Classic excursion tour around the cities of the Silk Road
Our sightseeing tour of the cities of the Republic of Uzbekistan begins with the city of Tashkent – the capital of the region. This modern metropolis with a population of more than 2,500,000 people has a 25-century history. From the north – east of the republic the route (with the help of an airplane) is moving south – west to the city of Urgench. From where he will go to the city of Khiva – “Museum in the open air”. Within the walls of Ichan-Kala (“inner city”) almost all architectural objects of the show are made, which make up the historically developed image of the city (XVII-XIX centuries).
The next stop will be the city of Bukhara, which is 2500 years old. The central part of the “old” city is an integral architectural ensemble. In Bukhara and its environs there are more than 500 architectural monuments of different times and epochs. Wander through its narrow streets on its own and you get the impression that the “time machine” has moved you to the medieval East. Further along the line of the route is the city of Samarkand – one of the oldest cities in the world (2750 years) – “Pearl of the East”, as chroniclers and poets of antiquity called it. Nowadays it is the second largest city in the country with a population of more than 500 000 people.
Shakhrisabz – “Green City”
Having visited Samarkand, where the great Tamerlane is buried, it is simply necessary to visit the city in which he was born – Shakhrisabz (in the south of the republic). Here remains of the once magnificent summer palace of Ak-Saray and a number of later medieval constructions are preserved. Returning to Samarkand is justified, one day of stay in it is not enough. From the capital of the empire of Tamerlane, the path lies in the capital of modern Uzbekistan – Tashkent.