“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one…”
Day 06: 16 August 2017 (Wednesday)
Route: Mary - BP Farab - Bukhara
Distance: 291 km
Hotel: Bukhara Rangrez Hotel, Uzbekistan
|(Driving out of the city of Mary)|
|(A lone camel in the field)|
|(Beware of goats crossing)|
On the way we stopped for toilet and tea break. We had our tea in a traditional yurt next to a hotel. The yurt tents are available for rent for those who wish to break their journey and overnight here. There are communal bathrooms and toilets available for tenants
|(Sweeping the desert sand)|
|(Having hot tea in the air-conditioned yurt)|
Before reaching the border we stopped at Turkmenabad for lunch at a Kyo Hun Palace Hotel in town. We had a small party to celebrate hubby's birthday. After lunch and prayers the bus brought us to the Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan border 21 km away for border clearance.
|(Lunch in Kyo Hun Palace Hotel)|
|(A spread of good food)|
|(An ice-cream birthday cake)|
We arrived at the border around 3.30 pm. There were thorough checks at both borders and we only cleared border crossing and entered Uzbekistan at 7.00 pm. What a tiring slow process!
|(An isolated Border Point in Farab)|
|(The sun was setting when we completed border formalities)|
Our guide Mr. Maarof was already there waiting for us since 2.00 pm. From the border we headed direct to Bukhara and went straight to Adras Theater Restaurant for dinner.
Tonight we stayed at Bukhara Rangrez Hotel, Uzbekistan.
|(Arriving in Bukhara, tired and hungry)|
|(Dinner at Adras Theater Restaurant)|