We arrived in Bukhara after six hours in the car from Samarkand. We were all exhausted at the apartment and did not actually head to the old city to explore until around 7pm. We were only in Bukhara one evening and then heading to our excavation site the following day. We will come back to Bukhara later in the season for weekend excursions so we just enjoyed walking around. We started at the Ark, which is one of Bukhara’s oldest structures dating from around the fifth century. Then we followed the road to where the Kalon Minaret stands and the Kalon mosque and Mir-i-Arab Medrassa face one another. During this sunset here we watched an Uzbek couple having their weddings photos taken- an absolutely breathtaking backdrop!
We then wandered through the darkening old covered (domed) bazaars until the Ulugbek and Abdul Aziz Khan Medrassa. Here so many people were still enjoying the cooler evening temperatures outside chatting and watching their children play.
We then finished our short evening tour at the Lyabi-Hauz, which in Tajik means ‘around a pool’. Restaurant and snack stands had tables set up throughout the urban landscape and by nine o’clock both tourists and locals emerged from the temperature-controlled indoors during the scorching days to enjoy the brisk night weather.
Ulugbek and Abdul Aziz Khan Medrassa