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Saint places of Uzbekistan

 8 days

Tashkent – Khiva - Bukhara -  Samarkand  – Tashkent 

 

Day 1             DepartTashkent  

  

  • Depart to Tashkent
  • Arrival in Tashkent
  • Overnight in the hotel  
 
 

Day 2                  Tashkent Khiva

  

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Visit to Sufi Zangiata Mausoleum . Tamerlane (Timur) builtthe Sufi Zangiata Mausoleum and his wife built the Ambar-bibi Mausoleum in the 1490’s. Sufi Zangiata was the fifth “murid” of Sufi Khodja Akhmad Yasavi, who was considered the spiritual forefather of all Turkik tribes of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.
     
  •  The mausoleum complex includes the following structures: Namazgohk mosque (built in 1870), a minaret (built in 1914-1915), the Zangiata mausoleum, an inner courtyard with living accommodations (khudjras) of the previous madrassah (from the 18th –19th centuries), and a cemetery with the Ambar-bibi mausoleum.
     
  • Lunch in the local restaurant
     
  • The visit to the Barak Khan Madrassah. It was built in the XVI century and the construction was supervised by the great Kukeldash. This building is considered one of the most beautiful and unique in Tashkent. Today the madrassah is the hub of religious activities of the Sunni Muslims of Uzbekistan.  The Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum  This monument was erected in honor of the imam Abubakr ibn Ali ibn Ismail Al Kaffol Al Shoshiy. The initial sepulcher did not survive. The present mausoleum was rebuilt in 1542. This is an asymmetrical domed mausoleum called a khanaka. Khanakas gave shelter to the pilgrims and wanderers with living areas referred to as khudjras.   The mausoleums complex also included a mosque and a kitchen premise (oshkhona). Today it has a simple architectural view with a small dome. The preserved details of the mosaic decor indicate former richness of the mausoleum. Artistic decoration of the madrassah’s portal is not typical for Tashkent. Its vaulted circle is made as a niche called a kolab-kari. Tympans (pediments) and bearings are decorated with carved bricks and various mosaic decoration.  Kukeldash Madrassah. The Kukeldash Madrassah is one of the most significant architectural sites of the 16th century in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Vizier Kukeldash supervised the construction work of the madrassah, hence this most graceful madrassah was named after him.   The main portal with a height of 19.7 m leads to the inner courtyard with a two-storied premises that served as a dormitory. Each section contains a room and entrance that is referred to as an aivan. Two or three students shared one room. Juma Mosque (Friday Mosque) The first significant building of Tashkent, the Juma Mosque (principal Friday Mosque) was built in 1451 with the financial means of Sheikh Ubaidulla Hkodja Akhror (1404-1490). The principal Friday Mosque was erected on a hill so that one could see that majestic structure from afar. Since then until present day, people call this mosque the Ubaidulla Akhror mosque in memory of the great master of Sufism and leader of the Muslim clergy at that time. Ubaidulla Akhror was also a descendant of the prophet Muhammad.  The destructive earthquake of 1868 seriously damaged the Ubaidulla Akhror mosque. In 1888 it was finally restored with finances granted by the Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd. Later this mosque was renamed the Tsar’s mosque. However, the earthquake of 1966 destroyed this mosque once again. The ruins were brought down in 1997, and a new building was built on the same spot. The original image of this remarkable spot can only be remembered by rare photographs.
     
  • The visit to the University named after Imam Al Bukhari
  • Transfer to Tashkent Domestic Flights Airport
  • 18:00 Depart to Urgench by flight  HY-1057
  • 20:30 Arrival in Urgench and transfer to Khiva (30 km)
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel
 
 

Day  3              Khiva    

  

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Khiva is the authentic museum city under the open sky. The city occupied a favorable position on the caravan roads to Khoresm. It had been one of the key cities in the region. In the 17th century, Khiva became the capital of the Khiva Khanate. The city is surrounded by a fortress and divided into the ark (citadel), shakhristan (city) and rabat (suburbs).  The medieval appearance of Khiva is mostly due to the monuments built from the 17th – 19th centuries which have been virtually untouched and perfectly preserved until present. In the list of values common to all mankind, Khiva occupies a particular place in the creation of world civilization and is one of the most important centers of the Great Silk Road. In 1997, Khiva celebrated its 2500th anniversary.  Khiva by right has gained the title as the ‘city-museum’ thanks to its unique architecture and monuments that are significant throughout the world.
     
