We visited Samarkand in September,2013.-right time to visit as heat is not too much to disturb you from enjoying this grand city.We reached there in 2 hrs by Bullet train(very good,comparable to Europe rails-2 hrs 320 km,with all facilities inside the car and free refreshments)from Tashkent.
After a relaxing and scenic journey reached this historic city-truly known as Rome of East or Pearl of Orient.Being on the silk route between China and Europe,this was center of early civilization almost from 500 BC.For obvious reasons the city was attacked by many warriors ,right from Alexander,Genghis Khan,Tamar lane till Russians.The city was capital of Tamar Lane's empire.Today being one of UNESCO heritage sites,Samarkand has many monuments to see.Best of them is Registan.Absolutely classic and grand.Actually the place was combination three madrasah -madrasah of Ulugh Beg,Sher-dor madrasah and Tillia Kori madarash.Unbelievable gigantic but beautiful structures facing each other which are being used as markets now a days.As you enter you see numerous small shops inside selling all local products,silk materials,souvenirs etc.Good material at a very good price if you know how to bargain(start at 50%,no joke).
A small ice cream shop is there outside these structures selling mouth watering delicious local stuff.Nicely maintained garden is there to sit and relax.
Other places to visit at Samarkand is observatory,Amir museum,Afrosiab and local markets for dry fruits.
Samarkand is very good for its special bread(lovely),kebabs and pilaf.We had lunch at Karim bek and it was the best food we ever had during our entire stay at Uzbekistan.
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