Asia Samarkand Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAsia Samarkand Hotel
Nice comfortable hotel with friendly staff, situated close to the Registan and the other major sights. Rooms are spacious, breakfast selection is exellent, lobby Wifi is quite fast, but the swimming pool is a bit small for the number of visitors.
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Khiva is a small place with a perfectly preserved 200 year old walled section, and Bukhara a city whose buildings span a thousand years. Samarkand is different again, a large modern city with a few very grand buildings from the time of Tamerlaine (died 1405). It has a much longer history: it was the Sogdian Marakanda which impressed Alexander the …
The last morning dawns bright and clear. As we get on the bus we notice a party of Japanese tourists doing the same thing - and when we spot the distinctive gentleman proudly wearing a tall Kyrgyz felt hat we realise that they have been shadowing us since we left Bishkek. Ours is not a unique itinerary!
Today's surprise is the observatory …
... back at Timur's mausoleum which was glowing with colored lights. Uzbekistan was an interesting contrast to Georgia. It appeared cleaner and more prosperous, but Spenser Wells said that it was only the city is Samarkand that gave us that impression; it is geared for the tourist trade, but outside the city, poverty was rampant. Because all Muslims are supposed to take a "minor" pilgrimage before gong to Mecca; Samarkand qualifies, so many Muslims come to the city. Our guides were ...
... us off near a taxi stop, not the bus station, but what were we to do. We planted ourselves at little restaurant across the street under shade tree. An elder taxi driver had been stalking us, he apparently lives in Samarkand and was anxious to land our business. He started at $60 (180000 som) and we agreed on 130000 ($43) for the 371km (7.5hrs)
He turned out to be ...
... on our itinerary. A wholly Uzbek ass, head proudly cocked and passing at an impressive trot, was the most noteworthy event. It mattered little to me, though, for my mind was occupied with musings on our destination.
This was the site of the observatory of Mīrzā Muhammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrukh, better known as Ulugh Beg, astronomer, mathematician and Timurid ruler. His grandfather may have been a military genius and a ...