Why Samarkand, Uzbekistan Should Be Your Next Central Asian Destination

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A place of deep historical significance and a critical part of the Silk Road, Samarkand is a must-see for anyone planning on visiting Uzbekistan. Here are the must-see attractions in this mystical central Asian land that you won’t want to miss.

Shah-i Zinda 

This necropolis is unmissable thanks to its elegant towers and beautiful turquoise tones. Believed to be the resting place of Qutham ibn Abbas, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, this site has become a popular pilgrimage site as well as a tourism hotspot for curious travelers.

Siab Bazaar

Considering that this city was a core stop along the Silk Road, it makes sense that it is filled with extravagant marketplaces filled with Central Asian wares. The Siab Bazaar sells almost anything you can imagine, ranging from fresh bread and fruits to ikat fabrics and souvenirs.


At the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand stands the Registan; a public square where royal proclamations were announced. You’ll find dazzling turquoise tiles, grand pillars, and of course, the Tilla Kori mosque with its golden interior.