21-22 October 2013

Heard so much rave reviews of Bukhara and the old town does not disappoint. The old town doesn’t just house ancient buildings that symbolise Bukhara’s glorious past as Central Asia’s religious, cultural and trade hub; rather it’s a living breathing town, a place of its modern day dwellers tucked in twisted alleys of unpaved road. The old town can be easily explored on foot, whereas the modern part of the city is easy to navigate on mashrutkas and buses where those grubby 500 som and 200 som notes come in handy (it’s 600 som per ride). People are generally courteous in giving up their seats for seniors and women carrying their groceries. I would have very much wanted to stay for a fourth day but alas, couldn’t arrange for a later flight from Urgench (more of that in a later post) so I had to make my way to Khiva soon.

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