Asia Samarkand Hotel
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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 …
... down the population than to be useful to them.
The Long Walk Over the Border
We were dropped off about 300 meters from the first Tajik border check point. We were waved on through and after another 300 meters we got to another checkpoint where a Tajik official actually checked our passports. About 500 meters after that, we got to the Uzbek customs building.
We were given ...
... br> Dinner that night was a thoroughly enjoyable affair in the courtyard of a fine restaurant; unless my memory betrays me, they had run short of nothing we requested. Our taxi journey back from the tomb, haring through backstreets and laneways not fit for a mule, our driver displaying a preternatural knowledge of each contour and dip en route, will never be so betrayed. We savoured our night in style.
Tues 16th: B: Having learnt of ...
... mid morning the next day and caught a taxi (as our hotel was a little out of town) to the biggest hotspot, the Registan. This is a huge complex with a series of different mosques and mausoleums. We spent a couple of hours wandering through, amazed at the difference between here and Iran. There were souvenir shops in every spare corner of the Registan whereas in Iran places like that are too sacred for tacky sellers. After the obligatory photos with some locals and even tourists ...