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Ziaraat. Visiting Sacred Places of Islam

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12 days/11 nights

 
“Dil ba yoru, dast ba kor”
 “Heart to Allah, hands in work”
Saying by Naqshbandi
 
There are more than 160 sacred places of Islam in Uzbekistan. During this special journey of your heart you will feel the high energy of revered places connected to such Sufi brotherhoods as Suhravardiya, Kadiriya, Naqshbandiya, Ishkiya, Qubraviya. A lot of interesting facts and legends you will hear from our highly-experienced and professional guide accompanying you throughout the whole trip.
 
Destinations: Tashkent –  Samarkand – Urgut – Shahrisabs – Katta Lyangar - Bukhara – Gijduvan – Shafirkan – Kasri Orifon – Khiva – Tashkent.
 
Day 1 …- Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent.
Meeting at the airport by your guide.
Transfer to the hotel and immediate check-in.
Overnight in the hotel
 
Day 2. Tashkent
 
Visit sacred places of Tashkent:
Ensemble of Hazret Imam.  Here you can see the oldest manuscript of Uzbekistan and famous Muslim heritage – Holy Koran Mushaf of Othman which also has the certificate of authenticity from UNESCO.
 
Sheihantur – highly esteemed mazar (mausoleum) located between the new and the old city of Tashkent.
Kukeldash Madrasah, located on the square Chorsu, was built in the 16th century during the reign of the Sheibany dynasty. Now it is a college, where the basics of Islam are taught.
Lunch
 
Continue visit sacred places outside Tashkent:
Mausaleum of Sheikh Zainuddin Bobo. Sheikh Zaynuddin Bobo is the son of a founder of Sufi Order Sukhravardiya of Sheikh Ziyaad-din Djakhima Sukhravardi. Here is the famous underground 2-storeyed chillia hona where Zainuddin used to fast and pray all the rest of his life.
Zangi-Ota complex. Mausoleum of a sufy Zangi Ota and his wife Ambar-Bibi, who lived in Tashkent in the 14th century. Ambar-bibi is a saint patron of all women willing to have a child. You will see a lot of young women who sweep the floor around the mausoleum; they came to ask for the baby.
Dinner
Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 3. Tashkent - Samarkand
 
Early breakfast in the hotel.
7:15 Transfer to the railway station.
8:00 Leave for Samarkand by the new high-speed train “Afrosiyob”.
10:30 Arrival in Samarkand.
 
Visit:
The mausoleum of Gur Emir, a burial place of Amir Temur and other members of his family.
Lunch.
 
Visit:
Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand consisting of Madrassa of Ulugbek, Madrassa Sher Dor and Tillya-Kori Mosque.
Bibi Khanum Mosque, once the biggest mosque in Central Asia, it was erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399.
Shakhi Zinda Necropolis, a site of pilgrimage visited since the 11th century and marked by holiness. It consists of about 20 mausoleums of different centuries built between 11th – 19th centuries.
Dinner
Overnight in the hotel
 
Day 4. Samarkand
 
Visit Imam Ismail Al-Bukhari Memorial Complex. Highly respected scientist of the Islamic world, mukhaddis(collector of sayings of prophet Mokhammed and stories about him) Imam Ismail Al-Bukhari was born in Bukhara in 810 and died in 870 in the village of Khartang and was buried at the same place (Chelak district of the present Samarkand province located 30 km from Samarkand). Since then the burial place has been one of the most sacred sites of worship for Moslems.
 
Lunch
Hazret Hizr Mosque. It was constructed in a place where the very first mosque of Samarkand appeared in the 8th century.
Abdi-Darun Ensemble. Hodja Abdi was one of the first missionaries of Islam in Samarkand. His Mausaleum appeared here in the 9th century.
Dinner
Overnight in the hotel
 
Day 5. Samarkand – Urgut – Samarkand
 
Breakfast in the hotel.
Drive to Urgut (40 km) where there is the biggest bazaar of Samarkand Province.
Chil-Chinor (“Forty Platanas”) – a grove with a holy spring and forty platanas which are more than one thousand years old. The grove is conducive to tranquil meditation and contemplation. Ancient Mosque remained here, previously it was a Sufi school. Mausaleum of Gavsul Azam Abdul Kodir Giloniy is located here.
 
