1001 Arabian nights
Samarqand Travel Blog› entry 5 of 16 › view all entries
"We travel not for trafficking alone,
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned.
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the golden Road to Samarkand.
This is truly the highlight of the "Golden" or "Royal" Silk Road (Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand). Finaly I could set my feet on the famous Registan Square in Samarkand. However when I saw it for the first time for real I reckon I was a little bit disappointed but as time progressed and I passed by it more and more I became more and more enchanted by it's beauty and serenity. I bribed a guard to climb the minaret of the Ulughbek medressa for 2000 Som, the official entrance fee without camera is 3400 Som and you're not allowed to climb the minaret so I got myself quite a good deal.
As I entered the Ulughbek medressa with the fguard I noticed that this area was still under construction/ renovation.
I thought the registan square would be the highlight of Samarkand; I couldn't be wrong more. The Shar-i-Zindah was to be my highlight of Samarkand, it is a narrow street littered with magnificent mausolea on both sides. The decorations of the masolea are so fine, so colorfull that I cannot describe the beauty of it.
After the amazing stroll through the Shar-i-Zindah we went to the Ulughbek Mausoleum, this was also a very nice masoleum, you get a bit mausoleum tireness after a while. So we took our photo's and went for the bazaar and look for the Korean corner as there is a large Korean minority group. We passed by the Bibi-Yek Mosque and decided not to go in there as it wasn't that magnificent as the ones near the Registan square or the ones we've seen in Khiva and Bukhara.