|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$367.46|
|Loaf of white bread||$0.40|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$375.60|
|Pack of cigarettes||$2.00|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$200.40|
Samarqand is the city capital of Samarqand province in Uzbekistan. The population is about 368,000 people living in the center part of Uzbekistan resting at the foot of Zarafshan River. The well-developed transport infrastructures play important roles in Samarqand tourism potentials and plays central position on the Silk Road. The Silk Road is the oldest trade route that has important influences in the trade between China, Central Asia and the West.
Perhaps the most notable place in Samarqand is Samarqand Square. The name itself is unique meaning Sandy place. During the ancient time, there was a river running in the area but after it dried up and left a sandy place, a Madrassah was built in the 15th century (Ulugbek madrassah) and the area was called Registan Square. Another two Madrassah were built in the 17th century (Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kari madrassah. The place offers tourists the opportunity to see and marvel at the monumental medievla architecture. The designs are magnificent using geometric, letter and crockets designs. Samarqand Square is the usual first stop of Uzbekistan travelers coming from cheap flights to Samarqand to see and set foot on the magnificent medieval structures built for the learning and training activities of the boys from rich Muslim families.
Another reason to visit Samarqand is the celebration of Sharoq Taronalari. It is an ancient music festival featuring Ancient music of the Orient. It is traditionally held in Samarqand Registan Square and it attracts tourists from all over the world. The tradition continues but with some twists as today's festival invites artists from different countries and each competes for the championship title. The event is organized by the government so you can expect extravagance and illustrious celebration.
If you stay in hotels in Samarqand, expect to be invited in Uzbek Food festivals. Most hotels have in-house restaurants that feature banquet of Uzbek cuisine like the Plov, manti, Shashlik, shurpa all known for their irresistible and delicious smell. Most of these dishes are cooked while performing traditional rituals thus making it unique and extra-ordinary. First time travelers coming from cheap flights to Samarqand would find Uzbek food splendid and spectacular in taste and in appearance. But, make sure you know how to eat with hands and sit in a low table, as it is the way how the locals eat.