It is situated in the south of Uzbekistan among the many undulating canyons of the Boysun Mountain Range. The picturesque village encompasses stunning mountains, crystal clear sacred spring, super friendly local families, the famous Iron Gate and scintillating hiking routes. Once it served as a corridor for caravans moving from Kabul to Bukhara. Today, Shavkat – the great grand son of a Silk Road caravan merchant has been living in this serene valley among the stone-cliffs and springs. He is the teacher, gardener, architect and bread winner of his family and neighborhood. He has been leading thousands of German speaking travelers in and around Central Asia for the last 23 years. University professor – turned – tour guide has been doing everything to utilize possibilities of this region as a hiking spot for Central Asia bound travellers. Darband is a must visit for adventure loving photographers, birdwatchers, biologist, hikers & trekkers alike.
The area offers stunning view of the natural world, away from hustle and bustle of the big cities with picturesque mountains as the backdrop. One can see simplicity of the daily routine of the local families. Marvelous trekking trip will take you above and under the men-made bridges; see for yourselves holy spring, beautiful plants, high rising stone canyons, superb cliffs and meeting with welcoming locals. This unexpected place for exploration has 5 000 families, 4 schools and a college.
Darband is 284 km from Samarkand and 125 km from Termez. Groups can visit it by train or fly to Termez and visit Darband on route to Samarkand.