This 'ziyorat' religious tour going to introduce you to the most known religious places in Uzbekistan. All of them were built very long ago but still, represent a proud spirit of passed away great dynasties and warriors of the East.
Uzbekistan has a lot of holy places related to Zoroastrianism and Buddhism, many of them are located in Termez, previously known as a centre of Zoroastrian culture. We are proviing excursion to these places with a certified English-speaking guide.
Enjoy your stay in Uzbekistan, explore it sightseeing objects and acknowledge more about this wonderful place!
10:15 Departure to Termez via local airlines (1h 20 mins in flight)
11:35 Arrival in Termez. Meet up with our guide and driver and start excursion.
You will start the tour from an ancient Buddhist center - Kokildor-Ota Khanaka. Then you'll follow your guide to visit an impressive monument of the ancient Samani dynasty - a Kyrk-Kyz fortress. Legends say that 40 tireless spirits of 40 emirs' daughters are still there traveling endlessly.
Then you will head over to Ensemble named Sultan Saodat after a famous emir who built it during his life. After that you'll see the most known monument of Zoroastrian culture - Zurmala Tower or so-called Buddha's stupa.
And for the last ones you'll observe several Buddhist archaeological sites of Kara-Tepe, Fayaz-Tepe, and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi.
Transfer from the hotel to the north side of Termez - to observe ancient Greco-Bactrian Kingdom fortress called Kampyr-tepe. After this you'll visit Jarkurkan Minaret which is located in the suburb of Termez. On a way back to Termez you will have time to enjoy views of Surkhan oasis and Friendship Bridge, which connects Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
Visit local Archaeology Museum to acknowledge more about ancient Termez.
20:40 Departure to Tashkent via evening flight.
21:50 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to hotel, hotel check-in.
XX:XX Transfer to the airport for departure to Nukus via morning flight.
XX:XX Departure to Nukus, 2h. 45 mins in flight.
12:00 Arrival in Nukus, transfer straight to the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. It's a unique museum hosting the second world's largest collection of Karakalpak and avant-garde arts & art items. It was named after its founder - Igor' Vitalyevich Savitsky who hadn't only collected the artifacts of Karakalpak culture but also drew pictures himself.
Continue your tour to the center of Nukus: take a look at Berdah poet's statue, Nukus City Hall, Drama Theatre. Drive to Ayaz-Kala Yurt Camp. Leisure/ free time in the evening.
Transfer to a large fortress called Gayur-Kala - a big reminder of the past when khans ruled this place. Then you'll see Koi-Krylgan Kala and the fort of Toprak-Kala where the Khan of Khorezm had built his residence.
09:00 Start walking excursion in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner town”). Ichan-kala - the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia consisting from the next monuments:
Standard check-out. Drive to Bukhara via vehicle or train (depends on the weather and train tickets availability). We will follow the Great Silk Road route through Kyzylkum, the current highway copies it completely.
Quick stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert.
Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel.
09:00 Meet your guide in the hotel's lobby. Head over to the old part of Bukhara and start your walking excursion:
– Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);
– Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion;
– Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets;
– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);
– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. These bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;
– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;
– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing the imagination of every visitor;
- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.
Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.
Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.
–Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world;
– Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori.
– Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15th Century;