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DUSHANBE – ISKANDARKUL LAKE – KHUJAND

DUSHANBE – ISKANDARKUL LAKE – KHUJAND

 Duration: 5 Days/4 nights

Season: May/ November

Day Place Programs
1 Dushanbe Arrival at Dushanbe airport, where you will be met and assisted to your hotel. Visit the Museum of National Antiquities with exhibits primarily from Tajikistan’s pre-Islamic civilizations: the Greek, Bactrian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Zoroastrian periods. There is statue of Alexander the Great and wall paintings from ancient Panjakent. The most notable piece in the museum is the enormous, fifteen-hundred-year-old reclining Buddha, which is the largest in existence. Considering that Tajikistan has been so disadvantaged by poverty and politics, the museum is a testament to the people’s desire to catch up with the rest of the world. Dinner in Tajik National Chai Khana (Tee Place). Accommodation in Dushanbe hotel.
2 Dushanbe – Iskandarkul

(125 km)

After breakfast Just a short distance from Dushanbe, on a wide plain surrounded by mountains, lies the Hissar Historic Cultural Reserve, where we will explore the fascinating remains of an 18th and 19th century archaeological complex consisting of a fortress, madras, and an ethnographic museum. Drive to Iskandar Kul Lake (125 km) along the Varzob Gorge, and across Anzob Pass (3,373 m). Iskandarkul Lake is named after Alexander the Great. It is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Central Asia, surrounded by the peaks of Chimtarga, Hazormech, Sarima, and Gazni. Alexander’s armies passed this way on their trek in the area. There will be time for a short walk to see a 30m-high waterfall. Accommodation in cottages.
3 Iskandarkul – Khujand Depart from Iskandar Kul to Khujand. Drive West and then to the North across the Shahriston Pass (3370 m) we will arive to Istaravshan. Istaravshan is one of the most ancient trading centres of Central Asia with some of the oldest intact Islamic buildings in Tajikistan. There are many mosques, traditional streets, and several significant madras complexes. Visit the blue domed Kok-Gumbaz Mosque; the mausoleum of  Bobo Tago, a local aristocrat; the Chor-Gumbaz, and; the complexes of Sari Mazor and Hazrati Shoh. Drive north to Khujand. Overnight in Khujand.

 

4 Khujand Khujand, located in the north, is Tajikistan’s second largest city and one of its most ancient, founded about 2300 years ago. During the time of Alexander the Great (approx. 329 B.C.), Khujand became known as the furthest settlement of his conquest. Commanding the entrance to the Fergana Valley, Khujand became very prosperous and its riches spawned palaces, great mosques, and a citadel, which survived until the Mongol destruction in the early 13th century. According to Greek historians, Alexander founded a fortress on the River Tanais or Yaksart (present day Syr Darya River) which formed a natural border of his empire. Visit the fortress by the Syr Darya River and the Khujand ethnographic museum. In the afternoon visit the Panjshanbe Bazaar and Sheikh Musliddin Madras dedicated to a 12th century poet.
5 Khujand – Oibek Depart from Khujand for the Uzbek border (65km). It is possible to do this tour in the opposite direction from the Uzbek border finishing in Dushanbe.

 

Cost of the tour: upon request

You can change the program and route of the proposed tour at your discretion. After your confirmation, we will calculate the cost of the tour and let you know.

 

The price includes:

  • All transfers and transport;
  • All (double/single accommodation): Hotel, Guest houses and Home stays.
  • All meals (B.L.D.)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees;
  • 2L bottled water per day for each
  • English speaking Guide;
  • VAT Tax and Profit of organization;

Price does not include:

  • Visa, international flight;
  • Photo and video charges;
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
  • Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings);
  • Tips to the guides and drivers;
  • Other beverages;