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Camel Riding Tour in Uzbekistan

Do you like the keen senses? Would you like to become a traveler for a short while, subjugating desert on camel back, to roam about barkhans (sand-hills), to see majestic night sky.

Travel Agency "Tashrif Tours" offers you Camel Tour in Uzbekistan with the dinner near the bonfire, with the opportunity to hear the singing of Akin and with overnight in yurta. You have an opportunity to meet with a black venomous spider - karakurt, with monitor lizard - the biggest lizard in the desert, and, surely, with a venomous snake - cobra.

Itinerary #1

Tashkent - Bukhara - Nurata - Camel (yurta) camp - Aydarkul - Samarkand - Tashkent

Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Notification:
1. The program of tour can be changed in accordance with your wishes and time-table of flights.
2. Food and entertains parts mentioned in the tour program are recommended and not included in the cost.

Day 1
Tashkent

Arrival to Tashkent. Meet with the tablet "Tashrif Tours".
Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 2
Tashkent - Bukhara

Transfer to the airport. Flight to Bukhara. Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Breakfast.

Sightseeing excursion in "The Old City": Bukhara has kept a medieval lay-out, thanks to which, each building, each house on its curve narrow small streets, bears in itself charm of olden time.

Here time borders are erased, here you lose sensation of time ...

the City architecture includes acquaintance to such monuments, as:

  • Mausoleum of Samanids (10 c.) - the pearl of Central asian architecture, the family tomb of Samanids' dynasty.
  • Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (12 - 16 centuries), inside which there is a spring of healing water of saint Iova (Ayub).

Visiting markets: fruit, dried fruits, nuts, spices.

  • Bolo-Hauz Mosque (18 c.) - a quarter mosque.

01:00 pm Lunch at the national restaurant.

Continue the excursion:

  • Ark-Citadel - majestic fortress, the habitat of governors of Bukhara, stronghold of might and power (1 century BC - 19 c).
  • Mosque Kalyan (Big mosque)(16 c.).
  • Minaret Kalyan - the symbol of Bukhara, throughout centuries served as a beacon for caravans in the desert, which made their way to Bukhara. Other name of the minaret - "death tower", according to one of legends, in mediaeval time from this minaret were thrown down adulteresses and Bukhara freethinkers.
  • Functioning madrassah of Mir-i-Arab (16 c) - where studied the head mufti of Russian Moslems Ravil Ghaynuddeen and decedent president of the Chechen Republic Ahmad Kadyrov, who was mufti before.
  • Madrassah of Abdullazizkhan (17 centuries).
  • Madrassah of Ulugbek (15 c.) - constructed by Tamerlan's grandson. At the entrance there you can see an inscription in Arabian , words of the prophet Mohammed: "Aspiration for knowledge is a duty of each muslim man and woman"
  • Tim of Abdullakhan (16 c.) - the covered market used for trade by expensive silk fabrics.
  • Walk under trading domes of the 16th century: Toki Sarraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron, where handicraftsmen (jewellers, miniaturists and others) sell their products.
  • Caravansarais of Bukhara.
  • Mosque of Magoki Attori (12-16 centuries) - was built where in ancient time were temples of fireworshipers. It is one of the three monuments in Bukhara, left safe after Genghis Khan's invasion.
  • Visiting the centre of Development of Bukhara's crafts, located in a caravansarai Sayfiddeen. Crafts: weaver's workshop, woodcarving, stamping, painting on a tree, Central Asian miniature, carpetweaving (from time immemorial, from generation to generation, secrets of skill of handicraftsmen were transferred. This tradition is alive until now).
  • Ensemble Lyabi-Hauz: khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan Begi (16 c.), Kukeldash madrassah (15 c.), the monument of Khoja Nasreddeen.

06:00 pm Dinner at the national restaurant. Overnight.

Day 3
Bukhara

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am The country excursion:

  • Madrassah Chor Minor (19 c.) - is a tiny madrassah with four different minarets.
  • The necropolis of Bahauddin Nakshband (located 10 km from Bukhara) - is a buried place of Sufi mystic of the "nakshbandiya" order. Bahauddin Nakshband is admired in all Sufi ’ Muslim world as sacred.
  • Sitora-i-Mohi Hosa (located 4 km from Bukhara) - a summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara (19 century).

01:00 pm Lunch in chaykhana "Chor-Bakr" (some kinds of shish kebab, ballaza-nakhot - Bukharian shurpa (soup), which is cooked all the night long).

02:00 pm Continuation of excursion:

  • Necropolis of Chor-Bakr (10-16 c.) - "the city of shadows", a family residency of spiritual leaders of an award - of "nakshbandia" (4 km from Bukhara).

At 07:00 pm dinner and a folklore concert in age-old madrassah Nodir Devan Begi. The ancient building of the 16 century, where the concert take place, is one of the most beautiful and richly decorated madrassah. During the concert you will see performance of the national philharmonic society, performing national Uzbek dances in live musical accompaniment, and the demonstration of fashionable clothes made from handwork fabrics with national elements - harvest of creative imagination of Bukhara designers (You may reserve a table for dinner during sightseeing excursion through your guide).

Overnight.

Day 4
Bukhara - Nurata - Sarmysh - yurta camp

08:00 am Breakfast.
09:00 am Departure from Bukhara to Sarmysh mountains (185 km).
Cotton fields and vineyards strech out along the route.

