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  • Emir Alim Khan, the last Emir of Bukhara
    Emir Alim Khan, the last Emir of Bukhara
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  • Sunset over Bukhara from Kalon minaret
    Sunset over Bukhara from Kalon minaret
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  • headcovers on sale in former madrassahs
    headcovers on sale in former madrassahs
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    Bukhara today

    by nepalgoods Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    Ark and Mosques Kalan

    Favorite thing: Bukhara is the center of the fertile oasis of Bukhara, in the middle of the sandy desert Kizilkum. From the River Amur Darja, which is about 200km away a channel brings water to the town. The colours of the city are the yellow of the adobe tiles and the blue of the cupolas. Since its beginning Bukhara has always been called "the Noble" (scherif in arabic language), because of its wealth and beauty.

    Today Bukhara has about 300.000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Bukhara district.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

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    Old Town

    by nepalgoods Written Sep 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Bukhara has a very beautifull Old Town with many fine Mosques and Medreses, which are newly renovated. But most of the big buildings are not used any more. So a big part of the Old Town looks like an openair-museum. The covered bazaars of 16th and 17th century are now big souvenir bazaars. In the bazaars the tradtion of trading is still alive in the dark shops. But if you step away from the tourist paths than you'll find narrow paths with old houses and working mosques. Bukhara offers many places to explore on your own.

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    • Trains
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    People of Bukhara

    by toonsarah Updated Aug 23, 2007

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    Children at play, Poi Kalon complex, Bukhara
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    Favorite thing: Even more than elsewhere in Uzbekistan, I remember especially the warmth of the people of Bukhara, so this tip is dedicated to them, including:
    ~ the children who clamoured to have their photos taken on the back streets of the city (see photo 2 and my Uzbekistan page for the full story)
    ~ another group of children, playing games outside the Kalon Mosque
    ~ the family of this scarf-seller (photo 3) who tried so hard to work out where we trying to go and give our taxi driver directions
    ~ the family at the Hotel Mosque Baland, who looked after us so well, with candles during the power cut, a cake for Georgina’s birthday and green tea whenever anyone wanted it
    ~ the friendly waitress who hurried to turn on the fans in the welcoming courtyard of the Silk Road Spices Café

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    Opening hours, and “how much does it cost”

    by Trekki Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: A recent conversation with a friend led me to the idea to make a short summary of opening hours and prices, to give you a rough overview of the costs you can expect for Bukhara. This all is as of summer 2006 and my travel style, which involves basic to medium accommodation and two meals per day plus snacks. And of course, visiting the sights.

    Opening hours:
    mostly from 9 am to 5 or 6 pm on “normal” days. Expect different hours for Fridays, as this is the “Sunday” in the Islamic world.

    Travel expenses – for 3 days plus 1 evening – per person:
    Accommodation costs (4 nights): 60 USD (including breakfast);

    Food costs: 23.000 som (equals 18 USD) ;

    Snack and water costs: 6000 som (equals 5 USD);

    Costs for visting sights including camera fee: 12.000 som (equals 10 USD).

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    Transport from Khiva to Bukhara in shared taxi: seat 15 USD
    Transport from Bukhara to Samarkand in shared taxi: seat 15 USD.

    Fondest memory: Usually, hotels and car transport (like shared taxi) are paid in USD, all other expenses are paid in local Uzbek currency, som.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip

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    Further reading (websites)

    by Trekki Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Bukhara backstreets

    Favorite thing: Some websites will give you further reading and information. Some are of travel agencies, but they still have a lot of interesting information.

    Travel Agency Orexa

    Sairam Tours - Bukhara

    Bukhara Tourist Association

    Bukhara’s website

    Bukhara at UNESCO

    The most facinating and very detailed site about Bukhara’s architecture however is available only in German. But I can highly recommend to read it, as Bernhard Peter has put a lot of effort and knowledge into it:

    Architecture of Bukhara

    Fondest memory: .
    (I might add more websites in the future, as I plan to come back)

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    • Road Trip
    • Architecture

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    Off path sights, which might be of interest

    by Trekki Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: For those of you who decide to stay in Bukhara more than 2 days (and for my next visit, haha..), I’ll list some lesser known places to visit here:

    Khanqah Hoja Saineddin:
    This was once a hostel for pilgrims and is more a multifunctional ensemle with mosque, a mausoleum and a hauz.

