Learn about Uzbekistan’s illustrious history as a center of Sufism. Start in the center of Tashkent, with the Khast-Imam Complex and one of the oldest Qurans in the world. Make some stops outside of Tashkent for mausoleums of important religious figures, before heading to Bukhara, one of the holiest cities in Uzbekistan. The itinerary in Bukhara includes the mausoleums of a number of influential religious figures and leaders. Continue to Samarkand, a glittering metropolis with an intense spiritual energy. Take in the monumental sights of this city, while also taking time to revel in the peace and tranquility of the quieter spots. Finish back in Tashkent, and return home with a deeper understanding of the Sufi history of Uzbekistan and the spiritual side of Central Asia.
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides; Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary; Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara; Ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train); Full board (lunches and dinners); Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa
Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour; Hotel charges for additional services; Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa; Tips are not included, but would be appreciated; Personal travel insurance.
Before Islam came to Uzbekistan in the early years of the medieval period the people here used to worship elements of nature. The proof of this has been preserved in the traditional folk-art that speaks volumes about pre-Islamic Uzbekistan. Before the Arabs became the paramount political power around the 8th century, this region had already been exposed to Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and to the religious and social philosophy of Mazda.
With the coming of the Arabs came Islam. It has been the predominant religious force in Uzbekistan, as well as the rest of Central Asia, ever since the 8th century AD. Today 88% of the population is Muslim of which most are Sunni Muslims. Around 10% of the population is orthodox Christian. The remaining 2% is comprised of Jews, Catholics and Buddhists.
The Uzbek people have traditionally been a tolerant people. All religions receive equal respect in this secular country though Islam, in recognition of its historical significance, is accorded special status by the constitution. The Republic of Uzbekistan, being a member of the international community, bears full responsibility regarding support of different faiths.
The Article 18 of the Constitution of Uzbekistan fixed that all citizens of our country have the same rights and freedoms, and are equal without distinction by gender, race, nationality, language, religion, origin, belief, personal and a social status. The Constitution guarantees the rights of citizens for freedom of conscience. Everyone has the right to profess any religion or not profess any.
Nowadays, there are more than 2,2 thousand religious organizations representing 16 denominations that have legal registration in Uzbekistan. Naturally, the overwhelming majority – 2042 or 92% of total – are Muslim organizations, as approximately 88% of population in Uzbekistan consider themselves as followers of Islam. Besides, 164 Christian organizations, 8 Jewish communities, 6 Bahai communities, 1 Krishna society and 1 Buddhist temple are also represented in the country.
Believers of Uzbekistan freely celebrate all religious holidays. That is why, year-by-year and in a wide scale, Muslims celebrate Id al-Adha and Id al-Fitr, Christians – Easter and Christmas, Jews – Pesach, Purim and Hanukkah. By the decrees of the President of Uzbekistan, Id al-Adha and Id al-Fitr are announced as the national holidays.
Transfer to local airport in Tashkent. Morning flight to Bukhara, holy land of 7000 saints. Upon arrival you will be met by SamarkandTours driver and transferred to the hotel. Leave your luggage at the hotel. Check in at noon. Start pilgrimage to Seven Sufi scholars burial places, all of them are located in outskirts of Bukhara. Visit the tomb of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy (1103-1179) located in the town of Gijduvan (40 km away from Bukhara). Continue to the tomb of the fourth apprentice of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy Khoja Muhammad Orif Ar Revgariy known as Hazrat Khoja Orif Mohitobon (died in 1259). This holy site is located in the district of Shofirkon 50-60 km from the centre of Bukhara. Continue to the burial site of Hodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in 1286). Continue to Mausoleum of Khoja Ali Rometaniy located in Rometan district. He was the apprentice of Khoja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in 1310, in some sources in 1321). Overnight at the hotel. Duration of visits: 7-8 hours
Day 3: Bukhara
Continue pilgrimage with a visit to burial place of Khoja Mukhammad Boboyi Samosiy (1259-1354), an apprentice of Hodja Ali Rometaniy. The next holy site is the tomb of Hazreti Said Mir Kulol (1287-1370). The last pilgrimage place is the holiest ensemble of Bukhara, the burial place of Hazrati Bakhouddin Naqshbandi – the founder of Naqshbandiya Order, located in the village of Qasri Orifon. Then continue to Chor-Bakr Necropolis, a complex located in Sumiton village. Return to Bukhara. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of visits: 6-7 hours
Free day in Samarkand, enjoy sites of Samarkand on your own, car with a driver at your disposal. At 16:15 transfer to train station. Take the high-speed train, Afrosiyob, departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Arrival at 19:10, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent – departure
Check out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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