"Temur's city" Shahrisabz by TheWanderingCamel
Shahrisabz Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 96 photos
Once known as Kesh, and renamed Shahrisabz (Green Town) by Temur who was born here, there are several important buildings that date from Timurid times. It is not a big town and most things that you would expect to see on a day's visit are within easy walking distance of each other, no more than a leisurely twenty minute stroll along the street that leads from the statue of Temur and past the bazaar. That was fine for a first visit but it left us with a taste for more time spent simply enjoying the atmosphere of a small town going about its daily routines and so we decided, next time, we would stay a little longer.
And that is what we did. A leisurely departure and a mid-morning stop along the way saw us arrive in Shahrisabz just in time for lunch. An afternoon with our delightful guide was followed by dinner at a private house. Bed and breakfast were the one bit of Russia we encountered - the cavernous corridors and echoing dining room of the Orient Star Hotel were a definite blast from the past. An early morning stroll around the town before breakfast, the bazaar already busy, breakfast followed by a bit of retail therapy and tea with the old men already settled in at the chaikhana and then it was into the bus and off on the long drive to Bukhara.
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