Uzbekistan Muslim shrines
- Tour route: Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara – Termez – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent
- Days: 13 Nights: 12
We offer you to visit Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termez and Tashkent, to improve your knowledge about pilgrimage destinations of Uzbekistan. You will visit the resting places of great scholars of Islam. The highlights of the trip are visits to Imam al Bukhari’s memorial complex, the collector of the hadith “Sahih al-Bukhari” and to the architectural complex of Khoja Baha ad-Din Naqshband, the Master of the “Naqshbandiya” Order, and other khwajagan masters’ mausoleums in Bukhara, mausoleums of Ala’uddin al-Bukhari al- Attar and Muhammad az-Zahid as-Samarqandi in Denov, Ak-Saray Palace, Dorut-Tilovat and Dorus-Saodat, Complexes: Mausoleum of Sheikh Shamsiddin Kulol, Mausoleum of Gumbazi Saidon in Shakhrisabz
Day 1. Tashkent
Visit the architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous divine and poet (16th c), "Barak-khan Madrassa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c), "Tilla Sheikh Madrassa" also called "Khast Imam Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c), "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc). Overnight in Tashkent
Day 2. Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Transfer to domestic airport for flight to Urgench. On arrival in Urgench transfer to Khiva (30 km, 40 min.). Arrival and check in at the hotel. Sightseeing in Khiva: Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassah, the 17th century Juma Mosque, the Islom-Hoja Minaret and Madrassa (built in 1908 and the highest structure in Khiva), the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex (the Persian-style resting place of Khiva’s patron saint) and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II between 1893-1913. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 3. Khiva –Bukhara
Drive to Bukhara (450 km, 6-7 hrs.). Arrival and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 4. Bukhara and areas
Drive to Gijduvan to visit burial shrine of Kwadja Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Jamil Gijduvani (1103-1179) - a prominent representative of Sufism, the founder of the Sufi Order "Hadzhagan," one of the seven pirs of sacred Bukhara.
The famous theologian Gizhduvani was buried near the grave of his mother. Next to their disposal by order of Ulugbek (ruler, Timurid) was elevated the ensemble, which included a mosque, madrassah and minaret.
Visit of burial shrine of Arif Ar – Rivgariy, who was also called a saint Kwadja Arif Mohi Tobon - was one of the most famous and revered Sufis of Central Asia.
Visit of burial shrine Mahmoud Anzhir Fagnavi.
Mahmoud Anzhir Fagnavi (who died in 1317year) – was a famous Sufi of his time, the recognized authority of Maverannakhr.
The exact date of birth of Mahmoud Anzhir Fagnavi unknown, we only learned that it happened in the village of Fagnavi, which is situated almost midway between Bukhara and Gijduvan, 20 kilometers from Bukhara.
Fagnavi was considered continuator of the spiritual Sufi tradition, perfect of the followers of Arif ar- Rivgari, the disciple (murid) of whom he was for a long time.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. Bukhara and areas
Visit of burial shrine of Ali Ramitani (The Holy Azizon Hajj)
Ali Ramitani Hajj (1195-1321 years) is considered one of the most famous spiritual leaders of sufi Tariqa that is called "Hadzhagan", nicknamed by the people as "Azizon" ("The respectable sheikh"). Ali Ramitani was the spiritual disciple of Mahmud Anzhir Fagnavi.
Visit of burial shrine Mohammad Babayi Samasi
Mohammad Babayi Samasi (1259-1354 years of life) – is considered to be the famous Sufi - mystic, an ardent supporter of school of "Kwadjagan", the fifth one in the spiritual chain of holy masters of Bukhara.
The main contribution of Muhammad Babayi Samasi into the development of the Sufi school of "Kwadjagan" up to nowadays is the development of concepts and techniques of "tasavvuf", which were later described in the writings of his disciples and followers of Sayyid Amir Kulal - "Makomoti Mir Kulol " and Bahauddin Naqshbandi - "Makomoti Shokhi Naqsh-band».
Visit of burial shrine of Sayyid Amir Kulal
Sayyid Amir Khoja Kulal Bukhari known as Kalon, ("The Great") - was Hanafi scholar-wing, a Sufi Murshid, a feast, a spiritual mentor of Bahauddin Naqshbandi.
There are chronicles that Sheikh Sayyid Amir Kulal was the first feast of the great emperor of Amir Temur, with whom they had met in 1363.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 6. Bukhara and areas
Visit of burial shrine of Bahauddin Naqshband
Baha ad-Din Muhammad al-Bukhari, Bahauddin Naqshband (1318-1389) – was also known as Shahi Naqshbandi and Khwageye Buzurg, one of the spiritual fathers of Sufism, is considered the founder of the Naqshbandia Sufi community. Throughout his life, Bahauddin Naqshbandi confirmed the correctness of his chosen way by his every deed, increasing the role of religion in society and doing good deeds by Allah.
