Walks around Bukhara

Over the past two weeks, from Bukhara, sev­eral bright news have scat­tered of changes that have made the city even more at­trac­tive and con­ve­nient for tourists.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TRAVEL -

In the old part of Bukhara, a ‘lev­i­tat­ing’ dervish has ap­peared. Such a tourist at­trac­tion would be rather in­ter­est­ing for guests, and help in­crease the at­trac­tive­ness of tourist des­ti­na­tions. In the fu­ture, sim­i­lar en­ter­tain­ment show projects will be im­ple­mented in other pop­u­lar cities. By the way, it can be not only dervishes, but also other char­ac­ters that re­flect the na­tional spirit: mas­quer­ades (clowns), car­a­vans or even char­ac­ters of pop­u­lar fairy tales, for ex­am­ple, Khoja Nasred­din, who is known all over the world.

To boost the tourist po­ten­tial of Bukhara and cre­ate ad­di­tional types of en­ter­tain­ment, the cre­ation of a street of ‘free artists’ was ini­ti­ated. The State Tourism Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has al­ready worked with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and de­fined the lo­ca­tion of the street of ‘free artists’. Also, the artists them­selves agreed to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in the pro­ject. The ex­pe­ri­ence of cre­at­ing such streets is widely spread in the lead­ing foreign tourist cen­ters, there is an ana­logue also in the cap­i­tal of our coun­try – the Say­il­goh Street, or the Tashkent Broad­way. On such streets it is very pleas­ant to walk: guests ad­mire pic­tures, get ac­quainted with lo­cal con­tem­po­rary art, watch the work of the artist and even can or­der a por­trait and take one of the fin­ished works as a gift.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles ap­peared in the city. They will be a con­ve­nient al­ter­na­tive to walk­ing tours in those parts of the old city where the pas­sage of cars is pro­hib­ited. A tourist route has al­ready been cre­ated for the most in­ter­est­ing ob­jects, which starts from Labi Havuz, then passes by Toki Sara­fon, Toki Zar­garon and through the Poi Kalon com­plex ends at the fortress Ark.

In ad­di­tion, the State Com­mit­tee for Tourism Devel­op­ment to­gether with pri­vate com­pa­nies will es­tab­lish a Rent-Car rental ser­vice in Bukhara. Rental in­volves the de­liv­ery of a car with­out a driver for a cer­tain period of time (from sev­eral hours to sev­eral months). To reg­is­ter a lease, in ad­di­tion to a pass­port, foreign ci­ti­zens will need a driv­ing li­cense of an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

And, fi­nally, the first launch of the bal­loon with tourists on board suc­cess­fully passed in Bukhara. Dur­ing the flight over the an­cient city, unique im­ages were made. Now such an air travel is avail­able to ev­ery tourist. Aerostats will rise above the ter­ri­tory of an­cient Bukhara and be­come a tourist at­trac­tion, through which it will be pos­si­ble to climb to a height of about 100 me­ters and sur­vey the ex­panses of the an­cient city for half an hour. This will make it pos­si­ble to take unique pic­tures and just have a good time.

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