Naqshbandi Golden Chain Tour in Bukhara


Travel on the Naqshbandi Golden Chain Tour to some of the holiest sites in all of Central Asia. Your guided 2-day journey will take place in and around Bukhara, revered for centuries as a center of Islamic learning and as the birthplace of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. The city now attracts thousands of pilgrims annually to its well-maintained mausoleums which are rife with history and religious significance.
The Naqshbandi Golden Chain is a popular pilgrimage route which travels to seven successive tombs of influential teachers and leaders of the Sufi Order. At each stop your guide will provide you with relevant background information and fascinating insights into the individual’s life. This Sufi tour concludes with a visit to Chor-Bakr Necropolis and the Mausoleum of Abu Khafs Kabir, the teach of Al-Bukhari.

Meet your guide and driver at hotel reception to begin your Naqshbandi Golden Chain Tour in Bukhara, a holy land where thousands of Islamic saints have resided:

  • Depart from Bukhara and drive to Gijduvan (40km, 50min) to the tomb of Abduxoliq Gijduvaniy (1121-1199), a Sufi teacher and master of the Naqshbandi Order who received further training under Yusuf Hamdani;
  • Head to Shofirkon (18km, 30min) to the tomb of Khoja Muhammad Orif Ar-Revgariy (1165-1212), best known for his treatise on Tasawwuf (Sufism) entitled “Arif Noma”;
  • Drive to Vobkent (15km, 25min) to visit the burial site of Sufi spiritual leader Khodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died 1317);
  • Continue to Ramitan District (25km, 30min) to the Mausoleum of Khoja Ali Ramitani (1194-1321), a disciple of Khodja Anjir Fagnaviy;
  • Drive to the tomb of Khodja Muhammad Baba as-Samasi (died 1354), the successor of Khoja Ramitani.
Return to Bukhara. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Tour duration: approximately 7 hours

After breakfast, meet your driver and guide to continue your pilgrimage:

  • Drive (15km, 20min) to the holy site of Said Amir Kulal Mausoleum (1287-1370), a Sufi author and poet;
  • The seventh stop on the pilgrimage ring, located in the village of Qasri Orifon (10km, 15min) is the Mausoleum of Khoja Bakhouddin Naqshbandi (1318-1389), founder of the Naqshbandi Order;
  • Continue to Sumiton village (22km, 30min) to Chor-Bakr Necropolis (10th century), ancient burial grounds which were developed into a memorial complex in the 1500s;
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Abu Khafs Kabir (767-832), teacher of Imam Al Bukhari.
Return to the hotel in Bukhara. End of Naqshbandi Golden Chain Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 5 hours

Price Includes:

  • Private, local guide;
  • Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Transportation throughout the tour.

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