Drive back to Samarkand
Visit cult-memorial complex Hodzha Ahrar. Sheikh Hodzha Ahrar (1404-1490) the outstanding Sufi master revered throughout Central Asia.
Free time at leisure.
Dinner.
Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 6. Samarkand – Shahrisabs – Katta Lyangar – Bukhara
 
Early breakfast in the hotel. Check-out. Drive to Shahrisabs.
Lunch in a national house.
Visit:
Ak-Saray
Dorut Tillovat
Dorus Siodat
Drive to Katta Lyangar Village (60 km from Shahrisabs)
Visit Katta Lyangar memorial Complex. Many followers of Ishkiya brotherhood of Sufism are buried here. As legends say, for many centuries here had been kept the Koran of Osman and hirka - the Prophet’s mantle.
Drive to Bukhara
Arrival
Dinner
Overnight in The hotel.
 
Day 7. Bukhara – Gijduvan – Shafirkan – Ramitan – Samos – Kasri Orifon      
     
Visiting mausoleums of “Seven Great Sufis of Bukhara”
 
Mausoleum of Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Gijduvani (40 km from Bukhara). This famous person was a founder of sufy brotherhood “Khodjagon”. The doctrine he developed was notable for its originality. In his theological works “Risolayi Sahobia”, 'Risolayi Tariqat', 'Vasiyatnoma'   he conveyed his thoughts about science, religion,  about man and his place in society, about fostering in oneself such qualities of a Muslim as kindness, respect for seniors, adherence to moral principles, generosity.
Mausoleum of Khodza Muhammad Arif ar-Revgari (village of Shafirkan not far from Gijduvan).
Mausoleum of Khodza Makhmud Anjir Fagnaviy. The religious teacher of Arif ar-Revgari.
Lunch
 
Mausoleum of Khodza Ali Rometani. Also known as Khodza Azizon. Another prominent person of brotherhood Khodjagon.
Mausoleum of Khodza Mukhammad Boboi Samosi- in Samos village. The first teacher who taught the secrets of  tariqa to Bahauddin Naqshbandi. He predicted Naqshbandi’s birth long ago it happened.
 
Mausoleum of Hodza Said Mir Kulol. Naqshbandy was given the secret and the mastery of the Order by this sheikh, Sayyid Amir al-Kulal
 
Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshbandi. Bakhauddin Nakshbandi (1318-1389) was the founder of the biggest Sufi order “Nakshbandiya”. His grave was considered to be the main holy place of Bukhara and Khodza Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was the patron of the city. It was believed that three pilgrimages to his tomb wereequal in significance to the pilgrimage to a far sacred Kaaba stone in Mecca. Creator.
Drive back to Bukhara
Dinner
Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 8. Bukhara
 
Full day sightseeing of Bukhara
 
Day 9. Bukhara – Khiva
 
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out.
Visit:
Sitora-I-Mokhi-Khosa (Palace of Moon and Stars)
Drive to Khiva (480 km)
The road goes through magnetically beautiful Kizil Kum desert (Red Sands).
Photo-stop on a panorama spot with a view of Amu-Darya River. Rest in a chayhana in the desert.
Arrive to Khiva. Accommodation in hotel.
Free time.
Dinner.
Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 10. Khiva
 
Full day City Tour of Khiva.
 
Visit Kunya-Ark (Old fortress), Tosh-Khouli Palace (Stone Palace), Juma Mosque (10th cent) an unusual type of architecture for Central Asia – a mosque with more than one hundred columns, some of them are from 10th, 16th,19th centuries.The Complex of Pakhlavan–Mahmud - the religious center of Ichan-Kala.
 
Day 11. Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent
 
Inthe morning free time at leisure.
Drive to Urgench (20 km). Registration and flight to Tashkent.
Arrival to Tashkent
 
Lunch
Transfer to the airport to board on flight on onward destination.
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