Aksaray Mausoleum is a rectangular-dome building that got its name from the Turkish language whereas, ak means white and Saray means palace is one of the most famous Samarkand Attractions and you simply can't miss it on your Uzbekistan Tours.
Built-in 1470, Aksaray Mausoleum is a memorial and religious building in Samarkand and also known as the white palace. Aksaray Mausoleum in Samarkand is unique for new technical designs.
Mausoleum of Aksaray is located from 30 meters of the south-east of Gur-Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand city of Uzbekistan. This historical place is today opened for every tourist of Samarkand Tours.
Aksaray Mausoleum was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Mirza (1469-1494). This mausoleum was built to honor the governor Abd al Latif, and not buried in Gur Emir Mausoleum. Abd al Latif is the son of MirzoUlugbek and killed his father and buried in Gur Emir Mausoleum.
Before the XXI century, Aksaray Mausoleum was ruined completely and between 1924-1925 the mausoleum was restored. A famous place to visit during Samarkand Tours,Aksaray Mausoleum was renovated in 2007.
With the cross-hall and three rooms, Aksaray Mausoleum is a rectangular-dome building with a narrow passage that leads to an octagonal marble crypt. The beautiful walls of the mausoleum are decorated with glazed mosaic whereas; the dome is decorated by ornamental painting. There is a use of the Kundal technique in which the abundance of gold is used that you will come across on your Uzbekistan Tours.
The interior is different from the exterior and looks more beautiful than the exterior which makes it one of the major Samarkand Attractions for the tourist.
The incredible work of the Kundal technique and ornamental paintings are the major attractions of Aksaray Mausoleum. The kashinny mosaic of the interior of the mausoleum makes it more popular.
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There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry