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Getting There & Away

Shakhrisabz is about 90km from Samarkand, over the 1788m Takhtakaracha Pass, a scenic drive that is part of the fun of a trip here. The pass is occasionally closed by snow from January to March, forcing a three-hour detour around the mountains.

Several B&Bs and most Samarkand guides can arrange day trips to Shakhrisabz for around US$15 per person, including a driver and a tour of all the main sights.

Headed back to Samarkand independently, it's easiest to take a Damas minivan north to Kitab (1500S, 20 minutes) and then pick up one of the frequent shared taxis to Samarkand (15,000S, 80 minutes).

Shared taxis on from Shakhrisabz leave from the New Bus Station, 3km south of town. Damas minivans shuttle here from 500m south of the Dorus Siyodat. Cars run frequently to Tashkent (50,000S, five hours). To get to Bukhara take a shared taxi to Karshi (20,000S, 1½ hours) and change there. For Termiz (100,000S) you may have to change in Guzar (10,000S).

A private chartered taxi costs 100,000S to Samarkand, 200,000S to Tashkent and 400,000S to Bukhara or Termiz.