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One Day Tour of Samarkand
"You will be picked up at 7:15am from your hotel in Tashkent and transferred to the railway station to catch an 8am Afrosiyob high-speed train departing for Samarkand which will arrive in Samarkand at 10:30am. Your local tour guide and driver will meet yo consisting of 3 madrassahs: Madrassah Uughbek MadrassahTillakari and Madrassah SherdarBibi Khanum Mosque - named in honor of the eldest wife of Great Timur (14th Century)LunchShahi-Zinda necropolis (12th-15th Century) - burial place of Kusamibn ibn Abbas cousin to the prophet MuhammadUlugbek Observatory - the biggest observatory built by Ulugbek (15th Century).You will return to the railway station at 4:30pm to catch a 5pm high-speed train departing for Tashkent and and arrive in Tashkent at 7:40pm. You will be transfer to your hotel in Tashkent upon arrival.""""Welcome to Samarkand
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One Day Tour of Samarkand
"You will be picked up at 7:15am from your hotel in Tashkent and transferred to the railway station to catch an 8am Afrosiyob high-speed train departing for Samarkand which will arrive in Samarkand at 10:30am. Your local tour guide and driver will meet yo consisting of 3 madrassahs: Madrassah Uughbek MadrassahTillakari and Madrassah SherdarBibi Khanum Mosque - named in honor of the eldest wife of Great Timur (14th Century)LunchShahi-Zinda necropolis (12th-15th Century) - burial place of Kusamibn ibn Abbas cousin to the prophet MuhammadUlugbek Observatory - the biggest observatory built by Ulugbek (15th Century).You will return to the railway station at 4:30pm to catch a 5pm high-speed train departing for Tashkent and and arrive in Tashkent at 7:40pm. You will be transfer to your hotel in Tashkent upon arrival.""""Welcome to Samarkand
From $212.00
 
One Day Tour of Samarkand
"You will be picked up at 7:15am from your hotel in Tashkent and transferred to the railway station to catch an 8am Afrosiyob high-speed train departing for Samarkand which will arrive in Samarkand at 10:30am. Your local tour guide and driver will meet yo consisting of 3 madrassahs: Madrassah Uughbek MadrassahTillakari and Madrassah SherdarBibi Khanum Mosque - named in honor of the eldest wife of Great Timur (14th Century)LunchShahi-Zinda necropolis (12th-15th Century) - burial place of Kusamibn ibn Abbas cousin to the prophet MuhammadUlugbek Observatory - the biggest observatory built by Ulugbek (15th Century).You will return to the railway station at 4:30pm to catch a 5pm high-speed train departing for Tashkent and and arrive in Tashkent at 7:40pm. You will be transfer to your hotel in Tashkent upon arrival.""""Welcome to Samarkand
From $212.00

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Local shops

In the side street that leads to the Zarina B & B where we stayed are a couple of small local shops, which we found very useful for basic supplies. Here we could buy bottled water at a lower price...
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toonsarah
Sep 13, 2007

Artist at Bibi Khanum Mosque

While visiting the Bibi Khanum Mosque our attention was caught by this artist painting quietly in the centre of the courtyard, and by the paintings he had arranged around the great marble Koran stand...
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toonsarah
Sep 13, 2007

The Registan

The Registan is the prime spot for souvenir shopping in Samarkand, with many of the former hajira (cells) in the madrassahs turned over to local stall-holders. This can detract (and distract)...
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toonsarah
Sep 13, 2007

Bird of Happiness Gallery

This was a real find! I’d been searching for a gift for my mother, who likes scarves (which you can find in abundance in Uzbekistan) but prefers square ones (which you can’t find at all!) Then in this...
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toonsarah
Sep 13, 2007

Hotel Afrosiyab

You'll find postcards everywhere in Samarqand but it'll be more difficult to find a place to send them. I asked my guide about it and she suggested me to go to Afrosiyab Hotel. There you can find nice...
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Elisabcn
Sep 02, 2007

Registan

There are nice pottery in Uzbekistan. Every region has its own style, own colors and designs... Pottery from different regions sound even...different!! That's because every kind of pottery is made of...
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Elisabcn
Sep 02, 2007
 
 
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Sher-Dor Lecture Room

Read my tip: Sher-Dor: the main Lecture Room in Samarqand things to do These are the bests carpets of the world. The quality of carpets depends on the materials (silk),natural colors and on the...
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Elisabcn
Aug 25, 2007

Bazaar and medressas – anything you want

The best place for shopping is without doubt Samarkand’s bazaar. You can get almost everything here, fresh fruit, snacks, any delicious sweets and candy (honey for example – yumm). However, I didn’t...
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Trekki
Jan 24, 2007

Samarkand market

While in Uzbekistan you are likely to encounter the ubiquitous national dish plov - palov in Uzbek - and related to pullao etc. There are various ways of cooking it; a book in Uzbek, Russian and...
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GeoV
Feb 10, 2006

Small traders

Samarkand certainly isn't as overtaken by traders and small shops as Bokhara (a woman in Khiva said to us,with a most dismissive shrug, 'Huh, Bokhara - supermarket' ! ) but there are still more than...
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TheWanderingCamel
Sep 09, 2005

Shakhrisabz souvenir seller

There were not many souvenir sellers in Shakhrisabz at all - it's a very small town and not on a lot of itineraries. We found a group of young girls selling cheap things near the Dorus Siadat and...
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TheWanderingCamel
Sep 04, 2005

Shakrisabz souvenir sellers

Caps for a dollar are one thing - cheap and cheerful, you don't expect the finest work. Look carefully though among the items that some of the older women selling handicrafts have on their stalls...
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TheWanderingCamel
Sep 04, 2005

Local markets

Samarkand food market is an interesting place to wander around and see some local life. The best time to go is early in the morning: is cooler and the place is at its maximum activity, when people...
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SirRichard
Nov 19, 2004

Melons

We found melons EVERYWHERE in the street stalls, in the market... They were big and so tasty! And cheap, we bought one to have for desert at the hotel and it was like 10-20 cents. So since then we...
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SirRichard
Nov 19, 2004

Top Hotels in Samarkand

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Top Things to Do in Samarkand

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Registan

This should be at the end of any trip to Uzbekistan. We hit it in the beginning, which meant that we didn't save the best for last. Now, again, this is a tourist trap, make no mistake, but it's still...
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Shah-i-Zinda

The Shakhi Zinda Complex is a large group of mausoleums—some as early as 11th or 12th Century, others from the 14th Century. Many important people are buried here, including a cousin of the Prophet....
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Gur Emir Mausoleum

Another fine example of Muslim architecture in Samarkand. A lot of the architecture from the olden days has decayed. Ruins are fun and all, but the government has put a lot of effort into rebuilding...
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Ulugh Beg Observatory

Ulugbek was Tamerlane’s grandson. He was a mathematician and astronomer, and he built his observatory in 1428. He did some amazing work, including an accurate solar calendar, and charting the location...
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Bibi-Khanym Mosque

This mosque has recently been renovated, though as with some other renovations to monuments in Uzbekistan, the work was a bit slapdash in places (our Uzbek guide kept pointing out the poor quality of...
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Afrosiab

Afrosiab is one of the few ancient places remaining somewhat untouched. While there is a museum exhibiting some of the past artifacts found onsight, the whole of the grounds have not been fully...
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Top 5 Samarkand Writers

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TheWanderingCamel

"Mirror of the World,"
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Elisabcn

"Take the Golden Road to Samarqand"
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Trekki

"Samarkand - Central Asia's Eternal Beauty"
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toonsarah

"Splendour of the Silk Road"
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nepalgoods

"Magical City"
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