Uzbekistan Snowboarding & Snow-skiing

Skiing & freeriding program in Uzbekistan. Sketch itinerary winter 2016-2017

Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in Uzbekistan, which is located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.

There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).

Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
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Sketch itinerary winter 2016-2017

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Day 01. Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the airport, transfer in Chimgan. Arrangements with an accommodation. If the time allows – ski-tracks of Chimgan. The length of the chair lift road in Chimgan – 800 m. Overfall of heights – 385 m. Length of the rope-tow – 570 m. Overfall of heights – 250 m. Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as “blue” tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a “red” track of mid level difficulty.

Day 02. Acquaintance with the area, an ascent to the Western Ridge of Chimgan, and then descent downwards, vertical drop
– 600 m. Start at height of 2350 m. It will be possible to do it two times during the day. Return by car to hotel.

Day 03. Transfer in Beldersay. Highest point – 2880 m. Length of the ski-track – 3017 m. Overfall of heights – 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track – 27. Maximal bias – 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift – 2250 m. Overfall of heights – 565m. Extension of the rope-tow – 700m. Overfall of heights – 200m. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but there are also good conditions for beginners. The peculiarity of local climate creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay. Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km.

For the experienced backcountry skiers we offer to descent towards the Chet-Kumbel pass, then lift back to the Kumbel Peak, vertical drop is 600 m. It is possible to make two descents during the day. Return to hotel in Chimgan.

Day 04.Climbing to the top of Greater Chimgan. Spending night at summit in tent.

Or transfer to Beldersay, lifting on ski-lift to the Kumbel Peak, then traverse to the Maygashkan peak, descent to Beldersay village. Vertical drop – 800 m. Return back to hotel by car.

Day 05. Descent from the summit of Greater Chimgan (3309 m.) via Central couloir.
Or ascent to the Smaller Chimgan peak and then descent towards the Charvak Lake. (Or, subject to the snow conditions, repeat the most exciting element of previous days). Night in hotel.

Day 06. Repeat the most exciting element of previous days. Transfer to Tashkent train station. Leave for Bukhara by the night train.

Day 07.
07.00 Meeting at the Kagan train station. Transfer to Bukhara. A breakfast in hotel;
09.00 Excursion across Bukhara;
19.00 Transfer to train station;
20.50 Train to Samarkand.

Day 08.
01.40 Arrival in Samarkand. A meeting at train station, transfer to hotel.
10.00. Excursion across Samarkand.
17.30. Transfer to the train station.
18.00 Train to Tashkent.
20.00 Arrival in Tashkent, meeting at train station, transfer in the airport.
End of the program

The cost includes:
All meetings, seeng-offs and transfers on a route.
Service of a professional guide.
Accommodation in guest house in Chimgan (or hotel on your choice). Registration.
Railway tickets for a train (compartment) Tashkent – Bukhara, Bukhara – Samarkand.
Railway tickets for «Аfrosiab» train Samarkand – Tashkent.
Service of guides in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Car with the driver during excursion in Samarkand.
Breakfast in Bukhara and Samarkand (and in Chimgan at place of residence).
Food, gas during climb to Greater Chimgan summit.

The cost does not include:
A food in Chimgan and in the cities.
Skipass/Lift charge in Chimgan and Beldersay.
Entrance tickets for excursion objects in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Rent of ski/board, tent, sleeping bag and personal gears and wearing.

Price.
2 pax:
550 USD – accommodation in guest house.
630 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).
3 pax:
455 USD – accommodation in guest house.
635 USD – accommodation in hotel (Junior suite room).
4 pax:
485 USD – accommodation in guest house.
600 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

Local peculiarities of Snowboarding & Snow-skiing in Uzbekistan Mountains

Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent

Chimgan Mountains

The Chimgan Mountains are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape tourism. Mountains  (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks – 3,309 m) of Chatkal range, plateaus, the Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of Greater Chimgan Peak, Gulkam and Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and abroad.

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Heli-skiing. Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.

Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day. The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment (ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.

We provide guides for all kinds of skiing and snowboarding. By preliminary inquiry we can arrange descents outside of the route by a virgin snow (backcountry) accompanied by our skilled guides.


