(99871) 2814148

45/405 Shota Rustaveli Street
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Office No F-1, Safdar Mansion
Fazel-e-Haq Road, Blue Area
Islamabad, Pakistan

E-mail: tashkent@sitara.com islamabad@sitara.com

Phone (Uzbekistan): (99871) 2814148, (99871) 2814149, (99871) 2553504
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Silk Road Cities of Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan

  • Itinerary:
    Almaty- Shymkent - Turkestan - Shymkent - Tashkent - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent - Almaty
  • Duration:
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Price:
    on request
  • Tour program
    Itinerary of «Silk Road Cities of Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan»
    Day 01: Arrive Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    Meeting on arrival assistance and transfer to Hotel Grand Voyage
    Welcome dinner at local restaurant at Kok Tyube panorama point

    Day 02: Almaty/Shymkent – KC969 – 1925/2050 hrs
    Full day sightseeing tour of Almaty – we shall start our visit with Panfilov Park, Holy
    Ascension Cathedral of Zhenkov is one of the oldest Orthodox Church of the region,
    Later visit Kazakhstan Musical Instruments museum. Later we shall proceed to visit the Zeelyoni or Green bazaar – see great varieties of daily products being sold.
    Afterwards we shall visit State Museum of History – the Golden Room and all sections.
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Later continue visit the Grand City Mosque, the famous Medeo with its wonderful
    Alpine surroundings, Later visit local market exploring souvenirs and other things being sold
    Later transfer to airport for flight to Shymkent
    On arrival we shall proceed to a local restaurant for dinner
    Later transfer to Hotel

    Day 03: Shymkent/Turkestan/Shymkent – 340 kms
    Shymkent/Tashkent – 124 kms (Uzbekistan)
    Morning we shall depart for Turkestan more known for the shrine of Hoja Ahmed Yassawi.

    Hoja Ahmed Yassawi was the 11th /12th century mystic and Turkic poet of the area
    Is greatly revered in Central Asia. He was the mystic Saint of Hanafi belief was educated in mysticism under Arslan Baba and later moved to Bukhara for further studies when he became the chief murshid of Nakshbandiyya order. Later he came back to Turkestan to spread the message of Islam among the nomadic Turkic tribes where Islam of introduced only couple of centuries ago but did not make its headway in the remote parts of the steppes. He was the spiritual mentor of Tamerlane.
    There is a grand complex of Ahmed Yassawi in the finest of Central Asian Architecture.

    We shall visit the Yassawi complex with all sections – the central complex and main dome of the shrine is similar to Tamerlane’s tomb.
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Later depart via Otrar ruins – the city which was destroyed by Genghiz Khan’s army.
    Continue to Shymkent and bypassing the town we shall proceed to border point to enter into Uzbekistan after the border formalities
    Proceed to Tashkent city and on arrival transfer to Hotel Ramada
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 04: Tashkent/Bukhara – Train – 0730/1117 hrs
    Morning depart for Bukhara by train is an interesting train journey passing through beautiful landscape. On arrival transfer to Hotel Asia or similar
    Later in the afternoon we shall start our walking tour of Bukhara
    We shall visit Lyabikhauz – the city pond and earnest place of local folks gathering over a cup of tea., madrassah Nadirkhon Devanbegi and later visit the Sarai to see the local handicrafts under the auspicious of UNDP, the first cupola, Mogaki Attari mosque – a mosque with traces of a fire temple, a Buddhist temple and the lately the mosque – worth seeing are decors with many regional influences. Later visit the second cupola – the covered bazaar known as tilpak frushan – the hat sellers market.
    Later visit madrassahs of Aziz Khan and Ulugbek and afterwards we shall see the grand minaret known as Poi Kalon and the Mosque nearby is one of grandest of pre-Mongol period monuments.
    We shall later proceed to the house of miniaturist Davlat known for his paintings and his Sufi thoughts in his work – we shall visit his home workshop

