Tour description

Fabulosity of the East contains in its fairy possessions, which for thousands of years have lived in souls of peoples of the whole world and which have real parentage; however until now — even in conditions of the development of science and technology — they are still remain undisclosed, mysterious and mythical.
Hundreds of these legends have/had taken place on the territory today’s Tajikistan — with the participation and contribution of the ancient Tajik nation.
Some of legends which have cultural, historical features visualize (covered) in this travel program.
             

               WELCOME TO TAJIKISTAN, JOURNEY TO THE FAIRY LAND!

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Type of tour: Group (not less than 2 per.)
Visiting objects: Mausoleum / Museum of A.Rudaki – Ancient city Sarazm (Panjakent) – Mughteppa –Mausoleum of Hazrati Shoh – Kok Gumbaz – Handicraftsmen Street (Istaravshan) – Fortress of Khujand – Jami Mosque – Panjshanbe-Bozor (Khujand) – Kayrakkum carpets (factory) – Tajik sea (Guliston)
Place / star time of tour: Panjakent, Khujand or Dushanbe, 10:00am
Hotels: Deluxe-4*, Shokhand-4*, Фируз-4*, Matin on Moskovskay-3*, In Lenin 57
Cost of tour: 240 $
in hotel (3*, comfort) 370 $
in hotel (3*, double) 240 $
in hotel (4*, comfort) 460 $
in hotel (4*, double) 290 $
INCLUSION:
  • – transfer / transport service;
  • – meals (packed-three time);
  • – accommodation (hotel-2*, 4*);
  • – guide (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: 650 км
The program provides three recieving from Dushanbe international airport, (to the hotel-15 km/25 min drive); Khujand (to the hotel-12 km/20 min drive) and (or) from the border of Uzbekistan (Samarkand) to Khujand-250 km/4 hours drive)
Type of transport: minibus (Toyota, Mercedes) and/or SUV with all necessary amenities
Program of tour

DAY 1:

  • - The beginning of the tour: tourists on the territory of Tajikistan: Dushanbe airport or North border – Panjakent / Samarkand
  • - Visiting objects: ancient settlement Sarazm – Rudaki Mausoleum and Museum; at once lunch
  • Sarazm is an ancient town. It dates back to the 4th millennium BCE and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sarazm was the first city in Central Asia to maintain economic relations with a network of settlements covering a vast territory from the Turkmenistan steppes and the Aral Sea (in the northwest) to the Iranian Plateau and the Indus (in the south and southeast).

  • Rudaki composed poems in the‌ modern Persian alphabet and is considered a founder of classical Persian literature. As it seems, Rudaki was the first person to combine different roles that were yet distinguishable entitles in the 9th century royal court: musician, poet and declaimer/reciter, and copyist. The museum is of more interest, however, for its display of textiles and costumes, the frescoes found at Ancient Penjikent and the Neolithic tools from nearby Sarazm

  • - Departure / arrival in Istaravshan city; hotel accommodation

DAY 2:

  • - Breakfast at hotel
  • - Visiting objects: Mughteppa –Mausoleum of Hazrati Shoh – Kok Gumbaz – Handicrafts Street; at once lunch
  • Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. The city was founded in the sixth century B.C. by a Akhemenid king Cyrus who fortified the settlement by means of three wall lines and a citadel.

  • Mugteppa was the residence of the local aristocracy who erected there numerous palaces distinguished by original expressive architecture. The evidence of that was found in Bundzhikat (Kala and Kakh-Kakh) and Chil'khudzhra settlements which had fortified structures with palaces and cult buildings decorated with paintings and carved panels.

  • For example in Bundzhikat the archaeologists found the painting with the image of a she-wolf feeding two babies - the symbol of contacts between the West and the Orient. The mausoleum itself being one of the most ancient landmarks of Tajikistan is a part of the historical-architectural complex "Khazrati Shokh" located in the old part of Istaravshan. The complex consists of three cult structures: Khazrati-Shokh Mausoleum, Khudoyor Valami Mausoleum and Khazratishokh Mosque (also known as Namozgokh) built in the 19th century. Today Khazrati-Shokh Mausoleum is a modest two-dome brick building with a tomb (gurkhan) and a chapel (ziyoratkhon) which has been repeatedly restored. In front of the mausoleum there is a spring the water in which is considered holy and medicinal. According to a legend the spring was formed after Caliph Ali dropped his crosier into a high-mountain Lake Ojku

  • - Departure to Khujand, accommodation in hotel

DAY 3:

  • - Breakfast at hotel
  • - Visiting objects: Fortress Khujand - Museum of Uljabaev – Teahouse “National Plov” – Jami Mosque – Panjshanbe-Bozor (market); at once lunch
  • Throughout the whole history of Khujand, the city’s heart was its castle. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the first fortress was built in the VI-V centuries BC, and consisted of an artificial embankment gradually developed into a thick wall of natural clay. In 1999, a part of the eastern wall of the Khujand fortress dating back to VIII-X century was restored, and flunked to the building of the Museum of Local History, Archeology and Fortification. This museum has collected household items, pottery and implements found at the fortress territory.
  • Panjshanbe Market or, bazaar, is located in the center of Khujand, opposite Sheikh Muslihiddin mausoleum. The bazaar consists of the main pavilion and many stalls, tents and shops adjust to it. It is always noisy there since not only residents of the city but also neighboring villages flock there for shopping. Construction of the pavilion took place in the middle of the 20th century and finished in 1964. The mosque is located on the left side of the former central square of Khujand, the Registan square. Is little remains of the historical buildings, the buildings on the right side were replaced by the central market and the Jami mosque with white Maarmor dressed, not really corresponding to the Central Asian tradition of building
  • - Return to the hotel

DAY 4:

  • - Breakfast at hotel
  • - Departure to Guliston
  • - Visiting objects: Factory "Carpets of Qayraqum" – Museum of the factory – Tajik Sea (cruise ship); at once lunch
  • Carpet is an integral part of the way of life of Tajiks. For centuries, carpet weaving has been one of the most popular and traditional forms of applied art. ... JSC "Kairakkum Carpets" are the successors of the ancient traditions of carpet makers and more than half a century engaged in the production of high quality and beautiful carpets glorifying the unique beauty of nature of his native land
  • The reservoir created by the Kayrakkum Dam has a surface area of 523 km2; its length is 56 km and maximum width 15 km. Its maximum depth near the dam at its western end is 25 m; the average depth is 8 m. At the other end, the head of the reservoir is silted up for a distance of 10–15 km, a consequence of the construction of the Tahtagul hydroelectric power station upstream on the Naryn River in Kyrgyzstan. 
  • - The end of the tour: lead guests from the airport of Khujand


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