Unlike Bukhara, where walking from sight to sight is possible, Samarkand's attractions are spread right across the city. Starting in the centre, the Mosque of Bibi Khanym dominates the skyline. It was once the biggest mosque in the world and has been partially rebuilt with UNESCO help.
Hotel Malika Prima
Hotel Malika Prima, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
This is the newest hotel in the reliable Malika chain. Its location in the city is fantastic - close to Gur Amir, the resting place of Tamerlane. The hotel has just 22 rooms, in keeping with the Malika's small hotel appeal. This being a new hotel, its is still developing its character. However, its fantastic location more than makes up for this and the views from the rooftop terrace are great.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Not far from Samarkand, high in the hills next to the Tajik border, is the town of Urgut. It has one of the best rural markets in Uzbekistan and the people here have their own distinct culture.