Travel from Samarkand to Bukhara via Shakr-i-sabz
Leave Samarkand and take an hours drive to the town of Shakhr-i Sabz.
The birthplace of Timur the Lame, otherwise known as Tamerlane, Shakhr-i Sabz was the second capital of the Timurid Empire. Originally the small village of Kesh, the city was renamed 'Shakhr-i Sabz', meaning 'Green City', by Timur. Visit the remains of Timur's legendary 'White Palace' and enter the 'Seat of Power and Might' complex that contains the remains of Jehangir, Timur's favourite son. Behind this mausoleum is a mysterious underground tomb that was intended for Timur, but instead contains two unidentified corpses.
Later, continue on to Bukhara, which is a four drive away.
The former capital and a centre of Islamic learning, Bukhara has over 300 mosques. This, along with the city's 80 madrasas, led to its reputation as the holiest city in Central Asia.
Now renowned for its architecture, it was the beauty of Bukhara's Kalon Minaret that stopped Genghis Khan in his tracks. Unfortunately, his sense of awe failed to stop him razing the rest of the city to the ground.
In the 18th and 19th centuries Bukhara again returned to prominence, as it became one of the most important pawns in 'The Great Game' being waged between Russia and Britain.
You will be staying at Hotel Minzifa, Bed & Breakfast