Tour description

There are three branches of the Great Silk Road along Tajikistan: 1) North / Sogdian stretches between Samarkand (Uzbekistan) and Kashgar (China); 2) West–East / Karotegin stretches between Termez (Uzbekistan) and Kashgar (China); 3) South / Pamir stretches between Termez (Uzbekistan) and Tashkent (China).
These ancient routes were formed by the Persian, Greek, Chinese and Arab peoples, who made a huge contribution to the socio–economic relations — trade and culture of the whole world between the V – XII centuries. 
In order to learn more about the contribution of this way to the culture and civilization of the Tajik people, there will be presented a tour package “Great Silk Road in Tajikistan” 
WELCOME TO TAJIKISTAN — JOURNEY TO THE PAST

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Type of tour: Group (not less than 2 per.)
Visiting objects: Mausoleum / Madrasa Khoja Mashhad – Healing spring Chiluchorchashma (Shahrituz) – Hill “Qurghon” and Museum Bibikhonum – Central square / monument of Ismoili Somoni – Ajina- Tepe (Bokhtar, Vakhsh) – Fortress Hulbuk – Muse- um and Mausoleum of Mir Said Alii Hamadoni (Kulyab, Vose) – Ancient city Karon (Darvoz) – Craft Vendors Street – Botanical garden – Heal- ing spring Garmchashma (Khorog, Ishkashim)
Place / star time of tour: From the hotel, 9:00 pm
Hotels: Рамз, Истиклол, Хатлон, Karon Palace-3*, Serena Inn-2*, Pamir Alibaba-3*
Cost of tour: 730 $
INCLUSION:
  • – transfer / transport service;
  • – meals (full board);
  • – accommodation (hotel-2*, 3*);
  • – guide service (English / Russian speaking;
  • – insurance;
  • – visa support;
  • – entrance fees for visiting places;
  • – tourist tax / duty.
EXCLUSION:
  • – international fly / air tickets;
  • personal costs, alcohol drinks, food etc.

Noticein case of change of the list of services (according to wish for traveler) the cost of tour program will be changed

Objects

Map

Distance

Distance: 1700 км
The program provides two points of reception – from Dushanbe international airport or levakand (to the hotel (Bokhtar)-10 km/15 min drive) and (or) from the border of Uzbekistan (Termez/Shaartuz) to Bokhtar-180 km/3.30 hours drive)
Type of transport: mini-bus or SUV
Program of tour

Day 1:

  • - The beginning of the tour: receiving tourists in Tajikistan: from Dushanbe international airport or Levakand / Bokhtar airport or from the southern border – Shahrituz/Termez

  • - Visiting objects: Mausoleum of Khoja Mashhad – Healing spring Chiluchorchashma; at once lunch.

  • Mausoleum / Madrasa Khoja Mashhad is a unique monument of Tajik architecture of IX-XII centuries, which embodied the whole era of history, culture, building skills and aesthetic views of his time

  • CHILUCHORCHASHMA — translated from Tajik "Forty-four spring". At the base of the hill breaks out 5 water sources, divided into 39 small streams. As a result of their connections formed a 13-metre wide single channel, full of fish. As for each historical place, the springs also have their own legend. 
    According to legend, the source appeared from the contact of five fingers of the hand of Caliph Ali. It is the place of mass pilgrimage.Chiluchor Chashma is located in the South of Tajikistan.

  • - Departure to the city Bochtar, accommodation in hotel

Day 2:

  • - Breakfast at hotel 
  • - Visiting objects: Hill “Qurgon” / Museum Bibikhonum – Central square/ 
monument of Ismoili Somoni – Hill Ajina-Tepe; at once lunch
  • The city of BOKHTAR , HILL “KURGAN” — a symbol of the city, the watchtower of the late 19th century. The hill on which it is built is considered artificial and it dates back to the IX-X centuries.
  • “Bibikhonum” Museum of Historical and Regional Studies of Qurghonteppa City to visitors. The museum was opened to commemorate the ancestors of Qurghonteppa city and also to celebrate 1100 years since the Samanides state was created. The museum has collected over 2400 historical artifacts from the Qurghonteppa area since it opened 15 years ago. The history of Qurghonteppa city dates back over two thousand years, however, there has never been any archaeological excavation in or around “Qurghon” hill. 
  • The Buddhist monastery Ajina Tepe in Tajikistan was considered the Monument of the World Heritage. The giant horizontal statue of "Buddha in nirvana", located in the eastern corridor is quite remarkable. Today it is one of the most prominent Buddhist relics in world culture. As Litvinsky said, the monastery Ajina Tepe tells about the history of the Vakhsh valley, as a part of the ancient country, named Baktria, later Tokharistan. Return to the city Bactria / hotel.
  • - Return to the city Bactria / hotel

Day 3:

  • - Breakfast at hotel and departure to Kulyab
  • - Visiting objects: on the road – Museum of Dangara – Teahouse 
"Khorramshahr" – Fortress and Museum of Hulbuk; at once lunch
  • The Dangara museum is settles down in a new building of the cultural center of the area, constructed in 2001 where together with it are library, musical school and a department the registry office. In the central hall of a museum the exhibition, devoted lives and activity of the President of Republic Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon and its role in an establishment and development of independence of the country is developed.
  • The ancient fortress and site of ancient settlement of Hulbuk is in Vose district of Hatlon region in settlement Kurbonshaid. The huge territory in IX century between Vahshem and Pjandzhem was occupied with area of Huttal. During the most ancient period of the history of Huttal was a part of Bactria.
  • - Arrival in Kulyab, hotel accommodation

