The center of Bukhara City is full of historical sites, from the simple to the ornate. Bukhara was built on an oasis, so that water for this desert city was provided through ponds, the last remaining of which is Lyabi-Hauz. The pond itself is surrounded by mosques and madrassas, and as you continue along the tour, you’ll see that there’s a sight around every corner. Alongside the Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, the Chor-Minor Madrassa (with its distinctive four towers) and the Kalyan Minaret (one of the few structures in Bukhara not destroyed by the Mongols) are some of the most famous structures in Bukhara. Another important and symbolic stop is the Ark Fortress, which housed generations of royal families and is now a history museum. For those who love history, architecture, and art, the one-day Bukhara City Tour is the best tour for getting to know this welcoming city.
Visit to Bukhara city descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
Guided sightseeing tour; Entrance fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights; Transport throughout the city tour.
Must visit on your Visit to Bukhara city
The ensemble of Khoja-Gaukushon located in the center of the city is one of the largest of its kind in Uzbekistan. Comprising of many large madrasahs and mosques, you can spend your entire day exploring the puzzling monuments.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bukhara with a collection of different monuments and buildings constructed somewhere between 16th and 17th century. You can also find one of the last ponds (Hauz in Urdu) remaining in here post soviet era. The environment of this park is both tranquil and relaxing.
This Madrasah which was built sometime back in 1652 is considered as the gem of Islamic architecture. It exhibits the finest wood carving art collection with artistic decorations evident both on interior and exteriors.
Also known as the “Tower of Death” due to the executions performed on captives, this 45-meter towering minaret is among the most prominent landmarks in Bukhara. It is part of the larger Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex.
This madrasah was built in around 16th century and is situated within the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex. The exquisite Arabian oriental artworks are evident in the décor and architecture of the building, and to this day is a functional religious institution.
It is part of the Lyab-i Hauz religious complex and is located just 300 meters from Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex.
Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah
One of the madrasahs located in Lyab-i Hauz architectural complex, it is an important building devoting special attention to Islamic architectural heritages.
Located outside of the historic urban center of Bukhara, it is a highly rated ancient tourist spot for its high esteemed Central Asian architecture. It hosts the cemetery of Ismail Samani.
Built in the 12th Century by Karakhanid rulers, this mausoleum is a sacred place for locals and is related to legend of Prophet Job. The water coming out of the wells are considered holy and said to have healing effects.
This enormous fortress was fortified in 5th Century AD primarily to provide defense against the enemies. Now there is a museum preserving all its history, a mosque, and a large building complex.
After you’re done visit the tourist spots, you can pay a visit to one of the markets where you can find all daily necessity items, local produce, and souvenirs. Here are the main bazaars of markets:
Named after the most successful Khan of Shaibanid dynasty, it is the largest dominating structure in the trading dome of Bukhara.
Another market in trading dome, Taqi-Zargaron is the largest existing shopping complex which reportedly accommodated 36 different shops and ateliers.
It is an excellent place where you can find handmade items and handicrafts among other items in souvenir shops located inside this place. Built around the late 15th century, it served as a resting place for merchants and travelers coming here for trading purposes.
Artisan Development Center
Here you can see the entire development process of handcrafts from raw materials to finished product. Artisans employed here work on miniature paintings, jewelry boxes, and tapestries.