Navoiy Province

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  • Day7


    July 20, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    City near the center of Uzbekistan. Located at an oasis where traders met to be refreshed and do some business. The first pic is of a ruined fortress supposedly built by Alexander. While the archaeology suggests it was built in the right time frame, there is no evidence that Alexander was actually here. The oasis pool in the second pic still provides all the water for the town; while the 3rd pic shows the "holy fish," so named for the mosque and mausoleums located here. The fish are protected. Next is the main square in town. Last is the entry to the park including the oasis, the fort and the main mosque in town.Read more

  • Day117

    Samarkant to "Kyzylkhum Desert"

    September 7, 2018 in Uzbekistan

    Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert* near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a swim in Lake Ajdar Kul and head out on an optional camel ride into the desert! In the Kyzylkhum Desert we will stay in a desert yurt camp. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. Included Activities: Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts (Included in Kitty). Optional Activities: Take a short camel ride around the sand dunes of the Kyzylkhum Desert (UZS 5000).

    Wir sind um 08.30 losgefahren. Schlagartig verwandelt sich die Landschaft in eine Wüste. Wir sind jetzt auf 740 müN. Am Nachmittag haben wir In Nurata eine Ruine besichtigt, die laut als „Festung Alexander des Großen” bezeichnet wird. Ob der die Festung aber wirklich erbaut hat, ist nicht bewiesen. Wir sind am späten Nachmittag in der Wüste im yurt camp auf 260 müN angekommen. Das ist ein tolles Lager. Sogar das Essen war sehr lecker. Wir hatten dann am Abend noch ein Lagerfeuer mit Musik. Zuvor waren wir noch im „Lake Ajdar Kul“ schwimmen gewesen. Dieser See hatte sogar einen echten Sandstrand. Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang habe ich noch einen kurzen Kamelritt gemacht.

    * Kysylkum oder Kizilkum (usbekisch Qizilqum, wörtlich „Roter Sand“, russisch Кызылкум) ist eine Kies- und Sandwüste, die zum größten Teil im inneren des Tieflands von Turan liegt. Sie ist etwa 200.000 km² groß und gehört zu den Staatsgebieten von Turkmenistan, Usbekistan und Kasachstan. Der Großteil des Kysylkum-Gebietes (Navoiy) wurde 1932 beziehungsweise 1936 mitsamt Karakalpakistan von der Kasachischen an die Usbekische SSR abgetreten.

    ** Der Aydarsee (usbekisch Haydarkoʻl oder Aydar koʻli, kyrillisch Айдаркўл) ist ein – als unbeabsichtigtes Nebenprodukt sowjetischer Planungen durch Menschenhand entstandener – See in Usbekistan in der südöstlichen Kysylkum und wird hauptsächlich durch Wasser aus dem Syrdarja gespeist. Der größte Teil des Sees liegt in der Provinz Jizzax, der westliche Teil in der Provinz Navoiy. Dieser See ist aus dem insgesamt 4.000 km² großen Aydar-Arnasay-Seensystem entstanden.

    Editiert am 28.02.2019
    Text von Wolfgang
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  • Day12

    Tschaschma-Komplex in Nurota

    September 12, 2017 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Hier entspringt eine angeblich Heilkräftige Quelle, die sehr viele Fische beherbergt.
    Die Moscheen werden auf einen Schwiegersohn des Mohammed zurückgeführt.
    Oberhalb der Gebäude sind Überreste einer Festung von Alexander dem Großen.Read more

  • Day31


    September 21, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Urgench (Uzbek: Urganch, Урганч, ئۇرگەنج; Persian: گرگانج‎, Gorgånch/Gorgānč/Gorgânc) is a city in western Uzbekistan. The population of Urgench on April 24, 2014 was approximately 150,110, an increase from 139,100 in 1999. It is the capital of the Khorezm Region, on the Amu Darya River and the Shavat canal. The city is situated 450 km (280 mi) west of Bukhara across the Kyzylkum Desert.

    The history of the city goes back to the second half of the 19th century. The city should not be confused with the similarly-named city of Konye-Urgench (also known as "Old Urgench" or "Gurgench") in Turkmenistan. The city of Old Urgench was left after the Amu Darya river changed its course in the 16th century, leaving the old town high and dry and without water. New Urgench was founded by Russians in the second half of the 19th century at the site of a little trade station of the Khanate of Khiva.