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Reference:


http://climberca.com/index.php/65-uzbekistan-snowboarding-snow-skiing

Trekking in Uzbekistan. Summer 2016

For 2 days hiking in Chimgan area, including transfers from/tom Tashkent and accommodation in tent in Summer 2016, we recommend you the following route:

Day 1. Driving from Tashkent through the Galvasay village to the recreation zone “Chimgan” at the foothill of the Chatkal range in the West Tien Shan (100 km, 1,5 hours, 1,300 m). Going up by a good path to the Pesochniy pass (1,832 m). Descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river. After rest in the birch grove go to the place, called “Vodoprovod”. Camp. Lunch. After lunch visit Kuyluksay snowfield. Dinner. Night in tent.

Day 2. After brekfast – descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river again. Then we go through the one of the most beautiful places in the mountains of Uzbekistan – the Gulkam canyon. Canyoning. Rock chap at times converging up to 5 m having numerous small waterfalls, baths, rock gorges and with frequent wades can be walked through. Lunch will be organized at the end of canyon. After rest – going downstream the Gulkamsay river to the water intake near the country road. Departure by car to Tashkent along the Charvak water reservoir. Majestic panorama of Ugam, Pskem and Koksu ranges of the West Tien Shan surrounding Charvak water reservoir opens up from the road.

Day 2 (In case of bad weather). After brekfast – descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river again. Then climb back to the Pesochniy pass (1,832 m), then ascent to the Smaller Chimgan Peak (2,100 m). Majestic panorama of Ugam, Pskem and Koksu ranges of the West Tien Shan surrounding Charvak water reservoir opens up from this peak. Descent to Chimgan. Departure by car to Tashkent along the Charvak water reservoir.

Price: $106/pax

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Spring Trekking in Uzbekisan

Tien-Shan Trekking – Trekking in the Tien Shan Mountains

Day 1. Мар. We start from the Railroad station in Tashkent at around 8 o’clock in the morning. In about two hours we arrive by train to the Hojikent station. It is a first point of the trek, which is located at a height of 880 m. We walk to the place of our first camp in Bulaksu Gorge, about two hours. Camping, rest and acclimatization. Optionally rock climbing, hiking in the nearby mountains.
L, D.

Day 2. Today We start climbing southward following the Bulaksu River back to its sources. Halfway rest, lunch under the shady trees near to one of the Bulaksy River’s sources. After lunch we continue climbing toward the Bulaksu Pass 1900 m (+1020 m). You get a splendid view of the Chimgan area from the Bulaksu Pass. There is water welling up from the earth near to this pass. This is a place of the second camp. B, L, D.

Day 3. Today we make our way towards the Greater Chimgan Mountain. We pass Akshurang then climb to the Mingtukum Mountain (1960 m), walk down the ridge to the Archaly Pass (1595 m) and then hike a bit eastward to Kiziljar. This is a place of our camp 3. Towards evening we climb to the Kiziljar Mountain (1900 m) in order to take pictures of the Greater Chimgan Mountain from arguably the most optimal earth-based view point. B, L, D.

Day 4. Our target for this day is the Beldersay river, which springs from highland between West Ridge and Southwest Ridge of the Greater Chimgan Mountain. During first half of this day we climb to West Ridge (Northwestern Spur), pass the Tahtajaylau Saddle (2190 m) and then descend to the Marble Rivulet. Halfway rest, lunch, excursion downstream of the rivulet. After rest we climb to Western Spur of West Ridge towards the Urta-Kumbel Pass (1850 m). From the pass we descend to the Beldersay River, where we set up our forth camp. B, L, D.

Day 5. Today we go via the Chet-Kumbel Pass (1880 m) to the place the last point of our threk – the Beldersay tourist center. In the evenings return back to Tashkent. B, L.

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Uzbekistan Snowboarding & Snow-skiing

Skiing & freeride program in Uzbekistan. Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in Uzbekistan, which is
located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.

There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and
Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).

Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
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Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Day 01. Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the airport, transfer in Chimgan.
Arrangements with an accommodation. If the time allows – ski-tracks of Chimgan. The length of the chair lift road in Chimgan – 800 m. Overfall of heights – 385 m. Length of the rope-tow – 570 m. Overfall of heights – 250 m. Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as “blue” tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a “red” track of mid level difficulty.

Day 02. Transfer in Beldersay. Highest point – 2880 m. Length of the ski-track –
3017 m. Overfall of heights – 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track – 27. Maximal bias – 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift – 2250 m. Overfall of heights – 565m. Extension of the rope-tow – 700m. Overfall of heights – 200m. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but there are also good conditions for beginners. The peculiarity of local climate creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay. Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km. Returning in Chimgan. Accommodation.
Day 03. Free descents from the northwest counterfort of the Western ridge of the Greater Chimgan. Start at height of 2350 m.

Day 04. Climbing to the top of Greater Chimgan. Spending night at summit in tent.

Day 05. Descent from the summit of Greater Chimgan (3309 m.) via Central couloir. Transfer to Tashkent train station. Leave for Bukhara by the night train.

Day 06.
07.00 Meeting at the Kagan train station. Transfer to Bukhara. A breakfast in
hotel;
09.00 Excursion across Bukhara;
19.00 Transfer to train station;
20.50 Train to Samarkand.

Day 07.
01.40 Arrival in Samarkand. A meeting at train station, transfer to hotel.
10.00. Excursion across Samarkand.
17.30. Transfer to the train station.
18.00 Train to Tashkent.
20.00 Arrival in Tashkent, meeting at train station, transfer in the airport.
End of the program

The cost includes:
All meetings, seeng-offs and transfers on a route.
Service of a professional guide.
Accommodation in guest house in Chimgan (or hotel on your choice). Registration.
Railway tickets for a train (compartment) Tashkent – Bukhara, Bukhara –
Samarkand.
Railway tickets for «Аfrosiab» train Samarkand – Tashkent.
Service of guides in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Car with the driver during excursion in Samarkand.
Breakfast in Bukhara and Samarkand (and in Chimgan at place of residence).
Food, gas during climb to Greater Chimgan summit.

The cost does not include:
A food in Chimgan and in the cities.
Skipass/Lift charge in Chimgan and Beldersay.
Entrance tickets for excursion objects in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Rent of ski/board, tent, sleeping bag and personal gears and wearing.

Price.
2 pax:
550 USD – accommodation in guest house.
630 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

3 pax:
455 USD – accommodation in guest house.
635 USD – accommodation in hotel (Junior suite room).

4 pax:
485 USD – accommodation in guest house.
600 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

Local peculiarities of Snowboarding & Snow-skiing in Uzbekistan Mountains

Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent

Chimgan Mountains

The Chimgan Mountains are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape tourism. Mountains  (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks – 3,309 m) of Chatkal range, plateaus, the Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of Greater Chimgan PeakGulkam and Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and abroad.

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Heli-skiing
. Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.

Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day. The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment (ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.

We provide guides for all kinds of skiing and snowboarding. By preliminary inquiry we can arrange descents outside of the route by a virgin snow (backcountry) accompanied by our skilled guides.


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Reference:
http://www.parus87.com/Chimgan.htm

Registan in Samarkand

Registan in Samarkand is the monument of town-planning art of Central Asia of 15-17 centuries. It is the city square ensemble, during the rule of
Timurid dynasty it was the main square of Samarkand. The development of existing ensemble was started in 17-th century. Registan includes three madrasahs with the rich mosaic decor, carved ceramic and marble decor. From the west the Ulugh Beg Madrasah is located (1417-20; 2 minarets were straightened in 1932, 1965). From the east, in the town-planning technique, which called ‘Kosh’ (that means – in mirror reflexion) with the Ulugh Beg Madrasah, – the Sher-Dor Madrasah (‘The Tigers having’: 1619-1635/36, architect Abdul-Dzhabbar, paintings Mohammed Abbas Samarkandi, main restorations 1926, 1961). And from the north – the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (“Gilded”; 1646/47-1659/60; main restorations 1939, 1970-75).


