UZBEKISTAN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
11th to 22nd October 2020
Join one of Central Asia's top photographic guides, Anton Agarkov, as he takes you on this 12 day comprehensive exploration of this culturally-rich and diverse country of Uzbekistan.
Day 1. Group arrives to Nukus. From airport we go hotel and check-in. After lunch at local restaurant we take our photography gear and travel to our first shooting gestinations - ruins of ancient city - Dzhmpyk-quala. Road will take about two hours. Walls of this once rich city stand lost in the middle of rocky desert. Here we stay till sunset and, if the weather is fine, we even shoot at night! We’ll have dinner right here over the walls of old fortress. Our drivers will make us some grilled meat and vegetables. Than we return to hotel for night.
Day 2. In the morning we check-out of our hotel and depart to sights of one of the biggest ecological disasters of century - Aral sea. Along the way we’ll stop for several ancient fortresses and amazing landscape sights to take some pictures and have picnic-style lunch. By the end of the day we reach yurt camp on the shore of Aral sea. Dinner in yurt camp. This night we’ll be sleeping in yurts like real nomads!
Day 3. Departure from yurt camp for city of Muinak. This city was once standing on the shore of Aral sea but now water has gone and there are no means for local people to leave. As a dreadful memory of it’s past there are rusty ships standing in the desert that once was seabed.
We’ll have lunch in one of guesthouses of Muinak and continue our journey back to Nukus to settle in hotel to have some after this long journey. Dinner in Nukus. Night in hotel.
Day 4. After breakfast we’re packing our things and leave Nukus. Our goal is another Fortress - Ayaz-quala. Along the way we’ll stop by another ancient building - sacrificial tower of Chylpyk that was used by ancienc tult of Zaraostrians or fire-worshippers for ceremony of aerial burials.
By lunch we’ll reach Ayaz-quala and yurt camp at it’s base. Here we’ll live in yurts for one night to have opportunity to shoot fortress during and sunset and sunrise of the next day. Dinner and night in yurt camp.
Day 5. After sunrise shooting we depart from our camp for city of Khiva - one of the gems of Uzbekistan. Much underrated gem I would add. I love Khiva for it’s amazing architecture and life of simple people inside the city center. By lunch we arrive to Khiva, check-in, have lunch and start to explore the city. For the sunset we’ll climb the city walls to have great view over the city and it’s old medreses and minars.
Day 6. For the sunrise we’ll try to climb yet another minar to have nice view over the gates of Ichan-quala - fortress in the heart of Khiva. This day we’ll spend exploring the city, it’s architecture and little workshops of local craftsman. For the sunset we’ll climb one of the minars outside Ichan-quala to have great view over the city lit by the sunset.
Day 7. After sunrise shooting and early breakfast we’ll start from Khiva to Bukhara. This journey by cars will take us 6 or 7 hours with one hour stop for lunch at local fish restaurant. When we arrive to Bukhara we go straight to our hotel in historical center of the city and spen rest of day at the city center. Our sunset location is in one of the medrese in town. After sunset we go to local restaurant for dinner. Night in hotel.
Day 8. After sunrise shooting and breakfast we board the cars (without checking out from hotel). Today we’ll travel around local villages to explore how local people live. We’ll see Than we’ll go to the village of Guzhduvan to see how local people make pottery. And closer to lunch we’ll come to local family who will fire up their tandyrs to make local meat stuffed pastry and famous Uzbek plov! This journey will take most of the day and only by the sunset we’ll arrive back to our hotel. Right moment to capture sunset over the city center and night illumination. Dinner al local restaurant and night at hotel.
Day 9. This is our final day at Bukhara. We’ll have some time to explore, meet local craftsmen including blacksmith and shop for souvenirs. After lunch we’ll check out from our hotel, drive to the train station and board high speed Afrosiab train. In two hours and a hald we’ll be in Samarkand. From the train station we’ll go to our hotel in the center of old city and after checking-in we’ll walk around the city center.
After sunset we’ll go to local restaurant to have dinner and than to hotel for night stay.
Day 10. This day we’ll spend in Samarkand, exploring it’s marvels! We’ll start our morning on main square if the city - Registan, and will roam it’s medreses and mosques. This place is the best to be in the morning as there are not many people yet and heat isn’t strong.
After visiting Registan we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast and then go to amazing place - local market - one of the largest markets in Uzbekistan - Siab bazar. The rest of the day we’ll spend travelling around sights of Samarkand and exploring. For sunset we’ll go to another huge landmark of Uzbekistan - tomb of great emperor and conqueror Amir-Timur. There we’ll stay until the sunset and lighting of night illumination. After dinner in local restaurant we’ll return to our hotel.
Day 11. This day we’ll spend outside of Samarkand. In the morning we’ll go closer to the mountains and visit local village of Uzgen to see another bazar, but much smaller. You’ll see how different it is from big and buzzing Siab-bazar. After that we’ll go to the border of the village to place called Chor-Chinor to visit natural reserve with thousand years old trees.
After short stop at small cafe (you’ll see what is absolutely non-touristic asian chai-khana) in Uzgen we’ll head to the mountains to the town of Shakhrisabz to see another wonder of Amir-Timur era - ruins of Ak-Sarai - White Palace.
By the end of the day we’ll return to Samarkand for farewell dinner.
Day 12. Transfer from hotel to airport. Our tour is over.
- All airfares to and from the workshop meeting points
- Visa fees
- Mandatory insurance
- Personal purchases such as souvenirs
- Any other items not listed here.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU:
- Book your own flights to ARRIVE Nukus and DEPART Samarkand
- Have medical and travel insurance - this is mandatory
- Read our Terms and Conditions
- Book your own flights to ARRIVE Nukus and DEPART Samarkand
A private car collects you from the airport to your hotel.
EXPERIENCE / DIFFICULTY
- Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
- Busy schedule.
- Travel by mini bus.
- 8 hotels across 11 nights.
All our workshops require a good sense of balance and a good level of fitness in order to fully enjoy all the experiences. We regularly walk to fantastic locations for up to an hour at any a time but in one day you could be walking up to 3 to 4 hours in total. This may require walking over uneven ground, rocky surfaces, soft sand, deep snow, up and down hills, rock hopping, hiking to lookouts, etc. Some walks are steep and strenuous, others are on uneven surfaces. To get the best photographs you will be carrying your own backpack with your camera gear, tripod, water and lunch. Whilst we do not look to exclude anyone, being fit is essential to participate fully in the workshop.
WEATHER / SUN
- OCTOBER - Temperature 3 to 14c Sunrise 657am | Sunset 514pm
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Full payment required upon booking to guarantee your place.
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Tom Putt is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer based in Melbourne, Australia.
With over 150 International and National Landscape Photography Awards, Tom's passion is driven by his desire to showcase the beauty of the landscape. Regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific landscape photographers, Tom spends many months of the year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open edition prints and book projects.
This Photography Workshop has been designed by one of the Top-Rated photographers in Russia - Anton Agarkov. Ten years of traveling and expeditions into the wildest corners of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan; South-East Asia, Latin America. Anton is a member of Russian Geographic Society, working with Nikon, Tamron, Fujifilm. Winner of national photography competitions Global Arctic Awards, Nikon at the Heart of the Image Award, "Wild Russia" and "Best of Russia".