Day 01: Tashkent
Arrival at Tashkent Airport – Assistance upon arrival and Proceed to hotel / resort get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Tashkent as per the timings,
Tashkent The Capital of Uzbekistan
“The Biggest City in Central Asia”.
This marvelous city exists more than 2,200 years. During this time it rose from an ancient settlement to the large city of Central Asia. It is an ancient city on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe. The city has seen many memorable events and trials, also encountered the rises and falls. In the city you can see the magnificent architectural historical monuments and museums. Tashkent – the personification of this modern elegance, that is peculiar to many capitals of the world. Being as an eastern city, Tashkent has its unmatched flavor. The city harmoniously combines medieval buildings with European architecture. Tashkent is the reviving city. There are an abundance of places to visit and things to do in Tashkent. Aside from historic sites in Tashkent, there are plenty of modern tourist attractions in Tashkent. Mainly located in the centre of Tashkent, the modern sights of the city are unique and cohesive examples modern Uzbek architecture.
Few of Major Places that worth to Visits when we visit at Tashkent are
Khast-Imom Complex (XVI-XXI century) Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, Chor-Su Bazaar, the age of which is more than hundred years,
Tashkent Metro (1977) Ride - is the only currently operating metro in Central.
Amir Temur Square - surrounded with the buildings of the “Uzbekistan” Hotel, University of Law (former Women’s Gymnasium), the Amir Timur Museum, well-known Tashkent Chimes and the Forums Palace - one of the most grandiose architectural structures in Tashkent
Independence Square - located in the center of Tashkent city. It is a favorite resting place for the Tashkent residents. The fact that the most beautiful fountains of the city are located in the square contributed considerably to it
Applied Arts Museum (1937) – its fund lists over 7,000 samples of applied arts: handmade embroidery, skull-caps, jewelry, carpets and other examples of craftsmanship of the beginning of the 19th century to present day
Day 02: Tashkent – Bukhara(Air Travel)
Morning Transfer to Tashkent Airport to Board at Flight to Bukhara – Arrival at Bukhara Airport, Assistance upon arrival and Proceed to hotel / resort get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Bukhara as per the timings,
Bukhara has many faces and that`s why it is called multifaceted city. Bukhara is one of the oldest cities of the Central Asia with a thousand years of history. . City was once a big commercial centre of the Great Silk Road. It is attributed to a variety of epithets - "Sacred Bukhara", "Wise Bukhara," "Blessed Bukhara", "Scholastic Bukhara", but probably the most faithful and accurate is the "Noble Bukhara". Nobility of this city is traced in everything – in the age-old monuments of architecture, ancient streets, tall minarets and the Bukharians faces, their gait and manners. Over the city there soars special atmosphere in which the sacrament of an antiquity and precipitancy of the present are weaved. Each of numerous medieval monuments of Bukhara attracts crowd of tourists, pilgrims and simply connoisseurs of this beauty. The word "Bukhara" occurs from "bukhar" that in language of magicians means "a source of knowledge".
Take a walking tour with a guide in historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Lyabi Hauz Ensemble (XVI-XVII centuries) – historical source of water supply in Bukhara. It is formed with three large monumental buildings: Kukeldash Madrasah (1568-1569) in the north, khanaka (1619-1620) and Nodir Divan-begi in the west and in the east
Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII century) – Islamic mosque dating back to Zorastrianism. It is an example of an urban mosque in a residential quarter
Chor-Minor Madrasah (1807) – “Four Minarets” - The towers’ décor elements are believed to reflect the religious-philosophical understanding of the world’s four religions
Trading domes – Toki-Sarrafon Trading Dome (was currency exchange center of Central Asia), Telpak Furushon Trading Dome (first was book selling place, later selling caps), Timi Abdullakhan Trading Dome (carpets and fabrics were sold), Toki-Zargaron Trading Dome (were selling jewelries)
Kalyan Minaret (1127) – City symbol of Bukhara. The minaret was designated to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. It still dominates the skyline of Bukhara, astonishing all who see it with its magnificent and flawless shape
Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI centuries) – “Saint Job’s Source”. A legend has it that the Bible prophet Job, having visited this land, decided to help the people who suffered from water shortage in the desert. He struck the ground with his stick, making a source of crystal clear water sprang at that place.
