Kokand was first mentioned by Arab travelers in the 10th century as an oasis town on the trade route between India and China. Kokand was known throughout history as a prosperous trading and religious center and during the 19th century, it was the centerpiece of a powerful khanate stretching from the Fergana Valley to the southern Kazakh steppes. Tour the ruins of the Khudayar Khan’s Palace, built in 1873. Restoration efforts continue today as Muslim artisans work to return the 113-room palace to its former beauty. Visit the imposing Jummi Mosque, a remnant from the time when Kokand was filled with 600 mosques and 15 madrassahs. Then explore the Amin Beg Madrassah and Dakhma-i-Shohon tombs, or Grave of Kings, where the khan and his family are buried.
PUBLISHED: February 5, 2013