Hazrat Daud Cave Tour (from Samarkand)
Hazrat Daud Cave, Aksay Village
Hazrat Daud Cave Tour is a memorable half-day jaunt to a favorite local hideaway rarely visited by foreign tourists. From Samarkand, drive into the mountains for a hike or donkey ride up 1300 stairs to visit King David’s Cave, impressive for its natural depth and legendary ties to this prophet of old. Admire the cave, trace David’s handprints in the stone and savor the breathtaking mountain scenery of Samarkand region.
Cradled in the mountains near Samarkand is Hazrat Daud Cave (King David’s Cave), an unassuming natural hollow that attracts crowds of religious pilgrims to the handprints of the Biblical King David etched into the cave’s nether wall. Stories abound as to how David found himself holed up in this cave, but regardless of its authenticity, a trip to Hazrat Daud Cave provides a fascinating cultural experience, sweeping views of Samarkand and an invigorating getaway in fresh mountain air.
In the morning, drive from your Samarkand hotel to Aksay village (40km, 50min), situated at the bottom of the Mirankul Mountains.
To reach Hazrat Daud Cave you have two options – a vigorous but pleasant hike up 1300 stairs (app. 1hr) or a horse or donkey ride (25min).
Upon completing the ascent to an altitude of 1290 meters, you’ll have an excellent panoramic view of the Zarafshan River Valley from a viewing platform. Visit the small mosque before descending 200 steps to reach Hazrat Daud Cave (King David’s Cave), measuring 15 meters high and over 30 meters deep. Wind your way through a tunnel to reach the prophet’s hand and footprints at the back of the cave.
Upon exiting, have a short rest before climbing back down to Aksay Village, where your driver will be waiting.
Return to Samarkand. End of Hazrat Daud Cave Tour.
Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
Good to know: The stairs leading to the cave are lined with villagers selling bottled water, snacks and souvenirs. Small cafés serve local dishes, or you can opt to bring your own picnic lunch.
- Local English-speaking guide;
- Transportation throughout the tour (1-3 ppl in sedan; 4-8 ppl in minivan).
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