On arrival at Tashkent International Airport, you will be met by our local representative for a brief meet and greet. You will then be transferred to your hotel for Check-in.
Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan. It’s known for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. The Amir Timur Museum houses manuscripts, weapons and other relics from the Timurid dynasty. Nearby, the huge State Museum of History of Uzbekistan has centuries-old Buddhist artifacts. The city’s skyline is distinguished by Tashkent Tower, which offers city views from its observation deck.
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After breakfast at the hotel, Start your sightseeing from the Khast Imam Square in the heart of old Tashkent. This historic square is the heart of old Tashkent and home to several significant religious and cultural sites. The focal point is the magnificent Hazrat Imam Mosque, an architectural masterpiece with its impressive 50-meter-high minarets. The mosque has an aura of tranquility and grandeur, drawing visitors to admire its intricate design and spiritual significance. The most striking part here should be the Hazrat Imam Mosque flanked by a pair of 50-meter-high minarets and the small Moyie Mubarek Library Museum where the original of the holy Uthman Quran is on display.
Next, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Chorsu Bazaar, situated beneath a striking blue dome. Stroll through the labyrinthine alleys filled with stalls offering an array of fresh produce, spices, textiles, and handicrafts. The atmosphere is alive with colors, scents, and the lively banter of traders and shoppers, making it a must-visit destination for experiencing the authentic charm of Tashkent. Take time to explore this vibrant market and experience the local culture.
Later, continue your exploration with a visit to the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan. Here, you can gain insights into the distinct decorative styles that characterize the region of Uzbekistan. As you make your way, take a leisurely stroll around the renowned Independence Square and Amir Timur Square, two important landmarks that offer a glimpse into the city’s history and culture.
In the evening, take a flight to Urgench and then transfer to Khiva for the night.
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After breakfast, we visit Khiva. The desert town of Khiva, once a popular resting hub for caravans and merchants crossing the desert, seems to be frozen in time. Its walled inner city of Itchan Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will introduce you to a typical medieval oriental town. Following a local tour guide, you can pick up what you are interested in from over 50 historical sites and get an in-depth understanding of the culture and history behind them.
Later, Wander around the enchanting Kuhna Ark Fortress, which showcases the life of.the khans back in the day and offers a wonderful view over the old city from its.watchtower. Admire the beautiful turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret unfinished at 29 meters tall. Move down inside, and step into the unique Juma Mosque to see the different woodcarving styles found in Khiva throughout history. In the narrow alleys away from the main street, you will find the quiet Isfandiyar Palace – home to lots of extravagantly decorated rooms showcasing a mixture of Eastern and Western architectural styles, as well as some handicrafts workshops.
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After breakfast, Depart for Bukhara via Kyzylkum Desert. You can visit one of the ancient Khorezm fortresses dating back 2,000 years ago along the way. These ancient fortresses, dating back 2,000 years, are remnants of the Khorezm civilization. Each fortress has a unique design and historical significance. Ayaz-Kala, Toprak-Kala, and Kyzyl-Kala are some notable examples. Explore their imposing walls and get a glimpse of the past civilizations that thrived in the region.
The land journey usually takes about 8 hours with a stop for picnic lunch on the way. Alternatively, you can schedule your time to board a train to Bukhara. It leaves Khiva in the morning on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays only, and arrives in Bukhara in about 5 hours. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and rest.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bukhara.
After delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for Bukhara City Tour.
Bukhara, an illustrious trading hub along the Silk Road for over two millennia, stands as a living testament to its deep-rooted connection with Islamic culture. The city’s landscape is adorned with remarkable monuments, offering a glimpse into its rich history. The resplendent Ark of Bukhara, once a formidable fortress, now houses captivating museums chronicling the city’s evolution. Adjacent to it, the Bolo Khauz Mosque is a marvel, featuring a stunning ensemble of 20 intricately carved wooden pillars adorned with vibrant muqarnas, showcasing the finest Islamic craftsmanship.
