Historical sights of Tajikistan


Historical sites of Tajikistan

Historical sights of Tajikistan
Places to visit: Khujand, Istravshan, Seven Lakes, Penjakent

Day 1: Oibek - Khujand
Your tour will start in the morning, Tajik driver will pick you up on the border and you will start exploring Khujand city. Geographically in Tajikistan it is the second largest city. At the mouth of the Fergana Valley on the Syr Darya River the city is located. In territory of Khujand live 149,000 people. The interesting moment that it is also the capital of the northern most province of Tajikistan, and now it is called Sughd. After in the afternoon you will go to a Cultural Palace of Khujant. The first president of Tajikistan was selected in a Cultural Palace. Also on tour we are going to visit Central Mosque. Central Mosque is located in the middle of the city. You will spend the night in a cozy hotel.

Day 2: Khujand - Istravshan - Khujand
Today your tour will begin with visiting Istravshan, Istravshan is one of ancient cities in Central Asia. It is the ancient centre of craft and trade. This city as a museum with the history and it concerns to II-VI cc BC. It is known that in Sogdian  ancient chronicles this place is called as Kurushkuda while modern scientists determine  it with Cyruspol or Cyrus Eskhata found by Cyrus the Great in VI century BC. After we will explore Mugtepa, local bazaar and the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz  Mosque. Being here you take pleasure of atmosphere of colorful oriental bazaars, explore magnificent fortresses, and mausoleums and enjoy special architecture of mosques . In the end of your tour you will come back to Khujand.

Day 3: Khujand - Seven Lakes
Today in the morning we will head to the Fannsky Gory (Fann Mountains). The ways to Seven lakes run over pass Shahriston (3 378 m). In Central Asia's these lakes are most well liked hiking areas. After you will make a day trip to the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes), the road is about 60 km south of Panjakent. Om the tour you will have a chance to go for short walking at this place. Seven lakes are situated on the road which goes along a gorge. These lakes have different colors and located on different altitudes. On the way you will meet local inhabitants that live at that territory. You will have an opportunity to see their manner of living and it will be very entertaining. Today you will have some walking. Overnight is in lovely a homestay.

Day 4: Seven Lakes - Penjakent
We will have a transfer to Penjakent in the morning. In a breathtaking Zeravshan river valley is situated the city of Penjakent ("five villages") in Khujand area of Tajikistan. It it possible that the five villages began the history of this wonderful city which formed in the 5th-8th centuries AD. The most significant crafts and cultural centers of Sogd of that time was Penjikent. Also people gave the name to "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a magnificent protected well-planned city with a leader's palace,markets, two temples, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings. Only in the last century the debris of this old city were discovered. Today you have a chance to observe the citadel with the palace, the remains of dwelling houses and the house of craftsmen, office buildings, and fire worshipers church. You will spend the night in comfortable hotel.

Day 5: Penjakent - Dushanbe
Your tour will start with driving to Dushanbe in the morning. The road run over tunnel of Isticlol and Anzob pass (3 372 m). The way will run over picturesque mountain passes and you will have an opportunity to take a lot of amazing photos. The second half of the day is devoted to  city tour with a guide. You will start your tour with visiting Rudake Park, National state seal, National library, House of parliament, White House, and Jomi theatre. Then we will have a little walking in National park to Ministry of Inner Affairs and you will admire of the biggest National Flag in the world - 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After tour in Central Museum you will visit Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and Archeological museum. It the end oof your tour you will enjoy with dinner in a traditional restaurant where you try delicious Tajik food. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 6: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.