Samarkand is situated 160 miles (257 kilometers) southwest of Tashkent, the national capital, and approximately 530 miles (853 kilometers) northwest of Islamabad.
It’s impossible to know what makes a place tick until you know its past; thankfully, Samarkand has preserved some of its more important historic buildings and sites. Grab a friend and travel back time with visits to Afrasiab and Sher Dor Madrasah. Ulugbek Madrasah and Tillya Kori Madrasah are just two more of the many fascinating places on the local history trail.
Registan Square is one of the most relaxing civic spaces in Samarkand. Enjoy a bite to eat, watch locals, and you’ll soon see why this square occupies such a special place in the hearts of Samarkand residents.
Once you’ve ticked off all the major attractions on the Samarkand tourist trail, why not visit some of these lesser known, but equally rewarding sights. If you’re keen to experience something a little different in this city, be sure to check out the St. John Roman Catholic Church, the Tomb of Prophet Daniel, the St. Aleksyi Orthodox Church and the Bibi-Khonym Mosque.