The Legend of Shing
“Once upon a time, in Shing used to live a proud farmer who had seven daughters, each one more beautiful than the other. Rumors of their beauty went beyond their homelands. Hearing this, a man decided to go to Shing and ask for the hand of one of the farmer’s daughters…
But the man was rude and ugly, so the farmer, who loved his daughters very much, refused the stranger. Angered, the stranger, who was an evil sorcerer, turned the seven beauties of Shing into seven lakes …“
Arrival in Panjikent. Visiting Sarazm - the oldest settlement in Central Asia with more than 5,500 years old. Its the first settlement in Tajikistan which is included to the lists of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Introduction of the history and culture of the old Sogdian region at the Ancient Panjikent Settlement. Lunch at traditional choikhkhona where you can taste the prominent Panjikent palov. After lunch we’ll drive towards Seven beauties of Shing (Seven lakes) (55km, 1-2hrs). On the way to Nofin we will see magnificent Mizhgon, Soya, Hush’yor lakes. The difference of the level between the upper and lower lake is 692 meters. Lodging at the village Nofin homestay “Najmiddin” located on the fourth lake. They accept every guest as a member of their family so enjoy from the hospitality and local food.
After breakfast, hike to the gorge Duoba (10km, 3hs). Lunch awaits us on our return to the village. After lunch you might see the bread baking & people make mymio. Free time till dinner at the homestay. Dinner & overnight at the “Najmiddin” homestay.
After breakfast we drive to the 6th lake (7km, 30min). On the way, we explore the fifth lake – Khurdak, which is the smallest lake of the Seven Lakes. We move on to the largest lake of this region - Marghuzor. Marghuzor lake is surrounded with a village from its two sides which makes the environment more spectacular. Our trip will be up to the 7th lake “Hazorchashma” (in Tajik“ thousand springs”). Our picnic will be among the magnificent mountains and stunning lake (8km, 4hs). After lunch we go back to the 6th lake and drive to Shing to the homestay “Guldara”, where an appetizing dinner will await us.
After breakfast, we will have time to get acquainted with the beekeeper Khojamov & his wife apai Muhayo who will show you their apiary and the traditional way of honey-making/ carpet weaving (depends on the season). Around 11:00, we drive back to Panjikent.