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HISTORICAL & CULTURAL TOUR TO THE SOUTH OF TAJIKISTAN Duration: 6 Days/5 nights

Day Place

Programs

1

Dushanbe In the morning we will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII- XVII centuries). This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons. Inside there was a pool and a garden and across from the fortress there was a busy market square with a caravan serai and shops. Apart from the entrance gate with its two imposing towers, not much has survived of the fortress. Other interesting sites in Hisar include: the recently restored monuments of “Madrasa I Kuhna” (new school of 16th-17th centuries), mosque; the mausoleum of “Mahdumi Azam” (16th century). The entire day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. Then you will visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant where you try Tajik food.

2

Dushanbe  Shahrituz  Kurgonteppa (330 km,

7 hours)

 

After breakfast we drive to Shahrituz through Vakhsh valley to visit Takhti Sangin (Persian “stone throne”), an ancient settlement in the south of Tajikistan, at the confluence of the Vakhsh and Panj. Excavations (conducted since 1976) opened the Greco-Bactrian and Kushan city with a citadel (the area of 237 mx 165 m), fortified stone walls. In the center of the citadel of a Greek temple excavated Oxus (the ancient name for the Amu Darya), built according to the type of Zoroastrian temple, – a hall with four column-bypass lanes stores. Found works of art III-II centuries BC.  After sightseeing we will drive to Kurgonteppa city. Overnight is in a hotel.

3

Kurgantyube Ajina Teppa  Kulob        (210 km, 6 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

In the morning we will drive 12 km to the east of Kurgan Tube stands a hill named Ajina-Teppe with the remains of Buddhist monastery built in the 7th -the 8thI centuries (sanctuaries, cells, vessels, sculptures, wall paintings) including a 12-meter figure of the lying Buddha. After visiting Ajina Teppa we will drive to Kulob. On the way we will visit Hulbuk fortress (III b.c) and museum. Upon arriving in Kulob we visit the Mausoleum of Mir Said Ali Hamadoni the Persian poet and scientist is buried in Kulob. Overnight in Hotel.

4

Kulob – Norak Dushanbe  (210 km, 5 hours)

After breakfast will drive to Dushanbe city located 210 km northwest of Kulob. We will visit Khuramshahr in Dangara where is situated the Second biggest “Tea House” in the world (The biggest located in Tajikistan, Dushanbe). Lunch will be on the way in a traditional restaurant. On the way will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. You will have stop for the photos. We will drive over Chormahzak and Shar – Shar passes. Night is in a hotel.

Dinner. Overnight in hotel.

5

Varzob

Breakfast at hotel.

Drive to Varzob which is located 12 km from Dushanbe in the picturesque gorge Varzob inside which flows 7 mountains river. In the right side of the river gorge Varzob is the most beautiful waterfall in the Hissar range –Gusgarf (30 m height). To the waterfall is a footpath, on the slopes, you can see a lot of red tulips, where briar blooms and other plants. Picnic and BBQ. Return to Dushanbe. Visiting the market “Mehrgon” and shops  (stores) for buying souvenirs. Overnight in Hotel.

6

Dushanbe

Breakfast, at hotel.

Transfer to Airport for departure flight

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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)
  • All meals (B.L.D.)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees;
  • 1L bottled water per day for each
  • Guide service;
  • 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;