The expedition tour is aimed to explore the Buddhist heritage of Uzbekistan, formed in the period from I c. BC. to the VII-VIII centuries., when  large Buddhist communities were active and  constructed churches, monasteries, holy mortars. This religious and cultural tradition emerged  from the south of India, through the activity of monks – preachers, Indo-Greek, Greek-Bactrian rulers, Kushan kings. The tour participants will be able to get acquainted with the archaeological “traces” as well as preserved artifacts from the temples and monasteries, representing the highest artistic level of Buddhist architecture, painting and temple sculpture. Central Asia played an important role in the emergence of the Buddhist teaching of Mahayana  “great chariot”) and further spread of Buddhism to the east along the Great Silk Road. In the IX-XI centuries Buddhist ideas of ​​“median path”, “spiritual perfection,” “meditation” were adopted by Islamic Sufi teachings of Central Asia. The format of communal brotherhood, collective learning and  architectural forms of Buddhist monasteries became a model for the organization of such  Islamic institutions as a  madrassah and a Sufi khanaka. Traditions of  Buddhist cosmography were preserved in the Central Asian art embroidery.

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The expedition tour program
  •                                                                 April 24 (Mon)
  • 10.00-12.00 –  presentation of the expedition tour.  Presentation of participants and the program
  •  – acquaintance with the Buddhist collection of the  Institute for Art Study
  • 13.30-14.30 – excursion to the State Museum of History (Buddhist artifacts)
  • 15.00-16.00 – excursion to the State Museum of Arts (Buddhist artifacts)
  • 16.00-17.00 – visiting  the  Buddhist  temple in Tashkent,  meeting with the rector
  • Overnight – transfer by train to Termez
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  •                                                                 April 25 (Tue)
  • 11.00-13.00 – acquaintance with the exposition of   Termez  Archaeological Museum ,  dialogues with scientists (the  subject- history of Buddhist monasteries and temples in the south of Uzbekistan)
  • 14.00-18.00 – visiting the Buddhist monuments in the vicinity of Termez  (Hakimi Termezi, Kara-Tepa * Fayaz-Tepa, “Tower Zurmala”)
  •  Overnight – hotel *** in Termez
  •  * For visiting Kara-Tepa  a copy of the  passport  of a tourist has to be presented no later   than   03/10/17  
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  •                                                                            April 26 (Wed)
  • 09.00-11.00 – bus transfer “Termez-Dalverzin”
  • 11.00-12: 00 – visiting the settlement of  Dalverzin-Tepa ( the site of Buddhist temples)
  • 13: 00-15: 00 – Bus transfer «Dalverzin-Gagarin”
  • 15: 00-16: 30 – visiting the settlement of Kampyr-Tepa (ancient port city on the Amu Darya)
  • 16: 30-17: 30 – bus transfer “Dalverzin-Gagarin”
  • Overnight – hotel *** in Termez
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  •                                                                        April 27 (Thu)
  • 08.00-10.00 – Bus transfer «Termez-Derbend- Buzgalahona” (140 km)
  • 10.00-12.00 – walking tour through the historic gorge Buzgalahona – the “Iron Gates” (3 km)
  • 12.00-18.00 – bus transfer to Bukhara (300 km), dinner in Pachkamara
  • Overnight – hotel *** in Bukhara
  •                                                                         April 28 (Fri)
  • 08.00-10.00 – walking tour around the old town of Bukhara (from Labi-Hauz to Poi-Kalyan)
  • 10.00-10.45 – visiting the Khodja Zain ad-Din khanaka (the subject – genesis from “Buddhist monastery” to “Sufi  khanaka” and “madrassah”)
  • 11.00-13.00 – walking tour (Kosh-madrassah, Samanid mausoleum, Bolo Hauz)
  • 14.30-18.00 – visiting the Ark Citadel (acquaintance with Buddhist exhibits of the museum) the subject – “Buddhist mandalas” in arts and architecture of the Samanids
  •   – Visiting Faizabad khanaka and  Chor-Minor
  •   Overnight – hotel *** in Bukhara
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  •                                                                     April 29 (Sat)
  • 08.00-12.00 – visiting the palace of Bukhara emirs Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa  ( the subject – common traditions of Buddhist mandalas” and Bukhara embroidery)
  •   – visiting the Baha ad-Din Naqshband memorial and the Abdulaziz Khan khanaka
  • 14.00-14.30 – transfer to the train station in Kagan
  • 15.21-16.55 – express train “Afrasiab” to Samarkand (260 km)
  • 17.30-19.30 – conversations by the bonfire at the foothills of the Zarafshan Range (Agalyk)
  • summing up the results of the expedition tour, exchange  of views
  •  accommodation  – hotel *** in Samarkand
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  •                                                                 April 30 (Sun)
  • 08.00-13.00 – a classic tour around Samarkand (Gur-Emir, Registan, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shahi Zinda)
  •   – acquaintance with the items of Buddhist tradition in  the museums of Samarkand
  • 15.00-16.00 – visiting the Siab Bazaar in Samarkand
  • 17.00-19.10 – express train “Afrasiab” to Tashkent (320 km)

 

                    The tour price is verified individually for each category of tourists

Price includes:

– visa  support  for the tour time in Uzbekistan

– hotel accommodation (2 days – Termez *** , 2 days – Bukhara ***,  1 day – Samarkand ***);

– meeting / seeing off at the airport of Tashkent

– travel by train:

 “Tashkent-Termez” (compartment);

 “Bukhara-Samarkand” (express train  “Afrasiab”,  economy class);

 “Samarkand-Tashkent” (express train “Afrasiab”, economy class);

service of an expert guide and local guides;

– transportation  services according to the program;

– payment for meals (full board);

–  entrance tickets to the sights and museums;

– accident insurance;

–  mineral water (0.5 liter per day).

The price does not include:

–  visa fee payment;

– personal expenses, except  the above-mentioned

–  cost of alcoholic beverages;

– photo and video fees at  the sites.

 

Registration on tour


Phone: +998 (71) 200-17-00,
e-mail: info@marakanda.net,
100105, 1/1, Talimarjan Str, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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