Merv

 

Merv is an ancient Silk Road city located in east-central Turkmenistan. It is situated in the Karakum Desert on the main route to other important Silk Road towns, including Bukhara and Samarkand.

The State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv” is the oldest and most completely preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Roads in Central Asia, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Seljuk period (11-13th centuries) was the highpoint for the city, and it became and Islamic intellectual center.

Today “Ancient Merv” is a large archaeological park which includes remains of Bronze Age centers (2500-1200 BC), Iron Age centers (1200-300 BC); the historic urban center: and its post-medieval city (Abdullah Khan Kala).

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Bibi-Khanym Hotel

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Ziyo Baxsh

Hotel Ziyo Baxsh

Hotel Ziyo Baxsh offers accommodation in Bukhara. Every room comes with a TV with satellite channels. You will find free shuttle service at the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$25

 
$259.8
Rizo Boutique

Rizo Boutique

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, Rizo Boutique offers accommodation in Bukhara. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$25

 
$259.7
Hotel Sharq

Hotel Sharq

Hotel Sharq offers accommodation in Bukharaб a 5-minute walk from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 87 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$35

$359.6
Bibi-Khanym Hotel

Bibi-Khanym Hotel

Decorated in traditional Uzbek style, Bibi-Khanym Hotel is located in Bukhara, just steps from Bukhara Mosque. Free WiFi access is available. Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Complex is a 2-minute walk away. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$31

$319.5
Chor Minor Hotel

Chor Minor Hotel

Offering a terrace, Chor Minor Hotel is located in the historical centre of Bukhara, a 12-minute walk to Kalyan Minaret and 300 metres from Lyabi Haus Square. Free WiFi access and private parking are available. Average score from 166 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$25

 
$259.4
Karavan Hotel

Karavan Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, Karavan Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Bukhara. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 285 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$30

$309.4
Kabir Hotel

Kabir Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Kabir Hotel offers accommodation in Bukhara. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A TV with satellite channels is featured. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$33

 
$339.2
Hotel Old City

Hotel Old City

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Old City offers accommodation in Bukhara. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this inn is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a private bathroom. Average score from 230 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$30

$309.1
Avicenna Hotel

Avicenna Hotel

This hotel is located in Bukhara’s historical city centre, a 10-minute drive Bukhara International Airport. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and bicycle rental facilities. Average score from 135 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$27 - $90

$279.0
Malika Bukhara

Malika Bukhara

Centrally located just 50 m from Lyabi Havuz Complex, this 4-star hotel offers a spa centre and rich breakfast buffet with national and European dishes. WiFi is available throughout the property. Average score from 78 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$28

 
$289.0
Hotel Fatima

Hotel Fatima

Located in the historical city centre of Bukhara, Hotel FATIMA features a bicycle rental, an onsite restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 246 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$30

 
$309.0
Hotel ASL

Hotel ASL

Featuring a terrace, restaurant and free Wi-Fi, Hotel ASL is located in the historic centre of Bukhara, just 100 metres from Lyab-i Hauz. Kalyan Minaret is a 15-minute walk away. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$25

 
$258.8
Rustam & Zukhra

Rustam & Zukhra

Rustam & Zukhra Bed & Breakfast is located in UNESCO Heritage listed Bukhara Old Town, within a 5-minute walk from famous mosques. Free Wi-Fi is provided. All bright rooms come with air conditioning and cable TV. Average score from 285 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$22

 
$228.7
Hotel Nazira

Hotel Nazira

Hotel Nazira offers accommodation in Bukhara. Free WiFi is available and private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a TV. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$25

$258.6
Kukaldosh Hotel

Kukaldosh Hotel

Offering a restaurant, Kukaldosh Hotel is located in Bukhara, a 2-minute walk from Lyab-i Hauz. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$30

 
$308.6
New Moon Hotel

New Moon Hotel

This Oriental-style hotel is set in the heart of Bukhara, just a 5-minute walk from Nodir-Divan-Begi Madrasa. Free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception are featured at New Moon Hotel. Average score from 30 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$34

 
$348.4

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Castles and Forts


Abdullah Khan Kala is the fortress erected by Timur's son Shahrukh in the 15th cent. The fortress was lined with mud bricks from the outside and had 44 watch towers. The fortifications were surrounded by huge moats up to 30 m wide, filled with water. only few walls have survived, they are of outstanding interest, as they show the evolution of military architecture from the 5th century BCE to the 15th/16th century CE.

Sultan Kala dates from the 11th cent. Sultan Kala means 'fortress of the sultans'. The city was surrounded by a fortication and a moat by order of sultan Melik Shah. The walls of the medieval city and the citadel Shahriyar Ark are 12 km long.

The fortresses of Gobleki, Uly Kishman and Garry Kishman formed part of the earthen ramparts, 30 km longs, builit for protection against invasions from the steppes in the North.
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Archeological Sites
The historic urban center of “Ancient Merv" consist of three areas:

Erk Kala dates from the 6th cent. and covers an area of about 20 ha. It consists of a wall and moat. The surviving walls are up to 30 meters high.

Giaur Kala dates from around 1000 AD. It is roughly square in plan and its walls are about 2 km long. The Buddhist stupa and monastery in the south east corner of Giaur Kala are considered as the westernmost excavated example.

Sultan Kala dates from the 11th cent, when Merv became the capital of the Seljuk State. This is when the city reached its greatest prosperity.
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