Hotel Asia Samarkand
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The last morning dawns bright and clear. As we get on the bus we notice a party of Japanese 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 of …
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 Makaranda which impressed Alexander the …
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In any case, after the mausoleum, we returned to the hotel. We spent the evening having coffee/tea and chatting with a British ...
... entrance to a peaceful courtyard and equally ginormous arches. A little further on is a thriving market where you're greeted by glistening smiles of locals who bare golden teeth. Something Sam's been dying to take a photo of. We found a balcony overlooking one of the main sections so stood up there soaking in the surrounds before continuing on our walk and up to a hill of graves. Most bizarrely the headstones all have photos. I find cemeteries rather eerie at the best ...
... a beautiful crocheted mauve shawl made out of silk and angora.
After my salads, I walked about a mile out of town to Daniel's Tomb. This is the tomb Daniel from the Old Testament - as in "Daniel and the Lion's Den." His original tomb was in Iran and it was given to the town here as a gift of good luck. The legend says his body grows about a half an inch per year so now his coffin is about 30 feet long. It was covered by a muslim cloth with Arabic writing.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Asia Samarkand
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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