Heritage of the Great Empires of the Timurids & Mughals
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Irresistible Uzbekistan & Incredible !ndia combined tour
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Kind of route: airway and motor coach tour
Season: March - November
Accommodation: Twin/Double and Single in hotels
Description: combined Uzbekistan & Northern India tour. A new state-of-the-art product, designed by the young experts of OrexCA.com, who have personally experienced every part of the program. Most romantic and exciting travel to lands of contrast and miracles, the great kingdom of the Timurids and Baburids, modern fast developing countries with rich Oriental culture, which have been enriched through the legacy of the Russian and British empires.
Travel itinerary: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent - Amritsar - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi - Tashkent
Using the comfortable and affordable stopover flights of Uzbekistan Airways, you will follow in the footsteps of the great conqueror Babur, a native of Andijan (Fergana Valley), the great-grandson of Tamerlane and the founder of the Mughal dynasty in India; experience the wonders of Irresistible Uzbekistan and Incredible India; have the chance to see, immerse yourself in and compare the splendors of both enthralling destinations; marvel at grandiose monuments from bygone eras, and come to understand different cultures and societies, having a common history and bringing home with you a deep knowledge of both countries' chequered past and vibrant life of modern society, will certainly never forget the delicious Uzbek and Indian food, do some remarkable shopping, and be left with the longing to return again and again.
Day 1 (Sat.): Tashkent
Morning arrival in Tashkent International Airport, where our representative will meet you and escort to the hotel. Rest after a long flight. Afternoon city tour:
New Tashkent TV Tower - the highest in Central Asia and the 9th in the world - 375 m,
Memorial to the Victims of Repression - the memorial complex and museum,
Monument of Courage (1976) - the epicenter of the Tashkent earthquake of 1966. Old part of the city: the architectural complex
Khazret-Imam incl. the necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous prophet and poet (16th c.),
Barak-khan Madrassah - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c.),
Tellya-Sheikh Mosque (19th c.) also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept,
Mui-Mubarak Madrassah (19th c.),
Juma Mosque (15-19th cc.) - the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan,
Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-Madrassah academy,
Kukeldash Madrassah ("Foster brother") - was built by Kukekdash - the vizier of the Tashkent khans (16th c). Overnight in the capital of Uzbekistan.
Day 2 (Sun.): Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva
Early breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure to Urgench by domestic flight HY-1051 at 07:00. At 08:40 arrival to Urgench - the administration centre of the Khorezm region. Embark on a leisurely drive to Khiva - the only "Museum under the open sky" in Central Asia that has been completely preserved up to the present day (35 km, 30 min). Accommodation in a hotel, located inside or nearby
Ichan-Qala" - the historical center of Khiva which has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. City tour around the architectural complex Ichan-Qala (12-19th cc.):
Kunya-Ark khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala (16-17th cc.),
Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret) that would have become the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (19th c.),
Muhammad Amin-Khan - the biggest medieval Madrassah in Khiva (1845-1855 yy.),
Djuma Mosque with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32,5 m. height (10th c.),
Tash-Hauli (Stone courtyard) palace looking like a fortress with a high battlements>, towers and fortified gates (19th c.),
Ak-Mosque (White Mosque) - a small quarter mosque by the gates of Palvan-Darvaza (1838-1842),
necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud - the cultic center of Ichan-Qala (1810-1913 yy.),
residence of Islam Khodja - the vizier of last khan. Ensemble consists of the smallest Madrassah in Khiva and a minaret whose top platform has a height of 45 m and is the highest observation point in town. Free time. Overnight in the City of Minarets.
Day 3 (Mon.): Khiva - Bukhara
Breakfast. Coach trip to Bukhara via Kizil-Kum desert along Caravan road (480 km, 5-7 hrs). Arrival to Sacred Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization. Hotel accommodation. Free time for rest and walking through the old streets of Bukhara. One of the "1000 and 1 nights" in Bukhara.
Day 4 (Tue.): Bukhara
Breakfast. City tour:
Mausoleum of the Samanids - the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c.), the
mausoleum of Chashma Ayub that belongs to esteemed "places of trace" left by saints (14th c). The legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Visit to the museum of Imam Al Bukhari and "The Museum of Water".
Bolo-Houz Mosque - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c),
Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c. BC), silk carpet shops, complex
Poi Kalon ("Beneath the Great"): Kalyan Minaret - the main symbol of Bukhara that symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c.), Kalyan Mosque - its area of 130x80 m. surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, Miri Arab Madrassah - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c),
Taki Zargaron - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc),
Ulugbeg Madrassah - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c), Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah - a traditional Madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c), Abdullah-Khan Madrassah (1588-1590), atlas shops,
Magoki-Attari Mosque - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture,
Khanaka and Madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c), Kukeldash Madrassah (16th c) - one of the biggest Bukhara Madrassah, Lyabi-Hauz ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among travelers (14-17th cc), Chor Minor ("Four minarets") is an unusual Madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c). Overnight in a quiet and cozy Bukhara hotel.