    Modern Urgench is a Soviet-style city with cotton motifs adorning many objects, from street lights to apartment houses. Of note is a monument to the twenty Komsomol members killed by Tekke basmachi on the banks of the Syr Darya in 1922, and a large statue to Muhammad al-Khwarizmi, the 9th century local mathematician who revolutionised algebra, outside the Hotel Urgench. A flat, drab place, Urgench is the main gateway for tourists to Khiva 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the southeast, whose old city, known as Itchan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Day11

    Unsere zweite Unterkunft in der Wüste

    September 11, 2017 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Mitten in der Wüste in einem Jurtencamp ist unsere zweite Unterkunft zwischen den Städten Samarkant und Buchara.
    Auf Kamelen sind wir zum in Sowjetzeiten künstlich angelegten Aidakur-See geritten.

  • Day20

    Traveling to Bukara

    July 21, 2017 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We leave in the morning for a day off travel through the desert towards Bukara. Many hours in the bus, passing through mostly scrub growth on flat lands, interrupted by goats crossing the road. We are traveling in our big bus mostly on 2 lane roads. We pass occasional towns but mostly just vast tracks of land and lots of goats. At around noon we arrive at Nurata and visit the remains of the military Fortress of Alexander the Great & Holy Chashma (Spring) of Nurata. The fortress is an outcropping on a hill that overlooks the spring. The spring has a pool with fish that are thought to be touched by the holy water. About ten years ago, there was an incident of the fish glowing and that has led to pilgrimages to the site. There are local tourists and vendors selling picture pacts where they'll take your pic with the spring. You can also buy springs of vegetation to ties into the pool for the fish. Lunch is at a local house, Ms. Sayde, lovely salads, soup and then dumplings. After lunch we are taken to a room filled with embroidery to shop. Then we drive for another few hours and stop at a desert lake. We change on the bus for a quick swim and the water is refreshing. Then we proceed to Aydar Kŭl Camp, our desert you're camp, located in the Nurata mountain range. The yurts are surrounded by scrub and sand dunes. After an hour to explore , we go for a short camel ride that gives us a sense of the landscape. Decamel in time to watch sunset over the dunes, then dinner - lots of salads, a beef stew served with potatoes, it's about 9:30 pm, the Stars are beginning to light up the sky and we sit around a campfire to hear a soulful singer playing a stringed instrument. We all eventually get up and dance, it really does feel magical. The night sky was like experiencing a planetarium show. Thanks to traveling with science teacher, we could identity all of the constellations, red stars looked red, the milky way was clearly visible. We even saw a satellite moving across the sky. Feeling very blessed to have been there. I wake up early and an doubly blessed to experience the sunrise, watching from the dunes.Read more

  • Day7

    Rabati Malik Caravanserai

    April 19, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Coming out of the sardoba we notice something that we inexplicably missed when we got off the bus: on the other side of the highway a huge arch towers over the road: it's the entrance of the ancient Raboti Malik Caravanserai.

    Built between 1.068 and 1.080, it used to be the biggest caravanserai in central Asia... and indeed the portal is huge! The complex used to have three entrances with minarets and walls, but unfortunately only the entrance remains: everything else is gone because the Soviets demolished it (apparently they needed bricks...).

    With Said's help, we carefully cross the highway and start exploring the site. Seeing close up, the entrance arch is truly impressive, but the extension of the construction beyond the entrance is even more surprising. This caravanserai was like a 5-star hotel with different levels of rooms and a platform for the yurts! If only the Soviets hadn't needed bricks...
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  • Day7

    Rabati Malik Sardoba (Cistern)

    April 19, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Our driver suddenly stops on the highway, apparently in the middle of nowhere, When we get off, we however understand the reason: in front of us there is a hemispherical brick building different from any construction we have seen so far.

    Said explains that it's a "Sardoba" dating back to the early 11th century. The word literally means "well", but it's actually a water storage facility that collects rainwater and snow. This water was not contaminated by animals and was used for a nearby caravanserai.

    We walk down some stairs reaching the main part of the building: a wide circular cistern topped by a dome. There is still some water inside, but a white line on the walls shows the level that used to be reached by the water.
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