Secrets of Central Asia
Day 1 - Tashkent
Upon arrival in Tashkent and picked up in your hotel. In the evening, a pre-tour guide for a briefing and to meet other members of the group. This is usually followed by a dinner to a local restaurant. The national court, "rice", rice, vegetables and meat in a mixture of bits. It is one thing to see a lot of our time! In 1966, an earthquake flattened most of the historic buildings we see today is a good example of the Tashkent Soviet architecture and urban planning. This is a stunning architectural styles 1960 are very interesting examples of green cities, including the capital of Uzbekistan, and the cuisine is a mix of influences as a cosmopolitan. The heart of the city, the old market is still shady spots and lively Old Town. Families still call the faithful to prayer, and imams of mosques and communities live in a small medressas and courtyard.
Day 2 - Tashkent
We spend a full day city tour exploring charming Tashkent. In addition to the Old Town and Central Asia under the green dome Chorsu Bazaar, which is the largest and oldest farmer's market. This place is a great place to get the dome as well as the Uzbek souvenirs. Medressa century on a hill behind the market Kulkedash 16 - Islamic school, Friday 15th Century (Friday) mosque in addition to sitting. National History Museum of Uzbekistan during the Soviet period, the Silk Road gives us access to the country and the region. Amir Timur Square, the main square of the city and includes the use of a statue of Karl Marx, but in the 14th century, a national hero of Uzbekistan, a statue of Timur, one at the back has been replaced. Tour of Tashkent's metro system has some strikingly beautiful stations, but keep in mind that the metro is not allowed to take photos. The Sunni Muslim religious headquarters of Bara-Khon Medressa in the region and has interesting mosaics and Arabic calligraphy, began in the late 16th century.
Day 3 - Xivə
This morning we left the house at dawn and airport transfers before and is a very early start. A breakfast box will be given to each of us as we are. We talked, and the legend in this place, Sam, goes back to the days of Noah, the son of a history, managed to catch it as there is Xivə and the fabled city of Urgench, the first flight of light. A settlement was in the course of the 8th century, the establishment and development started early in the 16th century. Fath Khan, the Silk Road trade, spies and Russian invaders in the game for a long colorful procession made imagination of writers and poets. Especially in the evenings when the sun begins to set, the photographer does not enjoy. This is a beautiful old town in the city that borders, with thick walls, ideal for walking the investigation. Once through the doors, we were greeted by tall minarets and a large medressas. Our guide, the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Medressa Khan, the 17th century Juma Mosque, minaret, and the Islom-Instructor Medressa (the tallest building built in 1908 and Xivə) and Kuhn Ark, as well as a lot of us through these monuments are Rakhim Muhammad Khan II, 1893-1913, which is the most important goal of the summer palace of Pahlavon Mahmoud Mausoleum Complex (Persian style is the tomb of the patron saint of Xivə) and Dust Palace wetlands were
Day 4 - Xivə - Ayaz Qala
Xivə early morning walk in the empty streets of production values and a sense of thousands of years of history, tomorrow is magic. We continue to enjoy the morning is free to explore the Xivə. Ayaz Qala (Ayaz Kala) and Red Desert Sand Ayaz Kala-Kala and her sister, the ruins of the castle of Land and Qavat Xivə edge of the 80-kilometer journey to the north-east of the city of Khorezm in the Amu Darya delta There are traces of 2000 years ago. Kala land sites, in the first century BC as the capital of the region, and then comes the 3rd century, was the most effective solution. Lying to the east of Ayaz Qala, an impressive mud-walled castle in the sixth century to the seventh. Our adventure in the desert under the stars, we have the traditional Central Asian yurt stay and sit down this evening to share their stories.
