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BEST SILK ROAD TOURS IN SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN, UZBEKISTAN AND CENTRAL ASIA

The most interesting routes and places of the Silk Road that are amazing!

 

Distance

Travel time

160km

6hour

Tour to the Turkestan: Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui

 

Distance

Travel time

170km

3hour

Tour to the Arystan Bab Masoleum

 

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Время в ПУТИ

Tour to the Samarkand-Buhara-Tashkent: Mausoleum Amir Timur, Complex Shahi Zinda, Ulugbek madrasah & more

 

Distance

Travel time

210km

3,5hour

Tour to the Sauran ancient city

 

Distance

Travel time

200km

2,5hour

Tour to the Arpaozen Petroglyphs: 4000 Years of History in Stone. Tour to the Sauran city

 

Distance

Travel time

170km

2,5hour

Tour to the popular Otyrar ancient city form Shymkent

 

Distance

Travel time

240km

3hour

Shymkent – mausoleum of Shashty Tukty Aziz Bab-Baba-Ata, Mausoleum of Iskhak-Bab

 

Distance

Travel time

110km

1,5hour

Tour to the Ak-Mosque: Most Largest cavern in Central Asia! From Shymkent to Shayan: Mausoleum of Domalak-Ana

 

Distance

Travel time

67km

1,2hour

Mountains and wonderful places of Karatau

 

Distance

Travel time

70km

1hour

Shymkent – Karaungur-cave Lake Balykshi

 

Distance

Travel time

60km

1hour

Shymkent – canyon of Ak-Su river

 

Distance

Travel time

70km

1hour

Shymkent Gorge of the Boroldai River and Petroglyphs

 

Distance

Travel time

50km

1hour

Shymkent-Sufi complex Ishan-Bazar on the bank of the Arys river

 

Distance

Travel time

230km

3,5hour

Shymkent ruins of Akyrtas castle

 

Distance

Travel time

200km

3hour

Shymkent – medieval fortresses of the gorge of the river. Kyzyl-Ata in Karatau

 

Distance

Travel time

30km

1hour

Climbing Kazgurt

 

Distance

Travel time

65km

3hours

A trip to Arys, to the ancient oasis of the Kangyui state

 

Distance

Travel time

210km

3hour

New tours to Karnak and Kyzylkol lake

 

Distance

Travel time

130km

2,5hours

Shymkent — canyon of the Koshkar-ata river

About Personal guide

ISLAM KALANOV

I, Islam Kalanov, a historian by training, work as a guide-translator in South Kazakhstan. I have many years of experience working with tourists from near and far abroad. I conduct excursions in English and Russian. I have my own vehicle for transfers and trips to sightseeing sites. I love my land, I travel a lot around the region myself, discovering for myself and nature lovers new amazing landscapes. The South Kazakhstan region has a diverse landscape and beautiful monuments of history and archeology …

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Tour from Shymkent to the Turkestan: Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasaui

Distance — 160 km
Travel time — 6 hours

1. Meeting of the group in Shymkent. Departure to Shaulder (the center of Otrar district) to visit the archaeological reserve of the Otrar settlement. Examining the ruins of a medieval bathhouse of the 14th century, the southern gate, the city citadel with the remains of a festive mosque of the 14th century, a quarter mosque, palace rooms, a well and a city square.

Further, the continuation of the review of the Otrar oasis with the mausoleum of ArystanBaba spiritual teacher Yassavi. Inspection of the mausoleum with the tomb of Arystanbab, a memorial mosque, the premises where the clergy housed carved wooden columns of the 14th century, a miraculous well with bitter-salt water symbolizing the tears of pilgrims.

A trip to Turkestan to visit the memorial complex of St. Hazrat Sultan of Khoja Ahmad Yassawi with cells, a mosque, a tomb, a kitchen, palace rooms, a well and a gathering place for believers, a restored fragment of the medieval city wall, the mazar of the great-granddaughter of Tamerlan Rabiya, Sultan Begim, the mausoleum of the Kazakh khan (a place of voluntary solitude), a Friday mosque of the 19th century, an underground mosque of Hilvat with an underground cell, an eastern bathhouse of Hammam and the most ancient fortification construction of Kazakhstan Kultobe. Return to Shymkent.

