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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

  • 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

  • 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

    Nurata, Poppy Fields & Lunch

    April 19, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    After the visit of the caravanserai, we head to lunch, but a bad surprise awaits: the road is closed! And, even worse, there seem to be no other direct road...

    After turning back a couple of times, we resign to ask some random villagers, but the suggested way turns out to be a bumpy dirt track in the middle of the steppe. At this point Said and the driver (Mr. Furqat) decide to take a longer way...

    The result is that we end up travelling for hours, but at least on a paved road! Even if our stomachs are growling, we can enjoy the amazing scenery: the yellow steppe had turned into a green and red grassland covered with poppy flowers. Even if we are three hours behind schedule, we cannot resist and ask Said for a photo stop. We are apparently in the middle of nowhere: all around us is just grass, poppy flowers and hills. However, once we get back on the van we realise that in the fields there's plenty of local women picking up the flowers... and dancing among them! Maybe in the end you don't need to refine poppy seeds to get opium...

    After driving past a hill, we finally reach the village of Nurata, where we are supposed to have lunch, We are already celebrating the imminent lunch (and toilets!), when we realise that have got lost: this village is indeed a labyrinth of narrow alleys marked by holes, bumps and huge paddles.

    When we finally arrive, we discover that our restaurant is a local house serving hand-made food. The good news is that the meal is delicious (we try some steamed meat-filled dumplings). The bad news is that the toilet reminds me of my holiday in India... and that's not a compliment!
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  • Day7

    Nurata, Chashma & Fortress of Alexander

    April 19, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After lunch we get back on our van and drive to our next and last stop before the yurt camp: a special site just below a great fortress erected on a hill. Legend has it that it was built by Alexander The Great, but Said promptly debunks this myth: Alexander never came this far. The fortress was instead apparently built after his death by one of his soldiers.

    Instead of walking up to the "fake fortress", we explore the site underneath it.
    Said explains to us that Nurota (pronounced "nurata") carries the name of legendary a generous man who was buried here. When he died, a special spring was: to the astonishment of everyone, it indeed contained fish, that seemed to come from nowhere! It was obviously considered a miracle and ever since then it was prohibited to eat the fish or to contaminate the water with rubbish or anything else.

    The spring has a stunning transparent blue water (by far the cleanest that we have seen so far) and is full of fish! Around the pool there are two mosques dating back to the 9th and 15th-16th century respectively, as well as a beautiful mausoleum.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nurota, Нурота

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