    As is more known as the “Bukhara-i-Sharif” the sacred Bukhara, was seat of the largest of Khanate whose influence marked deep impression on the political history of the region that capitulated her rivals into the controversy of a greater regional control – the Imperial Russia and the British Indian Empire both tried vow the nervous emir whose hereditary empire was at the brink of collapse. (read the Great Game)
    The history of Bukhara dates back to 5ht century BC when it was part of the Great Achaemenian Empire the begins the successive invaders and rulers devastating the great oasis. The oldest part of Bukhara more popularly known as Varaksha was the seat of the last of the heathen Turks when their last ruler Bukhar Khudat was slain by the invading Arabs establishing their rule into the first of Central Asia soil. Bukhara’s chequered history keeps changing with the passage of time. It was an important town on the Great Silk Road as the caravans traversed across the Oxus river before heading for Merve. The region was Bukhara was infact the meeting point of various cultures –
    the Zoroastrian Persians, Buddhists and the local Turkic tribes mostly with animistic or shamanist beliefs. A critical eye on its buildings and monuments will reveal you the influence of various cultures

    Uzbek Cooking session:
    We shall visit a local house to see Uzbek wife cooking pilaf and to see the local cuisine being cooked. For those interested in the cooking of Uzbek pilaf are invited to take part in the cooking of pilaf, baking of bread and samsa. This will be a local traditional cooking and hospitality session evening light dinner at hotel

    Day 05: Bukhara
    Morning visit Ark Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, mausoleum of Ismail Samanid and Chasma Ayub
    Afternoon excursion to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa – the summer residence of the last emir of Bukhara – see wonderful Imperial Russian collections sent as political gifts to the emir – beautiful Russian chandeliers, cut glass mirrors, furtniture and wonderful China ware. The other important part is to see the exhibit of suzzane embroidery – traditional needle point work very common among the nomadic tribes and designs keep changing with the environment and habitat.
    We shall then see the see the “palace of miracles” – the shrine of famous Sufi Saint
    Bakhauddin Nakshbandi – revered through out Central Asia and India. Also see the graves of former rulers of Shaybanid dynasty.
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 06: Bukhara/Samarkand – 268 kms
    Morning depart for Samarkand enroute we shall visit the shrine of Imam al-Bukhari.
    We shall see the whole complex – later continue to Samarkand and on arrival transfer to Hotel Grand Samarkand or similar
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Afternoon visit Registan Square – see the three beautiful madrassahs. Later we shall visit Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane
    Dinner at local restaurant

    Day 07: Samarkand/Tashkent – Train – 1800/2010 hrs
    Sightseeing tour to include: Bibi Khanum mosque, Siyob, the Silk Road bazaar and Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Afrosiab Museum on the ancient site of Samarkand, Ulugbek’s Observatory – free time till departure for Tashkent
    Evening transfer to railway station for train to Tashkent
    On arrival transfer to local restaurant for Dinner – later transfer to Hotel Ramada or similar

    Day 08: Tashkent/Almaty – KC128 – 1420/1645 hrs (Kazakhstan)
    Morning sightseeing tour of Tashkent – we shall visit Hast Imam Complex, Barak Khana seminary, Tilla Shaikh archives – see the oldest Osman period Holy Quran.
    Later proceed to Chosu Bazaar, Kukeldash madrassah, Friendship Square, Mustaqlik Maidoni and museum of Applied Arts
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Later transfer to airport for flight to Almaty – on arrival transfer to Hotel
    Dinner at local restaurant

    Day 09: Almaty/Departure
    We shall make full day excursion to Charyn Canyon – the beautiful rock formations is worth seeing with wonderful mountain scenery around
    Picnic Lunch
    We shall make short walk in the canyons
    Later return to Almaty – on arrival free till departure
    Dinner at local restaurant
    Transfer to airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur
    Assistance on departure
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