2. A trip to the suburbs of Shymkent to inspect the mausoleums of Ibrahim-ata and Karashash-an (parents of Hazrat Sultan), the mazar of the Arab flag bearer Abd al-Aziz Bab, the mazar of the medieval ruler Mir Alibab, the ruins of the mosque with the minaret of the prophet Khizr. Return to the city.

A visit to the observation deck of Baidibek to explore the city from above. Visit to the local history museum. Walk around the city arboretum and the oldest central park of the city.

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Tour to the Arystan Bab Masoleum from Shymkent

Distance — 170 km
Travel time — 2.5 hours

The mausoleum of mystic and spiritual mentors Arystanbab is located near Otrar, and is a place of pilgrimage for local residents.

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Tour to the Samarkand-Buhara-Tashkent: Mausoleum Amir Timur, Complex Shahi Zinda, Ulugbek Madrasah and many more. Travel to the Uzbekistan-Tashkent from Kazakhstan-Shymkent.

We leave from Shymkent by train to the railway station of Tashkent, and there we leave from the capital of Uzbekistan to Bukhara.

In Bukhara, we spend two days where we visit the Lyabi Hauz pond with the Sufi monastery and madrasah. Ark Citadel of Emir of Bukhara, Kalyan Mosque and Madrasah. Unique underground water storage called sardoba.

The next day, we visit the Sufi shrine of Bahauddin Naqshbandi with mosques, a madrasah, a chillahona, a mausoleum of a saint. Caravanserai, suburban palace of the ruler.

Then we leave for Samarkand, where we will have a tour with a visit to Registan Square with 3 madrassas, the tombs of Timur Gur-Emir, the mausoleum of Rukhabad, the Bibi Khanum mosque and the ancient market of Siyab, the mosque of the Prophet Khizr and the ancient necropolis of Shah Zind.

The next day we will visit the mausoleum of the Prophet Daniel, the Ulugbek Observatory, the Sufi monastery of Khoja Ahrar and the holy place of Mahdum Azam, where Kazakh ruler Zhalantos Batyr is buried.

Return to Tashkent. And to Shymkent by bus, cross the border and go home.

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Tour to the Sauran ancient city

Distance — 230 km
Travel time — 3 hours

Shymkent-Sauran (210 km). Departure from Shymkent and visit the medieval city of Sauran, located in the north of South Kazakhstan. The only ancient city of Kazakhstan that has preserved excellent topography, ramparts, gates, watch towers, the ruins of the first educational institution with swinging minarets, a mosque, a mint, a treasury building, a medieval street, kyariza (underground water supply channels), and estates.

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Tour to the Tamgaly Petroglyphs: 4000 Years of History in Stone. Tour to the Sauran city

Distance — 200 km
Travel time — 2.5 hours

A trip and walk around the ruins of the unique medieval city of Sauran, which has preserved its ancient layout and topography. Exploring old walls, towers, loopholes, ruins of a madrassah and a mint. Inspection of the entrance to the underground gallery of water supply in the city of kyariz. Boardwalk along the oldest pavement of Kazakhstan’s Wall Street. Next, a sortie along the picturesque gorge of the Karatau Mountains and a review of the ancient gallery of petroglyphs 5000 years old at the foot of the amazingly beautiful peaks of the Kamennaya Bride Mountain.

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Shymkent-Otrar

Distance — 170 km
Travel time — 2 hours

Otrar is located 170 km from Shymkent.
It was the largest city of the Silk Road, destroyed by the Mongols in 1220.
Now an archaeological reserve with an excavated hammam, a citadel and restored South Gate.

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Shymkent - the mausoleum of Shashty Tukty Aziz Bab-Baba-Ata Mausoleum of Ishaq-Bab

Distance — 240 km
Travel time — 3 hours

Road trip to Shashta Tukta shrine Aziz Bab (patron saint of batyrs and healers) A trip to the village of Baba-Ata to inspect a medieval school of an unusual layout of the 19th century, a visit to the mausoleum of Iskhab-bab (the ancestor of Khoja Ahmad Yassavi), the ruins of a medieval mazar of the 17th century and a feudal castle of the 8th century.

