Bukhara, Uzbekistan

The first records of Bukhara are known from the Chinese sources of the middle of II c. B.C. At the start of the first millennium Bukhara was in the composition of Kushan Empire. The encroachment of the troops of Arab caliphate started upon Bukhara oasis in the second half of VII century.

This was accompanied by the ravages and plunder in the town. But already in IX c. the representatives of the local nobility in the person of Ismail Samani used the struggle of the national masses for the independence. As a result of these events there was established the centralized feudal state independent from caliphate.

 

Folk show-program in BukharaIt is one of the most popular suggested folk show-programs which is visited by nearly 80% of all tourists in Uzbekistan.   So, it is necessary to book in advance in the high season in order to get the guaranteed seats.

What is this show-program? This program takes place in one of the most beautiful and large madrasahs of Bukhara – Nodir Divan Begi (XVII C.) and lasts for 1 – 1,2 hours.

Persian gazelleFor the fanciers of the nature and animals we offer the trip to the Persian gazelle farm. The eco-center “Persian gazelle” was created in the middle eighties for the maintenance of some desert animal species and especially Persian gazelles the abundance of which by eighties of last century was already critically low.

 

Palace VarakhshaApproximately 40 kilometers westwards of Bukhara there is one of the big settlements of pre-Islamic period, the palace Varakhsha, also known as Rayfandun. According to the historical sources the settlement was founded in IV-III C.B.C. In the days of the Hephthalites in V-VI centuries the settlement was reconstructed into the fortress and became the residence of the local ruler.

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