You are currently viewing 15 photos & videos of the historic silk road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan

During my trip to Central Asia back in May, I told you I would have much more detailed posts about my amazing destinations and my trip itself. And I will, including more informative details about each place I visited.

But I wanted to at least share more photos right away, to make you travel a bit right now. In case you missed these back then if you do not follow me on Instagram yet (you can follow @andrew.flytrippers to see daily stories during all my many trips).

So let’s discover the beautiful city of Samarkand together (sometimes spelled Samarqand).

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The Registan

Samarkand’s highlight is the beautiful Registan complex.

The Registan at night (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


I won’t post all 15 photos of the Registan here again: You can see my video and many photos in my initial post about my trip to Uzbekistan.

Let’s just say it’s magnificent.


The Shah-i-Zinda complex

Another place with stunning architecture is the Shah-i-Zinda complex.


Here is the view when entering.


Here is one of the many mausoleums.


The Gur-e-Amir mausoleum

This spot is such a calm and beautiful place to wander around.

Every little detail is pretty (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


It’s almost as beautiful inside.


I got treated to an impromptu concert by a random visitor.


For an architecture lover like me, it was beautiful.

Beautiful tilework all the way up the tower (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


The best part of staying in a centrally-located $25 room (literally the most expensive I splurged on in the country—I really love affordable destinations) is that I was close to everything.

So I went back at night for an arguably more beautiful view (in comparison, had I stayed in Québec, the privilege of just walking outside at that time of day would have been literally illegal even if I was already fully vaccinated, since early April).

The lighting made everything sublime (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


The Bibi-Khanym mosque

This mosque is especially impressive due to its sheer size.

Massive entrance (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


It still seems huge, even from far away.

View from afar at sunset (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


Here is the same view without the sunset, to better see the mountains around the city in the backdrop.

View of Samarkand during the day (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


The area around this mosque (which leads to the Registan) is a large beautifully landscaped public plaza and park.

Park in central Samarkand (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


Ulugh Beg Observatory

For fans of astronomy and science (there seem to be many new ones since the beginning of the pandemic), at one end of the city, there’s a 15th-century observatory that I walked to despite the terribly hot weather.

View of the arc (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


It was apparently one of the most remarkable of its time.

Finally, to end on a lighter and completely unrelated note…

It seems Uzbeks think that New York invented the poutine instead of Canada.

Random mall food court in Samarkand (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


I did not try their New York poutines. I can’t support those who appropriate our beloved Canadian poutine.

I was able to try their few famous dishes though, although Uzbekistan (and even Central Asia in general) is not particularly known for its gastronomy. Plov, shashliks, mantis, samsas, shurpa, and Uzbek breads will be for a future article.


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Those photos of Samarkand are just the first part of my trip to Uzbekistan, with much more to come. In Uzbekistan, I visited another equally historic silk road city, the wonderful “sandcastle city”, and the vibrant capital city. I also visited the capital of neighboring Kyrgyzstan and yet another new city in Turkey… in addition to flying long-haul business class for the first time.

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Featured image: Gur-e-Amir mausoleum (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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