- Encounters with locals
- Place or Religious Monument
- Place or Historical Monument
Kokand is an ordinary town, but for all that, I had a really lovely day there. There are attractive mosques, a few old madrassas, and above all, lots of warm and welcoming people.
I had the opportunity to visit the Mir Mosque at 1 p.m., right in the middle of prayers. When the prayers had stopped, I was very invited to return inside, and we quickly struck up a conversation.
I then headed toward the Dakhma i Shokon Cemetery. After a few missteps around the oddly laid out tombstones, I ended up at the Modari Khan Mausoleum. There, in the shade of a tree, a group of men and women invited me to drink tea with them, offering to watch my bag while I went for a walk, and then gave me an explanation of local history - at least as far as I could understand. And yes, before any trip to Central Asia, it makes sense to learn Russian, even just a little!