Three Madrasahs of Registan in Samarkand are outstanding architectural monuments not only in the Central Asia, but also in the World architecture. The most refined of them is the Ulugh Beg Madrasah. It has embodied the architectural forms and methods, which have grown on the basis of ancient traditions of the Central Asian architecture, at the same time enriched by variety of achievements of the building technics and art of the adjacent countries. One can see there remarkable decorative glazed tilework, both in exterior and in interior of the building.

Source: http://www.pagetour.org/samarkand/Registan.htm

Gur Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand

The Gur-Emir-Mausoleum (Persian گور امیر; Uzbek Go’ri Amir, from gur, “grave”, and the Emir, “sovereign”, “ruler”) in the Uzbek city
Samarkand is the tomb of Tamerlane, some members of his family and other persons in the environment of the ruler, including
Ulugh BegShah Rukh and Mir Said Berke – the teacher of Tamerlane.

It was built in 1403/04 and is regarded as the finest example of art of building of the Timurid’s epoch, with its azure ribbed dome on a high Tambour.

It occupies an important place in the history of Persian-Mongolian Architecture as the precursor and model for later great Mughal architecture tombs, including Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and
the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur’s descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India.

History

Initial part of the complex was built at the end of the 14-th century to the orders of Muhammad Sultan Tamerlane’s heir apparent and his beloved grandson. The construction of mausoleum (Qubba) itself began in 1403 after the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan. The Mausoleum was completed before Timur’s death on 14-th February 1405, so it must be either end of 1404, or the beginning of 1405. His own resting place, Timur had prepared in his home city Schahr-i Sabs near to his Ak-Saray palace. However, when Timur died in 1405 on campaign on his military expedition to China, the passes to Shahrisabz were snowed in, so he was buried here instead. Later Ulugh Beg, another grandson of Tamerlane, had completed the complex in whole. Under the aegis of Ulugh Beg in 1434
Ivans and minarets was built. During his reign the mausoleum became the family crypt of the Timurid Dynasty.

Unfortunately, since the end of 17-th century the long period of decline of Samarkand has begun. The city has lost the status of capital which has been transferred to Bukhara. The great Silk Road bypassed the city, meanwhile great historical monuments stood empty and forgotten. Only after the Second World War extensive restoration work in Gur-Emir has begun. In the 1950s the dome, main portal and minarets were refurbished. By that time majolica tiles mostly fell away. The 1970s, was followed by the restoration of the interior. Neither the Madrasah nor the Khanaka of initial Muhammad Sultan’s complex were reconstructed. With the resurgence of the interest to Tamerlane after the founding of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 1991 it intensified the care of his places of worship.

In 1740, king Nader Shah of the Afsharid Empire tired to carry away Tamerlane’s sarcophagus. Nader idolized Timur. He imitated Timur’s military prowess and, later in his reign, Timur’s cruelty, but
in the process of removal the sarcophagus broke in two. This was interpreted as a bad omen. His advisers urged him to leave the stone to its rightful place. Tamerlane’s tomb was opened shortly before the German Invasion into the Soviet Union, although the inscription on his tomb threatens great misfortune to any of his rest breaker. Exhumation of Timur in 1941 was made under the direction of Soviet scientist and anthropologist Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov who was able to reconstruct Tamerlane’s facial features from his skull, and it was also confirmed that he was 172 cm in height and would have walked with a pronounced limp. Also it is rumoured that Soviet Union won a victory in the Battle of Stalingrad owing to the re-burial of Timur’s bones, according to Muslim rites in 1942.

Architecture

All the extensions of Ulugh Beg’s time are attributed to the architect Muhammad ibn Mahmud from Isfahan. Through the main portal (Ivan) of 12,07 m height one can enter in courtyard. On the right on the courtyard once the Khanaka, and on the left the Madrasah were located. Now only remnants of the foundations of these former buildings exist.

The courtyard measures are 29.5 x 30.4 m. Across the courtyard contrariwise the main portal one can see the second Ivan with the Pischtak of 11.8 m high, which framed the real entrance into Mausoleum together with decorated arcade-walls that adjoined to the Pishtak from the left and the right.

At present time only two of four minarets rise a bit behind at flanks of the second Pishtak. The entrance portals of Gur-Emir Ensemble are richly decorated with carved bricks and various mosaics.

