Uzbekistan: Samarqand travel pictures

Uzbekistan is probably the easiest country to travel in central Asia, and has a concentrated corridor of some of the biggest relics from the Silk Road era. Travelling in this country is fun – lots of delicious foods, very friendly people, and comfortable options to get around. Below are some of my favourite pictures from Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan Photo Gallery – Samarkand edition

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↑ Registan – the central complex in Samarkand

Samarkand (Russian: Самарканд, Uzbek: Samarqand) is located more or less centrally in Uzbekistan and was certainly the climax of my Central Asia trip. The city is full of larger-than-life technicolour monuments and high profile historical attractions. Nothing else evokes strong romantic images of trade caravans, palaces, and articulate decorations as the buildings in this city, the confluence of the Silk route and the Spice route.

Here is a tour of Samarqand in pictures.

The structures are now predominantly Islamic, but the influence of Buddhist, Hindu, Zoroastrian, and Jewish elements is clearly present. This is not surprising at all; Samarkand was a happening place in the olden days and therefore very cosmopolitan. In the fourteenth century and after, it was the capital of Timur (Tamerlane), a whole slew of construction was undertaken, leading to impressive sites such as the Registan, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, Ulugh-Beg’s Observatory, etc.

The central Samarkand complex, called Registan (meaning “sandy place”), is unbelievably beautiful. Despite seeing similar architecture for the past several weeks, I was blown away by the beauty and precision of these buildings.

Samarkand is well connected to both Bukhara and Tashkent, making travel by train particularly comfortable and fast. Also the nearby town of Shakhrisabz, where Amir Timur the conqueror was born, hosts impressive ruins of the Ak-Saray Palace and the Kok Gumbaz mosques – makes for a great day trip.

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Author: Priyank

Traveller, musician, blogger, bureaucrat. In that order. I'm very interested in trying new things and my interests are diverse. Food, people, places, technologies - I like them all. Whatever I do, I approach life with optimism and strive to make each day happy and fruitful.

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