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Shymkent-Shayan-cave Ak-Mosque-mausoleum of Domalak-ana

Distance — 110 km
Travel time — 1.5 hours

A visit to the village of Shayan to visit the madrasah-Muslim college (XIXc.), The domed mosque (XIXc.), The educational center (XIXc.), Cemetery (XIXc.) Next, a trip to the foothills of Karatau to see the place of power, the largest cave of the Holy White Mosque in Kazakhstan with an underground garden. Inspection of the entrance to the snake dungeon Aydahar-ata in a dry gorge. Short rest on the banks of the Ulken-Bugun River. Departure to the Mazar of the Holy Mother Domalak-ana. Bathing in the holy spring.

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Mountains and wonderful places of Karatau

Distance — 67 km
Travel time — 1.2 hours

1. Departure from Shymkent on crossovers to the gorge of the Borday river of the Karatau mountain range. Distance 67 km. Travel time is 1-20 minutes. First stop in the village of Terekty. Inspection of the medieval settlement and the sacred spring with stone blocks installed in antiquity for the gravity flow of a mountain stream flowing from the mountains to the center of an ancient settlement. Then we drive towards the mountains on a dirt road to view the ancient petroglyphs located along the stone ridge directed towards the giant table mountain Tura, which in ancient times served as a place of worship and sacrifice. Then our path follows the pass, where an amazing panorama of the river valley opens with the confluence of the two rivers Boroldai and Koshkarata. We go down the mountain road to the valley of the Borday River, where the Pontic hawthorn grows with delicious yellow fruits of the boyar. We examine the Boroldai River and move to the barrier of the branch of the Turkestan-Syrdarya National Park, where the caves of ancient hunters are located at an altitude of 120 meters from the river and 15 meters from the Tattybulak stream, which are objects of our interest. From the caves we walk for 45 minutes along a mountain trail along the dried riverbed of a stream to a rocky canyon with a picturesque waterfall. The stone bottom of the most beautiful canyon is hidden by the crystal clear waters of the rivulet, which we have to swim through. After a great walk we have a picnic at the mouth of the canyon. We return to the parking lot and organize a camp on the banks of the Borday River. We spend the night in the gorge and the next day we return to the city.

2. Shymkent-internal Karatau. Distance 120 km. Departure by bus from the city early in the morning, on the way we inspect the 19th century Sufi monastery Ishan Bazar, located on the left bank of Arys. Then we move along the highway to visit the largest and most picturesque cave of Kazakhstan, the Holy White Mosque with an underground garden. We examine the grotto, exit and continue to move towards the pass, from where a wonderful panorama of the Inland Mountain World of Karatau opens. We get down to the river valley, stop in the village of Shukyrshak and go to inspect the rocky canyon of the Koshkarata river and the natural pool with magnificent waterfalls. We drive to the left bank of the river, make a stop and examine the pantheon of Kazakh batyrs and the ruins of a 12th-century Sufi monastery. Nearby, we observe a mountain road built by Austrian prisoners of war in 1915. We approach the house of the huntsman of a branch of the national natural park, we arrange overnight in a guest house. The next morning we take a walk along the river along the gorge to the origins of Malaya Buguni, 7 km long. We have lunch at the guest house. We return to the city.

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Shymkent – Karaungur-cave Lake Balykshi

Distance — 70 km
Travel time — 1 hour

A visit to the Neolithic cave Karaungur of the ancient community of gatherers and hunters, populated 12,000 years ago, and an overview of the waterfall at the foot of the grotto. A trip and a picnic on the shore of the spring lake Balykshi.

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Shymkent – canyon of Ak-Su river

Distance — 60 km
Travel time — 1 hour

A visit to the deepest canyon of the Ak-Su River in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. Inspection of the cave Devil’s Throat and the site of the narrowest slot of the canyon 75 cm long. Survey and meditation on the canyon.

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Shymkent Gorge of the Boroldai River

Distance — 70 km
Travel time — 1.5 hours

Departure to nature in the gorge of the river Borday in Karatau. Inspection of stone drawings, petroglyphs at Mount Tura. Trekking to the rocky canyon of Uzun-Bulak to inspect the grotto of ancient hunters, a walk along a stone gorge filled with clear water of a mountain stream. Halt and swimming in a deep backwater under the streams of a mountain waterfall.

