Duration: 3 days / 2 nights | Destination: Uzbekistan
Nomadic Turkic peoples came here before the heyday of the Silk Road. Later, this region was settled and populated by ethnic Tadjiks, who make up the bulk of the population till this day. These are their highland villages of houses which were built of rock, sometimes resembling a fortress, very interesting for tourists coming here. All of these are their way of life and lifestyles that are saved from the ancient times - undoubtedly can be called the wealth of this region.
For the tourists reception guesthouses were created in the villages of Hayat, Uhum, Asraf and Madzherum of Farish district in Jizzakh region and in the countryside of Sentyab. Houses were built in traditional style and equipped with the necessary conditions for living. For the most complete immersion in the environment, visitors are invited to try themselves in the folk crafts like: spinning, manufacturing of felt carpets, musical instruments and distinctive folk crafts. Please, join to our ‘week end tour’ which is introduce the duty of one of these villages.
After breakfast, transfer to Ulugbek’s homestay in Uhum village (4 - 4,5 hours).
Arrive in Uhum village by lunch time and settle in Uhlugbek’s homestay. The homestay has 6 traditionally decorated rooms; the ablution block is located in the yard.
The homestay is located in the upper part of the village and is good start point for exploring the area.
Lunch with host family.
After lunch, one of family members will take you for short excursion where you may get familiar with daily livelihood activities of the rural people and explore some local sights such as ruins of an ancient fortress and community water mill.
In the evening you may watch or participate in the preparation of traditional meal ‘Plov’.
Overnight in Ulugbek’ s homestay.
On this day, you will be hiking around Uhum village first to the petroglyph site on the buffer zone of the Nuratau Nature Reserve and on the second half of the day to the breeding enclosure located in Hayat village.
After breakfast, start guided hiking from the homestay in Uhumsay valley up to the petroglyph site (4,3 km / 2 hours one way). Hiking in the Uhumsay valley you will see many summer huts of the local population and busy locals doing their daily livelihood activities such as butter making, bread backing in tandir oven, fruit harvesting, and firewood collection. Shortly before reaching the petroglyph site, we will stop to visit the mausoleum of Hazrati Boboy Eshon.
Reach the petroglyph site and after taking some photos return to the homestay taking the same way.
Arrive in the homestay and have lunch.
After lunch, you will be doing second guided hike to the neighbouring Hayat village to see the wild endangered Severtzo’s sheep in a breeding enclosure (3 km / 1,2 hours one way).
Start hiking from the homestay towards the west on the path that that reaches Karaul mount where you will have picturesque views of lake Aydarkul and Kyzilkum steppe. After taking some time for rest, continue to Hayat village. Reach the breeding enclosure and spend some time around to explore the area and take some pictures of this unique sheep. Nuratau Mountains inhabit almost 95% of world’s population of Severtsov’s wild sheep and this was the reason why large part of the area was declared as Nature Reserve.
Return to Uhum village, Ulugbek’s homestay.
Overnight in Ulugbek’s homestay.
After breakfast, leave Uhum for Bukhara or Samarkand.