Shakhrisabz

Ak-Sarai

Ak-Sarai

Shakhrisabz (Green town) is a small town to the south of Samarkand, lying across the hills in Kashka-Darya province. This is Timur’s hometown and once upon a time it had probably put Samarkand itself in the shadow.
In the early 7th century Chinese Buddhist traveller Huen Tsang visited the Sogdian town of Kesh (Shakhrisabz). This city saw the Arab and Mongol invasions. By 1336, the year of Timur’s birth, Kesh and its dependencies were his father’s patrimony (the Barlas clan). As Timur rose to power he gave it its present name and turned it into an extended family monument. In the reign of Timur Shakhrisabz became his residence.
But in the late 16th century the Ruler of Bukhara destroyed much of the Timurid legacy. Shakhrisabz retained semi-independence from Bukhara till the 19th century. In 1870 the Tsarist army stormed the town. While the Soviet era brought great change to the appearance of Shakhrisabz, the town has preserved a rich store of history in legends and architecture. One enjoys a relaxed Uzbek atmosphere in its mosques, teahouses and traditional homes.

Sightseeing and excursion

Shakhrisabz City Tour SZ1 – half-day

Ak-Sarai (literally the “White Palace”, built in 1379-1409) is the greatest palace of Tamerlane built by artisans of Khorezm after he destroyed Kunya Urgench and dispatched its masters in 1379. Of this grandiose palace, there remain only the ruins of the 50 metre-high portal, flanked by two 50 metre-high towers covered with glazed bricks.

Dorut Tilovat (the House of meditation) is the 14th century complex of Kok Gumboz mosque (1437), madrasah and mausoleums of Shamsiddin Kulol (1374) – a Sufi master, Amir Taraghay – Tamerlane’s father and four Termez Sayeds – descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Kok Gumboz Mosque (Blue Dome) was completed by Ulugbek in 1437 in honour of his father Shah Rukh (Timur’s son).

Dorus Siodat (Seat of Power and Might) is the family crypt of the Timurids with the graves of two sons of Tamerlane (Jehangir and Umar Sheikh) and Khazrati Imam Mosque of the 19th century.

Code: SZ1 – half-day Shakhrisabz
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Discount: 15% If you buy two half day tours on the same day.

Shakhrisabz City Tour SZ2 – full-day

Ak-Sarai (literally the “White Palace”, built in 1379-1409) is the greatest palace of Tamerlane built by artisans of Khorezm after he destroyed Kunya Urgench and dispatched its masters in 1379. Of this grandiose palace, there remain only the ruins of the 50 metre-high portal, flanked by two 50 metre-high towers covered with glazed bricks. Above the entry of the Ak-Saray are big letters saying: “If you challenge our power – look at our buildings!”

Dorut Tilovat (the House of meditation) is the 14th century complex of Kok Gumboz mosque (1437), madrasah and mausoleums of Shamsiddin Kulol (1374) – a Sufi master, Amir Taraghay – Tamerlane’s father and four Termez Sayeds – descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Kok Gumboz Mosque (Blue Dome) was completed by Ulugbek in 1437 in honour of his father Shah Rukh (Timur’s son).

Dorus Siodat (Seat of Power and Might) is the family crypt of the Timurids with the graves of two sons of Tamerlane (Jehangir and Umar Sheikh) and Khazrati Imam Mosque of the 19th century.

“Tomb of Timur” Behind the Hazrat-i Imam Emsemble is a bunker with a door leading to an underground chamber, discovered by archaeologists in 1943. The room is nearly filled with a single stone casket, on which inscriptions indicate that it was intended for Timur. However, the conqueror was buried in Samarkand, not at Shahrisabz, and mysteriously, his tomb in Shahrisabz contained two unidentified corpses.

“Khudjum” Souvenir Factory is specialised mainly on the famous colorful cross-stitch Iroki embroidery of Shakhrisabz.

Also of interest are medieval baths and an 18th century bazaar.

“Katta Langar” – It’s a village on foothills of Hissar range with untouched nature. There is a Friday Mosque built in 1520 and restored in 1807. There is a Langar Ata Mazar – mausoleum of famous local sheik Mohammed Sadyk (d. 1545). Picturesque view of this place will provide unforgettable impressions.

Code: SZ2 – full-day Shakhrisabz
Per Person US Dollar
Your private tours include: pick-up from your hotel, tour guide, enterance fees to museum.
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1
$104
$117
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2
$55
$61
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