Uzbekistan is the hidden gem of the Islamic world. A cradle of Muslim civilisation, a trip to Uzbekistan takes you to some of the most famous sites and stunning architecture that Islam has to offer. Discover the rich heritage of a land that produced notable luminaries like scholar of hadith, Imam Al-Bukhari; master theologian, Abu Mansur Al-Maturidi; Sufi saint, Bahauddin Naqshband, distinguished astronomer and mathematician, Ulugh Beg, and so many more. Steppe Journeys’ tour takes you to gorgeous well-preserved mosques and shrines dating back to the 10th century, rare manuscripts and relics and famed silk-road cities. This tour offers a precious glimpse into a Golden-Age of Islamic culture. Key highlights include:
A local Uzbek tour-guide and an English-speaking academic [PhD Islamic Studies] are on-hand to help you make the most of the trip. This is a priceless opportunity to learn of the religious history of Uzbekistan and the rich but often-unknown history of Islam in Central Asia. Book with Steppe Journeys for your 2020 visit now!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
This tour aims at visiting the holy shrines and birthplaces of such venerable people in
Muslim world as Imam Al Bukhari (“Al-Jami As-Sahih”-a collection of 7,275 tested traditions), Khodja Bahauddin Naqshband (Master of Tariqat and the founder of Naqshband Sufi Spiritual order) and other great Sufis from the “Golden Chain”. Also, you will have an opportunity to see oldest hand written Quran (Uthman Mushaf) of the VII century.
While you are in Bukhara you will make a pilgrimage (ziyarat) of the following seven
great Sufis from the Golden Chain: Khodja Bahauddin Nakshband, Sayyid Amir Kulol,
Khodja Abdulkholiq Gijduvani, Khodja Orif Revgari, Khodja Mahmud Anjir Faghnavi,
Khodja “Azizan” Ali Ramitani and Khodja Muhammad Boboiy Samosi.
You will discover the pearl-cities of the Great Silk Road –Tashkent, Samarqand and Bukhara. Uzbekistan has well preserved relics from the time
when Central Asia was a center of great empire, education, and trade.
This tour package consists of historical and religious components including visits to the holy pilgrimage sites.
Welcome meeting at airport of Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for Sightseeing tour in Tashkent, visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast – Imom Complex, where You will see Barakhan madrasah, the mausoleum of Abubakr Kaffal Shosh (the saint who lived in the X th century and who converted the population of Tashkent into Islam), the Museum of Koran where the original VII century Osman Qoran written on a deerskin is preserved. Also, visit Sheikh Zainuddin bobo. Lunch in a local restaurant. PM visit Zangi ata complex, pilgrimage place of Tashkent and Tashkent region. Later You will visit Chor – Su bazaar, one of the main bazaars of Tashkent. Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant (Halal). Overnight in the hotel.
In the morning depart Tashkent and fly to Bukhara , Arrival to holy Bukhara, the land of 7000 piirs (teachers), in the afternoon.
Short sightseeing of Bukhara visiting Kalon ensemble, madrasah Miri Arab. Dinner in a local guesthouse or chayhana. Overnight.
After breakfast will go to the outskirts of Bukhara to visit the holy tombs of seven Sufic leaders 1. You will go to the tomb of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy (1103 -1179) located in the town of Gidzduvan 40 km from Bukhara. Abduholiq Gijduvaniy was the spiritual master of Hazret Bahovuddin Naqshband. He was well – known all over the Islamic world as Hodjai Jahon (Hodja of the World). He was the founder of Khodjakhon Order which later became a spiritual base for Naqshbandiya Order founded by Hazret Bahovuddin Naqshbandiy.
The 2nd burial site is the tomb of the fourth apprentice of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy Hodja Muhkammad Orif Ar Revgariy known as hazrat Hodja Orif Mohitobon (died in 1259). This holy site is located in the district of Shofirkon 50-60 kilometers from the centre of Bukhara.
The 3rd place is the burial site of Hodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in1286).
He was the apprentice of Hodja Muhkammad Orif Ar Revgariy. As the sources say, this Saint had the ability to turn into a big bird and could fly to any destination in no time.
