The Ziyarat tour takes the guests to the most sacred places of Uzbekistan with ancient cities Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara and modern city Tashkent. In this tour the guests to visit Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari Mausoleum in Samarkand, holy sites in Shakhrisabz (birthplace of Amir Temur), 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 and in Bukhara visiting 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. 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.
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 transfer to Samarkand by bus (290 km, takes 5 hours). Arrival in Samarkand and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing in Samarkand.
Samarkand is one of the world’s oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan.
Excurtion in the city starts with famous Registan square (“sandy place” in Uzbek) from XV-XVII centuries, the complex Shahi Zinda (“alive king” in Uzbek) from XII-XX centuries,and the Gur-Amir mausoleum (“the tomb of the king” in Uzbek) from XV century.
Day 3: Samarkand
Continue the tour in Samarkand.
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.
Day 4: Samarkand—Shakhrisabz
Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Amir Temur (“the green city” in Uzbek). The old part of Shakhrisabz city has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and contains an exceptional collection of monuments.
The sightseeing in Shakhrisabz city:
Ak Saray Palace (“a white palace” in Uzbek) built in 1380-1404
Complex of Dor-us Siyadat (“place of sadness” in Uzbek) from XIV century
Dor-ut Tilavat (“place of praying” in Uzbek) from XIV-XV centuries.
Day 5: Samarkand—Bukhara
After breakfast check out from the hotel in Samarkand and transfer to Bukhara (280 km, takes more than 5 hours). Arrival in Bukhara and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing in Bukhara.
Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan with over 2500 years old.
Excursion starts with, functioning mosque Bolo Hauz (XVII century), the Citadel Ark (I-XX centuries) and Poi Kalon complex (“The foot of tall” in Uzbek) from XII-XVI centuries.
Day 6: Bukhara—Tashkent
After breakfast check out from the hotel in Bukhara and after sightseeing in Bukhara transfer to Tashkent by train.
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.
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 sightseeing in Tashkent starts with 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), and metro riding (the only Central Asian Underground, built in 1977).
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.