Trip from Shakhrisabz to Saypantash – worshipping stone
Trip from Shakhrisabz to Saypantash – worshipping stoneCountry: Uzbekistan
Duration: 1 day
Type of tour: individual, by request
Season: March-October (The best period is April-June)
Language: Russian, English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Saypantash is considered by local people as a holy place that is located in Kuruksay villageon the southern slope of the Zeravshan Range at an altitude of 820 meters above the sea level. There are thousands of huge granite boulders of fancy shapes scattered over a huge area.On the ceiling of one of the giant boulders, drawings of ocher from the early Neolithic age are preserved. Scientists believe that the pictures depict perhaps the most ancient calendar in the world. Saypantashis considered holy and attracts pilgrims from all over Uzbekistan. The surroundings of Kuruksay are also incredibly beautiful.
09:00 –Departure from the hotel to the Kuruksay village (80 km, 2,5 hours).Walks in the village. Lunch-picnic. Hiking to Taragay village–birthplace of father of Tamerlane, through pass 1230 meters above the sea level (8 km, +410m, -210m, 2,5 hours). Returning to Shakhrisabz.
18:00 – Arrival in Shakhrisabz.
Price by Person:
Including local guide, transport (1 car for 3 pax), lunch box.
During the excursion you will see:
- exotic Kuruksay and Taragay villages;
- Saipantaş sanctuary;
- man made fields on steep mountain slopes;
- huge and fancy granite boulders;
- traditional rural lifestyle and traditions of local people;
- picturesque landscapes of the Zeravshan mountain range.
By the request of the tourists, it is possible to stay overnight in traditional hose of local and light hiking in the mountains or difficult pass (20 km)through Zeravshan mountain range (pass 1969 m above the sea level) in Samarkand region.