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Marakanda Travel   /   Sights of Uzbekistan  /   Jizak


The Province of Djizzak lies in the central part of Uzbekistan. The total area of the Province is 20 500 square kilometers. The climate is typically continental, with dry, hot summers and mild winters. The population is 910 500 people and the average density is 108 people per square kilometer. The Province is divided into 11 administrative districts with Djizzak as its administrative center. This town has 127 200 inhabitants. Other main towns are Dustlik, Gagarin, Gallyaaral, Pakhtakor, and Mardjanbulak.
34 joint ventures have been established in the Province. The Province's economy is base on agriculture. Most importantly cotton and cereal. There are tens of thousands of hectares of virgin soil, which have been researched for agricultural purposes. This land has an adequate irrigation infrastructure, which was created in the past few years.
Djizak is one of the important cities on the Great Silk Road with a very ancient history. Its name is translated as "key" or "small fort" from Sogdian. Before the Arab invasion it was one of the biggest cities of Ustrushana. Today it is one of provincial centres of Uzbekistan. For nature lovers Djizak is a perfect resort spot among the Turkestan ranges, comprising south-eastern part of the Golodny Steppe and the fringes of the Kyzylkum Desert. The Aidorkul water reserve adds to the beauty of this region, providing a temporary base for migrating flocks of birds to and from Siberia, using this place as a huge bird sanctuary in spring.Hiking tur

Around Djizak tour 01:
Full day excursion to Aidarkul Lake. Travel to the brims of the Kyzylkum desert area on camel back. Nurata Nature reserve is known for its beautiful mountain scenery with Alpine forests of hazelnuts, birches and hawthorn thickets. It is a home for rich wildlife with wild sheep, bears, foxes, wolves, etc. Tamerlane's Gates is the narrowest place in Pass of Jilonute in Turkestan Range. It has witnessed many bloody battles and has two inscriptions. One belongs to Ulugbek and another - to Abdullah Khan, Emir of Bukhara.

Jizzak history
The Jizzak Province (viloyati) comprises southeastern part of the Golodny Steppes and parts of the Kizil-Kum Desert. From the South the Turkestan Range encircles the Province. This territory was a part of Syr Darya Province but in 1973 it was given a separate province status. Natural riches in Jizzak are abundant. There are two State Nature Preserves - Nuratin and Zaamin. The scenic Amasay Depression is famous for the beautiful Aidarkul Lake. The Zaamin Mountainous Nature Preserve, formerly Guralash Preserve, is on the Western slopes of the Turkestan Range. It is a part of the Uzbekistan National Park. Wildlife is extremely rich here; in spring and in summer Alpine meadows are gay with multitude of colors, bright-red tulips and snow-white acacias. In autumn they are magnificently decorated with the golden domes of the hazelnut trees, colomns of birch-trees, towering plane trees, green thickets. High in the mountains, ill the upper part of the Garalashsay gorge, is a nesting-place of black storks. These rare birds are pride and joy of Uzbekistan. They are written down in the "Redbooks" in many countries as endangered species. Early in the spring when the Amasay Depression is flooded, flocks of ducks, wild geese, pelicans and gray herons are coming here. This territory serves as a nesting- place for pink starlings, shrikes, and sandpipers. The main treasure of the Nuratin Nature Preserve mountainous hazelnut forests. Wildlife here is abundant: wild rams, bears, foxes, wolves, porcupines, badgers, etc. The Jizzak District provides ample possibilities for rest and recreation: for example, a hike through Alpine meadows, hazel-nut forest, bramble thickets, hawthorn groves and then to the mountain rivers and waterfalls. Fresh mountain air, crystal-pure water of lakes and rivers, bright sunlight are awaiting tourists who wish to visit the Zaamin and Bakhmal recreation Zones, or the Lake of Aidarkul. Gallaorol district is the biggest district in Jizzak province: 1959 square km. Population is 130,000 people. This district borders with Jizzak, Bahmal, Forish districts of Jizzak region and with Buklungur, Jomboy, Kushrabot districts of Samarkand region. The district was called One of the famous statesman of Uzbekistan came to this district, he said that the fields of crops look like the island of crop after what the name came out. The center of the district is Gallaorol town, the status of town was given in 1972 march. It consists 34,3 square km and population is 28,519. it has its own history: this place has seen Tartar, Mongol, Arab conquerros and Alexandr Makedonsky either. And as this town is built on the Great Silk Road many of the famous people of those time had passed the roads. But town itself was founded in 1898-1899, regarding to the railway that passed to different cities and provinces. If only ariculture was the top developed area in 1970, now the district is considered to be one of the important industrial centers in Uzbekistan. For example: Marjonbulok Gold Mine, Kuytosh Tungsten Mine and other factories that produces wine, vegetable products.A woman playing  tambourine

A Rural Homestay in Nurata Mountains
The Nurata Guesthouse Association comprises of 7 guesthouses across five villages in the Nurata mountains. At the guesthouse you will live with the family and be able to observe and join in with their daily lives as well as exploring the area on foot or by donkey.

The guesthouses are very simple with bedrooms decorated with rugs with kurpacha mattresses, in the winter these are heated with hot coals and in the summer it is possible to sleep outside. Outdoor bathroom facilities include showers, western flush toilets and running water. Home cooked meals are taken with the family, the ingredients mainly coming from the guesthouse’s own vegetable gardens and animals.Home stay

Or, accompanied by a family member, hike up the village slopes or along the river banks and ancient agricultural canals that crisscross the countryside. Ancient petroglyphs can be seen on the rocky slopes and in spring the display of tulips is dazzling.
Guests are more than welcome to help make Uzbek bread in the tandyr oven or participate in the preparation of the national dish - plov.
We can also arrange excursions a little further afield, such as a visit to the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biospheric Reserve. Within this beautiful reserve is a vast and holy 1500-year old Madzherum archa (biota orientalis) tree. The tree's circumference is 24 metres.Home cooked meals  with the family

Nearby are the the Aydarkul and Tuzkan lakes, the Kyzylkum desert, Farish steppe and the highest point - Hayatbashi - at 2198 metres.

See our tours:
Tour MTHC 11. Colors & perfumes of Uzbekistan: Dome+Desert+Mountain
Uzbekistan Rural life of Uzbek village tour