Buddhist Tours in Uzbekistan

Tour details

  • Tour route: Tashkent – Termez – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
  • Transport: land transport (bus), flight, train
  • Days: 5     Nights: 4

Buddhism is one of the most primitive and the largest religions of the world. Before converting to Islam, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism were main religions in the territory of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Ancient Chinese records say, around the 1st AD, Buddhist nomadic tribe, from Western China, invaded Central Asia and built the great Kushan empire. In the meantime, however, its beliefs had spread widely in the territory of Samarkand, Bukhara and Surkhandarya province. If, you are excited to visit the ruins of Buddhist and Zoroaster temples, then this 7 days and 6 nights package will take you to the journey of inner peace and wisdom.

Day 1.  Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Depend on schedule of arrival from homeland of travelers. Transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Overnight in Tashkent

Day 2.  Tashkent - Termez

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Termez. Arrival and check in to the hotel. City tour: Visit Termez Archaeological Museum, Fayaz-tepe (hill) ruins of Buddhist monastery, Kara Tepe monastery (sometimes unavailable to visit, because it’s in the restricted border zone), remains of Zurmala, Buddhist stupa. Lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Overnight in Termez.

Day 3.  Termez – Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Bukhara (430km) through Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Temur (Tamerlane). Here you will have around an hour city tour including: Ak Saray (Noble Palace, residence of Temur), Dorus Tilovat and Gubmazi Saidon, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Siodat and Friday mosque. Late afternoon arrival and check in. Overnight in Bukhara

Day 4. Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour around the old city of Bukhara including: Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Bukhara Ark (Fortification), Poi Kalan complex including Kalan Minaret, Kalon Mosque and Miri arab Madrasah. Trading domes, Magoki Attori  — one of the ancient mosques built on the pedestal of Buddhist temple. Lyabi Hauz complex, including Nodir Devon begi and Kukeldash Madrasahs. Lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Overnight in Bukhara

Day 5. BukharaSamarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Samarkand (280km). Arrival and check in to the hotel. Afternoon city tour includes following monuments: Gur Emir (Tomb of Emir) Mausoleum, the tomb of Temur, Registan square with three madrasahs, the heart of Samarkand, “unmissable” place. Lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 6. SamarkandTashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Shakhi Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum dedicated to the ancient history of Samarkand. Bibi Khanym Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Konigil revived factory of ancient culture of papermaking. Evening depart to Tashkent by high-speed train (2hours). Arrival and check in to the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 7. Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Tashkent city tour: Institute of Restoration to see some exclusive Buddhist statues from Termez region, State museum of history of Uzbekistan, Independence square, Temur Square. Old City tour: Hast Imam complex, Kukeldash madrasah and Chorsu Bazaar (The largest bazaar and oldest in Central Asia). Lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Departure from Tashkent.