Pilgrimage and Religious Tours


Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism in CIS Countries

PILGRIMAGE TOURS - A never-to-miss mission

Physical proximity of some of the Central Asian countries, now part of the CIS, to the Arabian Peninsula, meant that Islam spread beyond the Middle East taking the central Asian route. India was one such nation as most of the rulers, Islamic Saints and Sufis in the pre-British medieval era came from these countries and left their indelible impact on the Indian culture and society. CIS countries like Uzbekistan, especially places like Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara are popular and well-known in India and the subcontinent.

While performing Haj in Saudi Arabia is still the top priority of Muslims around the world, a visit to Uzbekistan is akin to performing a mini-Haj, a never to be missed opportunity. Mir Syed Ali Hamdani burial in Tajikistan adds value to visit.

Ziyarat Tours for Uzbekistan

Ziyarat is a form of excursion to places related to Prophet Mohammad and his descendants, family members, revered figures of Islamic Saints and Scholars. Uzbekistan is famous for its eminent medieval Sufi manors. Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara are the three main cities popular for Ziyarat Tours.

On average, tours to all the three cities take minimum eight days. One can kick off the journey from Tashkent then to Samarkand, a city having profound spiritual energy, experiencing the serenity of the quitter spots can happen at the same time, later proceed to Bukhara by train or road. Otherwise it can be Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkand if by air one way. There is also bullet train from Samarkand to Tashkent and Bukhara thereafter, can be compared to Japan bullet train.

An opportunity to experience and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Khiva can occur if a tour planned from Tashkent. Later Bukhara, the holiest city of Uzbekistan, is notable for the synagogue in Kukhma Mahalla and some other mausoleums. The enchanting roads of Bukhara and Khiva take one to another world.

Memorials of Tashkent

Khast Imam Complex is the most significant shrine of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. It is situated near to the grave of Abu Bakr Muhammad, the first Imam of Tashkent. One of the oldest Quran of the world is also located here. This complex has the structures with its own history and also allied with other events and people like The Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Madrasa of Barak Khan, Museum of the Qurans and so on. Zangi-ata Mausoleum is another Muslim shrine situated near Tashkent, well-known vicar of Islam in Central Asia and significant place for pilgrimage.

Memorials of Samarkand

Three important shrines of the city of Samarkand are famous pilgrimage spots. Visiting all the three spots in a single day is almost equivalent to performing a small Haj. Abu Abdullah Muhammad Memorial Complex was built in the year of 1997-98 in the honor of 1225th birthday of Abu Abdullah Muhammad, the famous Islamic theologian. Memorial of Ruhabad was built to bury the remains of Sheikh Burkhaneddin Sagardji, the greatest religious figure, intensely respected by Amir Timur. Shakhi-Zinda is a shrine that represents the nobility of Samarkand and also storing the remains of the royal family of Amir Temur. Katta Langar is also located near the city of Samarkand. History of this place is also related to the life of Sufi Muhammad Sadyk and its brotherhood ‘Ishika.’

Memorials of Bukhara

Bukhara is another famous city of Uzbekistan, well known for the center of Muslim religion. Many famous religious personalities of different countries have studied there.

Being one of the earliest Christian civilizations and the first Christian state in the world, Armenia is an irresistible holiday destination. Spread across the entire Armenian country, there is a remarkable lineup of innumerable monasteries.

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