The “heart” of Samarkand is the Registan Square (XIV-XVI centuries) with 3 famous madrasahs: Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya-Kori, the grandiose cathedral mosque Bibi-Khanum (XV century), the magnificent Gur-Emir mausoleum (XV c.), in which Tamerlane, his sons and grandson Ulugbek are buried. The observatory of Ulugbek (1420) – the grandson of Tamerlane, the famous ruler and astronomer, Shakhi-Zinda (XI-XVIII centuries) – the necropolis of the rulers and nobility of Samarkand, consisting of many magnificently decorated mausoleums, the exotic Siab bazaar.
The Lyabi-Khauz complex (XVI-XVII centuries) – the “heart” of old Bukhara, a favorite vacation spot for residents and guests of the city, includes the Nadir Divanbegi madrasah and khanaka (XVII century), the Kukeldash madrasah (XVI century), the oldest artificial pool (hauz ) – in Central Asia (XVII century), surrounded by centuries-old shady plane trees. the Poi-Kalyan complex (XII-XVI centuries) is a visiting card of Bukhara with the Miri-Arab madrasah (XVI century), the Kalyan mosque (XV century) with the original multi-domed gallery and the Kalyan minaret (XII century) – one of the oldest, miraculously survived during wars, invasions and earthquakes, a structure 47 meters high; Ayub Mazar (XIV – XIX centuries), – a mausoleum – a sarcophagus over an ancient sacred source, “appeared at the behest of the biblical Ayub (Job)”. Mausoleum of the Samanids (IX – X centuries) – the pearl of ancient architecture, the family tomb of the rulers of Bukhara and one of the first monuments in Central Asia, built of baked bricks; Ark fortress (VII – XIX centuries) – the most ancient building of the city, – the residence of the Bukhara emirs with a mint, a jewelry workshop, the office of the vizier, a prison, the emir’s harem; minaret Chor-Minor (XVIII century) – a small mosque of the original form with four minarets, which has no analogues in Muslim architecture; Sitora-i-Mohi Khosa (XIX century) is the summer country residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. The interior of the palace rooms is richly decorated with magnificent paintings, stucco, wood carving and ganch. Trade domes (XVI century), where local craftsmen sold their products from ancient times. And today, tourists can buy magnificent souvenirs and products of folk craftsmen here: gold embroidery, carpets, suzani, ceramics, chasing and much more.
The Old City, the architectural and religious complex Khast-Imam (Hazret-Imam), with a grandiose Friday mosque, the medieval mausoleum of Kafal Shashi (XVI century), the Barak-Khan and Kukeldash madrasahs (XVI-XVII centuries), the Islamic University, the library in the mosque Tilya – a sheikh with one of their original Qurans of Caliph Osman (VII c), the oldest in the world; Istiklol Square with the madrassah of Abdul Kasim XVI-XVII (now artisans work and sell their original products and souvenirs here), a monument to Alisher Navoi; Amir Temur (Tamerlane) Square with a park, an equestrian statue of Tamerlane, surrounded by historical and administrative buildings – the Palace of the Forums, the Temurids Museum, Tashkent chimes, etc.; the monument “Courage” – a monument to the victims of the devastating Tashkent earthquake of 1966; an opera and ballet theater built by Japanese prisoners of war in 1945 and a light and music fountain; Mustakillik (Independence) Square with the Independence Monument, Ezgulik arch, eternal flame, fountains; Oriental bazaar Chorsu.
Ugam-Chatkal National Natural Park
Walks in the mountains of Chimgan, (altitude 1600 m.a.s.l.), ascent on a chairlift to an observation platform with magnificent views of the Tien Shan mountains and the dominant peak of the area, Big Chimgan Peak (3308 m.), travel along the picturesque south coast of the high-mountainous Charvak reservoir, lunch at the Chinara mountain restaurant with a walk to the waterfall and inspection of ancient petroglyphs.
Nurata is a small town, a district center in the Navoi region (50 km north of the city of Navoi) on the border of the Kyzylkum desert, famous for its ancient history.
Yurt camp “Safari”
Flora and fauna of the Kyzylkum desert, riding Bactrian camels, relaxing and swimming in the huge lake Aydarkul, spending the night in yurts, visiting the NUR-holy place complex in the city of Nurata.