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Reviewed October 30, 2014

Stunning portal with vivid depiction of 2 phoenix birds - probably the most beautiful portal I have seen in all of Central Asia. Inside there is a large square, surrounded by shops and restaurants and at night there are local dance/modeling shows - destined for a very touristic crowd. Better to visit it during the day, particularly in the morning when it is much more deserted and you can appreciate the ambience.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Josef W
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Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were taken there (as were a whole lot of other tourists - it seems this place is compulsory!) by our tour organisers. In the big madrasah courtyard there was a display of various regional dance forms and music. This was accompanied by dinner with free booze. I am no judge of dancing, and the Uzbek semi-sweet red was passable. The food seemed to consist of an assortment of fruits and salads as starters together with the local bread, followed by dumplings with pumpkin filling (ugh! - tasteless!). The main course, the plov, never appeared due to some unexplained hitch. I am giving an average rating since I did not get to taste the plov (= pilaff), which happens to be the National Dish of Uzbekistan.

Date of experience: October 2014
2  Thank oropolitics
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Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is also can be included in a days walking tourist tour.Recently renovated, one is left as a madarasa rest converted to shops.You must go for the evening culturel show with a cat walk and dinner from 1800 hrs 1900 hrs.Worth it.

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank 7SE3
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Reviewed November 25, 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
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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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