ROUTE: Tashkent – Charvak reservoir (SPA hotel) – Urgench (Khiva) – Bukhara – yurt camp (Lake Aydarkul) – Samarkand – Tashkent
14 days / 13 nights
We invite you to an unforgettable journey through the most picturesque and unique country of Central Asia – Uzbekistan
Mountains of Uzbekistan have become a favorite place for active recreation for many lovers of summer and winter kinds of recreation and sports. In the Chimgan tract, which is in the western spurs of the Tien Shan ridge, just an hour’s drive from Tashkent you will get the opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery, breathe the healing mountain air, make fascinating foot or horse walks in the picturesque mountainous corners with rivulets, waterfalls, swim in the warm and affectionate waters of the Charvak reservoir. There are many entertainments here that can satisfy anyone. Many families come here to rest. A cool summer, mild winter make the surroundings of Chimgan a wonderful resting place. There are children’s camps, climate resorts and rest homes. The height of the residence in Chimgan is 1600 m.
KHAREZM – KHIVA
Khiva is a city-museum “in the open air” located in the territory of the Kyzyl-Kum desert near the Amu Darya (Oaks) river. Its name (according to an ancient legend), the city received in honor of the wells “Heyvak”, which was dug by Sim, son of the biblical Noah. The well has survived to this day, but it is located on the territory of private ownership and is closed for display. In the territory of Khiva there is an “inner city” – Ichan-kala (26 hectares.), which is formed around the citadel. It is surrounded by powerful fortress walls (height – 10 m, length – 2200 m.), Which are a sample of medieval fortifications. Within the walls of Ichan-kala, almost all architectural objects of the exhibition are made, which constitute the historically formed image of the city of the XVII – XIX centuries.
“Bukhoro-i-Sharif” (“noble Bukhara”) from the XVII century. Is reputed to be the spiritual and artistic capital of Central Asia. The first mention of the city was found in the sacred book “Avesta” under the name “Vihar”, which means “monastery” in Sanskrit. After the domination of the Tajik Samanid dynasty (IX-X centuries), Bukhara probably reaches its peak from the second half of the 16th century. The central part of the “old” city is an integral architectural ensemble of the 16th – 19th centuries. In Bukhara and its environs more than 500 architectural monuments, belonging to different epochs and preserved to our days, are concentrated. Narrow streets of the old part of the city and in our time convey the unique atmosphere of the Middle Ages.
Lake AYDARKUL – Yurt camp
Lake Aydarkul is an oasis in the desert, a wonderful blue expanse, lying in the gold frame of the desert sand Kyzyl-Kum. His fate is interesting. For a long time it lay all alone in the midst of solonchak lowlands. The water was quite salty, as evidenced by its name – Tuzkan (uz.”tuz”-solt). Lifeless were the shores of this doomed to a slow drying of the lake. However, in the spring of 1969 as a result of unusually high floods on the Syr Darya River water it flooded into Arnasay spill and headed west into the depths of sand filled the vast salt-marsh depression Aydar and united with the waters of the lake Tuzkan, turned it into a part of a huge body of water stretching for the Southern outskirts of the Kyzyl-kum desert for almost 200 km. The waters of the Syr Darya breathed new life into a dying lake. Its surface is increased many times, water has become fresher, turned green shore, there are many fish and waterfowl. On the winding banks of new reservoirs, many small shallows and shallow lagoons. Among the bluish expanse of visible small golden islands – this large sand dunes were surrounded by water. Their shores were covered with sedge, a lot of birds settled on them. On some islets you can see colonies of large white pelicans. The ponds are rich in fish. Here there are carp, asp, pike perch, pike.
SAMARKAND – the Pearl of the East
Samarkand is more than 2700 years old. “Pearl of the East” – the so-called chroniclers and poets of the past. He witnessed many historical events. Its walls were opposed to the armies of Alexander the Great (the end of the IV century BC), to the forces of the Arab Caliphate (VIII century), but the city was destroyed to the ground by the hordes of Genghis Khan ( XIII century) and could not be restored to its original location. In the XIV-XV centuries. Samarkand becomes the capital of a huge empire of formidable Amir Timur (Tamerlane), who dreamed of making it the capital of the world. Now it is the second largest city in the Republic of Uzbekistan, where “gray antiquity” and modernity peacefully side by side.
SHAKHRISABZ- Green city
100 km from Samarkand is the city of Shakhrisabz (“Green City”) – the birthplace of Amir Timur (Tamerlane). In the XIV-XV centuries. It was the main city of the Kesh region, ancestral lands of the Turkic-Mongolian tribe “barlas”, to which the formidable Tamerlane belonged. Under Timur, Shakhrisabz is experiencing an unprecedented heyday and is built up by luxurious monumental buildings. Since the XVI century the city is gradually declining. At the beginning of the XIX century it was the residence of the local bek. Now it is a modern city with 25 centuries of the past. The way to the city lies along the picturesque foothills and spurs of the Zeravshan range (Pamir-Alai mountain system). Then there is a climb along the serpentine road to the pass Takhta-Karacha (1675 m). From the height of the pass you can see a bluish-green spot of the oasis in the upper reaches of the Kashkadarya River, where Shakhrisabz is located.
TASHKENT is the capital of Uzbekistan
It is located between the western foot of the Tien Shan mountain system and the Syr Darya river. This is a modern metropolis, which is the focus of political and economic life of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The first mention of Tashkent (referred to at that time as Shash) dates back to the II century BC. Wars and natural disasters destroyed many historical monuments of different epochs. After a devastating earthquake in 1966, the city almost completely lay in ruins and rebuilt. New buildings, decorated with mosaics and stucco decorations in the national Uzbek style, make Tashkent an attractive and interesting city.