Road to Bukhara
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Once again, I hit the road. My next destination was Bukhara --- an Islamic holy city on the Silk Road. The distance between Khiva and Bukhara is considerable. I would recommend hiring a car or even taking a plane when travelling between these two cities. Of course, taking a minibus or a long-distance bus would be cheaper (somewhere between US$10 and US$5 as of Octover, 2007). But given the road quality, it would not make a comfortable journey, especially if you are carrying a lot of things with you.
The road to Bukhara meanders through some harsh landscapes --- endless tracks of dry deserts, stretching beyond the horizon. Apart from that, the road crosses the Amu Darya, the longest river in Central Asia, and passes through occasional bazaars and a number of cotton-growing villages.
By the time I reached Bukhara, it was about 5:00 pm and getting dark. The journey from Khiva took a little over 6 hours. It was late for sight-seeing. From what little I saw, Bukhara seemed like an old trading town. Its roofed markets and tall minarets connected by narrow alleys reminded me of the tales from "the Arabian Nights." I even encountered some Arab tourists. Apparently, they come to Bukhara for eagle hunting.
Later that night, I met up with the family of my Uzbek friend who resides in Japan. They treated me a gorgeous dinner: plov! The food in Uzbekistan is not bad at all!