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In the Mirankul Mountains, forty kilometres from Samarkand, there is a legendary cave revered by members of different religious faiths. The cave is actually a narrow, 30-metre corridor. The flow of pilgrims, striving to touch the handprints left by Hazrat Daud (David) on the walls of the cave, never dries up.
Uzbekistan has always been a centre of spirituality. Real, historical personalities as well as heroes of sacred writings, legends and myths marched through its territory leaving their traces. Uzbekistan was a meeting point of many religions: Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
King David (Daud) is deeply respected by Moslem mystics. The entire world knows the story of David, the hero who slew Goliath. He became a warrior king and the ruler of the United Kingdom of Israel (circa 1043 BC - 937 BC). He has gone down in history as the direct patrilineal ancestor of the Messiah, the author of Psalms and the father of King Solomon.
A unique cave of Hazrat Daud is located only 40 km away from Samarkand at the foot of the mountain, on the rocky cliff. This is a sacred place and many pilgrims come here. Besides, the road to the cave is quite picturesque and a good excuse for a pleasant walk. If you plan to visit Samarkand either by yourself or part of the group, do ask your travel agency to arrange you this one-day tour to the Hazrat Daud Cave, and that will be an excellent complement to your tour to Uzbekistan.
At 09.00 your guide will meet you at your hotel in Samarkand. Then you will depart from Samarkand to the Aksay village (40km, 1 hr). Once a the foot of the mountain (980m high) you will need to decide how to climb at the top: either to take a stair of 1303 steps or get to the top by horse. Walking up the stairs takes much time, and this is quite an enduring experience. But many piligrims choose to take stairs as this is a symbolic reminder of the way each person has to travel to achieve spiritual perfection, self-knowledge and enlightment. The path to spiritual perfection is thorny, but necessary, if you wish to perceive the essence of life, the beauty of the world.
Alternatively, you can get to the top on horses or donkeys. Riding a horse for half an hour, you will be at the mosque and viewing platform (on the height of 1280m) where you will have an excellent panoramic view of the Samarkand valley. There, at the top, you can pray at the ancient mosque. Then you need to go down 200 steps to the cave of Hazrat Daud. The cave, from 0.5 to 4-m wide, up to 15-m high and up to 60-m long, is a dark tunnel where you can see Daud’s handprints and footprints at its end. To make a wish you should touch them.
After short rest go down the stairs to the Aksay village. Return to Samarkand.
Duration of the tour: 4-5 hours
Price per person
For groups greater than 3 people – price upon request