Twin Silk Road Cities: Turkestan & Otrar

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Discover Silk Road history with a visit to Otrar including the Local History Museum, Arystan-Bab Mausoleum and Otrar archaeological site before exploring the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Hilvet underground mosque and Necropolis in Turkestan.

Today, start your tour at the Otrar Region, Shaulder Settlement, with a visit to the Otyrar Local History Museum, Arystan-Bab Mausoleum and the archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar.

Today’s highlight is the ancient city Turkestan (Yasy), an important commercial centre on the Silk Road, the trade route between Europe and China. You will see a number of historical and architectural complexes, including the UNESCO listed Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Hilvet underground mosque and the Necropolis.

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