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On the silk road discover the old city of Bukhara

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A July 1998 trip to Bukhara by allain

The Ark Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan More Photos
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On the silk road discover the old city of Bukhara

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Overview

Mosque Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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In Central Asia, Bukhara is the most famous city after Samarkand. The monuments are less impressive than Samarkand, but the old town doesn't seem to have change for centuries.Bukhara's atmosphere is charming. Most of the centre is an architectural preserve, full of former islamic's school (the medressas), a massive decaying royal fortress (the Ark), and five covered markets. This town feasted its 2500's birthday in 1997.Quick Tips: The best thing to do in Bukhara is have a walk, to follow the narrow old streets and get lost. There is a mosque or ma medressa at every corner. When you are tired, you could have a drink at Laby Hauz, a peaceful plaza near a fresh pool and then go to turkish bath ...Read More

Mubinjon Tajiev

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Hotel

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This is a guesthouse located, 200 m from the very nice Labi Hauz pool. The ancient house is full of antiquities and 200's old carpets, it looks like a museum transformed in a hotel. There are about 12 beds for $10 each or you could sleep on the carpet for a little bit less. There are common toilet and hot shower. The most typical point is the owner Mubinjon. Always claiming and crying about not enough generous tourists, he often forget to give you the change ! Perfect for budget traveler.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2000

Mubinjon Tajiev
Eshoni Pir 4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
4-20-05

Hotel Zarafshan

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Hotel

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Municipal hotel Zarafshan is to avoid . Looks like an ugly, realist soviet building, far from the historical center. Rooms from $6 to 8$ for double. Not very clean, water works from time to time.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 30, 2000

Hotel Zarafshan
Sorok let Uzbekistana 7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
3-41-73

Sacha & Lena

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Hotel | "Sacha & Lena"

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B&B Sacha & Lena is a clean and lovely place with sauna, hot water, air con and satellite TV. About 10 beds with shared toilet and bath are $20 per person in season, $15 out of season. It is at Molodyozhnaya 13, 10 minute walk east of Labi Hauz. This B&B is often overbooked, so it is preferable to call ahead.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2000

Sacha & Lena
Molodyozhnaya 13
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
3-38-90

Laby Hauz Thea House

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Restaurant

Laby Hauz Thea House Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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During the day, dine at fresco at Laby Hauz with grey beards and local families. Enjoy tea and pastries, and shashly (roasted sheep) dishes. You can eat seated on a bed and watching young boys diving in the pool.

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Laby Hauz Thea House
Laby Hauz Plaza
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

The Ark

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Attraction

The Ark Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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The Ark is a medieval fortress. It is the oldest 's structure of Bukhara (the first stones have been erected in the 5th century). Bukhara has a tremendous past with many wars with the neighboring town of KivaIn, but it is the soviets who damaged the most the stronghold. The present crumbling walls are 300 years old. It is about 75% ruins inside now, except for some remaining royal quarters, now housing a museum.

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The Ark
15 m from center
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Laby Hauz

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Attraction

Laby Hauz Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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Labi Hauz, a plaza built around a pool in 1620, is the most peaceful and interesting spot in the town. Shaded by hundred years old trees as old of the pool itself and people with street sellers, old bearded men play domino, and young boys who dive in the poll from the top of the trees. The plaza is bordered with two nice medressas, including the Navir Divanbegi medressa which is the only one building in the Muslim world where you could find a mosaic of a bird (animal representations are forbidden by Koran).

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Laby Hauz
Laby Hauz plaza
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Covered markets

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Attraction

Covered markets Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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The area west of Labi Hauz, are a vast area of market lanes, arcades and crossroad mini-bazaars whose multi-domed roofs are designed to cool air. Only three bazaars remains from dozens in former centuries. Now they are less crowded than before but tourist and carpet shops tend to be back.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Covered markets
Centre
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalam Minaret

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Kalam Minaret Photo, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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When it was built in 1127, the Kalam minaret was the tallest building in the muslim world. It is a wonderful piece of work: 47 meters tall with a 10 meter deep foundation, which in 850 has never needed any repairs. Ghengis Khan, when he destroyed the city, was so dumbfounded by it that he ordered to leave the minaret intact. He said 'this minaret is higher than me so I respect it!' It was also used as a beacon and watchtower, and even some Emirs threw criminals off it until forbidden to do by the Russians. You can climb at the top for half price, if you find the owner of the door's key.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Kalam Minaret
Old city centre
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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