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Tour from Samarkand to Penjakent.

Tours from Uzbekistan to Penjakent.

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The short description of a route of a tour from Samarkand on Marguzor lakes:

Samarkand - town of Penjakent - Marguzor lakes - Samarkand.

Distance of the route: 255 km.
Season: from June 1 to September 30.
The best time for a travel: June, July, August, September.
Tour duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
The maximum quantity in group: 10 people.

The detailed program of a tour from Samarkand to Tajikistan:

Day 1. Samarkand - Penjakent (57 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Samarkand - settlement of Faizabad – “Dzhartepa” check point (39 km). Going through formalities of the customs and border service of Uzbekistan. Transfer to the “Sarazm” check point, going through formalities of the customs and border service of Tajikistan.
Transfer: “Sarazm” check point - ancient settlement Sarazm (6 km). Well remained palace and cult constructions, public and residential buildings are of great historical and cultural value. On the place of excavation metal and stone products, and also the numerous jewelry made of gemstones and the processed sea shells were found. The settlement is located within the Bactrian and Margiana  archaeological complex. An excursion in the neighborhood of the ancient settlement Sarazm.
Further transfer: ancient settlement Sarazm - town of Penjikent (12 km). Arrival in Penjikent, transfer to the guest house, accommodation, lunch. After a lunch a sightseeing tour across Penjikent, visit of the historical museum of Rudaki, visit of the archaeological museum of the town, visit of the ancient settlement Penjikent. Return to the guest house, dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Penjikent - Marguzor lakes- Penjakent 70 + 70 km = (140 km). 
Breakfast. A trip on lakes Marguzor. Lakes Marguzor (in translation from the Tadjik seven beauties). Cascade Marguzor of lakes is in a valley of the river Shing which during old times served as a place of the brisk trade.
The gorge of the river Shing was convenient by the between Central Asia and India. The first lake in cascade Marguzor of lakes - the most beautiful lake Mizhgon (in translation with Tadjik - The Eyelash). Behind lake Mizhgon, the lake the Soya (in translation with Tadjik - The Shadow) and lake Hushyor (in translation with Tadjik - Vigilance) at height of 1700 meters above sea level follows. Further on a streamer of road, the lake Nofin (in with Tadjik - The Umbilical cord) is located.
Behind lake Nofin the settlement Padrud, further lake Hurdak (in translation with Tadjik - Kidling) is located. Water in him cold, blue and transparent. On a way to lake Hurdak there are gardens from apricot and Apple trees. The road to lake Marguzor (in translation with Tadjik - The Abundance of greens) goes through clover a field which is surrounded with thrickets of a dog rose and a barberry.
Further lake – Khazor Chashma (in translation with Tadjik - One thousand sources), this seventh lake of the cascade of known lakes and the most beautiful at height of 2400 meters above sea level, length 4,5 meters and depth of 85 meters, water here very transparent and cold.
Two rivers run into it, from the south the river Hisor - from the east river Darahti Surh (in translation with Tadjik - Mahogany). Picnic in vicinities of lakes Marguzor. Returning in Pendjikent, a dinner and overnight.  
Day 3. Penjakent - town Samarkand (58 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Penjakent – “Sarazm” check point (19 km). Passing of formalities of the customs and border service of Tajikistan. Transfer on the Dzhartepa check point, going through of formalities of the customs and border service of Uzbekistan.
Transfer: “Dzhartepa” check point - Samarkand (27 km). Arrival in Samarkand, end tour.

Town of Panjakent.On a local market in Panjakent.Town of Panjakent.Town of Panjakent.Flowers of a Redbud (Cercis). Samarkand.Ulugbek observatory in Samarkand.Actors of street theater in Samarkand. Beginning of the XXth century.Samarkand from height of bird's flight.People. Samarkand.The willow is dismissed. Panjakent.S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky. Indoors rich sart. January, 1907.A monument to Ulugbek at observatory. Samarkand. A minaret of madrasah of Cher-Dore in Samarkand.S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky. The palace in a country garden of the Emir Shir-Budun. January, 1907.People. Samarkand.

Author program of Alexander Petrov. Copying and introduction -  from the sanction of the author  petrovsra@mail.ru

Alexander Petrov