Our guide will meet you in the airport and accompany to the hotel, where you can take a shower, have a short rest and take breakfast. After breakfast we will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII- XVII centuries). This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons. Other interesting sites in Hisar include: the recently restored monuments of “Madrasa I Kuhna” (new school of 16th-17th centuries), mosque; the mausoleum of “Mahdumi Azam” (16th century). After that we will drive to Dushanbe and we visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament and etc. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the second biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. After that you will have a short excursion in the biggest “Tea House” in the world - “Navrouz Palace”. To feel real life you should visit Asian bazar. It has colorful goods, fruits and vegetables. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant where you try Tajik food. During welcome dinner you can get acquainted with your travel companions and guide and the guide will have a lecture about history and culture of Tajikistan, and of course he will provide some information about holiday Navrouz. You can then ask all your burning questions. Night is in a hotel.
In the morning we will see the color of celebration of Nawrouz in the streets. Then we will join the official Navrouz celebration in the capital’s stadium. There will be a big concert and colorful show. Celebrations of Navrouz holiday are very much encouraged by the government, probably as part of nation building process. You will be surprised how big of an event this holiday is! Back in the city there is a lot of Tajik food on display and everybody is outside enjoying the hliday. You will also be able to watch wedding ceremonies of locals in Dushanbe that day. You might wonder why so many brides are walking around in White – this is very traditional ceremony whereby yound ladies dressed in white symbolize Spring and if you’re lucky you can spot even a Miss Navrouz dressed in green. When the ladies in white arrive, people say or sing: “Bahar amad!” (Spring has arrived). After having celebrated with locals a bit and soaked in the atmosphere, we head to the museum of antiquities where you can see the biggest Buddha in Nirvana in Central Asia and visit the Botanical Garden. In the middle of the garden you can see traditional houses with handmade wood decoration from different part of Tajikistan. Dinner is in restaurant. Night is in a hotel.
Today we will be lucky to join a full day Navrouz celebration event. In a private house, especially for us we will enjoy a traditional Navrouz celebration. You can take part in preparation of a national dish Sumalak which prepares only on the holiday Nowruz. Traditions which you will be able to observe are connected with its preparation (before preparation all women of a family, neighbors have to read a prayer, all night long stirring slowly Sumalak in a copper, sing songs, dance, read verses). Then you will have an opportunity to participate in the Tajik feast, you can watch traditional Tajik folklore music and listen to songs and learn some Tajik dance moves. You will learn a lot about this important holiday and the customs and traditions associated with it on that day and spend the full day. After this overwhelming day and dinner with the locals you will have a good rest in the hotel.
In the morning we will drive to Penjakent via pass Anzob (3 372 m). The city of Penjakent ("five villages") is located in Sughd area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii". Today we will see the celebration of Nawrouz Holiday in Panjaken as well. Your guide will take you to the square where playing national games (national wrestling “Gushtingiri”), (pulling of a rope, cockfights, archery), etc. And you will have an opportunity not only to observe, but also to participate in these actions. Today for dinner you will have the famous traditional dish – “Panjakent Plov”.
Today we will drive to Khujand via pass Shahriston (3 378 m). On the way to Khujand you will visit Istravshan an ancient center of trade and craft as well as one of the ancient cities in Central Asia. It is really a museum city with its history dating back to II-VI cc BC. In Persian literature the city was known as Kurukuda, In Sogdian ancient notes as Kurushkuda while modern scholars identify it with Cyruspol or Cyrus Eskhata founded in VI century BC by Cyrus the Great. We will visit Mugtepa, the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and local bazaar. There is possibility to visit “Buzkashi” Game in Istarawshan as well. You will find yourselves in the atmosphere of colorful oriental bazaars, visit majestic fortresses, and enjoy special architecture of mosques and mausoleums. After sightseeing you will drive to Khujand city. Dinner is in restaurant.
Today you have city tour in Khujand city. Khujand is the second largest city of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. You will visit the Cultural Palace of Arbob. At this place the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. Also we will go to see Central Mosque and Panjshanbe bazar that is situated in the middle of the city. We will visit the museum and city park of Khujand. Lunch is in the traditional restaurant. In the afternoon we will drive to see the Qairoqum water reservoir called the “Tajik Sea”.
In the morning is drive to Dushanbe via Shahriston and Anzob pass and tunnel of Isticlol. The road will go over a mountain passes and you will have many photo stops. Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means "Monday" in the Tajik language, and the name reflects the fact that the city grew on the site of a village that originally was a popular Monday market place. As of 2012, Dushanbe has a population of 1 000 000 people.
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
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