This morning, I took the Defender for a drive 8km out of town to see the Chor-Bakr Necropolis (on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status). It was reportedly built in the 16th century, over the burial place of Abu-Bakr-Said, who was one of the four of Abu-Bakrs (Chor-Bakr) – descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. I arrived about 9.30am and was the only visitor in the entire complex!
After returning from Chor-Bakr, I had a final wander around the old town before the midday heat kicked in. It was interesting to see silk carpets still being hand-knotted in one of the carpet shops.
Tonight is my last night in Bukhara. I plan to set off early in the morning (about 5.30am) when the temperature is a bit cooler. I have a fairly long drive to Khiva (about 450km) and have been told that the road surface is bad.
I had a pleasant surprise when I went to pay my hotel bill. The rate quoted by booking.com was the double rate for a triple-room that was the ‘last one available’. The actual rate for my single room is $40 per night. That’s a great rate for this cute little hotel. Thumbs up for the Amulet Hotel.