    House of merchant Fayzulla Khujayev:
    This was the house of a rich merchant of 19th century, transformed into a museum now. Descriptions tell about delicious interior decorations and design in several rooms.

    Fondest memory: Medressas Abdullah Khan and Meder-e Khan:
    Another example of Kosh principle (two buildings facing each other – I will write about this under “Uzbekistan” country). Medar-e Khan was erected for the Khan’s mother.

    Sitora-i Mokh-i Hosa:
    This was Bukhara’s last Emir’s summer palace (19/20th century). It has a small museum inside by now, including exhibits about needlework of suzanis. Located 6 km north of town.

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    • Architecture
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    Best time for photos – where and when

    by Trekki Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Mir-i-Arab just before sunset
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    Favorite thing: Somehow, Bukhara city and all monuments are nicely located on an east-west axis, so that it is almost possible to “walk with the sun” and get good pictures of the sights.
    Chor Minor is easily photographed at any time of the day.
    If you are on the Ark in the afternoon, you can get good city views with the sun in your back.
    And Kaylon Square is a must at the time just before sunset.
    Mir-i-Arab Medressa looks almost like painted with gold.

    All my pictures here are shot at Kaylon Square, just before sunset.

    Fondest memory: Remember to take lots of film or camera chips, and make sure, all batteries are loaded (and that you have spare ones !)

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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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    How many days to plan for Bukhara ?

    by Trekki Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Bukhara city walk - east
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    Favorite thing: Now how many days should you plan for Bukhara ? As I am living in Germany with that unbelievable amount of 30 plus days to spend for holiday per year, I don't really think about tight time schedules.

    But let me give it a try:
    Bukhara can be visited in 1 day, provided the visitor is used to seeing-all-in-1-day visits. But this implies minimum 1 night stay, better 2 nights.

    For a one day visit, I would suggest the following tour:
    Start early and visit:
    Chor Minor (the most important sight east of Lyab-i-Hauz),
    then walk westward to Zindon,
    visit the Ark,
    continue with Bolo Hauz Mosque and Ismail Samani Mausoleum.
    Walk back along Kaylon Square to Ulughbek and Amir Aziz Khan Medressa.
    From there, walk back to Kaylon Square, it should be late afternoon by now, so you can get marvellous photo opportunities of Mir-i-Arab Medressa near sunset time.
    Then continue to the Taq-i’s for some shopping.
    Finish your day at Lyab-i-Hauz, sip some tea, have some shashlyk and let the atmosphere fill you.
    Or enjoy one of the evening performances in Nadir Diwan-Begi Medressa .

    Fondest memory: However, I highly recommend a minimum of 2 days, or even 3, if time permits. The city is just too beautiful and offers so many relaxing places to race through it in only one day.

    For better viewing, I have enclosed 2 GoogleEarthMap shots, how the above mentioned walks would look like (scale included: length equals approx. 500 m).

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    • Architecture
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    Well preserved and restored architecture

    by Cdnexpat Written Jul 17, 2005

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    The Ark

    Favorite thing: There is an abundance of places to visit in Bukhara. Plan on spending two days in order to see everything. You can also shop for Bukhara gold at the Ark, the most famous attraction. They have a large gold Bazar, and the gold is slightly red. It sold by weight, and tests are performed on site to determine its quality. Plan on spending some money if you have company, because Uzbek women love gold.

    Fondest memory: There is a small cafe/restaurant near a canal not far from the Ark, where they served us delicious sheshliks, downed with vodka and followed by dancing. Found memories.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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    Take your time to talk to the...

    by filipdebont Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take your time to talk to the friendly locals. Even if you do not speak any Russian, be friendly and polite, you can always use your hands and your feet to explain something, and a smile doesn't cost anything. If they ask to send them the photo you made, well be a gentleman and do not forget it, let them write their addres on a piece of paper, and then when you come home, just glue this paper on envelop and send them the promised pictures. For more pictures see Travelogue - Photo Album Chapter Locals.

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    See a MEDRESSA -- a working...

    by drolkar Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: See a MEDRESSA -- a working Muslim seminary that dates back to centuries ago.

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    filipdebont's General Tip

    by filipdebont Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The contact with the locals. Subtitle on this picture : 'Young Westerner meets an Old, Wise Central Asian'

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