5 Days trip to Khujand, Istaravshan, Panjakent Seven Lakes..
Airport (or Tashkent) - Khujand.
Meet at Khujand international airport or meet in Tashkent international Airport. Transfer to Uzbek – Tajik border Oybek, border cross then drive to Khujand (130+70km/ 3 hours drive)
Check in hotel
Khujand is the second largest city in the country. It’s also one of Tajikistan’s oldest town, founded by Alexander the Great in IV BC. The fortress was fortified by Alexander the great at IV BC and named after Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria furthest) on the place of the present Khujand fortress (the 329 BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts centre. Commanding the entrance to the Fergana Valley and the Great Silk Road passed through Khujand from early historical backgrounds. Khujand enjoyed great prosperity and it’s riches spawned palaces, grand mosques and a citadel, before Mongols stream rolled the city into oblivion in the early XII century.
Sightseeing: Visit Historical museum of Sughd region, Eastern market Panjshanbe and mausoleum Shaykh Muslihiddin
Drive to the Arbob palace and national teahouse.
Visit statue of Ismoili Somoni the founder of Tajik nation and Lenin statue.
Lunch in local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Khujand – Istaravshan – Panjakent 270km
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out hotel
Istaravshan – (formerly Ura – Tyube, Urateppa) is located 81km northwest of Khujand. The town is one of the urban settlement in Central Asia, dating back to the first millennium BC. The record history of Istaravshan dates back to the VI century BC when the region was a province the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid. Scholars may recognize the region under it’s classical name of Kiropol, as described by Strasbo (Kirashata, according to Plotemy, Kurukada in Persian and Kurushkada in Sughdian languages). It was fortified by three rows of walls and the citadel was surrounded by a 6.000 m long wall. From the II – I centuries BC to the centuries AD, much of what is now Istaravshan known as Ustrushana, the capital of which was Bunjikat. It was a trading centre and I – II benefited greatly from its position as an important staging post on the commercial roads that linked the civilizations of East and West, through Khujand, Samarqand, Bukhara and the Fergana Valley. In the epoch of Arab invasion (Istaravshan became a province of the Arabian Caliphate in 822 AD) the region became a commercial and cultural centre of the medieval East. Istaravshan started to appear when Islamic architectural structures of portal-dome design such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, etc.
Quick stop in Istaravshan: Visit Central Bazaar, Iron craft masters and watching procedure of the tradition bread baking
Lunch on the way
Continue driving via Shahristan mountains, tunnel Shahriston (6km) and beautifull Zarafshon valley to Panjakent.
Arrival to Panjakent
Panjakent is a town in the north of Tajikistan, located on the right bank of Zarafshon River, 60 km east of Samarqand. The Zarafshon Valley was in the ancient time known as Sughd or Sughdiana. The inhabitant of the valley were Sughdians – the direct ancestors of the modern Tajiks. In the Southern suburbs of the modern Panjakent there is a site of ancient settlement, known in science under the name Ancient Panjakent, which was the capital of the same name of least last hundred years of its existence.
It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii".
Sightseeing: Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.
Ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.
Sarazm settlement – 5500 years
Dinner in local Restaurant
Overnight at the hotel
Penjekent – Marguzor lake – Penjekent 70+70km
Breakfast. Drive to Marguzor lake 70km.
Marguzol lakes: Seven beautiful lake. The first lakes name’s Mizhgon (eyelash) - Multi-coloured, one of the most beautiful Marguzor lakes. The Soya (shade) second lake and third lakes Husher (vigilance) at h 1700м. The fourth lakes name’s Nofin length 3,5км, depth 70m. The fifth lakes Hurdak. The sixth lakes Marguzor - length of lake 5км, depth of 80 metres, h on a sea level 2139м. Seventh Lake-Hazorchashma (one thousand sources) at h 2400м, length 4,5км and depth 85м.
Picnic near the lake
Drive back to Penjekent city.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Panjakent – Iskandarkul lake 180km
Morning drive to Iskandarkul Lake
Arrival to Lake
Walking near the lake
Iskandarkul lake: length - 5км, width - 3,5км and depth to - 80м, located at h 2250м. The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue colour. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the h 38 meters.
Visit Kuli Moron (Snakes lake) and five spring
Walking near the lake. See waterfall 38m “Fan Niagara”
Lunch at the restaurant
Afternoon drive to Dushanbe via Istiqlol tunnel (5km) and Varzob valley
You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in h from 3200 to 5060 m (Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colours - Kulikalon.
Dinner in traditional restaurant (show if possible)
Overnight at hotel
Sightseeing of the Dushanbe: DUSHANBE – the capital of Tajikistan (until 1961 called Stalinabad) is located the centre of the Hissor Valley at 837 meters (2,475feet) above sea level, on junction of the Varzob and Luchob Rivers that flow together as a Dushanbinka right beneath the bridge on Ismoili Somoni Avenue. The snow – capped Hissor mountain ranga rises on the north and east of the city, and in the south, there is Kofarnihon River. The first mention of Dushanbe dates back to 1676. At the time, it was a small village on the crossroad of caravan routes connecting Hissar Valley to Samarqand and Bukhara, the Pamirs and Afghanistan. The Tajik word “Dushanbe” means Monday. The weekly bazaar was held in the village on Mondays, and that was what the place came to be called.
Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon.
Tajik national antique museum, Sleeping Budda.
Monument Ismoili Somoni the founder of Tajik nation and park of Rudaki the founder of Tajik Persian classical literature.
Central Mosque and central colourful oriental “Mehrgon Market”
Dinner in restaurant
Overnight at hotel
Day 6, August 3, Sat. Dushanbe – flight
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