Day 4:

  • - Breakfast at hotel
    Visiting objects: Mausoleum and Museum of Mir Said Ali Hamadoni - Central area of Kulob city – Regional Museum –Central market; at once lunch

  • Right in the center of Kulob in the park zone with centuries-old plane trees stands the memorial complex of Mir Sayid Ali Khamadoni - the poet, philosopher and thinker of the 14th century. His son Muhammad, numerous relatives as well as Shaikh Shokhi Tolikoni from Afghan city Tolukan, the former inspector of the mausoleum and the mosque are also buried there. State institution «National Museum Complex of Kulob» was established on September 7, 2006 year in celebration of 2700 anniversary of city of Kulob. The complex includes the historical museum of local lore 2700 anniversary of Kulob, the museum of literary heritage written Mirsaid Ali Hamadoni and house museum of national poet Saidali Valizoda. Every year the museum is visited by over 20 million visitors both local and foreign guests

  • - Return to hotel

Day 5:

  • - Breakfast at hotel and departure to Darvoz (Pamir); at once lunch

  • - Arrival at Darvoz District, accommodation in hotel.

  • Darvoz district is a part of the Mountainous Autonomous Badakhshon Province (GBAO), the population is 23.9 thousand, and total area is 2.8 thousand km. Darvaz district is situated in the east, 340 km from Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. The district is washed by international waters of Pyanj River bordering with Afghanistan, and further downstream it is called Amu-Darya River, which flows through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan lands. 

Day 6:

  • - Breakfast at hotel

  • - Visiting objects: Central square of Darvoz district – Ancient city Karon; at once lunch

  • Tajik and Russian archeologists in 2012 found in the territory of Darvoz district of Badakhshan Mountain Autonomous region the ancient town – Karon. From year to year after the discovery of the archaeological town "expanded". Now there found temples, fragments of five-domed church fire temple water, two temples of the wind, windmill, a fragment of the holy book of the Zoroastrians "Avesta", the remains of a large area for polo, halls, administrative and residential buildings. Ruins are found in the ancient town, which is supposed to be one of the largest mountain "residences" of local kings.

  • - Departure / arrival in Khorog (Pamir), hotel accommodation

Day 7:

  • - Breakfast at hotel

  • - Visiting objects: Central town – Botanical garden

  • Khorog Park is one of its attractions. Getting here is quite easy-is on the main street of the city. Feel free to contact any passer-by, who will be happy to tell and show the way. The park is very quiet and cozy place. You can walk through the quiet park Lombardy popular, spending time on the benches, swim in the pool in the middle of the park, sit on a café - terrace partially over handing the rapid Gunt

  • - Departure to Ishkoshim district; at once lunch

  • - Visiting objects: Healing spring "Garmchashma»

  • Ishkashim District is one of the 28 districts of BadakhshaN Province in eastern Afghanistan. The district is roughly V-shaped and lies northeast of the Panj River where its course turns from west to north. It is bordered on the south and west Afghanistan across the Panj River and the lower Pamir River and on the north by Roshtqal'a District. There are short borders with Shughnon District to the north and Murghab District to the east. The Shakhdara Range is along the northern border with Roshtqal'a District and the north-south Ishkoshim Range is along the district's eastern border. The Garm-Chashma resort constructed in 1957 next to mineral water springs. It is the most well-known balneological resort of Pamir. The curative properties of Garm-Chashma mineral water is recognized far beyond the country. Hot mineral water spring Garm-Chashma (hot spring) is located 2,325 m above the sea level, on the western slope of the Shahdarya Ridge in the average watercourse of Garm-Chashma river. The age of the spring is over few thousand years. The mineral water rises on the surface from great depths in the form of gushing forth small and large jets of 10 cm to 1.5 m. One jet gives from 5 to 7 liters of hot water a second. The water is muddy from limy deposits with and contains balls of calcium

  • - Return to Khorog / hotel

Day 8:

  • - Breakfast at hotel

  • - Visiting objects: Shops of folk crafts, products from mountain minera

  • Most active in the mornings, in common with most regional bazaars, this teeming market by the river overflows into stalls shaded by colourful umbrellas around the main bazaar building. Several stands sell woollen crafts, including traditional socks, and the attractive red or green velvet Pamir hats are also on sale. Some 5km west of Khorog, a bridge linking Afghanistan with Tajikistan crosses the river at the point where the Gunt merges with the Pyanj. Every Saturday Afghan traders are usually permitted to cross the bridge onto an island in the middle of the river to participate in a weekly bazaar. Offering an interesting way to observe Afghan traders at work, the market is often suspended if security tensions in the region escalate. De Pamiri - this fair-trade craft shop sharing the PECTA building showcases work by dozens of Pamiri artisans with excellent felt rugs and bags, musical instruments, palas (woven goat-hair carpets) and embroidered skullcaps. Right in Central Park, Chor Bagh is the most attractive place to enjoy a drink in town with a great open-air pavilion perched above the river for those balmy summer evenings.

  • - Way back in Dushanbe; overnight in Darvoz; at once lunch and dinner

Day 9:

  • - Breakfast at hotel

  • - Departure to Dushanbe; at once lunch

  • - Wire offer: international airport of Dushanbe or Levakand airport



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