Chor Minor Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Narrow alleyways, sectioned by dark imposing heavy carved wooden doors, open out onto delightful squares with pools, fountains, trees and men playing backgammon.

Bukhara is a city full of the atmosphere showcasing some of the artisan crafts that made the great legendary Silk Road city. Workshops hide master knife makers, skilled embroiderers sewing intricate designs from gold silk threads, woodcarvers and miniaturist painters.

Close up of woman's hand embroidering with gold silk.
The art of gold embroidery, Bukhara

Why visit Bukhara?

The Kalyon minaret, the only monument spared by Genghis Khan when he sacked the city, dominates the centre of the town but there are also mosques and merchants houses to explore. Bukhara definitely has a lot to offer travellers to Uzbekistan and is a worthwhile city to visit for travellers wanted a historical and a cultural city experience.


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Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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