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Globe Travel Pte Ltd (License TA03286), in collaboration with SimplyIslam as its content partner, will be organising a guided tour to Uzbekistan, the Land of Saints, Scholars & Treasures.

Details:
Organiser/Official Travel Agency: Globe Travel Pte Ltd
Official Content Partner: SimplyIslam.sg
Date: 7 to 14 September 2019 (during Sep school hols)
Cities: Tashkent, Bukhara & Samarkand

Itinerary Highlights

  • Tashkent – The Uthman Qur’an + Golden Hair of Prophet Muhammad, Khazrati Imam Complex, Chorsu Bazaar, Museum of Applied Arts
  • Chimgan Mountains – Charvak Lake, Beldersay Gorge, Kumbel Peak
  • Bukhara – Homeland of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), City of Saints, Citadel Ark, Kalyan Mosque, Lyab-i-Hauz
  • Samarkand – Maqam of Imam Bukhari, Madrasah Ulughbeg, Registan Square, Gur Emir (Tamerlane) Mausoleum, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis
  • Train Rides (Tashkent-Bukhara, Samarkand-Tashkent)

Package Includes

  1. Flights (Singapore to Tashkent, Return)
  2. 4-Star Accommodation (Double/Triple) including breakfast
  3. English Speaking Guides – Arrival to Departure
  4. Airport Transfers
  5. On-Ground Transportation
  6. Train Tickets (Tashkent-Bukhara + Samarkand-Tashkent)
  7. Entrance Fees for all designated museums & monuments

Other Info

  1. Accompanied by SimplyIslam teachers – Sidi Raghib Yusuf & Dr Mohd Mubarak Habib Mohd
  2. Airline Partners: Flyscoot.com & Uzbekistan Airways
Day 1 - Singapore - Tashkent

23:55 arrive to Tashkent International Airport by Flight HY-534 from Bangkok.

Meet and greet service by the guide.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 trip to Chimgan Mountains (100 km, ~2 h.).
The road to Chimgan is passing via villages, gardens, and streams. If the cableway is functioning take 3 km long ride in Beldersay gorge to Kumbel peak (2400) where the longest ski track has its start. Have a walk in mountain area.

Free time (around 30 min) for photo shooting and horse-riding.

Continue to the shore of Charvak reservoir, surrounded by green mountain flanks. With numerous resorts, beaches, and children summer camps, Charvak Lake is a favorite place of locals and foreigners to enjoy summer days outside the city. Drive down serpentine road to Chinara’s restaurant to have lunch under the shade of four giant plane trees. On the territory of restaurant, there are unique petroglyphs, rock carvings made by prehistoric people, preserved for the future.

16:00 Departure to Tashkent
Overnight at the hotel

Day 3 - Tashkent - Bukhara

Early breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent Railway station. Departure to Bukhara by train (Afroisab, Sharq or Nasaf subject to seats availability)

Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Hodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs, rich man of all nationals and patrons. When you hear “Splendor of East” – it is Bukhara!

On arrival city tour in Bukhara: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Samanides Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub (14th c.), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Coumpol bazaar, Medreseh Nodir-Divan-Beghi, complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.), Minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalyan Mosque (12th c.), Medreseh Miri Arab (16th c.).

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 A trip out of the city for a visit to Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.), mausoleum Chor-Bakr (10th c.), visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.).

Visit to Saints of Bukhara like:

1. Abdul Khaliq al Gajadwani, Bukhara
2. Muhammad Baba as-Samasi, Bukhara
3. As-Sayyid Amir Kulal, Bukhara, etc

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 - Bukhara - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Samarkand.

On the way visit to Imam Al-Bukhari mausoleum. The mausoleum of Imam Al-Bukhari in Samarkand is a very impressive sight. It is is a masterpiece of modern Uzbek architecture based on traditional oriental style. When you enter through a huge gate, you will immediately step into the courtyard laden with lavish lawns, tall trees and colourful flowers and on the left is the ablution area and Masjid. There is also a small shop selling some souvenirs and local crafts. Transfer to Samarkand.

Visit to Ubaydullah al-Ahrar, Samarkand.

On arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 - Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour in Samarkand:
Registan square – Medreseh Ulughbek (15th c.), Medreseh Shir-Dor (17th c.), Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th c.).
Ulughbek Observatory (15th c.) it was built on hills in Samarkand suburb, it went down in history as one of the most important observatories of the Middle Ages.

Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.) – one of Samarkand most mysterious and inimitable architectural monuments, is located not far from the Bibi-Khanym Mosque.

Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.)
Bibi-Khanym Mosque is a cathedral mosque which according to a legend was named after Amir Timur’s beloved wife. Majestic blue domes of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque are a striking sight

Transfer to train station and departure to Tashkent by train.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

City Tour in Tashkent (Modern & Ancient parts)

Excursion along new part of Tashkent: Independence Square, Amir Temur Statue, Alisher Navoi Theatre Square, Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Metro (Undeground).

City tour along the old part of Tashkent: Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (15th c.), Barak-Khan Madrasah (16th c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad, Chorsu Bazaar

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 - Tashkent - Singapore

07:00 transfer to the airport by flight HY 533 at 09:25 flight to Bangkok, then Singapore.

The Land of Saints, Scholars & Treasures

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a landlocked country in Central Asia, a secular, unitary constitutional republic, comprising 12 provinces, one autonomous republic, and a capital city. Uzbekistan is bordered by five landlocked countries: Kazakhstan to the north; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Tajikistan to the southeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. What is now Uzbekistan was in ancient times part of the Iranian-speaking region of Transoxiana and Turan. The Muslim conquest in the 7th century converted the majority of the population, including the local ruling classes, into adherents of Islam. During this period, cities such as Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara began to grow rich from the Silk Road.

Uzbekistan has a diverse cultural heritage due to its storied history and strategic location. Its first major official language is Uzbek, a Turkic language written in the Latin alphabet and spoken natively by approximately 85% of the population. Russian has widespread use as an inter-ethnic communication language. Uzbeks constitute 81% of the population, followed by Russians (5.4%), Tajiks (4.0%), Kazakhs (3.0%), and others (6.5%). Muslims constitute 79% of the population while 5% of the population follow Russian Orthodox Christianity, and 16% of the population follow other religions or are non-religious.