The ancient city of Bukhara is filled with centuries-old mosques, bazaars and Islamic fortresses. It was once a key stop on the Silk Road, with spices, carpets, textiles and jewellery all passing through the city. Visit ancient historic sites, dine at rooftop restaurants and enjoy some of the best shopping in Central Asia.
Things to do in BukharaArk towers over the city and is one of the oldest structures in Uzbekistan. The stronghold dates back to the 5th century and has been reimagined as a cultural complex filled with exhibits on the city’s Silk Road heritage. Tour the former royal apartments and visit museums where you can view relics found at nearby archaeological sites.
At 47 metres tall, the Kalon Minaret is a sight to behold. It was built in the 1100s and has soared over the city for centuries. Ornamental bands wrap around the minaret and feature glazed tiles that shimmer in the sunlight. The minaret is part of Kalon Mosque, an enormous place of worship that can accommodate more than 10,000 people.
Surrounded by lush mulberry trees, Lyabi-Hauz is the beating heart of the city. The water-filled plaza is surrounded by outdoor cafes where you can sip mint tea and watch street musicians. Bukhara is also home to lovely rooftop restaurants where you can try traditional Uzbekistani cuisine.
The shopping in Bukhara is incredible, with everything from handmade trinkets to luxury woven carpets on sale. Visit the Bukhara Artisan Development Centre to watch locals making handicrafts, including chess sets, silk-embroidered textiles and wooden jewellery boxes.