White Wedding

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Wedding photos

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.

View over the palace gardens
  The town itself is in a pleasant location with great views east to 4000m plus snow covered mountains that mark the border with Tajikistan.  Though recommended as a day trip from Samarkand it does look like an OK place to stay and we believe there is good hiking in the nearby mountains.

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. 

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Wedding photos
Wedding photos
View over the palace gardens
View over the palace gardens
Shakhrisabz mosque
Shakhrisabz mosque
Tiling on Timurs palace
Tiling on Timur's palace
Shakhrisabz
photo by: Vlindeke