Travel Blogs from Samarkand
There is a legend in Uzbekistan that to build the Registan in Samarkand, Timur, the ruling King, needed to get the best bricks from Bukhara, some 300 kms away in the quickest possible time. Donkeys were too slow, and Elephants didn't work well in the bitterly cold winters. So he made a human chain stretching for the 300 kms and the bricks were …
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Wed, Oct 30
I was thinking about getting up super early for the sunrise at the mosque today but I'm glad I slept in because the sunrise wasn't very nice. After breakfast, we set out with our local guide again. She first took us to the Bibi Mosque which didn't look too interesting because I had already taken photos from the outside yesterday in the sun so I skipped this bit of the tour and went to the bazaar/market to find a place ...
... Bagdad to India in the 14th century A.D.; but, as is so often the case with tyrants, also a great lover of the arts. It helped that he had at his command the forced labour of gifted artisans from all over Central Asia and beyond to help him and his successors (the Timurids) create ensembles of bedazzling oriental beauty. Other prominent members of the Timurids are Ulug Beg, Timur’s grandson, a celebrated scientist and astronomer; and Babur, who transferred ...
June was considering going but it would have meant an awkward five. Rachel is now not going but told others we could catch a cab for Shakhrisyabz near the hotel rather than going to the Registan area. I wound up going with the three newbies: Dave, Ian and Penny.
Ian was the chief negotiator. Since he thought the amount we should pay round trip was 60,000 US and not the real figure of 120,000 US, we would have gotten nowhere. Cabbies wanted 200,000 US. The ...
... curiosity [Turkmenistan] will prevail.
Must do some heel pampering, fellow GAMEr Tom. Both are cracking a bit and need some TLC.
An oil holding facility blighted the landscape before farming returned in spades. We seemed to arrive early in Samarqand [local spelling]. The long procession of bags wound its way around the train station to the very hot sun of our host city for three glorious nights.
The hotel ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Zarina Samarkand
Easy walking distance to the Registan the main sight. Good breakfast. No WIFI, Basic rooms but clean.
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