Known as the sub-urban simmer residence of Bukhara emirs, Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace is one of the Uzbekistan Desinations which displays highly decorated architecture and crafts in the museum. During Bukhara Tours, you can see the finest decorations on the mixed oriental and Bukhara architecture.
The place for the construction of Emir's Summer Palace In Bukhara is chosen on thebasis of the coolest place. The temperature varies inside of the palace and it feels much cool even in the hottest day of summer season. The palace got its name as SitoraiMokhi-Khosa which means "Palace, like the stars and the moon" or “Palace Of Moon-Like Stars”.This name was given by Muzaffar-Khanafter the name of his dead beloved wife Sitora-bonu as he used to compare his beautiful wife with the moon.
Nasrullah Khan, the emir of Bukhara decided to build the SitoraiMokhi-Khosa Palace in the mid 19th century. To choose the coolest place, he ordered to cut the pieces of a lamb and put in the four corner of the city. The place with least decomposed piece is chosen for the construction of palace.
The main building of the palace was constructed during the reign of MuzaffarKhan and reconstructed by Abdul Akhad Khan, the grandson of Nasrullah Khan. Muhammad Alim Khan, the son of Abdul Akhad Khan and the last emir of Bukhara, completed the construction of the new palace in 1917. So, SitoraiMokhi-Khosa Palace is divided into two parts.
SitoraiMokhi-Khosa Palace in Bukhara is located 4 kilometres to the north of Bukhara city.
The new version made by Alim Khan shows the mixed architecture of European and Uzbekistan Architecture.
On Bukhara Tours, you will find 3 buildings surrounded by the courtyards and the rose gardens. Before reaching the gate of new palace, you will see the old palace with the house of guards and servants. The white hall is decorated in the style of Bukharan stucco ganch, niches and mirrors. This hall is designed and decorated by Master craftsmen ShirinMuradov. The chandelier in the main hall was brought from the Poland. According to the history, the architecture of the palace was made by the idea of Russian engineers Sakovich and Margulis. Most of the furniture like mirrors and front doors were brought from Russia and England.
After the first gate, a square can be found and opposite to the square, a gate with the rich decoration can be found.
The courtyard is surrounded by the rooms which include a banquet hall, a chess room and a teahouse, decorated with luxury items of the day like an early refrigerator, photographs of the emir and a mirror that multiplies 40 times.
The main attraction of SitoraiMokhi-Khosa Palace is its interior. The decoration of the interior of White Hall or the throne is quite charming for the traditional ganch carving stucco-like traceries on the background of mirrors. The decoration in the interior of the white hall is incredible. A monument of ShirinMuradov, the usto master, can be found in the hall premises.
Each room has their unique decorative pattern like in the reception rooms; you can watch the rich traditional murals on ganch stucco walls.
In Chaikhana or tearoom, you can find the coloured designed on the windows. You can see a large collection of Chinese and Japanese vases. The interiors with the mirrors are highly decorated. There are Venetian, Japanese with boiled glass frames and b a three-leaved mirror with 40 reflections of an object can be seen.
An octagonal guesthouse can be found behind the main palace buildings which exhibits the customes. The harem is decorated by the suzanis from Urgut and Shahrisabz. A zoo can be seen in the campus of the palace.
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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