Welcome to Samarkand

Marvel at the jaw-dropping architecture, archaeological treasures, and vast history of Samarkand, listed as the Crossroads of Cultures in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Top things to see and do in Samarkand

  • Explore the most breathtaking place and the crown jewel of the city, Registan, and watch a traditional performance against the backdrop of beautifully lit madrasah tiles in the evening.
  • Visit the mosque inside Tilya-Kori Madrasah and wander around its beautiful courtyard.
  • Admire the sacred necropolis house of Shah-I-Zinda’s jaw-dropping tilework that dates back to the 14th century Timurid Empire.
  • Marvel at the splendid and magnificent architecture of Gur-E-Amir, which inspired the Taj Mahal in India, and step inside to see the tombs of Amir Timur, the founder of the Timurid Empire and his sons and grandsons.
  • Explore the most ancient part of Samarkand and one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, the Ancient Afrasiyab Settlement and see the remnants of their culture and hidden gems like pottery shards, jewellery, and swords.
  • Check out the lovely interiors of Bibi-Khanym Mosque, standing directly in front of the Siab Bazaar, where you can try the delicious local cuisine and binge on mouth-watering sweets.
  • Visit one of the oldest and greatest observatories in the world, The Ulugh Beg Observatory, which was built in the 1420s and has nurtured some of the best astronomers of that time.

Tips for travellers

  • Take a day trip to the small town of Shakhrisabz, a small town located around 90 kilometres south of Samarkand. An important city in the history of Uzbekistan, Shakhrisabz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several fascinating architectural places to explore. Visit the Ak Saray Palace and admire the large statue of Amir Temur, which stands proudly in front of the palace.

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