Outwardly the Mausoleum itself is a one-cupola building. It is famous for its simplicity of construction and for its solemn monumentality of appearance. It is an octahedral building crowned by an azure fluted dome. The exterior decoration of the walls consists of the blue, light-blue and white tiles organized into geometrical and epigraphic ornaments against a background of terracotta bricks. The dome (diameter – 15 m, height – 12.5 m ) is of a bright blue color with deep rosettes and white spots. Heavy ribbed fluting gives an amazing expressiveness to the cupola.

Inwardly the mausoleum appears as a large, high chamber with deep niches at the sides and diverse decoration. The interior of the mausoleum has a square plan enlarged with four niches that created a cross-shaped space. One can see that the internal dome is neither by the form nor by the height corresponds to the dome from outside. Reason for this is that between inner ceiling and outer cupola is the hollow space.

The interior is lavishly decorated. The lower part of the walls covered by onyx slabs composed as one panel. Each of these slabs is decorated with refined paintings. Above the panel there is a marble stalactite cornice. Large expanses of the walls are decorated with painted plaster; the arches and the internal dome are ornamented by high-relief papier-mache cartouches, gilded and painted.

The ornate carved headstones in the inner room of the mausoleum merely indicate the location of the actual tombs in a crypt directly underneath the main chamber.

Under Ulugh Beg’s government a solid block of dark green jade was placed over the grave of Tamerlane. Formerly this stone had been used at a place of worship in the Chinese emperor’s palace, then as the throne of Duwa (a descendant of Genghis Khan) in Chagatay Khanate. Next to Tamerlane’s grave lie the marble tombstones of his sons Miran Shah and Shah Rukh and also of grandsons – Muhammad Sultan and Ulugh Beg. Tamerlane’s spiritual teacher Mir Said Baraka, also rests here.

The way to the actual burial place, under the main chamber, passes not via the doorway-ivan, but is vented on one side of the gallery.

Nearby monuments

Some consider the Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir), Ruhabad mausoleum and Aksaray mausoleum as a combined ensemble because of their closeness.

Ruhabad (14th c.) is a small mausoleum and is said to contain a hair of Prophet Muhammad. The one storey madrasah now accommodates craftsmens’ shops. There is a functioning mosque next door to the madrasah. All three combine into one
good-looking shape.

The Aksaray mausoleum (15th c.), unrestored, located on a quiet street behind Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir).

Reference: http://www.pagetour.org/samarkand/Gur-Emir.htm

Central Asia is one of the 10 best places travellers should visit now.

A visit to Central Asia is a trip back in time, according to Rahman.

“This area is steeped in antiquity, with a lasting legacy from ancient warriors and emperors,” she says.

“Some of the oldest cities in the world are found here such as the legendary Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, each one boasting a glorious architectural legacy.”

The most popular destinations in this patchwork of countries include Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, both rich in historic sites. Be aware that facilities tend towards the simple end of the scale. Further afield lie the wild mountain landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, where the capital city, Astana, is filled with hyper-modern architecture.

NEED TO KNOW Both men and women should dress conservatively. Shaking hands is only acceptable between men.

INSIDER TIP Border crossings can be lengthy and challenging; travelling with an experienced operator can make this easier.


Uzbekistan tours

Uzbekistan is a country with an ancient history and the
culture having more than 25 centuries, with legendary fantastic
Samarkand,
Bukhara,
Khiva cities. Uzbekistan is:

– oriental hospitality and goodwill, exotic, abundance of noisy and
picturesque markets;

– warm stable weather-10 months a year;

hotels,
restaurants, night bars with national colour and European level of
service;

– fine opportunities for
active rest in mountains and desert.