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Shymkent-Sufi complex Ishan-Bazar on the bank of the Arys river

Distance — 50 km
Travel time — 1 hour

Visit to the Sufi monastery (mosque madrassah) Ishan Bazar of the 19th century. Rest on a picturesque meadow on the right bank of the Arys river.

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Shymkent ruins of Akyrtas castle

Distance — 230 km
Travel time — 3.5 hours

A visit to the only megalithic structure in Kazakhstan of the 8th century, the magnificent ruins of the giant Akyrtas castle.

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Shymkent - medieval fortress gorges of the river. Kyzyl-Ata in Karatau

Distance — 200 km
Travel time — 3 hours

A visit to the unique medieval stone fortresses and the ancient cemetery of Kirkiz of the 15-17th centuries on the tops of the mountains. Inspection of petroglyphs under the walls of the fortress.

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Climbing Kazgurt!

Distance — 30 km
Travel time — 1 hour

One-day excursion from Shymkent to the foot of the sacred mountain Kazygurt, where, according to the legends of the south, Noah’s Ark stopped. The 25 km long ridge is located 30 km from the city, and the road to the place takes one hour.

From Shymkent we go south towards the Kazygurt pass, and through the village of Rabat, where there used to be a caravan sarai, through the village of Atbulak (Horse source), we drive up to the foot of the peak with a height of 1768 meters. We visit the holy spring Akbura, where, according to legend, the holy elder was buried, then we plunge into the waters of the spring, and start along the pilgrimage path to the very heights of the mountain. Climbing to the top takes about 2 hours. At the very top we examine a clearing, identical in size to the Ark, we come to the peak where there is a memorial triangle with a rotating metal ball, we photograph picturesque surroundings, including the city hidden behind the morning haze. Then we go down to the cave where the prophet Nuh stayed.
At the request of tourists, you can make the transition to the eastern peak of Kazygurt along the mountain ridge 20 km long, examining the Saka burial mounds and a giant stone Nestorian cross 100 meters in diameter along the path. The crossing takes 6 hours.
Descent and picnic in the hawthorn grove. Return to the hotel.

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A trip to Arys, to the ancient oasis of the Kangyuy state!

Distance — 65 km
Travel time — 3 hours

We leave from Shymkent to the confluence of the Badam and Arys rivers, located 65 km from the city. As the transport moves along the ancient caravan trail, we leave to the valley of the Badam (Mindalevaya) river, where in the town of Borizhary we stop in order to see a giant burial ground of ancient burials stretching for 15 km along the river. In the center of this burial complex you can contemplate the cult center of the ancient inhabitants of Arsubaniket, researched for a long time.
Then we continue to move in order to survey the huge settlement of Karasaman, the former capital of the ancient state of Kangyui, which existed more than 2000 years ago. We make a stop to climb another citadel and see the surrounding area, pick up medieval ceramics from the ground. Further, our path follows to the real floodplain forest of tamarisk, where the settlement of Kultobe rises, the location of the ancient writing of the Aramaic alphabet on the clay bricks of the CIS and Central Asia.
We drive into the forest, to the location of the archaeological camp, get acquainted with the ancient finds, and then climb a high cliff where the catacomb burials of the Sarmatians and the royal mound of the Saks are located.
We go down to the floodplain forest, organize a picnic on the bank of the Arys river and rafting down the river on cylinders. We swim along the river for more than 1 kilometer among a real river forest, watch birds. After resting and swimming in the river, we return to the city.

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NEW TOURS TO KARNAK AND LAKE KYZYLKOL

