Bukhara played a pivotal role in the history of Uzbekistan, the most recent involved the imprisonment of two British officers in 1842 by the infamous Emir of Bukhara for daring to visit his realm without an invitation caused a flurry of letters to The Times demanding their rescue.

It was all to no avail and they met their death alone in the main square. However, today the atmosphere of a Silk Road city is once again returning to Bukhara. Narrow alley ways, sectioned by dark imposing heavy carved wooden doors, open out onto delightful squares with pools, fountains, trees and men playing backgammon.

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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