From 1544 year, a majestic mausoleum stands on a grave of Bahauddin Naqshband.
After lunch, we continue our exploration of Bukhara and also see a rich collection of local embroidery of Suzanne, carpets and other workshops.
Complex "Poi Kalon" ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, "Miri Arab Madrassah" - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c), "Taki Zargaron" - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc), "Ulugbeg Madrassah" - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c), "Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah" - a traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c), “Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah” (1588-1590), atlas shops, "Magoki-Attari Mosque" - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, "Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi" - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c), "Kukeldash Madrassah" (16th c) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, "Lyabi-Hauz" ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among tourists (14-17th cc)
Visit of Telpak Furushon trade dome in Bukhara with a market of hats and spices.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara – Termez
Transfer to Termez (436km, 6 hrs). Arrival and check in at the hotel. Evening tour in Termez with local guide. Visit Architectural complex of Khakim At-Termizi, Sultan-Saodat. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurants. Overnight in Termez.
Day 8. Termez — Denov — Shakhrisabz
Drive to Denau region (130 km 1.5 hours). Visit Alauddin Attar (17th Golden Chain - Shah Nakshbandi’s Murid). Visit the Muhammad az-Zahid as-Samarqandi (20th of Golden Chain, Murid of Ubeydullah Ahrar Veli). Drive to Shakhrisabz. Overnight in Shakhrisabz.
Day 9. Shakhrisabz – Kitab – Samarkand
Visit Ak-Saray Palace, Dorut-Tilovat and Dorus-Saodat Complexes, Mausoleum of Sheikh Shamsiddin Kulol, Mausoleum of Gumbazi Saidon.
Drive to Kitab (10km, 15 min). Visit Mevlana Darvesh Muhammad (21th Golden Chain) and Muhammad Khwaja al-Amkanaki (22th of Golden chain). After tour, evening drive to Samarkand (90km, 1.5hrs). Arrival and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 10. Samarkand
Start a beautiful morning with Ziyara of Mausoleum of Ubeydullah Ahrar Vali (19th of Golden Chain), Tomb of Imam Maturidiy (the founder of Maturidia Tarikat of Hanafiy Madhab), Gur Emir Mausoleum, Registan square, Bibi Khanum mosque, Siab Bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 11. Samarkand – Tashkent
Continuing of city tour in Samarkand.
30 km north from Samarkand visit the Mausoleum of Imam Al Bukhari (Famous hadith scholar).
Visit Shahi Zinda Necropolis, the tomb of Sahaba Kusem Ibn Abbas, cousin of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v), and Mausoleum of Prophet Daniyal (Tomb of Daniel 14th.c), Ulugbek Observatory.
Transfer to the train station. Departure by high-speed train to Tashkent. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 12. Tashkent
Visit to Zangi Ota complex, in suburb of Tashkent. Zangi Ata Complex has been built on the location of the burial place of a great sheikh who was known as Zangi Ata. He was the grandson of Arslan Hodja who was the first murshid of Ahmad Yassaviy.
Visit Shayhantahur Memorial Complex
The memorial complex of St. Sheikh Khovandi Takhur who lived in the XIV century, includes three buildings: the very tomb of Sheikh Taur (XV-XIX century), tomb of Kaldirgoch-biy (XV century) and the mosque. Both tombs include space for two zierathona (a place of worship and praying) and gurhona (a tomb). Tomb is crowned by a semicircular dome.
Visit Yunus-khan Mausoleum
Besides Shayhantaur ensemble on the Navoy avenue there is a mausoleum of Tashkent ruler Yunus-khan (1415 – 1487). It is situated on the territory of Shayhantaur cemetery.
Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 13. Tashkent
Visit Kukeldash Madrasah, Chorsu Bazaar.
Transfer to International Airport for departure from Tashkent.
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PACKAGE PRICE: per request
Package price includes:
Double or twin-shared accommodation with breakfasts (4* and 5* hotels)
Lunches or dinners
All transport services by A/C vehicle during trip
Air ticket Tashkent - Urgench
Domestic train tickets: Samarkand – Tashkent
Entrance fees for the museums and monuments indicated in the tour program
Visa support fee.
Package price does not include:
Camera/video fees – 0.5 USD per monument
Fees for additional services in the hotels
Personal expenses for souvenirs etc.
Tips to guides and drivers.