Day 03: Bukhara – Shahrisabz / Samarkand
After Breakfast departure to Samarkand, En-route Visit at Shahrisabz – Arrival at Samarkand, transfer hotel / resort get freshen up and free for leisure in Samarkand
Formerly known as Kesh or Kish and tentatively identified with the ancient Nautaca, Shahrisabz is one of Central Asia’s most ancient cities. It was founded more than 2,700 years ago. Its name was officially changed to Shahrisabz in the modern era. From the 6th to 4th centuries BC it was a part of Akhemenid empire. Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy captured the satrap of Bactria and pretender to the Persian throne, Bessus, at Nautaca thus ending the once great Achaemenid Empire. Alexander the Great chose to spend his winters and met his wife Roxanna in the area in 328-327 BC. From 4th to 8th century Kesh was one of urban centers of Sogdiana. Between 567 and 658 rulers of Kesh paid taxes to caghans of Turkic and Western Turkic caghanates.
Few of Major Places that worth to Visits when we visit in Shahrisabz are
Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex (XIV century end) – means “repository of power”, includes Jahongir and Omar Sheikh Mausoleums. It was intended for the whole Timurid dynasty and was founded after the untimely death of Timur's eldest son, Jakhongir, in 1376.
Ak-Saray Palace Remains (1395-1396) - Its fantastic ruins can be seen from afar and make a deep impression. Amir Temur meant to make Shakhrisabz the second capital of his empire, no less sumptuous than Shakhrisabz.
Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble (XIV-XV centuries) - as formed after the death of the eminent religious leader Shamsiddin Kulal, the founder of Sufism, the spiritual mentor of Emir Taragay and of Timur himself, and the teacher of Bahauddin Naqshbandi.
Amir Temur’s Crypt (XIV century end) - is covered with a huge, monolithic marble gravestone, which is 11 centimetres thick, with 5 iron rings being attached at the corners and in the middle. One the stone were found encryptions related to the life of Amir Timur, thus it is believed that the crypt was intended for him.
Day 04: Samarkand
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Samarkand
Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. There is evidence of human activity in the area of the city from the late Paleolithic era, though there is no direct evidence of when exactly Samarkand proper was founded, some theories are that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, at times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. The city has carefully preserved the traditions of ancient crafts: embroidery, gold embroidery, silk weaving, engraving on copper, ceramics, carving and painting on wood. In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures
Top cultural attractions and tourist sites in Samarkand, including Samarkand's best monuments , museums, galleries, theatres, and dance shows
Few of Major Places that worth to Visits when we visit Samarkand are
Registan Square (XV-XVII centuries) – during centuries it was the center of Samarkand. The word Registan means “sand place”. The ensemble consists of three Madrassah: Ulugbek Madrassah (15th century), Sher – Dor Madrassah (17th century) and Tilla-Kari Madrassah (gold covered) (17th century).
Bibi Khanum Mosque (1399-1404) – The majestic blue domes of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque are the unusual sight. It takes one’s breath even from understanding the scale of construction of this monument, impressing with its size and beauty. In antiquity the dome of this mosque was compared with the dome of heaven and the arch of portal – with the Milky Way.
Siyob Bazaar – is a largest trading center of Samarkand. Mostly here you can find national bread, fruits, vegetables, sweets and a lot more (Mondays Closed)
Ulugbek Observatory (1428-1429) – The astronomical miracle of medieval Uzbekistan. Observatory was unique construction for its time.The basis of observatory was giant goniometer vertical circle), radius of circle was equal 40,212 meters, and the length of arc was 63 meters
Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis – consists of rows of refine sparkling blue colors tombs. Shakhi Zinda consists of eleven mausoleums, which were built one after another in XIV - XV centuries. Shakhi Zinda is the burial place of royal persons and nobles. But the main mausoleum from which the necropolis starts seems to be the imaginary grave of Prophet Muhammad's cousin, Kusama Ibn Abbas. The complex was called "Shakhi Zinda" that means in Persian "The Living King".
Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. This majestic complex consisted of a khanaka, the madrasah of Muhammad Sultan - grandson of Amir Timur, and, later, tombs of Amir Timur himself and his descendants. Gur Emir was a prototype for famous samples of architecture of the Great Mughal: Humayun Mausoleum in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur descendants, who ruled northern India.
Day 05: Samarkand – Tashkent(Train Travel)
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Samarkand By Late Afternoon / Early Evening transfer to Samarkand Railway Station to Board at Train to Tashkent, Departure for Tashkent – Arrival at Tashkent Station, Assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel / resort in Tashkent
Afrasiab Museum (1970) – the most valuable artifacts of the history of ancient Samarkand. It is a museum in Samarkand dedicated to the history of the city. The museum's exhibits illustrate the history of Samarkand’s development from the time of Alexander the Great conquest.
Mausoleum of Saint Daniel (1900, but grave was long earlier) – There is hardly any place in the world is a where Muslim, Christian and Jew come to pray. But this Tomb of the Old Testament Prophet Daniel, also known as Daniiel, or Doniyar.
Then drive to Konigil Village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry
Day 06: Tashkent
After Breakfast transfer to Tashkent Airport as per the timings.