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Kone- Urgench – The Capital Tour Of Ancient Horezm

Country: Turkmenistan
City: Koneurgench
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Archaeological Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ashgabat

Early arrival in Ashgabat. Pick up at the Ashgabat airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in “Ak Altyn” ****hotel.

Ashgabat sightseeing tour: Park and Monument of Independence, Excursion to the National Museum of Turkmenistan. Continue the tour: Arch of Neutrality, Health Path “SaglykYoly”, Cable Car “AsmaYoly”. Return to the hotel. O/N.

Day 2: Ashgabat – Derveze

Visit to “the Altyn Asyr” Oriental Bazaar. Drive to Dervezevia Yerbent village. Trekking in the desert to the Derveze Gas Craters - the ancient gas recovery field. Arrive at Derveze, explore the old gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur - muddy. Leave the road and venture in the desert to see the big fire gas crater. Arrive at site of big fire gas crater. Sightseeing. Setting up the tent camp. Overnight.

Day 3: Derveze – Koneurgench – Dashoguz

Drive to Koneurgench. Visit the monuments of the Ancient Koneurgench State Historical and Architectural Reserve – Mausoleums of Nadjmeddi-ibn-Kubra, Tyurabek-Khanym, SoltanTekesh, and Il-Arslan, Kutlug-Timur Minaret, KyrkMolla Hill. Drive to Dashoguz city. Accommodation in “Uzboy” *** hotel. O/N.

Day 4: Dashoguz – Ashgabat

Dashoguz city sightseeing tour. Visiting of Oriental bazaar of Dashoguz. Flight to Ashgabat. Arrival. Accommodation in the hotel. O/N.

Day 5: Ashgabat – Departure

Transfer to the Ashgabat Airport for International departure. Farewell. End of program.

Explore More About Kone-Urgench:

Konye-Urgench, also known as "Old Urgench" or Urganj, is a city of about 30,000 inhabitants in northern Turkmenistan, just south of its border with Uzbekistan. It is the site of the ancient town of Gurgānj, which contains the ruins of the capital of Khwarazm.

The old town contains a series of monuments mainly from the 11th to 16th centuries, including a mosque, the gates of a caravanserai, fortresses, mausoleums, and a 60-m high minaret. The monuments testify to outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence reached Iran and Afghanistan, and later the architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India.

On the sample of Kunya-Urgench monuments, one can see a variety of methods and décor of Islamic architecture of Central Asia. There are constructions from adobe and burned bricks, plain unicameral dome constructions up-going to ancient chartak, and buildings with complicated compositions, sometimes with а long history of development, repair and reconstruction.

These monuments also demonstrate the evolution of methods of treatment of the inner surface of domes from cellular sails to stalactite those times called “muqarnas” and brought to the highest perfection by local masters.

The best monuments of this city are distinguished by a high degree of decorativeness. They provide prominent examples of classical arabesques in monochrome terra-cotta and the bright colorfulness of enamel.

The monuments testify to outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence reached Iran and Afghanistan, and later the architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India. The Islamic sacred objects concentrated in this city are exceptionally popular places for pilgrims and serve as attractive objects for international tourism.

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