Adventuring into Bukhara
After a quick 2 days adventure in Khiva, Uzbekistan (100+ Photos), I took a 6 hour taxi to the city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
The cost of the 6 hour taxi? Just $50 USD. It was a quick ride, especially when you are just pre-occupied with reading books, news, and other articles on your phone (zoning out pretty much).
While Khiva was -1*Celcius in the day time, Bukhara, was only slightly warmer, at maybe 2-5*Celcius, so bundling up, an walking around, was the best way to stay warm.
Where is Bukhara, Uzbekistan?
The Ancient City of Bukhara
The history of Bukhara goes back about 2500 years, with the initial settlements of the Aryan people.
It was a major city within the Persian empire from 600 BCE, but eventually a Turkic population overthrew the locals.
By the 9th, and 10th century, the Samanid empire (an Iranian Islamic empire) conquered the city and Bukhara became the intellectual capital of the Islamic world.
In 1220, Ghengis Khan destroyed the entire city, leaving only a minaret and a wall of a mausoleum intact.
From the 16th to the 18th century, Bukhara became part of the Bukhara Khanate (Kingdom).
Eventually, the ‘Great Game' between the Russian and English empires caused Russia to take Bukhara (and Khiva, and other Uzbek regions) into its control (1830-1895).
By 1917, the communists-soviets had overthrown the Russian empire.
On 1920, a well-trained soviet army invaded and captured Bukhara, ultimately integrating Bukhara (and Khiva, Tashkent, Samarkand, etc) into the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic.
By 1991, Bukhara was assimilated into the newly formed Republic of Uzbekistan.
According to the government census, 80%+ of the population is registered as ‘Uzbek', yet the majority of the population speaks ‘Tajik'.
Finally, a large number of Jews settled in Bukhara during roman times, and developed their own dialect called ‘Bukhori' (variation of Tajik).
Yet due to a constant, high level of abuse and persecution, the population gradually fell.
From 1925 until 2000, Judaism was abolished (and all other forms of religious worship) in Uzbekistan. Most Jews who left Bukhara at this point, ended up in Israel and the USA.
Bukhara is one of the 4 cities I recommend visiting in Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. All 4 were powerhouses on the ancient silk road, and feature lots of history to absorb and old buildings to admire and thing about.
While Khiva was still my most favourite city to wander around in Uzbekistan, Bukhara has it's charm as well. I really recommend trying the food.
Anyways, after Bukhara, I took a 4 hour taxi over to Samarkand, for my final city to adventure in Uzbekistan.