Day 5 (Wed.): Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast. Embark on a leisurely drive to Samarkand. Arrival and hotel check in. City tour:
Gur Emir Mausoleum (14-15th c.) that was built for Tamerlan's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek,
Ruhabad Mausoleum ("House of Spirit") - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c.),
Registan Square ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand:
Ulugbeg Madrassah - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the Madrassah (15th c.),
Sher-Dor Madrassah ("Having tigers") (17th c.),
Tillya-Kari Madrassah ("Coated by gold") - the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c.). The mosque named after
Hazret-Hyzr - an Islamic saint and eternal wanderer. He was esteemed as giving richness and good luck in far voyages and trade (19th c.), cathedral mosque
Bibi-Khanym that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c.), the architectural complex
Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) - necropolis on the slope of the
Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c), Siab bazaar. Overnight in the capital of Tamerlane's Empire.
Day 6 (Thu.): Tashkent
Breakfast. On the way to Tashkent (315 km, 5 hrs) en route visiting the biggest
observatory of the 15th c. built by Ulugbeg. Arrival to the capital of Uzbekistan and hotel check in. Free time to walk around the center of Wonderful Tashkent, see it's beautiful squares and
museums and galleries, and the
Tashkent Subway - one of the most beautiful in the world. Short rest till 21:00 and transfer to Tashkent International Airport.
Day 7 (Fri.): Tashkent - Amritsar
Departure to Amritsar, India by international flight HY-445 at 00:05. At 03:10 arrival to Amritsar International Airport, where our representative will meet you and escort to the hotel. Rest after a flight and intensive Uzbekistan tourprogram. Afternoon is free for rest and activities on your own. Overnight in one of the major cities of the Punjab state.
Day 8 (Sat.): Amritsar
Breakfast. City excursion including visit the Golden Temple (16th c.) also known as Harmandar Sahib or Swarna Mandir, which is the most important pilgrimage place for Sikhs, in India. Later visit Jalianwala Bagh, Ranjeet Singh museum and other famous temples along with shopping at local market of the city. In the late afternoon enjoy the retreat ceremony at India-Pakistan border called Wagah Border. Overnight in "The Ocean of the Nectar of Immortality" (another origin of Amritsar's name).
Day 9 (Sun.): Amritsar - Delhi
Early morning transfer to Amritsar Train Station. Catch a train for Delhi (447 km, 6 hrs). Breakfast is served in train. On arrival, our representative will drop you at your hotel. In the afternoon, go for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India, 1656 y.), Raj Ghat (cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Chandni Chowk (one of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi) and Red Fort (constructed by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639., the residence of the royal family) - the epicenter of Old Delhi. Overnight in the capital of Incredible India.
Day 10 (Mon.): Delhi - Jaipur
Breakfast. You will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old & Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Delhi includes a visit to Qutab Minar (the world's tallest brick minaret, built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1199 y.), Humayun's Tomb (the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India, 1570 y.), Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh house of worship), and India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Also, drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. Afternoon embark a leisurely drive to Jaipur (258 km, 6 hrs). Overnight in the capital of Rajasthan state.
Day 11 (Tue.): Jaipur
Breakfast. Visit the Amber Fort - the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur, was built in the 16th c. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. Then, in the evening, visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 y. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Afternoon tour also includes a visit to the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, built in the early 18th c.
Overnight in the "Pink City".
Day 12 (Wed.): Jaipur - Agra
Breakfast. Embark on a leisurely drive to Agra (235 km, 5.5 hrs), en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the Ghost City (35 km from Agra). Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti (who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar), is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type in itself.
Later, in the evening, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love and witness the sunset view of Taj Mahal (1653 y). This masterpiece in marble on a sandstone base is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. It was built by Shah Jahan (the ruler of the Mughal Empire in the Indian subcontinent from 1628 until 1658. The name Shah Jahan comes from Persian meaning "King of the World." He was the fifth Mughal ruler after Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir) as a symbol of love for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Often referred to as a "Poem in White Marble", Taj Mahal is a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles. Overnight in the capital of the Mughal emperors.
Day 13 (Thu.): Agra - Delhi
Breakfast. Enjoy a visit to the Red Fort of Agra (also known as Lal Qila and Fort Rouge), which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. Here Emperor Shahjahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from the little octagonal tower in the Fort.
Later embark on a leisurely drive to Delhi en route visiting Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar the Great (the grandson of Babur) - an important architectural masterpiece set in 48 ha. of grounds in a suburb of Agra. Upon arrival in Delhi, check in to hotel. Short sleep till midnight.
Day 14 (Fri.): Delhi - Tashkent
At 01:30 transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Departure from Delhi by international flight HY-422 at 04:45. Morning arrival (at 07:15) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Transfer to the hotel, check in and breakfast. Optionally: the rest after a long flight or city tour around Tashkent:
Chorsu - oriental bazaar, "National park",
Abdulkasim Madrassah which now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c). On time departure transfer to Tashkent Airport to fly onward to your destination.