Bukhara Travel Blog› entry 72 of 80 › view all entries
The main highway in this part of Uzbekistan that runs from Bukhara NW towards Khiva is the A380, a number now more commonly used to refer to the new double-decker airbus, but there is nothing quite so high-tech on the roads here.
We had expected to have to catch a local taxi from Khiva to Urgench, the main town in this area, but the La'Li guest house owners are very keen to find us a taxi and quickly track down someone they know who happens to be heading to Bukhara. The car looks OK and he promises not to pick up any more passengers but I am a little worried when he stops for directions only 500m after we start and at one point near Urgench I need to direct him to take the right exit from a roundabout.
We easily find a good B&B in the old town and I locate a travel agent who can sell us train tickets. This will be useful as will save us the 14km hike out to the railway station to buy a ticket. Our plan is to book sleeper berths to Tashkent. As it is after 5 we need to wait to morning to see if this will be possible, I have a gut feeling that sleeper berths may be hard to get, but so far Uzbek railways has impressed so perhaps I should be more positive. We have a few more days before our flight departs from Tashkent so whatever the ticket situation we are not going to end up marooned in Uzbekistan!