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This must be the wedding season in Uzbekistan. In the gardens surrounding the ruins of Timur's grand palace there are 6 or 7 wedding couples (and their accompanying wedding guests) having their wedding pictures taken - and this is a Monday morning. I dread to think what this place must be like on a weekend! Actually it seems that wedding videos are the norm here as all of the groups seem to have a cameraman in tow.
Shakhrisabz is Timur's home town about 100km south of Samarkand, though Timur's tomb is back in Samarkand itself. There are no public buses here so we take a shared taxi and pray for a sane driver. The drive takes us over the mountains - the pass is 1800m - and down into a wide green valley that runs away south towards the Afgan frontier.
As well as the palace ruins the town has a couple of sights, a mosque and the Timur's family tombs and it is no surprise to find them decorated in the blue/green glazed tiles that charcaterise the Samarkand Registan and mausolea. Though relatively quiet here I am slightly surprised at how many tour groups have found there way across the pass, that is until I look at the map and realise that Shakhrtisabz is an easy diversion on the way between Samarkaknd and Bukhara so is a convenient and interesting lunch stop when travelling between the two cities.