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Every Moslem knows such names like Bahauddin Nakshbandi, Abduhallik Gijduvani. During the tour you will have opportunity to make pilgrimage to the graves of this great theologians of Islam but also to other sacred places. You will get know better one of the most mysterious branch in Islam- Sufism. The follower of this knowledge will talk you about Sufism and demonstrate you silent zikr (sufi meditation and prayer). You will have opportunity to touch mystic but real sides of Sufism. You will visit the graves of Sufis where people during the centuries get treatment with water from the holy sources next to the Sufis graves. Almost every grave of the Sufi could give a treatment. Almost every has a legend.
Sufi tour in Uzbekistan will introduce you less touristy, yet very interesting and significant holy sights. Take this 8 days Sufi Tour to explore the sacred destinations in Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent, to visit the resting places of great scholars of Islam. The highlights of the trip are visits to Imam al Bukhari’s memorial complex, the collector of the hadith “Sahih al-Bukhari” and to the architectural complex of Khwaja Baha ad-Din Naqshband, the Master of the “Naqshbandiya” order.
You will also visit Zangiata mausoleum in Tashkent vicinity, where Muslim holy sheykh Ay-Khodja and his spouse Ambar Bibi, patron of fertility and motherhood, were buried. The mausoleum built as per Amir Temur’s order is now a popular pilgrimage destination for people from many countries. Pay a visit to Khazrati Imam Complex in the part of Old city of Tashkent where you will view the world'soldest Quran - Samarkand Kufic Quran (also known as the Uthman Quran, Samarkand codex, Samarkand manuscript and Tashkent Quran) displayed inside a beautiful library-museum In Bukhara you will do the pilgrimage to the holy places of Sufism and pay a visit to the burial places of Seven Sufi Saints, including the mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshband, the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi order. You will remember Samarkand with the necropolis of Shahi-Zinda where the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad is buried.
P/S A separate addition bytour can be organised to the sacred Sufi place of Katta Langar.
- - Visit the graves of 7 great sufi of "nakshbandia" and "khodjagon" founders
- - Meet with the people that still follow Sufi practices
- - Marvel at zikhr
- - Explore sufi khonaka (the house where sufi lived and gathered together to pray, to meditate, to discuss about God and True Path)
- - Taste the water from ancient springs next to the Sufis graves that people used for many centuries to treat otherwise incurable diseases
- - Pay respect to the holy place "Khazor nur" (thousands lights) where the first Muslims in Uzbekistan are buried after they were killed for accepting Islam more then 1000 years ago
- - Visit the graves of other well-known sufis
In Muslim world Bukhara also known as “Buhoro-i-Shariff”. Shariff (Arabic world, means “holy”, also it means “seven”).
In Islam there are 7 objects of worship:
1. Kalam-i- Shariff (Koran)
2. Hadiths -i-Shariff (hadiths – talking of Prophet Mohammed)
3. Makka-i-Shariff (Mecca and Medina cities)
4. Shom-i-Shariff (Syria, Damask city)
5. Mazar-i-Shariff (city in Afghanistan)
6. Buhoro-i-Shariff (Bukhara city, Uzbekistan)
There are 41 holy places for Muslims in the world. 7 of them are located in the Bukhara. The great title “Buhoro-i-Shariff” was attributed to Bukhara for 7 having graves of great Sufi teachers:
1. Khodja Alaud Daula Abdul Khalik Gijduvani (the founder of "khodjagon" sufi branch)
2. Khodja Mukhammad Orif Rigvari;
3. Khodja Makhmud Anjir Fagnavi;
4. Khodja Azizan Ali ar Romitani;
5. Khodja Mukhammad Baba as-Sammasi;
6. Khodja Said Amir al Kulal;
7. Imamu Tarikatti Shakh Mukhammad Bahau-d Din An Nakshbandi al-Uvaysi al Bukhari (the founder of "nakshbandiya" branch)
You will visit graves of this people and talk with their followers, listen to mystic stories about them.
