Breakfast is in the hotel.
Excursion along Bukhara
“Mausoleum of the Samanids” – the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c). The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub that belongs to esteemed “places of trace” left by saints (14th c). – the legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Museum of Imam Al Bukhari. “Bolo-Houz” Mosque – the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c), “Ark fortress” – the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c BC).
Visiting of “Sitora-i-Mokhi Khosa Palace” (XIX-XX), once the country residence of the last emir. Here you can see one of the best examples of palatial architecture. So called “White Hall” with its Guncha carvings with mirror layer are of exceptional beauty, “Chor Minor” (“Four minarets”) is an unusual madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c). Visiting the Complex of Bahaaddin Naqshbandi (XVI century). Not far from Bukhara is the memorial of the patron of Bukhara – Sheikh Bahauddin Naqshbandi (died 1389). The worship of the holy grave of the sheikh was equated with the commission of a hajj to Mecca.
For lunch, which will be in the national house, the Uzbek “Mostava” and “Samsa” will be served.
Mostava is a national soup made up of finely chopped meat, vegetables and rice.
Samsa is a kind of patty of an arbitrary (square, triangular or round) shape with a filling. For its preparation it’s needed vegetable oil, lamb meat or beef, fattened fat, onions, special dough and a set of spices.
Dinner will be organized in the national house with the famous Bukhara dish “Baracha” (fried meat of a young lamb).
Overnight is in Bukhara.