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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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... characters and some of these were still in the process of being repaired, giving a good indication of the amount of work that was needed by the Soviets to restore many of the other monuments. We decided to follow the theme of un-renovated locations for the afternoon by finding some lesser-known sights on the outskirts of town, where there are ruined historical buildings to clamber over – such as the Ishratkana Mausoleum which is situated in a ...
... photos and videos, sure, but I also mostly just listened and took it all in: The sounds, the lights, the sun slowly setting over the domes and leaning minarets.
A definite trip highlight. Maybe the trip highlight. I am so ridiculously lucky. Thanks, Rustam.
Want some plov?
For dinner, we went to visit a local family's home for some plov. Plov as it's known in Russian, will be more familiar to you as its local and western name, pilaf. ...
... and reach far into the sky. They're an impressive example of architectural planning, but more than that, the spaces that they create are truly awe- inspiring and one of the most striking sights in the entire region. To the west side is the building known as the Ulugbek Medressa, which was built in 1420 and named after the head scholar ...
... to a minor chieftain and gradually got control of the Khanate in his region. Timur may be better known in the West as Tamerlane. He got the name Tamerlane in the west because he had a leg injury from an arrow about age 20y.o. and subsequently walked with a limp.
Timur established the greatest empire in Central Asia at the time. It extended West through Turkey to nearly Istanbul and South to include some of India. Easterly it extended to China. He was in Kazakstan when ...
... walls, and there is a raised viewing platform where once there were fountains. Restorers and city planners be damned!
Probably founded in the 5th century BC, my guide book notes that Samarqand was 'already the cosmopolitan, walled capital of the Sogdian empire when it was taken in 329 BC by Alexander the Great, who said 'Everything I have heard about Marakanda is true, except it's ...