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TravelPod Member ReviewsMinzifa Hotel Bukhara
gorgeous, thats all i can say. If you get a chance to stay here then you have a wonderful tour operator. My room was huge! Beautiful decor. Walking distance to the old city. Only downer....toillet didnt flush very well.
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Sorry, another brief history lesson. Bokhara had been a city on the Silk Road for a long time but blossomed under the Samanids in the 9th and 10th century and at its height it had over 300 mosques and 100 medrassas (my other book says 250) which schooled pupils from as far away as Yemen and Andalucia and had a Royal Library containing 45,000 …
... looks better for a little sunshine :)
As the first passenger in the car, I had managed to nab the front seat and behind me were Sohib, a friendly ethnic Uzbek, who had been working on a building project in Urgench and was on his way home to Bukhara, and 2 Russian Uzbeks, Alex and Petr, who spent much of the trip passing a vodka bottle between them, moving onto something unidentifiable but foul-smelling ...
... longitude. Two majestic madrassas face one another; four centuries past, the southern being exquisitely crafted to reflect the northern, standing then already two hundred years. The eastern and western aspects are lower in both elevation and status- some aged and crumbling residences to the east border an alleyway; to the west what is surely the most beautiful bazaar in Bukhara.
But it was the elements that suffused the scene ...
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* Although our journey is a relatively soft option compared to their 1000cc endurance, they are genuinely interested in what we are doing . They have caught the road bug at a young age and a long life of driving adventures lies before them. We are equally impressed by the challenge they are undertaking. ...
... me to a beer and we (Dennis and I) sat together speaking in English and in French. Great guys! This exemplifies my reason for travelling as it is about engaging with local people. Magic!
After a filling breakfast, I set off into the old city. Firstly, I visited the Medressa west of Lyabi Hauz. It was early enough in the morning to have avoided the numerous stalls that inevitably accompany the tourist attractions in these places.