Proceed to visit the Samanid Park that boasts the exquisite Samanid Mausoleum, an architectural gem with a façade adorned in meticulous brickwork, a testament to the city’s dedication to artistic excellence. Nearby, the Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum is a marvel, its Khwarazm-style conical dome a rarity, adding to the city’s architectural diversity. Explore the Po-i-Kalyan Complex which transports visitors to a world of beauty with its enchanting courtyard and intricate tilework. The complex is a captivating fusion of history and artistry, embodying Bukhara’s cultural essence.
As you explore Bukhara, you’ll find yourself immersed in a journey through time, where each monument and sight bears witness to the city’s enduring embrace of Islamic culture and its pivotal role along the historic Silk Road.
Overnight stay at hotel at Bukhara
After breakfast, visit the Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the former summer retreat of Bukhara’s final Emir, offers an awe-inspiring fusion of eastern and western architectural styles. The palace’s facade boasts intricate patterns that showcase the region’s artistic mastery, while the interior reveals opulent details that reflect the Emir’s luxurious tastes. As you explore, you’ll be transported to an era of grandeur, marveling at the ornate ceilings, elaborately adorned walls, and lavish furnishings that stand as testaments to the Emir’s wealth and influence.
Proceed your journey by visiting the Bahauddin Naqshband Bukhari Mausoleum, a sacred site honoring the revered Sufi saint. This spiritual sanctuary exudes tranquility, its serene courtyard inviting contemplation. The mausoleum’s intricate Islamic architecture speaks to the devotion of its builders, showcasing delicate geometric patterns and harmonious proportions that epitomize the elegance of the region’s design heritage. Devote a moment of reflection as you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of reverence and spiritual significance.
Later, Explore the Chor Bakr Necropolis, an evocative complex known as the “Town of the Dead”. This hallowed ground holds the familial resting place of Abu-Bakr-Sai, its mausoleums forming a mesmerizing tapestry of polychromatic tiles.
Upon returning to the city, the remainder of the day beckons you to explore at your leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bukhara.
After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for your leisure.
Visit the historic center again, take some pictures with the landmarks, shop in the bazaars, or taste traditional tea and sweets at Silk Road Tea House.
In the afternoon, take a high-speed train to Samarkand for the night. Samarkand is the most precious pearl in the Islamic world, with its time-honored history, eclipses Bukhara and Tashkent.
Overnight stay at Samarkand.
After breakfast at hotel, venture and indulge in the captivating beauty of the Mausoleum of Gur-e-Amir, where mesmerizing blue tiles adorn the exterior, showcasing intricate designs that tell stories of the past. As you step through history, the Registan Square unfolds before you, a masterpiece framed by three resplendent Islamic schools. Each school, with its own unique charm, stands as a testament to the architectural brilliance of the region.
Proceed to discover the Tilya-Kori Mosque, a true marvel adorned with a celestial gold mosaic ceiling that seems to mirror the heavens above. The play of light on these golden mosaics creates an ethereal ambiance that transports you to a realm of artistic opulence. Ascend to the second floor of the Ulugh Beg Madrasah for a breathtaking panorama of this historical expanse. The panoramic view captures the essence of the area’s grandeur, leaving an indelible mark on your memory. Before you pause for a delightful lunch, wander through the Siab Bazaar, where the air is infused with the tantalizing scent of freshly baked bread and the vibrant colors of fresh produce beckon.
Later in the evening, immerse yourself in the time-honored grandeur of the Shakhi Zinda Memorial Complex. Stroll along the avenue, where the vibrant tilework adorning the structures unveils a glimpse of the 14th-century Timurid Empire, echoing the legacy of a bygone era.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Samarkand.
After breakfast at the hotel, Spend half a day discovering Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Amir Timur located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand. You will marvel at the remaining massive walls tower of the Ak Saray Palace, discover the Dorut Tilovat Complex, and visit the Dorus Saodat Mausoleum. In front of the mausoleum is the Hazrat Imam Mosque, which is now the main mosque in the town.
Later, transfer to the train station of Samarkand for your high-speed train to Tashkent for departure.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Tashkent.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board a flight to India.
We check out from the hotel to leave for Airport. Arrive home with pleasant memories of your Uzbekistan tour organized by State Express Global Voyages, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.