Bird watching tour in Uzbekistan


Tour description

Uzbekistan is located in the heart of the Central Asia. Our country is the most densely populated state in the Central Asian region. The unique nature of Uzbekistan has always attracted scientists, travelers and simply nature-lovers. The animals and plants that inhabit Uzbekistan represent the rich and varied biodiversity. Along with the cultural and historical heritage, Uzbekistan arouses interest for its wildlife, especially for birds. The fact that Uzbekistan lies on the crossing of the winter migration routes of birds from Western Siberia and Kazakhstan to Caspian region, Iran, India and Pakistan makes its avifauna unique. More than 460 avian species can be found in our country. More than 265 species are nesting here. Among them there are 31 species which are critically endangered

Our agency offers you the opportunity to be alone with nature, and observe its important part – the birds. We are able to organize interesting and competent ornithological tour. Our tour covers most interesting and important places of birds’ habitat like forests and subalpine zone of Western Tien Shan, Chimgan Mountains, Kyzyl-Kum desert and lakes south of Bukhara. Here you can enrich your bird-watching experience with observation of large quantity of scarce birds. Bird-watching tour starts in Chimgan Tract, which is 80 km. away from Tashkent. Here you will be able to observe a lot of birds, and Eastern Rock Nuthatches, Lessergrey Shrikes, Golden Orioles, Nightingales, Yellow-breasted Tits, Rufous-vented Tits, Hume’s Lesser Whitethroats, Rock and White-capped Buntingsare among of them. The area south of Samarkand, between the ranges of low hills, is undoubtedly one of the most interesting places for bird-watchers. Visiting this place will allow you to admire Eurasian Griffons and Black Vultures soaring in the sky. These birds are building their eyries on the snowy peaks of the mountains. Lesser Grey Shrikes and Isabelline Shrikes, White-throated Robins, Eastern Orphean Warblers and Upcher’s Warblers occur in the broad-leaved bushes of the region. In grass you can observe Eastern Rock Nuthatches and Hume’s Sort-toed Larks searching for a food. Redheaded Buntings, Pied Wheatears and Asian Paradise Flycatchers are found in the crowns of tall trees.

Range of population of Night Herons, Shikras, White-winged Woodpeckers, White-capped Penduline Tits, Turkestan Tits and Eastern Oilvacous Warblers lies not far from Zarafshan wildlife sanctuary. These birds are found in the riparian forests of different water reservoirs. Not far from Bukhara, the spacious wetland with countless reeds is inhabited by Clamorous Reed Warblers and Caspian race of Common Reed Warblers. With careful search you can find rare inhabitants of the region – Marbled Teals and Pygmy Cormorants. White –tailed Plovers, Caspian Gulls, Red-crested Pochards, Purple Herons, Black-bellied Sandgrouses, and Bushare frequent visitors of these places. Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Long-tailed Shrikes, Pied Bushchats and Menetried Warblers are also found here.

In the West of the country lies Kyzyl-Kum desert. This desert is habitat of a huge amount of birds of Uzbekistan. Pander’s Ground Jayis one of the rarest birds of our region and it can be found here.

Together with our ornithologist you will resume the results of a day by making a list of the birds you have already seen during your bird-watching tour. All this information about the area and its inhabitants will help us in our wild-life observation activity.

Tour structure

Day 1 | Tashkent
  • Arrival in Tashkent.
  • Meeting in the airport
  • Transfer to the Hotel.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 2 | Tashkent - Beldirsay.
Tashkent - Beldirsay.
  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Departure to Beldirsay mountins(110 km) after the breakfast.
  • Ornithological trip to the mountains.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in cottages.
Day 3 | Beldirsay – Tashkent - Samarkand
Beldirsay – Tashkent - Samarkand
  • Transfer to Samarkand (410 km) after the breakfast.
  • Crossing Tashkent, stop on the Chirchik River. On the way to Samarkand, you will observe the colony of storks and Pied Wheatear.
  • Arrival in Samarkand and accommodation in a hotel.
  • Excursion in Samarkand

Registan Square is surrounded with beautiful buildings from three sides: ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah, ‘Sher-dor’ madrasah and ‘Till-Kari’ madrassah. All these three madrasahs are directed with the portals to the middle of the square and form united ensemble composition. Each building is distinguished by its unusual decor - a pattern of stone on the walls and portals. The blue domes above the madrasah are made with burnt bricks, and glazed tiles adorn them from the outside, it shines brightly in the sun.

The ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque. A beautiful legend is connected with the ‘Bibi-Khanum’ mosque. According to which the formidable governor built a mosque for his beloved wife Bibi-Khanum. After a successful trip to India, Timur decided to build the largest building in the East. Shining walls, significant minarets, extensive portal of the mosque, carved with marble, glorified the name of Timur and his beloved wife.

  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 4 | Samarkand
  • Transfer to Takhta-Karacha pass at 05:00.
  • Breakfast - Lunch Box.
  • Ornithological trip in the mountains.
  • Return to Samarkand.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 5 | Samarkand - Bukhara
Samarkand - Bukhara
  • Early transfer for a bird watching in Zerafshan wildlife sanctuary
  • Breakfast - Lunch Box.
  • Excursion in Samarkand

Ensemble of ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’. The ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’ ensemble consists of eleven mausoleums, which were joined to each other in sequence during the XIV-XV centuries. This unique and mysterious ensemble is located near the ancient settlement ‘Afrasiab’. The ensemble is also called ‘Cemetery Street’. The blue domes of the mausoleums, rushing the chain into the far, look like a graceful necklace from a bird's eye view.

Ulugbek Observatory. The ‘Ulugbek’ Observatory is a vivid confirmation of the significant development of architecture, science and culture in Central Asia in the XIV-XV centuries. The visit of the ‘Koni Gil’ village, a workshop for the production of silk paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Master Class.

  • Transfer to Bukhara (300km). Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 6 | Bukhara
  • Early departure to the Kyzylkum desert at 3.30.
  • Breakfast - Lunch Box.
  • Bird watching in Kyzylkum desert .
  • Lunch in the desert (Lunch box)
  • Return to Bukhara in the evening.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 7 | Bukhara - Tashkent
Bukhara - Tashkent
  • Early departure to the Todakul Lake at 05:00.
  • Ornithology.
  • Return to Bukhara by the lunch time.
  • Excursion in Bukhara

Visit to the ‘Lyabi-Hauz’ Ensemble, ‘Nodir Divan Begi’ Madrassah, ‘Kukeldash’ Madrasah - the largest madrasah in Bukhara, ‘Ulugbek’ Madrasah - the only building that existing from the times of the famous "scientist on the throne" of Ulugbek. ‘Kalyan’ Minaret, without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara. Next to the minaret is ‘Kalyan’ Mosque and the Muslim spiritual school – ‘Mir-i-Arab’ madrasah that is acting from the 16th century to the present day.

The Ark Citadel‘Bolo Hauz’ Mosque, domed trading buildings- ‘taki I tymi’. The mausoleum of Ismail Samani is the oldest surviving building of Central Asia. Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub ("The Source of Job"). The legend of the monument is connected with the prophet Job (Ayub).

  • Transfer to the airport in the afternoon and flight to Tashkent.
  • Arrival and transfer to the hotel to check-in.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 8 | Tashkent
  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Exсursion in Tashkent.

Visit to the functioning Madrassah ‘Kukeldash’- one of the largest madrasahs existing in our days in Central Asia. This madrasah is located near the Chorsu square in the historical part of Tashkent.

Independence Square. Amir Timur Square. Theatre Square. The former (the residence of Prince Romanov in Tashkent). The former residence of Prince Nikolay Romanovich Romanov, who was exiled to the Turkestan Region for mining precious stones in 1881, is located in Tashkent. The Tashkent Underground is the Museum of Tashkent.

  • Shopping at Chorsu Bazaar.
  • Independence Square. Amir Timur Square. Amir Temur Museum. Tashkent Underground.
  • Diner
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Depart



  • Accommodation in these hotels based on breakfast
  • Service of comfortable transport
  • All transfers by comfortable transport of program
  • Sim card local operator (in the group)
  • Guide - ornitilogy

Not included

  • International Flight
  • Inference fees to all visiting places
  • Early check in/Late check out
  • Extra photo and video
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Other services which not mentioned in the program

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