Alongside with excursion program you will be able to:

– visit the dramatized historical ceremonies and folklore shows;

– take pleasure with oriental dances in former Khans harem;

– learn to prepare original Uzbek pilaw and round bread;

– weave carpets;

– make a jug in a workshop of the potter;

– pass through picturesque desert on baktrian camel back;

– ride on graceful akhaltekin horses;

– swim and to fish in huge lakes surrounded by sands;

– reach inaccessible mountains on helicopter and to lead picnic on mountain
river side;

– spend the night in traditional nomads abodes – yurtas;

– listen to local akyn songs at a fire under extraordinary bright oriental
constellations;

– visit exotic national-sports and holidays wrestling, horse wrestling for
goat’s carcass, rams, cocks fighting;

– taste collection wines;

– get original hand-made souvenirs.

The tours can be organized in your own dates / any number of pax, cost &
conditions are available upon request. 

Contact us:

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Author: ClimberCA
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Classic Uzbekistan

 

The itinerary: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
Duration: 8 days
Number of tourists in group: minimum – 4, maximum – 12

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR
Day 1 Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Tashkent. After lunch – transfer to Samarkand.
Day 3 Sightseeing in Samarkand.
Day 4 Transfer to Bukhara.
Day 5 Continue of the excursion in Bukhara.
Day 6 Drive through Kyzyl-Kum desert to Khiva.
Day 7 Sightseeing in Khiva. Afternoon transfer to airport, flight to Tashkent.
Day 8 Departure from Tashkent.
DETAILED PROGRAM OF THE TOUR
Day 1 Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Tashkent: Old town, cult-architectural complex Khast – Imam (Khazret – Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh – khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph’s (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, ànd the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument – the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, ànd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame, the fountains; “Chorsu” eastern bazaar, decorative and applied art with the richest collection of Uzbekistan craftsmen’s products. After lunch – transfer to Samarkand.

Day 3 Sightseeing in Samarkand: Registan square – the “heart” of Samarkand – ensemble of 3 majestic madrassahs (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, Bibi-Khanum the gigantic cathedral Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Timur (Tamerlan), his sons and grandson Ulugbek (XV c.). Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420 y.) – the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda – “The Living King” (XI-XVIII c.c.) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar.

Day 4 Transfer to Bukhara (300 km, 5 hrs). Sightseeing in Bukhara: “The heart of Bukhara – historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and khanaka of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) – the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi –Kalyan Complex includes: 48 m minaret Kalyan (XII c) – the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1 hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c).

Day 5 Continue of sightseeing in Bukhara: the Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV-XX cc) – the oldest residence of the Emirs, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). Sitorai- Mohi-khosa Palace (XIX-XX cc) – country summer palace of Bukhara Emirs.

Day 6 Drive through Kyzyl-Kum desert to Khiva (500 km; ~ 8 hrs). En route a short stop for walking along Kyzyl-Kum desert and on a picturesque bank of Amudarya river.

Day 7 After breakfast start sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan Kala – the museum under one sky, protected by the UNESKO as one of the world heritage masterpiece. Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855) – incomplete minaret of 26m height and base diameter of 16m height. It was planned as a highest minaret in Central Asia. Kunya-Ark (XVII-XIX cc) – the first palace of Khiva’s khans, Pahlovan Mahmud mausoleum (XIV-XIX c), Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908 y.). Juma-mosque (1789) – the original Friday mosque with flat roof, propped up by 218 wooden carved columns (X-XIX c) with magnificent acoustics. In the evening flight to Tashkent. On arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.

Day 8 Departure from Tashkent.
ARRIVAL DATES:
06.09 – 13.09.2015
20.09 – 27.09.2015
04.10 – 11.10.2015
18.10 – 25.10.2015
01.11 – 08.11.2015

Cost includes:
• accommodation on twin-share basis;
• meals: breakfasts throughout;
• 1 dinner with folk-show in Bukhara;
• transport for all transfers according to program;
• sightseeing with local guides in each city;
• entrance fees to main tourist sites according to program;
• letter of invitation (visa support letter).

Cost does not include:
• International flights;
• all services not mentioned as above;
• meals: half- / full board throughout;
• photo- & video shooting fees in museums;
• medical insurance.
Extra charge for single supplement:
• hotels 2* – $120;
• hotels 3* – $130;
• hotels 4* – $160.

• airfare Urgench / Tashkent – $ 120 USD

Contact information:
Email: pagetour@gmail.com
Telephone: +99890 1886128
The cost: 680 USD