If you visit in the summer, check the opening hours of the Registan ahead of time. There's an international dance competition held in mid-August and the opening times will vary depending on practice and performance times.
It's quite hot in July and August, if you can visit in the spring or fall it will be more enjoyable.
The Timur Mausoleum is at it's best lit up in the evening, after the crowds have died down significantly, right before closing. It's best to do this at the end of the day.
At the playground you pay by the half-hour, but they don't check in. Pay for the minimum amount of time you think you'll stay and then don't worry about it if you're there longer.
Samarkand is the crown jewel of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Samarkand will dazzle you with its numerous sites. This adventure highlights two of the best. Begin at the heart of ancient Samarkand, the Registan, and afterward travel to the second site, the Timur Mausoleum. Both of these are easy to visit with your nugget. Plus, the day includes a well-earned trip to the playground. It all adds up to a memorable day in Samarkand with kids.
The day begins at the Registan, the pinnacle of any Silk Road itinerary. The complex is large and often crowded, yet the courtyards tend to offer some quiet. The gold ceiling is the highlight, but there’s plenty more amazing architecture to see.
Once you’re tired of the crowds (and the heat), head across the street from the Registan to the Registan Supermarket. Here you’ll find a wonderful highlight in Samarkand for kids: there’s an indoor playground inside the supermarket! The kids can burn off a bit of steam and everyone can cool off and relax. After playground time is over, you can find dinner at any of the restaurants around the supermarket and the Registan.
As the sun begins to set, head west to the Timur Mausoleum. By this time, the crowds have died down and you’ll be able to appreciate the second gold ceiling of the day in relative quiet. Once you’ve had your fill of the golden splendour, walk back outside to see the building all lit up. It’s truly an impressive sight. Sadly, you’ll have to appreciate it from afar as it closes not long after the lights come on.