Day 5 - Golden Sand - Bukhara
We left very early in the day and drive 450 km from Bukhara. Along the way, we Red-Gum (Red Sands Desert), is the largest of the Central Asian deserts and wandering through people's lives. Amu Darya river, we meet once known as the Oxus. The river gushes from Pamir in the south and west by what is now modern Afghanistan border - the ancient world, famous for its stone mines. Shrinking Aral Sea in the north to the river, reading slowly, stretching from the southern tip of the right, before the Kara-Kum and Kyzyl-Kum (Black Sands Desert) bisects. The word "river" - resonates through the centuries, literature and poetry and the imagination of travelers in the name of "Transoxiana 'was the Greeks who called. Bukhara and Samarkand, and stunning sights before us, it is one thing to read about the trip, or sit back and There are a dealer to imagine an ideal opportunity - this, of course, we will help you through the desert, we come to the holy city of Bukhara and the environment have to win a free lunch. near Commerce is an exciting and colorful embroidery is still domes, as well as the range of products, jewelery, spices , offer all kinds of crafts and treasures of the Silk Road. these bargaining skills, as well as a place to share the test. friendship, local merchants, and a joke or two, this is truly a magical place and is sure to throw a spell on us!
Day 6 - Bukhara
A UNESCO World Heritage site is considered to be the holy city of Bukhara in Central Asia. Century, with many monuments from 8 to 18, to explore the history and architecture, and we give them a real sense of the wide span of the mosaic and majolica decorations are very careful to restore the original grandeur of the building looked like. With more than one hundred officially preserved monuments, there is a lot to see, and we make the most of the time, spread over the two days, there is an extensive sightseeing program. We are in the 5th century AD from the start with a visit to the ruins of the Ark of the city, is the heart of the old scene of several terrible events. Bolo Hauz mosque in 1718, and is almost the opposite of the emirs of worship, "the official was in place., We Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum Saminid dynasty, the application Poikalon complex (KALONA Minaret of the Mosque and Mir-i-Arab Medressa KALONA) and Ulugbek and Abdul Aziz Khan, the founder of Medressa is the resting place. Areas of Twilight Lyabi-Hauz Pool, a central meeting place for the traditional "tea room" (teahouse) circulating around the areas of style lunch (optional), you can.
Day 7 - Bukhara
We are on our second day of sightseeing in Bukhara by Tim Abdullah Khan begins. Built in 1577, this is one of the most delicate medressas. All kinds of things can be found for sale in the covered market. Deals of the trading domes left and we are not looking for a three-Sarrafon Taqi, wander through Taqi-Telpak Furushon and Taqi-Zargaron residents in the region since the time of the Silk Road, the trade, the spirit of the experience. In the midst of this market is Maghoki-Attar, the oldest mosque in Central Asia, said. Alisher Mohi Hosa means Star and Garnet Garden and was the summer residence of the last Emir. His wealth of local and European influences in its design and features are reflected in the combination. The halls are richly decorated with tapestries and paintings. Char Minar unique structure of the four minarets - one in each corner. The Turkmen merchant, Khalif was built in 1807 by Niyazkul.
