Khudjand & Istaravshan tour from Dushanbe will introduce you the second biggest city and an ancient settlement around which mysterious stories hover. In Khujand, once called Alexandria Eschate as a part of the land conquered by Alexander the Great, you will explore Oriental color in the local Payshanba Bazaar, plunge into antiquity in the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, visit “Tajik Sea” and many more. In Istaravshan you will open up the whole beauty of the ancient settlement Mug Teppe.
Short tour to Khujand descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary.
Hotel charges for additional services;
Full board (lunches and dinners);
Visa support for Tajikistan tourist visa;
Consular fees for Tajikistan tourist visa;
Personal travel insurance;
Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
Economy class air-ticket Dushanbe – Khujand – 80 USD.
Must visit on your Short tour to Khujand
One of the oldest Tajik cities in Central Asia is located on the left ban of the River Syr-Darya, in the Sughd Province. Khujand is the second largest city in the country and used to be one of the major cities of the Great Silk Road. Modern Khujand city hasn’t lost its significance due to location. It’s situated on the route from Uzbekistan to the Fergana Valley, and Kyrgyzstan.
The city was founded in 7th-6th centuries BC, thus, it’s more than 2,500 years old. It gained importance because it connected Samarkand and the Fergana Valley. Every coin has two sides, doesn’t it? Strategically important Khujand city was conquered by Alexander the Great. The ruled of Macedonia ordered to reconstruct and rename the city into Alexandria Eskhata.
In 8th century, the city was taken over by the Arabs. Five centuries later ruthless warriors of Genghis-khan destroyed it. The city experienced tyranny of Amir Timur. Despite all the damage done by the invaders, the city managed to come back to life and become scientific, cultural, and industrial center of Central Asia. Many ancient scientists and poets called it “the crown of the world”.
Khujand is located on the banks of the Syr Darya, below the Kairakkum reservoir, 35 above the Uzbek Bekabad. Entrance to the Ferghana Valley, between the spurs of the Turkestan Range in the south and the Mogoltau Mountains in the north.
Khujand was the birthplace of famous astronomers, mathematicians, doctors, historians, poets, musicians. One of them is Abumahmud Khujandi – the founder of the local astronomical school. In the 14th century, Kamoli Khujandi, the author of the famous gazelles, was called the “Khujand Nightingale”.
Khujand city was known for Oli khujand dynasty. Representatives of the dynasty, all were born in Khujand, always served on highest positions in khanate. They were known for outstanding knowledge, skills, and personal traits. The city that possessed deposits of silver, gold, and other precious metals, the brightest minds of its era, and location on the Great Silk Road has many historical monuments. There’s the Khujand Fortress that was built in 6th-5th centuries BC. There’s grandiose Masdzhidi Dzhami Mosque that consist of 30 columns and a large portal.
Khujand city is a treasury of Tajik culture and history. The city as old as Samarakand is there for you to explore it and immerse in atmosphere of antiquity.
Khudjand & Istaravshan tour from Dushanbe starts with the morning flight to Khujand. Arrive in Khujand. Our guide and driver will meet you in Khujand airport. Start sightseeing Khujand. Visit the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque, Panjshanbe Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th c), “Tajik Sea” Kayraccum HPS (Hydro Power Station) - the symbol of People’s Friendship, built in 1968. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Khujand – Istaravshan – Dushanbe
In the morning depart Khujand and drive to Dushanbe (300 km, 5-6 h.). On the way visit a local bazaar, Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements in Istaravshan. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Lunch at local Chaikhana. Continue driving through Anzob tunnel. Arrive in Dushanbe, transfer to home/hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 1.5-2 hours
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.