(September 28, 2017) Bukhara
We've got an early flight to Bukhara, at 7:30 AM.
is just one hour and a half, we'll have the entire day to
The spots marked at map are:
0- Hotel Khurjin
1- Labi Khauz
2- Chor Minor
3- Poi Kalyan
4- The Ark
5- External Mausoleums: Ismail Samani and Chasmai
We take our breakfast and, while Eva is finishing
packing, I go to the bank to exchange more euros after learning
yesterday it’s the best option now. It’s a few minutes to 11 AM when we
leave the hotel to the road to use a bus to airport 3 as we learned
yesterday by 1200 soms each. In the airport, a water bottle in the
vending machine is 1500 soms. I insert a 5000 soms note and find out
I’m not going to get any change, so I get another bottle and the only
snack available by 2000 soms, which was looking like some pills but was
surprisingly cheese. The name of this product is Kurt.
Everything goes smoothly: we make the check in and
wait for the boarding gate to open for the only flight here at this
time. In one hour and a half we’re in Bukhara, where we take a taxi to
the hotel by 30000 soms.
Hotel Khurjin is charming: it’s sited in an 18th century
historic building with two picturesque courtyards. The room is full of
We leave the hotel quick as we want to look a
place for our lunch. We choose Restaurant Tamir’s, which have only a
roofed terrace for customers. It’s like they’re not used to this cold
that came suddenly today, but they bring some blankets they have for
these occasions. We pay 146000 soms by two soups of long noodles with
meat and one fried chicken portion. We think it’s expensive based on
this country standards.
Then we explore Lyabi Hauz Square, which is the
nearest highlight and the center of the live on this Old City.
We get into Nadir Divanbegi madrasah and admire
Nadir Divanbegi khanaka and Kulkedash madrasah, which are the three
monuments around the square.
We get too into some of the shops in this area, like a sort
of local clothes outlet and a puppet workshop.
We go on with our walk by the main street which
go through Taki Telpak Bazaar, where we purchase a beautiful hand
painted miniature by 20 euros.
There are three buildings in Old Bukhara
bazaars, but streets themselves are full of stalls with mostly the same
items than in the bazaars. So, there is no difference.
We take some rest in the hotel and leave by night
walk. We want to see Poi Kalon on lights but, when we get there, is all
dark. The only place with lights and live at 8 PM is the one we already
know: Lyabi Hauz Square.