Visit Bukhara, Uzbekistan
One of the holiest places of Islam, the venerable and captivating city of Bukhara was also one of the key stops along the Silk Route.
In the Middle Ages, when the region was at its zenith, scholars traveled from all over the Islamic world to study here, including two giants of Persian culture, Ibn Sina and Firdausi.
The monuments on show are truly impressive, from the astonishing Kalon Minaret, spared by an awestruck Genghis Khan and bombed by the Red Army, to the diminutive but exquisite Ismail Samani Mausoleum, with its Zoroastrian motifs and intricate brickwork.
The main sights can be seen in a day but this is one place where little seems to have changed from the medieval era, and taking things a little slower lets you absorb the thrillingly authentic atmosphere.
Suggested itineraries featuring Bukhara
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Bukhara, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Bukhara
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Photos of Bukhara
Accommodation choices for Bukhara
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bukhara. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
One of the best located properties in Bukhara, the Zargaron Hotel offers comfortable beds, good food and its roof-top bar has lovely views over parts of the old town.
Minzifa is a beautiful boutique hotel, situated to the south of the Lyabi Hauz pond. All of its rooms are en suite and the hotel has a small restaurant and an ayvan - Uzbek colonnaded terrace.
Ideas for experiencing Bukhara
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bukhara, and which use the best local guides.
The sheer quantity of sights here means most visitors cannot see everything. One of the city’s most recognizable monuments is the Kalon mosque and minaret complex. Climbing up this 46 meter ornamental minaret rewards you with a stunning view over the whole city and the biggest Friday mosque in Bukhara.