Bukhara is a city in Uzbekistan recognized as the economic and cultural center of Central Asia. Bukhara, where the ancient Persian city stood, was the epicenter of Islamic culture in the 8th century. The architecture around town is a cultural remnant of how it once was brimming with antique Islamic scriptures and artistic touch. This city is perfect for Muslim tourists to get in touch with one of the greatest ancient Islamic sites and their histories.
Visit the Lyab I Haus pond! The tea houses and markets surrounding the pond make this site as the heart of Bukhara. The Kukeldash Madrassa and the Nadir Divan-Begi Madrassa, located adjacent to Lyab I Haus, portray beautiful Islamic architecture where many religious leaders conduct their studies.
Marvel in the majesties of the Ark of Bukhara! This fortress was originally built in the 5th century and it served as a citadel within the walls until it fell in 1920. Currently, this site stands as a museum where Bukhara’s histories and priceless artifacts are exhibited to their beholders.
Bukhara still has plenty to offer, but, among them, the Chor Minor is a must-visit! The four minarets or towers are believed to represent the four religions of Central Asia—Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism.
Lastly, don’t miss out on Bukhara’s local markets! The trading domes of Bukhara are where locals offer Bukhara’s finest resources and artworks. The Toqi Sarrofon Bazaar and the Toqi Zargaron are among the domes still standing today! Jewelries, embroideries, ceramics, and so much more are sold on these sites perfect for bringing a piece of Bukhara home with you!
Bukhara is served by the Bukhara International Airport. It is located approximately 5 kilometers away from the city center. The taxi rates from the airport to the city center are around 25,000 to 50,000 UZS. Other transportation options are available as well within the airport’s premises.
There are many Halal restaurants in Bukhara, so looking for one should not be a problem. Among the best Muslim-friendly restaurants are Restaurant Lyabi Hauz, Restaurant Sayqal, Minzifa Restaurant, and Obi Samarkand. The teashops and eateries near the Lyab I Haus Pond are also mostly Muslim-friendly. Be sure to ask the clerks to ensure that the food served is Halal!
Bukhara is filled with many beautiful mosques. The Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Kalyan Mosque are the two most visited and prized mosque in Bukhara. The artistic architectures, the amount of jamaah both can house, and the cultural significance is what makes the two mosques most celebrated in Bukhara.