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9 Days silk road tour

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Cities and towns: Urumqi ,Turfan ,Kashgar,Tashkorgan ,Yarkand ,Dunhuang .

Attractions : Xinjiang provincial Museum , Bezeklik Thousand Budda Cave,Karez Irrigation, Jiaohe Rruins, Imen Minaret ,Flaming mountain, Abakh Khoja Tomb,Idkah Mosque,old town area of the kashgar ,kashgar Sunday market, karakul lake,Tashkorgan stone castle Tajik and kyrgiz life ,taklimakan desert ,mogao caves so on .

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1:

 


Xianjiang Provincial Museum

Arrive to Urumqi meet at the airport and we will take you to the hotel ,after a nice fresh up visit Xianjiang Provincial Museum where you can have lots of informations about the region in short time ,after quick dinner take a flight to kashgar ,one of the most important hub of the silk road and cultural center of uighur people and Xinjiang .

Day 2:

Kashgar city tour, explore the sights like Abakh Khoja Tomb which is one of the finest examples of Islamic and uighur architecture , Idgahg mosque the largest mosque in china ,old town of kashgar where you can have a lot of information about the life, culture , custom and living condition house styles of the uighur people ,Sunday market a place for enjoying the uighur hand crafts ,livestock market where you can have a lot fun by watching the deals and test drives of donky and horses ,have dinner with uighr family and learn more about their culture.
Abakh Khoja TombAbakh Khoja Tomb2

Day 3:

Drive along the world famous karakurum highway (KKH)for 120 miles west of kashgar and on the way enjoy the amazing landscape of pamir plateau .Karaku lake is at an elevation of about 9,000 feet, it reflects a deep-blue sky and snow-capped mountains Muztagata (fater of ice mountain ) Kongur peaks .The area was  a stop along the ancient Silk Road, the area offers the visitor a true sense of the remoteness experienced by those early traders. Activities include camel-riding or horseback riding or trek on foot around the lake as well ,late in the afternoon drive to Tashkorgan ,Tashkorgan is the last chinese town between china and pakistan border stay overnight in Tashkorgan .
Karakuri Lake 1Karakuri Lake 2

Day 4:

After breakfast visit the stone castle which has history more then 1700 Years and the grassland at the foot of the mountain to have some understanding the life of Tajik people ,visit the Tashkorgan museum and and one of the tajik family and drive back to kashgar .
Tashkorgan Stone Castle
Tashkorgan Stone Castle                                     Grassland

Day 5:


Taklimakan Desert

Taklimakan desert the second largest sand shifting desert in the world ,drive to Yarkand on the southern part of kashgar, yarkand was one of capital of uighur kingdom and a trading hub of the silk road after short stop keep driving to Karasu village which is on the corner of the Taklimakan desert we may trek on the desert on foot or by camel late you may camp in desert or back to Yarkand ,stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 6:

Visit the the Yarkand old town area and Yarkand kings grave Yard from 17 centry ,drive back to kashgar and fly back to Urumqi.

Day 7:

Drive to Turfan ,a historcal town of the region and an important hub of the silk road . In two and half hours we will be in Turfan check in hotel,then visit the Imen Minaret(distinctive style chimney-shaped high tower stands at the side of  mosque with the history more then 300 years )  and have lunch in uighur house in the grape valley, the cool area of the city full of variety grapes of the region.The afternoon tour is more colourful as well ,visit the Thousand budd caves on the way enjoy the nice view of the flaming mountain and Jiao he ancient city ruin , one of the most well preserved city ruin of it’s type in the world.
Thousand Buddha Caves

Day 8:

Viist the Karez Irrigation of Turfan ciyt and understand how the people of Turan coped with high evaporation and low rainfall and how they surviving in such hot palce,visit Tuyuk velley ,a small village around 70Km from turfan where still the life of the uighur people kept very well and take night train to Dunhuang.
Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

Day 9:

Dunhuang city tour,visit Mogao caves , Cresnt moon lake in the desert and Mingshashan send dunes.

Mogao Caves                                                            Cresnt moon lake

Day 10:

Fly back to deseired destination .