Days 8-9 - Nurata - Sentab Village - Samarkand
Unfortunately, we leave captivating Bukhara to Samarkand continues to the east. Our next goal is only known previously established by Alexander the Great in the 3rd century is Nurata. The ancient city once considered the border between the fertile and wild, and the ruins of the old story of Alexander's Castle Hill has been proven. The city was also an important supporters of the Muslim pilgrimage to the tombs and monuments of the stream is very important as the 10 th century, reached its peak. We serve as a center to visit the Chashma, please visit the complex of religious buildings. After lunch at a local teahouse we continue south on Lake Aiderkul Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere. We are a small village in the mountains, climb the narrow roads to go to Sentab need to change a small car. The United Nations Development Programme as part of the project, the family built a small private pension and welcome visitors to their homes. Our hosts, such as ethnic Tajiks, it's another to hear the delicious home-cooked local food to eat, and the regional language of the village is a unique opportunity to see the day-to-day life. Accommodation in traditional style - this group is to stay in a dorm mattresses have similar experiences who occupied the utility rooms (usually divided by gender) is. The bathroom facilities are basic, but managed - with very simple shower and toilet arrangements. Such things sound a little concern, but it flows under the walnut trees in the living room, "tapchan" (day beds), click on the time, and once-in-a-lifetime cultural exchange unfolds. This is the perfect place to relax or. There are numerous hiking trails in the area for those who are on their feet, our hosts are happy to provide. we need more time for the rest of the morning. After lunch we visit, we go to Samarkand
Day 10 - Samarkand
We are exploring two days of sightseeing in Samarkand, a city, perhaps more than any of the Silk Road and for other reasons. Since its inception in the 5th century taste, culture, religion, race and language businessman and commercial center, as well as many wins price was at a crossroads. 329 BC Alexander the Great attack on its walls, and many other rulers chose him. Only the following centuries, the capital, even though this honor four years in the Soviet occupiers, the original capital of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan in 1924! We Gur Amir mausoleum, the final resting place of the mighty Timur and your sons and grandsons. For a man of his stature, rather than a simple grave. A highlight of our visit, the three of us, of course, medressas (Ulugbek, Sher Dor and Till-Kari) will be higher than with the legendary Registan square. Free special place in our own discoveries in the afternoon before the ride, arts and crafts center, complete with a trip to tour for the day.
Day 11 - Samarkand
After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of the other. A man's love for his wife, was built as a symbol of the great and endless, and often the Registan Near Taj Mahal, built by Timur compared to the Bibi-Khanum Mosque is. The mosque is a lot of photographers noisy stalls and a large number of photos will love the vivid and colorful Siob Bazaar, overlooking, as well as local traders to face with the friendly greetings. Mausoleum of Shah-i-Zinda complex was our next stop. In addition, a series of more than 20 tombs, some of them beautiful, colorful tiles, with "The Dead City" is known as. Ulugbek was an emir of the early 15th century, but it was a well-known astronomer. The observatory found in the ruins of a former era is an incredible story-telling. Samarkand us to use just a little more time this afternoon has been left free. Perhaps you delicious fresh products, the perfect gift for dad or back to find the Registan Ensemble in a number of stalls are welcome to visit the local market,
Day 12-13 - Tashkent - Kokand - Ferghana
We have a free lunch and in the evening we were back in the capital, Tashkent, Samarkand and five hours to go, as the adventure continues. This is a good opportunity to go shopping for souvenirs. It's an early start the next day when we Ferghana Valley - Pamir Altai Mountains, Tian Shan range to the north and the south, surrounded by a fertile basin. We get a sense of the geography of the region Kamchik Pass (2267m) to pass - and the Ferghana valley begins to understand what was always considered a bit cut off from the rest of the country. Check-in time for lunch, we Khudayar Khan Palace Kokand, Kokand in the 18 th and 19 th century, and now the capital of an afternoon to explore an interesting museum of local history. We have Islamic schools for women in the Han Palace (former residence Khudoyar Khan), an impressive Juma Mosque and Dasturkhanchi Narbutabey Medressa Medressa, please contact. Then continue Fergana - the state capital and the base for two nights.
Day 14 - Ferghana Valley
As we move through the cities of Fergana art Margilon and Rishton Today, we have a more relaxed pace. One of the traditional methods are still a few - we start the day with a stroll through a market in the center of silk production is Margilon ago. Here we have a beautiful silk scarf into a number of processes used to convert raw silk cocoons, look and exquisite carpets, rugs and embroideries. For many visitors, a point different from traditional Uzbek fabrics ("Atlas Khan") is produced by what learning. Margilon that we are having dinner with a local family visit to the city, which is famous for learning, and fine pottery is a pottery center of Rishton, move. Local veteran honored and traditional oven baking before carefully crafts each piece by hand, shows us how. Even seasoned travelers find it difficult to resist buying - be prepared to shop today! We are back for the night Fergana.
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