The keepers of tradition
Next to the graves of seven sufi of Bukhara stay people who look after the graves. Those are followers of sufis. They talk about life of sufis, their deeds and tell stories about them. The last 15 years imam-khatib Amrillo Sultanov is taking care of the grave of Khodja Azizan Ali ar Romitani. He is well educated person, knows a lot about Quran and Sufism in general.
There are beautiful gardens around the graves of Khodja Makhmud Anjir Fagnavi and Khodja Mukhammad Baba as-Sammasi. Those two sufis were workers and their followers continue to look after gardens, recalling the words of Bahau-d Din An Nakshbandi: "Dil ba yoru, dast ba kor" (meaning, "The heart to beloved (Allah), and the hand to work").
Khanako (sufis' temple)
Khanako (sufis' temple) — is the place where sufis gathered together to talk, to discuss about Allah, Quran, Path, Love in this place. Some of them lived there, because they didn't have a home or family, they just wondering around the world. You will visit medieval khonako where people during the centuries get treatment with water from the holy sources next to the Sufis graves.
The women Sufi’s khonako Kiz Bibi, where 40 virgins lived and where woman can get treatment from barrenness. Visiting of Hodja Ubbon Mausoleum, Hodja Zaffaron’s Tomb in the desert places.
Bukhara is the city where many thinkers, scientists, theologians, and poets lived. One of them is Abu Ali ibn Sina (Avicenna). He is the author of many interesting works in the field of medicine, psychology, mathematics, logic, physics, music, poetry, zoology. "Canon of Medicine" is his greatest creation. Al-Hasan al-Basri is theorist, psychologist, who preached the selfless love of God. It was his distinguishing feature of Sufi ideology.
There are seven sacred Sufies in Bukhara. As a rule the tour starts from the grave of Sheikh Abdul-Khaliq Abd Al Gijduvani, who founded School of the Central Asian Sufism. He always took a view that every imam must have his own job. There is Ulugbek madrasah near the new mosque, where pilgrims can pray.
Muhammad Arif Ar Revgary began to learn Sufizm very early. When he was 19, he taught philosophy. His manuscript "Nafahat ul-uns" and "Arifnoma" are the only written evidences about the life of the famous Sufi. Having read his works, it is clear that Haja Arif Revgary was one of the most worthy successor of traditions and practices “Hadzhagana”.
Hoja Mahmud Anzhir Fagnavy was a famous Sufi of his time. He was engaged in gardening. Fagnavy was the spiritual successor of Sufi tradition. He was an expert at his job carpenter thereby earning his living. There is a beautiful mausoleum not far from the grave, as well as a mosque and a well with holy water. It is very popular place with pilgrims where they can pray.
One of the most famous spiritual leaders is Hoja Azizona (Ali Romitani). He is also known as Azizon (Honourable Sheikh). He was born in 1195 in Kurgan and worked as weaver. Thanks to him, the Mongol khans accepted Islam, believing that they are miracle-worker.
The next road leads to the tomb of the great Sufi al Bobo Samosi, who predicted the birth of Bahauddin Naqshbandi. Bobo al Samosi said: “It will take quite some time, and his fragrance will spread all over the world”. Today the tomb of St. Babai Simasi is a place of worship for hundreds of thousands Muslims from all over the world.
Mausoleum Said Amir al Kupol is located in the village Suhor. The building is a mosque, mausoleum and flower garden. “Kupol” means “Potter” as he was an expert at this craft.
The tour is finished by the visiting of Bahauddin Naqshbandi mausoleum, whose birth was predicted by Bobo Samosi. Naqshbandi was born in 1318 in the villageHinduvan. As a spiritual teacher, he was a supporter of austerity. He said that the Sufi had to make a living exclusively by work. Bahauddin owned several professions: weaver, potter and carver in wood. Many tramps followed his example, and thanks to him, they began to earn a living by craft.
Today, there is the majestic mausoleum here. This place is still visited by thousands of pilgrims. According to legend, if you touch the memorial three times, a visit of the holy place is equal to “hajj” to Mecca.
