(September 29, 2017) Bukhara
This is an entire day to explore Bukhara's Old
city and visit its multiple monuments and bazaars there.
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 late as the hotel administrator
suggested yesterday: forecast for this morning was cold and, as the
breakfast is served outdoors, the earlier the cooler. We talked about
our train tickets with him too and, as the station is out of the city
and tickets can be purchased online, they will get our tickets. So,
it’s around 11 AM when we’re ready to explore Bukhara with our winter
clothes, like yesterday.
Our plan for today is starting by the furthest highlights,
out of the walled city, and we walk to there, avoiding to stop when
passing by Poi Kalon or The Ark. Eva makes some shopping in the way,
though. Soon we’re between Modari Khan and Abdullah Khan madrasahs.
Then we walk a bit more further and we need to ask several
times while following the road to reach Ismail Samani Mausoleum, one of
the most iconic buildings in Bukhara. We pay 4000 soms to get into the
It’s just a bit deeper in the park, just where it ends,
until Chasma Ayub, with a couple of modern buildings around. Just
across the road we can see a big market, but we turn around to walk
back to the Old City going through the park as a shortcut.
When we can see The Ark again, at our left Mosque Zhodja
Zaynuddin is full of live: A crows in the entrance, all men, are
praying. If we had some doubt about getting in there or not, now it’s
clear for us and we just make some pictures from outside.
The walls and entrance for The Ark are fabulous, a must-do
in Bukhara with no doubt. The right wall, besides, has Old City’s
skyline in the background, leaded by Poi Kalon complex, where we’re
finally heading now.
As we thought when planning today, we’re in front of Poi
Kalon by lunch time but, as we’ve got a late breakfast today, we go to
explore the complex before. The Square is after a barrier of parked
We get into Kalyan Mosque, which is very beautiful and, of
course, admire the massive minaret which leads the square and this
city’s sky. Inside Mir-i-Arab madrasah, in front of the mosque, there
is nothing to see but is spectacular from outside.
After this, we get into Minor Restaurant, with the best
views to Poi Kalon, some minutes after 3 PM. We eat a sort of soup with
noodles and vegetables for each one by 30000 soms.
We come back to the hotel for a rest and leaving the
shopping. We’ll leave later today, at dark, for a walk through bazaars
and some dinner in the restaurant in Lyabi Hauz. We eat a chicken
brochette by 50000 soms.
We’ve visited the most of the Bukhara’a highlights today and there is very few pending for tomorrow.