Lunch in a private house.
The 4th place is the mausoleum of Hodja Ali Rometaniy located in Rometan district. He was the apprentice of Hodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in 1310 in some sources in 1321).
He was a spinner. Once in his dream he was ordered to go to Khoresm to convert the local population into Islam. The 5th place is the holy burial sight of Hodja Mukhammad Boboyi Samosiy (1259 – 1354), an apprentice of Hodja Ali Rometaniy. He was a peasant. As the legend says, once while crossing the place called Qasri Hinduvon he said: the soil of this place smells like a saint will be born here and this place will be named Qasri Orifon. Thus, he predicted the birth of Bahovuddin Naqhbandiy. His tomb is located in Rometan district.
The 6th holy place is the tomb of Hazreti Said Mir Kulol (1287 – 1370). He was known as Amir the Potter because of his trade. He was also a good wrestler. His spiritual master was Hodja Mukhammad Boboyi Samosiy. His tomb is located in Sukhor village close to Bukhara. Return to Bukhara.
Dinner in local retsurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Today You will visit the 7th holy sight, the holiest ensemble Bukhara, the burial place of Hazreti Bahovuddin Naqshband – the founder of Naqshbandiya Order, located in the village of Qasri Orifon 7 kilometers from Bukhara city.
He was famous as Hodjai Buzrug ( the great Hodja), Bahauddin ( Decoration of Religion). He was born in 1318 in the family of metalworkers from where he took the name Naqshband (Engraver of Metals). His spiritual master was Hazreti Said Mir Kulol, but he came under the early influence of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy. He encouraged his students to learn a trade. His saying: Dil ba yoru, dast ba kor ( let Your soul be with God and Your hands with work) is famous.
Besides the grave of Bahovuddin Naqshband, there You will see two mosques, a khanaka, a museum devoted to the history of sufism.
Later You will visit Chor – Bakr necropolis, a complex located 6 kilometers away from Bukhara city in Sumiton village. Because of four Saints who lived here in the Xth and XI centuries, this sight took this name. The complex consists of a khanaka, a mosque and burial sights. Lunch in a local cafe close to this sight with halal food.
After lunch return to Bukhara to visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Chashma – Ayub, Bolohaus mosque, Ark Fortress, Dinner in Nodir Devonbegi medrese with a folklore show. Overnight in the hotel.
This morning after breakfast You will transfer to Samarkand. En route, You will visit the memorial complex of Abu Abdulloh Muklhammad Ibn Ibrohim Ibn al Mugiyra Ibn Bardazbeh al Juafiy Al -Bukhari, the most respected Saint in the Islamic world.
On his way from Bukhara to Samarkand he died in this village at the age of 60 and was buried here. In this complex, You will see a huge mausoleum on his grave, a mosque, a madrasah, and a museum.
After that, You will visit one more holy place which is a few kilometers from this complex, the burial place of Hazret Makhdumi A’zam Dahbediy (1461 – 1542), a Sufi philosopher, a descendant of Hazrat Ali.
Arrive in Samarkand and hotel check-in.
Lunch. Free time. Dinner in a local restaurant. Night in Samarkand.
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Samarkand.
AM sightseeing tour in Samarkand: Complex Khoja Akhror Vali, Khoja al Mansoor al Matrudi, Bibi Hanum mosque, Shahi zinda where you can visit the tomb of Qusam ibn Abbas, hodja Hizr mosque, Lunch in a local guesthouse with halal food.
PM sightseeing tour for 3 hours visiting the magnificent Registan Square (XV – XVII cc), the noblest square in Central Asia, Observatory of Ulughbek (XVc), and Samarkand local bazaar. You will finish Your sightseeing by visiting The Gur Amir mausoleum, the graveyard of Amir Temur and Timurids.
Dinner in a local restaurant with halal food. Night in Samarkand.
In the morning after breakfast depart Samarkand and drive to Tashkent (4 and a half hours).
Arrival in Tashkent, Free time. Farewell dinner in of the restaurants of Tashkent.
Transfer to the airport for flight to home. End of the tour.