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 …
... Dinamo) but in the old town there are these wonderful buildings.
I started, because it was a short stroll from my hotel, at the Gut-E-Amir Mausoleum, Timor's burial place. It wasn't supposed to be, Timor had prepared his own fairly modest mausoleum in his home town of Shahrisabz some 90 kms to the south across a range of mountains. The Samarkand mausoleum was being built in 1404 for his grandson and proposed heir, Mohammed Sultan, but Timur died unexpectedly in ...
... beheaded in the region, an early Muslim martyr, but that he took his head and went to live underground. True or not, the ensemble is a hell of an impressive legacy.
There was a resolve within our own ensemble not to miss manty, and so it was that we did not dither long on our lunch choices. Afterward, we undertook our first proper physical exercise in two weeks, when in the dry and shimmering heat we walked several kilometres to the ...
... to Timur, Tamerlane. All that is now left is half of his original quadrant, but impressive all the same.
Next stop the Imperial Necropolis. Now this is the Samarkand of the history books. Avenues of royal mausoleums fabulously decorated inside and out. Teachers, princess, nurse maids they are all buried here.
Short walk through renovated tourist streets take us to the ...