The capital of Tamerlane’s empire – Samarkand is probably the most internationally known historical city of Central Asia. And Amir Temur (Tamerlane) could really beautify the capital with some wonders of Islamic architecture. And today you will visit some of them:
After visiting the majestic Registan with its 3 magnificent madrasas you will walk towards the oldest bazaar of the Silk Road caravans – Siyob. Sib was an important area, like parking or reception of the caravans where all traders would arrive first in Samarkand. You will have some time to walk in the bazaar and then you will visit the Bibi Khanum mosques. Bibi Khanum was the favorite wife of Temur and the mosque was the gift of Temur for her. When it was built, the mosque was the largest religious construction in the whole world.
After lunch, you will continue to walk for a couple of minutes and you will see the mosque of the travelers standing on the opposite side of the bazaar. And next to it you will visit the most hidden jewel of Samarkand – the necropolis Shahi Zinda. You don’t see lots of images of this place on websites but it is a wonderful complex of over 20 mausoleums that Temur and his family build over 600 years ago. Each mausoleum is unique and in this place, you will enjoy seeing all varieties of ceramics of Central Asia which are decorating the mausoleums. After the visit to the mausoleums, you will take the car and drive with your driver to a small village (8 kmhave ) to see the workshop of Samarkand Silk Paper. This will be a short and beautiful visit and probably it will be the end of the visits of the day.
Return to the hotel and free time for rest.
Option: if you will not be tired after the day, your driver will offer you a nice Samarkand by night drive to see the place of Registan and the mausoleum of Amir Temur with beautiful illuminations.
Overnight in Samarkand.