In the morning your driver and guide will pick you up from your Penjikent hotel to start your day tour of Penjikent
and Sarazm in Sughd Province. Your tour will include:
- Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum), which has eight exhibition halls on archaeology, nature, history, culture, lifestyle, Tajik customs and the life of Rudaki, the founder of Tajik-Persian classical literature
- Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah (17th century, renovations in last two centuries) originally from the Middle Ages and rebuilt in recent times, it now serves as the city’s main mosque and a popular gathering place for locals
- Penjikent Bazaar – a bustling bazaar at the junction of the city’s main roads, complete with all the standard goods and Tajik souvenirs
- Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals, the site includes foundations of houses, Zoroastrian fire temples, a cemetery and reconstructed living spaces
Continue you tour and drive to the settlement of Sarazm
(15km, 15min), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, this archaeological site bears testimony to the development of human settlements in Central Asia. The sprawling ancient city is divided into three sections and still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.
Drive to Iskanderkul Lake (160km, 3hrs). Check in to the guesthouse upon arrival. Overnight at Iskanderkul Lake.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours