Located on southwest part of Uzbekistan and on the famous Great Silk Road, Bukhara Region is one of the prominent places to visit for Uzbekistan Tours.
The historic centre of Bukhara Region was an important economic and cultural centre in Central Asia for long centuries and more than two thousand years old. Bukhara city was one of the well preserved Islamic cities of Central Asia of the 10th to 17th centuries.
Bordering to Turkmenistan, Navoly Region, and Quashqadaryo Region, the old city of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous as a living museum and one of Uzbekistan Attractions.
As per President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Bukhara Region has immense tourism potential and is going to double the foreign inflow by 2021.
As per the statistics, Bukhara city population comprised of 82% Uzbeks, 6% Russians, 4% Tajiks, 3% Tatars, 1% Koreans, 1% Turkmens, 1% Ukrainians and the rest of the people belong to ethnicities.
The population of the city consists mainly of Tajik speaking Tajiks, while the ethnic Uzbek forms a growing minority. Though the majority of the people are known as “Uzbeks”, they speak Tajiks as they are registered as Uzbeks by the central government despite their Tajik language and identity.
As the famous city of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Bukhara city has some iconic destinations like architectural ensembles, fortress, mausoleums and mosques. These sites of Bukhara Region reflect the History of Bukhara.
Po-i-Kalyan Complex consists of Kalyan Minaret, Kalan Mosque, and Mir-i Arab Madrassah. Known as the tower of death, Kalyan Minaret looks great with the Islamic architecture.Kalan mosque is able to accommodate 12, 000 people and has multi-domed roofing. Mir-i-Arab Madrasas is dedicated to Mir-i-Arab, the spiritual mentor of Ubaidullah-khan and his son Abdul-Aziz-khan. This complex is most visited site among all Uzbekistan Attractions.
The Lab-i Hauz ensemble consists of the 16th-century Kukeldash Madrasah, the largest in the city, situated on the north side of the pond.
Bahoutdin Architectural Complex includes the gravestone of Bahoutdin, Khakim Kushbegi mosque, Muzaffarkan mosque, and Abdul-Lazizkhan khanqah.
The Ark is a massive fortress of Bukhara.
Chashma-Ayub Maudsoleum is a holy place which is located near the Samani mausoleum. Its name is said to reflect a legend that states the prophet Job.
Ismail Samani mausoleum reflects the most highly esteemed work of Central Asian architecture with combining work of both Zoroastrian and Islamic motifs.and known as the resting place of Samanid dynasty.
Bolo Haouz Mosque list along with the other parts of the historic city and inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It served as a Friday mosque.
Chor Minar or Char-Minar is actually a complex of buildings with two functions, ritual and shelter whereas, each of the four towers has different decorated motifs.
Built in the 9th century, Magoki Attori mosque is the remains of what may have been an older Zoroastrian temple.
Mosque of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani
There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry