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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Nadir Devon Begi Madrasah was adjacent to Lyab-i-Hauz and steps away from our hotel in Bukhara. Its history, design and arcade were not indifferent from many other Madrasahs in Uzbekistan except that it has been a 'Famous Showcase' for holding traditional "Folklore & Costume Dances" inside a big compound. Souvenir shops within the premises and a small restaurant in one of the corners. Prerequisite to the play was an Advance-Bookings to the full capacity, usually patronized and pre-planned by the 'Tour Agencies' for their groups. On the first day of arrival therefore, we couldn't get the tickets. The booking was of two types, Soum 15,000/- ($ 6/-) per person for the show only and Soum 56,000/- ($ 21) per person for the show with dinner. I reserved a table in the morning of next-day for both of us in 30,000/- Soum (for show only) but no 'Ticket' was issued, rather our names were listed in a book. The show was held at 6 PM for an hour and we were served with complementary tea (Choiye). The traditional show by the participating girls in Uzbek-dresses was excellent and memorable but then I could do either of the two, "enjoy the show or take snaps". The option was obvious.."Enjoy". After the show we went around all the shops where prices of souvenirs were rocketed high due to huge influx of the foreign tourists.

Date of experience: October 2013
5  Thank kb123742
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

If you visit this madrasah during the day then there is not really much to see except the souvenir shops. A better way to experience the place and Uzbekistan is to attend a cultural show in the evenings. Nadir Divan Begi madrasah comes to life then.

A cultural dance show along with a fashion show exhibiting traditional Uzbek prints in modern day dresses is shown in one or two time slots. The entire program lasts approx one hour, is highly entertaining and is accompanied by dinner (food is good! alcohol is charged extra). If you are vegetarian, let the organizers know in advance and they ensure the food is served accordingly.

At the end of the dinner, one can purchase the clothes that were modeled but no one does really as prices are unjustifiably expensive. Instead walk around the shops in the madrasah to purchase souvenirs as some shops are reasonably priced (after some bargaining of course).

TIP: Walk-ins are not encouraged as the show usually runs a packed house so book well in advance!

Date of experience: August 2013
5  Thank 1lifetotravel
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Located at the north of Lab-i Hauz (around the pond) ensemble, it is has the most imposing facade in Buchara. All covered with excuisite majolicas, no glue or nails, the entrance gate is 80x60m, huge, imposing! And on the top, one can see two marvelous phoenix birds with long tails, facing each other, over the curve of the gate! No words to describe the feeling!..

Date of experience: March 2013
2  Thank zaniko
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This wonderful Medressah is a treat for everyone. Firstly it's architecture and embellishments are superb. Secondly it houses some great artisans at work kind of shops. Thirdly every evening there is a mesmerizing dance and fashion show. it feels as if you have stepped straight into the pages of a fairy tale. Lovely music, beautiful ladies, flowing dresses, hypnotizing lighting in the midst of the architectural marvel is simply a treat for the senses.

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank HINAWASEEM
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Like so many other , NADIR DIVAN BEGI madrassa is also newly renovated (especially the Bukhara tiles), 17th century structure with grand entrance , open broken courtyard and dozens of small rooms in dilapidated state. initially made as carvansarai, it was turned into a madrassa when during the opening ceremony the ruling amir inadvertently proclaimed it a madrassa. the poor divan (vazir) had to convert it as per the ruler word. the structure is in a beautiful tourist centered area, surrounded by the famous hauz, hotels, shops and restaurants of Bukhara.

Date of experience: April 2013
3  Thank Inam K
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