Distance — 210 km
Travel time — 3 hours

1.Tour Shymkent — Karnak. 210 km. Travel time is 3 hours. Visit to the medieval mosque Shammet Ishana. Inspection of the chapel, educational center, library, dungeon for 40 days of privacy. Further inspection of the madrasah of the 18th century. Visit to an ancient cemetery to view the oldest tree in the Yuko Region, a 1000 year old mulberry tree. Review of the medieval settlement of Karnak village and the place of manufacture of the Turkestan cauldron in 1399. Visit to the Baizhan Khodja mosque built in the early 20th century. Drive through the streets of the medieval mahalla. Picnic on the bank of the Ermeksu river in the foothills of Karatau.
The cost of the trip for one person will cost 7000 tons in a comfortable Mitsubishi Pajero Sport jeep + excursion. Total 28,000 tons The trip includes water with a snack and tickets to the complex. In the presence of foreign guests, translation into English is additionally paid in the amount of 12,000 tons.
2.Tour Shymkent-Suzak. 250 km. 4 hours.
Visit to the settlement of Suzak village of the first capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Inspection of the spring that gave rise to the medieval city and the river. Overview of ancient mazars Mamed Khalfa 19th century and Kulak-ata of the 16th century with unique cone-shaped domes. Visit to the pantheon of the Kazakh clan Tama and the mazar Karabur, a follower of Khoja Ahmad Yassavi. Visit to the mausoleum of Azhe Ata and the mosque of the 19th century. Shaikh Akhmat Ishan. Additionally, we will examine several medieval mazars. Drive along the streets of Suzak. Picnic on the bank of a spring river.
The cost of a trip for 4-5 people is 30,000 t. + Translation into English 12,000 t.
3.Mashrut Shymkent-village Aksumbe in Suzak region. 320 km. 5 hours.
Visit to the amazing 13th century Aksumbe watchtower built during the time of the Khorezmshahs. Rest on the shore of the reservoir.
The cost of the trip is 40,000 tons for 4-5 people.
4. Route Shymkent — natural basin of the Koshkarat river with two waterfalls in the Karatau mountains. 120 km. Travel time 3 hours. Walk along the mountain gorge to a picturesque place. Swimming. Picnic.
The cost of the trip is 5000 tons per person. Total 25,000 tons for a car with a guided tour for 4 people.
5.Tour Shymkent — Baba-Ata village in Suzak region and Kyzyl-Kol lake. 170 km. 3 hours. Visit to the medieval maktab, the Iskhak Baba mausoleum, the ruins of the 8th century feudal castle and the 17th century mazar.
Drive to Kyzylkol lake. Inspection of the lake and the site of the Paleolithic camp and the canyon of the Ushbas river.
The cost of the trip is 40,000 t. Car, excursion, rest.
All prices can be negotiated depending on the circumstances. The excursion by the customer’s car is 18,000 t. The tour in English will be 30,000 t.

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Shymkent - canyon of the Koshkar-ata river

Distance — 130 km
Travel time — 2.5 hours

1. Shymkent-Koshkarat river gorge. Distance 130 km. The journey takes 2.5 hours. Tour cost 30,000t.
Passing the rocky section of the rocky canyon of the Koshkarta River, filled with water by a group of enthusiasts, 3000 meters long, where the depth of the river bed reaches one or more meters. Exit to the clearing and continue the movement of the group along the river to the river basin with two magnificent waterfalls. Swimming in the river lagoon to the sound of waterfalls. Picnic and relaxation on the river bank. Night in the mountains.
Visit a protected area with dried silt prints of the Jurassic fauna, of which there are seven places in the world. Return home.

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Welcome to South Kazahstan!

Private guide Islam Kalani

Welcome to South Kazakhstsan!

Our republic situated at the heart of Eurasia ,appeared on the geopolitical map in 1991.The name Kazakh of Turkic origin is thought to mean “free man’’ which appropriate in a land historically populated by freedom-loving nomads.

It is only South  region of Kazakhstan that was within the sphere of the Silk Road and settled civilization of Transoxiana in medieval times. Chief among its varied attractions are pristine mountain country of Western Tyan Shyan and the splendid Islamic architecture of Yassavi mausoleum at the city Turkestan which is now regional center, Kazakhstan’s most sacred Muslim shrine and fine piece of Timurid architecture. Historic Silk Road made Kazakhstan an important cultural,trade and economic bridge between Asia and Europe. South Kazakstan is home to many different nationalities and faiths. Currently around 120 ethnicities populate Kazakhstan. State language of Kazakhstan is Kazakh. Kazakh is considered the language of ancestors and Russian is widely spoken while English used to communicate with foreign visitors.

It is necessary to search the entire world for fascinating tradition ,beautiful, pristine nature or delicate mixture of old and modern: simply visit  South Kazakhstan.In  Kazakhstan guests are made welcome as they experience the very heart of Eurasia.

We would like to offer your some tours devote to our nature and history including pilgrim tours around Southern part of the country.

If you have questions please contact me:islam.kalani@mail.ru ,+77074390099 WA ,mr.Islam Sayeed Kalani.

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