NEWS AND EVENTS
July 25, 2014
TOURISM: Some foreign tourists prefer guest houses to hotels
Bukhara attracts tourists not only with centuries-old buildings, narrow alleys of the old town, hospitable people and oriental flavor. Feature of the city is that the historic buildings stay side by side with modern buildings. By staying in a comfortable hotel, travelers have the opportunity to contemplate from the windows Minora-i-Kalon, monument to Khoja Nasreddin or Nodir Divon-Begi Madrassah, and the other pearls of antiquity.
But some of the guests of the city want to learn more about the life and culture of the local people, their customs, traditions, and try local cuisine. Moreover, being far from their homes, travelers often miss home, and wand to feel easy and cozy atmosphere. They make up for this loss in the premises that became known as guest houses. Here the owners will keep them company at the dinner table, help in any matter, talk about their family, and meet with their way of life.
“We have welcomed guests for about two years. Meeting with students from Belgium, India, Macedonia and Greece was most memorable.
They lived for a month in our house,” says Hurshida Karimova, hostess of Sallohkhona Guest House. “In one of the days, we made an acquaintance party with people of different nationality. They cooked national dishes and danced. They left with tears in their eyes.
“We still keep in touch with them,” says Mehrangis Sadulaeva, Hurshida Karimova’s eldest daughter. “Guys invited us to their country. During their stay in Bukhara, we spent much time together, walking, talking, even jogging out together in the mornings. First, one guest joined me, then a second, and then the whole group.
“Most of all, I remember the dinners on the couch in the courtyard outdoors,” said Martin Efremov, Macedonian guest. “The hostess often organized peculiar buffet lunch with fresh clotted cream, hot palov, dumplings, khonim, and juicy kebab. Also on the table a vase with a variety of fruits rose.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)