven » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:13 am

What about just rolling through the streets? Lots of bumps, holes and hurdles, no?
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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby Frankie44 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:48 pm

Hi there Roro! Thank you for replying to my query. Are there any hotels you would really recommend? Also in terms of sight seeing, any good tips?
All info is so so greatly appreciated :D :D

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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby roro » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:22 pm

"Lots of bumps, holes and hurdles, no?"
Yes , there are some, but not a lot and you can manage it with "2 wheels going" and/or with a lilttle help from your friands.
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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby roro » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:26 pm

" Are there any hotels you would really recommend"
I'm going soon to seek in my travel reports…but not a big problem in Taskent, Samarcand, Khiva, Bukarah, very touristic towns.
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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby Milad » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:30 pm

Well, I doubt that any place in Khiva has such a thing as a real barrier-free toilet, so it will depend on the skills of the wheelchair user to use "normal" facilities.
When taking the train, AFAIK there is no barrier-free access. I assume everyone will try to make things possible, so if the wheelchair user is able to climb up the stairs with some help it will be possible, otherwise not. I don't know if there is such a thing as a wheelchair taxi you can call.
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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby roro » Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:58 pm

Khiva: Khorezm Palace in Urgentch
https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Hotel_Review ... vince.html
Boukhara: Hotel Amelia, 60§ down town.
Samarcande: B&B Timur the great
https://www.booking.com/hotel/uz/timur- ... p_adults=1
Tashkent: Hotel Grand Orzu 130.000 s.

I've used these hotels with my wheelchair without help,I'm paraplegic.

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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby Frankie44 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:41 pm

Thank you all! Really grateful for all the info.

Any more info about the trains? I am a bit worried that they are not all barrier free?

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Re: Wheelchair access in Uzbekistan

Postby Milad » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:11 am

I haven't seen or heard of barrier-free facilities on any Uzbek train. Uzbek Railways' website also says nothing about wheelchair access (I checked the Russian version as I do not speak Uzbek, but doubt that the Uzbek language version is any different).
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