Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
all the year round
One day tour to Shakhrisabz: day itinerary to one of the oldest cities in Central Asia that is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. According to historical sources ancient settlements existed here 1700 BC. The city is world-famous as a capital of Temurids dynasty and homeland of Temur the Great.
Nowadays, Shakhrisabz is under threat of destruction - Ak-Saroy palace doesnt feel so well, and slowly collapsing. Dishes, served in Shakhrisabz, have a certain taste of mixed up local spices, esp red pepper. But still, Ak-Saroy and the garden have a lot to impress with. Just need to book our one-day tour and you ready to go!
08:00 Meet up with our driver in chosen Samarkand hotel's lobby and transfer to Shakhrisabz town (90км).
09:30 Arrival in Shakhrisabz. Start excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting
- Ak Saray Palace(“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. During his reign, Shahrisabz was flourishing and experienced the significant patronage of the great conqueror. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower have survived to the present day. Among the well-preserved fragments of blue, white and gold mosaics above the entry of Ak-Saray there are big letters saying: "If you are going to challenge our power – look at our buildings!"
- Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favorite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir.
- Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation” and Ensemble Dorus-Tilyavat built by Ulugbek in honor of his father Shahrukh and mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
After the excursion, we will transfer back to Samarkand. The end of the tour.