Trade brings change – also as regards religion. Buddhism, Zoroastrism, Islam, Christianity, and not least Soviet socialism left their mark and influence on the religious life of the region. Did you know that one of the most important scholars for Sunni muslims, Al Bukhari, is buried in Samarkand? The region can also boast regionally and globally important Islam pilgrimage sites.Sufism had its heyday here and, despite the importance of Islam, some Zoroastrian traditions still exist today, and even shamans have started to practice again. DOCA-TOURS shows you the sacred buildings, places of pilgrimage and religious traditions of the region – regardless of whether you consider yourself to be «religious-musical». Because in Uzbekistan and in Central Asia: religion is a private matter.
Golden ring of sufism
The religious philosophy Sufism was founded in the Near East. There are 12 Sufi brotherhoods, three of which were founded in Central Asia: Kubraviya in Turkmenistan, Naqshbandiya in Uzbekistan and Yassaviya in Kazakhstan. We organize tours to the burial sites of the representatives of this mythic philosophy. This tour can also be combined with Tajikistan.
Mystic of sufism
The varied tour will introduce you to the mystic world of Sufis in Central Asia. Its philosophy: «In the heart – God , in the hands – work».
In the footsteps of Zaratuschtra
Zoroastrism is a religion that originated before Buddhism and Christianity in the territory of today’s Khorezm and the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. After the Persian invasion, the governors converted to Zoroastrism and declared it later to be the state religion. Today, Zoroastrism has all but disappeared, but there are still communities in Iran and India which still consciously practice it. In Central Asia you can visit the old and forgotten Zoroastrian temples in the desert.