Travel in the Ferghana Valley, Uzbekistan. Tour package consists of a combination of historical and architectural components.
If Samarkand is known as the "Pearl of the East", the Fergana Valley is famous as the "Pearl of Uzbekistan".
It's also known as the "Garden of Uzbekistan". The Fergana Valley lies in the eastern part of Uzbekistan between the Tien Shan (Heavenly Mountains) and the Pamir Alay ranges, and is shared with neighboring nations Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is the most fertile and populous area of Uzbekistan.
Ferghana, the largest town in the valley, with its Russian colonial architecture and streets shaded with palm and poplar trees, makes a good base from which to see the older and more interesting towns of Kokand and Margilan.
Things to see in the ancient town of Margilan include the fascinating bazaar and the beautiful Khonakhah Mosque, exquisitely carved and painted in delicate shades of blue, yellow, pink and green. You can also see natural silk production by traditional methods at the Yodgorlik silk factory.
Kokand was the capital of the notorious Kokand Khanate in the 18th and 19th cc. You can visit the palace of the cruel Khudayar, the last Khan of Kokand, which was completed in 1873 just three years before the Russians took power. Also interesting are the architectural complex Dahman-Shakhon and Juma (Djami) Mosque.
Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Fergana - Kokand - Rishtan - Margilan - Akhsykent - Kuva - Ferghana - Tashkent
Transfer to airport for morning flight to Fergana (or transfer by car via Kamchik Pass (375 km, 5 hrs). Arrival in Fergana. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Transfer to Kokand (100 km, 1 hrs). Lunch. Kokand city tour: Palace of Khudoyar-Khan - architectural complex (1870), Gishtlik Mosque (1913), Djami Mosque and minaret (1809-1812), Mulkabad Mosque (1913), Miyen-Hazrat Madrasseh (end of the 18th c.), architectural complex Dahman-Shakhon: Madirakhan Necropolises and cemetery (beg. of the 19th c.). Transfer to Rishtan town (50 km). Visit the Rishtan pottery workshops of Rustam Usmanov and the Japanese School. Transfer to Ferghana (50 km). Dinner. Overnight in Ferghana.
Breakfast. Transfer to Margilan town (15 km) - visits to the silk production workshop of Turgunbay Mirzakhmedov and the Yodgorlik silk factory. Transfer to the ancient settlement Akhsykent (2nd-1st c. BC, 20 km to West of Namangan, on the banks of the Syr-Darya River) (85 km). Fish lunch in the Baliklar teahouse, near the ruins of an old settlement. Transfer to the ancient Settlement Kuva (Kuva town) (120 km). Return to Fergana (35 km). Dinner. Overnight in Ferghana
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Tashkent or transfer by car via Kamchik Pass.