At will you can stop in the city Vabkent (20 km from Bukhara) for independent sightseeing the minaret and the mosque of the 12th  century.

Further we move on the steppes of Malik-chul ("the royal steppe") where we can see the surviving facade of the caravanserai  of 13th  century (Rabat-Malik) and sardoba - an ancient underground structure for storing water in a desert environment.

Self-dependent sightseeing in the gorge Sarmysh. Watching the rock gallery of petroglyphs (1 hour). Gorge Sarmysh is considered one of the largest in the world of the  rock art galleries. More than 3500 petroglyphs (from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages) is concentrated at the distance of 2 kilometers. This image of animals and humans painted by a man on the rocks of ancient times.

Transfer to Nurata (64 km) - small town with age-old history, placed among Kyzylkum desert and chain of Nurata mountains.

Fictitious disposal of Hassan and Hussein - Shia prophets, grandsons of the Prophet Muhammad. The graves of saints with such large sizes are often caught in Uzbekistan. According to one of the researchers, these have been found the remains of Atlantis.

Around Nurata you can meet ruins of an ancient fortress. Once there was a garrison of Alexander, there are rooms of the soldiers, watchtower. Among the local residents you can meet many blue-eyed, blond, red-hair people, perhaps the descendants of Turkic tribes or the Greeks.

According to the historian Narshahi "Nur" (from the Arabic - "light") - an ancient settlement. According to the legend in 9th  century, here come Iraqi missionary by name of Ahmad ibn Muhammad, and brought Islam, which the locals adopted without coercion. There is the tomb of his daughter Nurgul here too. Local people believe that the most important wealth, which God has endowed them, are pure water and Islam.

Around town, there are many sources of crystal clear water. The sacred fish marinka inhabits here.

In Nurata there is the complex - a place of worship of the local residents. The complex consists of the monastery of dervishes, with rooms for ten and forty-day retreat, 16th  century's mosque, erected in 1580 by Adbullakhan Sheibani, in place of fireworshipers' temple (preserved foundations of 9th century), as well as the bath of 16th century.
Observation of the complex is about 1 hour.

Transfer to the yurt camp (75 km). Arrival in yurta camp in the desert.

Huge sand dunes, overgrown with hazorspon (Harmal), and camel thorn - saksaul.

Accommodation in yurts decorated with Kazakh handmade embroidery. The camp has a shower and toilets.
Camel riding at the outskirts of the camp, accompanied by the pursuer.
Acquaintance with rich flora and fauna of the desert.

07:00 pm Dinner. After dinner you can listen to the singing bard accompanied with dombra (chargeable).
Overnight.
Day 5
Yurta camp - Aydarkul lake – Samarkand

08:00 am Breakfast.

Camel riding to the nearest village located 10 km from the yurts. Next on the car ride to the lake Aydarkul (45 km).

Aydarkul is called geographical miracle, formed in the waterless desert Kyzylkum.

There many fishes in the lake, such as carp, perch, bream, catfish.

Birds: cormorants, herons, pelicans, ducks, swans and geese. The area of the lake is 3000 sq. km, about 250 km in length, 8 to 15 km in width.

Sloping sandy beach is well warmed up and allows to swim even in May and September.

01:00 pm Picnic on the lake. Fresh fish. Camel riding.
Return to the camp.

02:00 pm Drive to Samarkand (270 km). Accommodation at the hotel.
Free time for walk across evening Samarkand.

07:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.
Day 6
Samarkand

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Sightseeing excursion in Samarkand - one of the most majestic cities of Uzbekistan, the beloved capital of the great Tamerlane:

  • Mausoleum of Gur-Emir (14-15 centuries) - there are the tombs of Tamerlane and his family in it.
  • Registan Square (15-17 centuries): the madrassah of Ulugbek, Tilla-Kori, Sher-dor.

01:00 pm Lunch at chaykhana (Samarkandian pilaf).

02:00 pm Continue the excursion:

  • Bibi Khanum Mosque (14 century) - built in honor of the beloved wife of Tamerlane.
  • Mausoleum of Shahi Zinda (12-15 centuries): there is one of the alleged graves of Kusama ibn Abbas (cousin of Prophet Muhammad) here.
  • Ulugbek's Observatory (15 century) - astronomer, scientist, ruler, beloved grandson of Tamerlane, who was killed on the orders of his own son.

07:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 7
Samarkand - Tashkent

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Transfer to Tashkent (310 km) by car.
01:00 pm Arrival in Tashkent. Lunch at the restaurant. Accommodation in the hotel.

02:00 pm Sightseeing excursion in Tashkent: In 1966 the strong earthquake in Tashkent completely destroyed the old part of the city, but the little, the saved part makes a strong contrast with the architecture of modern Tashkent.

  • Hazret Imam Square (16 c.)
  • Kafal al-Shashi mausoleum (16 c.)
  • Madrassah Barak Khan (15-16 c.)
  • Mosque Namazgoh (19 c.)
  • Mosque Tillya Sheik (19 c.)
  • Memorial of the victims of repressions
  • Kukeldash madrassah (16 c.)
  • Abul Kasim Sheik mausoleum (19 c.)
  • Monument to Alisher Navoi and the park with lake

07:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 8
Tashkent

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.

 
Bukhara city panoramme
Bukhara city panoramme
Samarkand. Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Samarkand.
Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Samarkand.
Reghistan Square