  • Visit to Ichan-Kala. The translation Ichan-Kala means inner town. It is surrounded with powerful walls and has a total area of 25 hectares. Ichan-Kala rises above the outer town of  Dishan-Kala. Ichan-Kala had been the official residence of the Khiva khans. Feudal palaces, madrassahs, mosques and mausoleums were concentrated here including:   Kunya-Ark (17th –19th centuries), an ancient citadel of local rulers and official residence of Khiva khans;  Djami mosque (Friday mosque) (1788-1789). It’s a gem with 212 columns of carved wood;  Kalta-Minor minaret (28 m in height) – an incomplete minaret initially designed to be the highest minaret of the Muslim east;
     
  • Lunch in the local tchaykhona.
     
  •  Makhmud-Pakhlavan ensemble (14th –20th centuries) includes a mausoleum, a vault with columns and living quarters for Koran readers; and  Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908-1910) built at the moment of reorganization of the central streets of the inner town.  Each of the above-mentioned monuments has its own charm, history and peculiarity. Said Allauddin mausoleum  The building of the mausoleum adjoins the eastern wall of the Matniyaz Divan-begi madrassah. It was erected in honor of the great Sufi sheikh in 1303. This sepulcher, with dome and unique majolica tombstone, is dated from the first half of the 14th century. The Ziarathona was added here in the 17th century. The architecture design of these structures is varied.   Uch-Ovliya mausoleum The Uch-Ovliya mausoleum is a historical monument of Khiva. The mausoleum is located near the western walls of the Tash-Khauli Palace. It was erected in memory of three holy men.   The grand hall of the mausoleum is covered with a vaulted dome with many graves throughout the mausoleum.  The earliest date for this mausoleum’s existence is 1561 where the date may be seen carved on a panel of a door. The name of the master is also carved on the same entrance door – Abdullah ibn Said. According to the history, the mausoleum was restored between 1821-1822. In the beginning of the 1980’s the portal was damaged by heavy rains, which also seriously damaged the columns of the mosque. After the restoration and reconstruction of the territory, the mausoleum once again became a frequently visited site.   
     
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel .
 
 

Day  4               Khiva  – Bukhara

  

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart from Khiva to Bukhara via the sands of Kizil-Kum desert (480 km)
  • Pick nick during the way.
  • Arrival in Bukhara
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel .

 

Day 5              Bukhara

  

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to country side and visit to Bahauddin Nakshband Mausoleum The Bahauddin Nakshband mausoleum is a cult ensemble developed in the former center of Nakshband’s dervish. The head of this mausoleum, Shah Bahauddin Nakshband, died in 1389 and was buried at the Kasri Arifon settlement near Bukhara. The Shah’s burial was done as a ground sepulcher called a dahma, with a marble-carved fence atop. The building of the khanaka is one of the most famous. Situated 12 km from Bukhara city, this sacred Islamic place undoubtedly inspires many people…  Then visit to necropolis Chor Bakr  (XVI-XVIII cc)
     
  • Return to Bukhara
     
  • Lunch in the local restaurant
     
  • After lunch discover of the city : Ark – the ancient fortress . The hypothetical age of this city citadel is about 2 000 years. It was erected on an artificial hill with an area of 4,2 hectares and a height ranging from 16 to 20 meters. The fortress was the residence of all Bukharan rulers. All of the constructions in this citadel were made between the 16th –20th centuries, the time of the reign of Uzbek dynasties. Poi-Kalyan Ensemble The Poi-Kalyan ensemble is one of the largest squares in the city. It is located between the Kalyan mosque and the Miri-Arab Madrassah.  The famous minaret of Kalyan stands between these two majestic buildings.  Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble This architectural ensemble is located in the very heart of the old city and attracts everybody including visitors and city dwellers. Everyone who wants a taste of traditional tea and relax in the shadows of an old mulberry tree, will want to frequent this place. Most notable are the voluminous compositions of the ensemble adorned with three buildings: the Kukeldash mausoleum, the Nodira Divan-begi madrassah and the Nodira Divan-begi khanaka. Nodira Divan-begi madrassah  Initially this madrassah was to be constructed as a caravan-sarai. At the solemn opening ceremony Imamkuli-khan unexpectedly proclaimed this structure to be a Madrassah. As for Nodira-Divan-Begi, it had to be reconstructed into a caravan-sarai by building a lodge for its principal façade, portals and angled towers. A two-story hudjra was added to the construction.  Many historical sources report that Nodir-Divan-Begi was a high-ranking dignitary and vizier. As well as being the uncle of Imamkuli-khan, he also possessed great power and authority in Bukhara. 
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel

 

Day 6             Bukhara – Samarkand

  

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit to Ismail Samani Mausoleum. The Ismail Samani Mausoleum is by right referred to as “the pearl of the East”. This amazing creation more than a thousand years old, attracts all the visitors of Bukhara. The Ismail Samani Mausoleum is the second mausoleum in the Muslim world. It subjugates by its refinement and elegance of its design. Then visit to Sitorai-Mokhi-Hosa . The father of the last Bukhara emir, Ahmad-khan built Sitorai-Mokhi-Hosa, one of the best out-of-town palaces of the Bukhara emirs, which was built in the 19th century.  This residence is located in a park with a total area of 6.7 hectares.
     
  • Lunch and depart to Samarkand . 
    • Upon arrival transfer to the hotel .  Then visit to Registan Square. In the 14th –15th centuries, the Registan was not only a trade and crafts square, but was also cultural center of the city. In 1417-1420 Ulugbeg erected his madrassah on this square. In the 17th century, the ruler of Samarkand, Yalangtush Bakhadur, made up his mind to re-construct the square. He ordered to erect the Sher-Dor madrassah (1619-1636) and subsequently the Tilla-Kari Madrassah (1646-1660). Thus, the completed ensemble still astonishes with its harmony and uniqueness of any madrassah ever created. Gur – Emir Mausoleum. Gur – Emir Mausoleum (the tomb of emir) was one of the lust structures built in Samarkand by the order of Amir Timur. The mausoleum was built for the beloved grandson of Timur. Later Timur himself was buried here in 1405. The building is splendid both inside and out with a majestic blue dome twined with plaits that especially astonishes the imagination.
    • Dinner in traditional Uzbek House
    • Overnight in the hotel

     

  Day  7            Samarkand – Tashkent  

 

        Breakfast at the hotel .Visit to Imam-al-Bukhari Memorial Complex. Imam Muhammad al-Bukhari was born on July 21, 810 in Bukhara. He died on August 31, 870 in the Hartang village which is close to Samarkand. He was known throughout history as an avid compiler of the collections of “trustworthy hadises” (utterances and deeds) spoken by the prophet Muhammad. These sayings were composed on the basis of thorough analysis and selection. His book “Al –Jami as-sahih” (Authentic code) is acknowledged throughout Islamic world as the most reliable and important source of information in this field.              The Hartang village turned into a pilgrimage site for Muslims all over the world. This mausoleum is the second holiest site for believers from every corner of the Muslim world after Mecca. In 1998, in connection with the celebration of the 1225th anniversary of the Imam al-Bukhary, the complex of monuments situated in the Hartang village were reconstructed and the surrounding territory, well-organized.Then continue to The Shakhi-Zinda mausoleums ensemble . Shakhi-Zinda is one of the most significant architectural ensembles of Samarkand and reflects nearly all tendencies of the architectural schools of Maveranahr. The ensemble was developed in the period between 12th and 20th centuries. The construction of the complex is connected with the cult of the “Living King”, Kusam ibn Abbas, Prophet Mohammed’s cousin.  Visit to Rukhabad Mausoleum  .  - the legend says that under the dome there is a copper box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad .

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  • It’s considered the visit of these three holy places in one day in Samarkand is the Small Hajj.
  • Lunch and depart to Railway station .
  • 17:00 Depart to Tashkent by high speed train Afrosiyob.
  • 19:10 Arrival in Tashkent
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight at the hotel .

 

Day 8                Tashkent  - depart

  

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Tashkent International Hotel
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