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The onward journey from the Safari Yurt Camp to Samarkand first leads over the same road we came from, to Nurota through the Kyzylkum Desert and on to Navoiy.
In Navoiy we take the road that leads from Bukhara to Samarkand and follow it in eastern direction. The road is wide and in good condition so that we move forward quickly. Along the road are cotton fields. Between them are small villages.
What is striking is that we keep passing rows of houses all built the same way. They usually stand in a line along the road. It’s a kind of social housing.
The Soviets brought this way of building into the country. These affordably built houses are sold with some extra financial support. So families with lower incomes can afford a house of their own.
We quickly notice that we reach Samarkand because the building development becomes denser.
Some wide avenues intersect Samarkand so that we reach our hotel very fast.
We check in at the Samarkand Travel Hotel and continue to the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, where the legendary Tamerlane, also known as Amir Timur or Timor Lang, is buried.
On the way there we already pass an oversize statue showing Timur in a seated position.
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