This Sufi tour takes the guests to the most sacred places of Uzbekistan with the most beautiful cities Samarkand, Bukhara, and modern city Tashkent. In this tour the guests have chance to visit  Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari Mausoleum in Samarkand, in Bukhara the Naqshbandi Sufism complex— Islamic saint Bakhauddin Naqshband, the famous Asian philosopher and Sufi, the founder of a Sufi order which was later named Naqshbandi, lived in XIV century, and the Library of Muyi Moborak— means “the sacred hair”, a reference to a holy hair of the Prophet Mohammed. This museum holds rare Oriental manuscripts collection, among which the world’s oldest Koran, which was produced just 19 years after the death of Mohammed called Caliph Osman-Koran from the VII century which is written in a vellum in Tashkent.

ITINERARY & DETAILS

Day 1: Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Met in front of the arrival building of the airport by an English speaking guide from “Samaria Travel”and transfer to the hotel in Tashkent city.

Day 2: Tashkent—Samarkand

After breakfast check out from the hotel and start the sightseeing of Tashkent and afternoon transfer to train station and catch the train to Samarkand.

The sightseeing in Tashkent city:

Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and has approximately 3 million inhabitants. The city is located in the north eastern part of the republic, in the valley where the river Chirchik is located. In the North of Tashkent the snow-covered tops of Big and Small Chimgan mountain  can be seen. Tashkent is the fourth largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States after Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

The Khazrati Imom Complex (XVI-XX centuries) the historical spiritual heart of the city (consists of functioning Friday mosque “Khazrati Imom Mosque” from 2007, Barak-Khan Madrassa from XVI-XVIII centuries—present-day serving as shopping place, Tellya Sheikh Mosque from XIX century, Muyi Moborak Library— holds rare Oriental manuscripts collection, among which the world-famous Caliph Osman-Koran from the VII century and the mausoleum of Abu Bakr Mohammed Kaffal Shashi, the first Koran preachers of Central Asia, who was also a famous scientist).

The market Chorsu (“four roads” in Uzbek, the commercial heart of the city and has been for hundreds of years).

Metro riding (the only Central Asian Underground, built in 1977).

Day 3: Samarkand

Samarkand’s inimitable charm lies in the architecture of the past mosques, mausoleums, madrassahs and palaces, the mute witnesses to turbulent events in the long history of the city. All the monuments built during the zenith of medieval art are carefully preserved by the Uzbek people to the present day.

The sightseeing in Samarkand city:

Makhdumi Azam complex— built in the period of XVI-XIX centuries. The complex is located 12 kilometers north of Samarkand, one of the present cities of Uzbekistan. His full name is Said Jaloliddin Kosoniy (Said Ahmadkhuja) and was born in 1461, who was devout follower of Bukhara’s Naqshbandi and died in 1542 aged 81.

Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari Mausoleum— after the Koran, the book most revered by Muslims is “Al-Jome as-sahih” the collection of Hadith (words, actions and habits of the Prophet Mohammed) selected by, amongs others, Abu Abdullah Mohammed ibn Ismail Imam Al Bukhari. He was born in 810 in Bukhara, one the present cities in Uzbekistan. At the age of 16 he made pilgrimage to Mecca and then Al Bukhari was set on his chosen task of roaming the Islamic world in search of Hadith. His book “Al-Jome As-sahih (Secure book)” took 16 years to compile from over 600,000 traditions, gathered from over 1000 sheikhs.

The complex Shahi Zinda (“alive king” in Uzbek) from XII-XX centuries. Burial place of royal persons and nobles. One of the most spiritual place in Uzbekistan.

Day 4: Samarkand

The sightseeing in Samarkand city:

Continue the tour in Samarkand.

Gur-Amir mausoleum (“the tomb of the king” in Uzbek) from XV century.

Registan square (“sandy place” in Uzbek) from XV-XVII centuries. A spectacular architectural ensembles, with fantastic Islamic designs and calligraphy etched into the facades of its mosques and madrassahs.

Local Siab market (“black river” in Uzbek)

Day 5: Bukhara—Samarkand

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Samarkand and transfer to train station to catch the train to Bukhara.

Check in time is after 14:00

Bukhara, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia, has a 2500-year-old history. Bumichkat “New Castle”, Al Madina as-sufriyya “Copper City”, Madinat at-tujjor “City of Traders”, Foxira “Honorable City” are some the names given to this unique city.

The sightseeing in Bukhara city:

Poi Kalon complex (“The foot of tall” in Uzbek) from XII-XVI centuries. Consisting of mosque, madrassah and minaret, one of the great centre of trade and scholarship along the Silk Road. The beauty of the minaret amazed Genghis Khan (Temuchin or Temujin)

Bolo Hauz mosque (XVIII century)— it is a functioning Friday mosque from XVIII century and consists of reservoir, mosque and minaret.

The Citadel Ark (I-XX centuries)— the construction of the citadel is dated to beginning of the 1st millennium BC. During the history the fortress has been destroyed several times but has been restored again. All buildings of the citadel have been reconstructed mainly during the XVIII-XX centuries.

Day 6: Bukhara—Tashkent

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Bukhara and after sightseeing in Bukhara transfer to Tashkent by train.

The sightseeing in Bukhara city:

Naqshbandi Sufism complex— Islamic saint Bakhauddin Naqshband, the famous Asian philosopher and Sufi, the founder of a Sufi order which was later named Naqshbandi, lived in XIV century. He became patron saint and the complex is the holiest site in Bukhara. He made 32 times the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and local people consider this place as little Mecca. Pilgrimages are made to this place from all over the world.

Chor Bakr Necropolis— located in the village of Sumitan 5 kilometers west of Bukhara. Chor Bakr complex, the tombs of four men (“chor” means four), who were all said to be descendants of the Prophet Mohammed.

Arrival in Tashkent and check in at the hotel.

Day 7: Tashkent

After breakfast check out from the hotel and have a sightseeing in the city and transfer to the airport and flight home.

The sightseeing in Tashkent city:

Amir Timur Square—the centre of the modern city, is green space with plenty of flowers and fountains. The square covers the most important buildings both political and cultural. In the middle of the square is the statue of Amir Timur (known in Europe as Tamerlane) on horseback, hotel “Uzbekistan” which was built in 1974, University of Law (former Women’s Gymnasium), Museum of Amir Timur, well-known Tashkent Clock Towers (the first tower was constructed in 1947 to house the clock mechanism from Eastern Prussia, a war trophy brought back to Tashkent by watchmaker Ayzenshteyn), and Uzbekistan Forums Palace.

State Museum of Applied Art—founded in 1997, holds more than 7000 rare works of applied art created by golden hands of masters from the first half of XIX century to the present time.

Note: Right now in the complex of Imam al-Bukhari restoration works going on. The guests can visit the complex on the side not entering inside of it, sitting in the special place for visitors which is 50 meters away from the Al-Bukhari’s tomb where Imam of the mosque recite Sura from the Koran and also new mosque of the complex is planned to be ready the end of April of 2021.

Samaria Travel agency wishes you a good travel to Uzbekistan and can tailor the tour according to your wish, make private and tailor-made tours.