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Later proceed for sightseeing tour in Tashkent. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex, where you will see Barak-khan madrasah, Mausoleum of Abubakr Kaffal Shashi, Museum of Koran where the original VII century Osman Quran written on a deer skin is preserved. Also visit Mausoleum of Sheikh Zainiddin-bobo. Continue to Zangiata complex, pilgrimage place for Tashkent and Tashkent region citizens. Also during the day visit Chorsu bazaar, one of the main bazaars of Tashkent and modern sights of Tashkent such as Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Transfer to local airport in Tashkent. Morning flight to holy Bukhara, the land of 7000 piirs (teachers). Upon arrival you will be met by company's representative and transferred to the hotel. Leave your luggage at the hotel. Check in at noon. Start pilgrimage to Seven Sufi scholars burial places, all of them are located in outskirts of Bukhara. Visit the tomb of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy (1103-1179) located in the town of Gijduvan (40 km away from Bukhara). Continue to the tomb of the fourth apprentice of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy Khoja Muhammad Orif Ar Revgariy known as Hazrat Khoja Orif Mohitobon (died in 1259). This holy site is located in the district of Shofirkon 50-60 km from the centre of Bukhara. Continue to the burial site of Hodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in 1286). Continue to Mausoleum of Khoja Ali Rometaniy located in Rometan district. He was the apprentice of Khoja Mahmud Anjir Fagnaviy (died in 1310, in some sources in 1321). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of visits: 7-8 hours
Continue pilgrimage with a visit to burial place of Khoja Mukhammad Boboyi Samosiy (1259-1354), an apprentice of Hodja Ali Rometaniy. The next holy site is the tomb of Hazreti Said Mir Kulol (1287-1370). The last pilgrimage place is the holiest ensemble of Bukhara, the burial place of Hazrati Bakhouddin Naqshbandi – the founder of Naqshbandiya Order, located in the village of Qasri Orifon. Then continue to Chor-Bakr Necropolis, a complex located in Sumiton village. Return to Bukhara. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of visits: 6-7 hours
City tour in Bukhara: visit Lyabi-Khauz Complex, Kalyan mosque and Kalyan minaret and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasah, Ark fortress, Samani dynasty Mausoleum, Chor-Minor Madrasah, Bolo-Khauz Mosque. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing: 4-5 hours
In the morning transfer to Samarkand (290 km, 4 h.*). En route visit the Memorial Complex of Abu Abdulloh Mukhammad ibn Ibrohim ibn al Mugiyra ibn Bardazbeh al Juafiy Al-Bukhari. Continue to holy place which is a few kilometers away from this complex, the burial place of Hazrat Makhdumi A'zam Dahbediy (1461-1542), a Sufi philosopher, and a descendent of Hazrat Ali. Arrive in Samarkand and check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning visit Complex Khoja Akhrar Vali, Khoja al Mansoor al Matrudi, Bibi-Khanum mosque, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, where you can visit the tomb of Qusam ibn Abbas, continue to Hazrat Hyzr Mosque. In the afternoon visit magnificent Registan Square, the noblest square in Central Asia, Observatory of Ulugbek, and Siab Bazaar. End the sightseeing tour with a visit to Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the graveyard of Tamerlane and Timurids. Overnight at the hotel.
Free day in Samarkand, enjoy sites of Samarkand on your own, car with a driver at your disposal.
At 16:15 transfer to train station. Take the fast-speed train Afrosiyob departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Arrival at 19:10, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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|Bukhara||Omar Khayyam, Devon Begi||Asia Bukhara||3|
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand, Diyora||Registan Plaza||2|
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- Visa invitation letter;
- Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
- Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
- English speaking guide accompanying you during the entire itinerary;
- Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
- Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
- Economy-class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara;
- FREE HUGS.
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
- Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
- Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
- Alcohol drinks;
- Personal items;
- Full board (lunch and dinner);
- Charges in hotels for additional services;
- Early check-ins / late check-outs;
- International air tickets;
- Travel insurance.