The capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan is the city of Nukus, surrounded by three deserts in the northern part of Uzbekistan.

Compared with the centuries-old history of the cities of Central Asia, the age of Nukus has not more than 80 years, but archaeologists have shown that in this territory from the 3rd century BC. until the 4th century AD the stronghold of the ancient Khorezm state was located - the city of Shurchi.

Since independence, Nukus has become a developed administrative center, with its own enterprises, institutions and an established transport network.

Warm hospitality, ancient beliefs, color of the eastern markets - you can feel all this, having been in sunny Nukus. But adventure lovers can make exciting trips around the desert and ride a camel.

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At present, the transport network of the Northern capital, as Nukus is also called, is fully formed. The Karakalpak highway passes through the city, automobile and railway connections are established.

Nukus Airport, located on Dosnazarov Street, is capable of receiving all types of aircraft. From here, airplanes fly to Tashkent daily, regular flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg are made. After the completion of the current reconstruction, the airport will be given international status.

The city operates a railway station, located near the airport, there are several large bus stations. There are no trolley buses in Nukus, the network ceased operation in 2000. You can move around the city on route or private taxis and buses.

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Bazaars and shops
Applied art in the territory of Karakalpakia has been developing since time immemorial, therefore the original patterns and patterns inherent in these masters cannot be confused with anything.Art applications, embroidery, carpets, hand-made fabrics will be an excellent reminder of your stay in Nukus. Exquisite wood carvings, statues of natural materials, embossed leather also will not leave you indifferent to the craftsmanship of the local artisans.

Interesting places
Despite the deteriorating environmental situation in the Aral Sea region, Nukus does not cease to attract tourists with a large number of attractions.

State Museum named after I. Savitsky. The exposition of the museum, located in Nukus itself, consists of several, differing on the subject of departments. Here you will find interesting archaeological finds telling about the ancient history of the Khorezm state, bronze and ceramics, excavations of statues of Zoroastrian gods, and even objects of fire worshipers, whose tribes lived here many thousands of years ago.

Janbas Kala. On the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, on the way towards Urgench, is located Janbas-Kala, an ancient settlement, which flourished in the 4th century BC. The main difference of Janbas-Kala from other ancient settlements is the absence of buildings of towers and minarets, which were mandatory elements of the architecture of the time. Now only the curly wall surrounding the settlement reminds of its former greatness.

Complex Mizdakhan. The archaeological complex Mizdakhan is located on several hills near the town of Khodjeili, located in the Karakalpak region. The complex includes several buildings and an ancient cemetery. Mizdakhan was built in the IV century BC, and the remnants of its magnificent buildings today attract believers from around the world.

Mausoleum of Chamun-Nabi. The Mausoleum of Shamun-Nabi, erected in honor of the great magician and healer of Central Asia, is located near Mizdakhan. Before opening the tomb, it was assumed that the mausoleum was the burial place of Chamun-Nabi, but the grave was empty. The unusual structure is still surrounded by an aura of mystery, although the time of its construction dates back to the 18th century. According to legend, the seven domes of the mausoleum correspond to the seven daughters of the great magician.

The settlement of Ayaz-Kala. Translated into Russian, Ayaz-Kala means "Fortress in the wind". According to historians, this name was given because of the location of the fortress among the moving sands of the Kyzyl Kum desert. Many legends are connected with the ancient settlement, according to one of which a new ruler was chosen by a falcon. If a bird sits on his head, he will become the new ruler of Ayaz-Kala. Age of construction - IV century BC ..

Muinak - the graveyard of ships. Not far from the drying of the Aral Sea is the city of Muynak, also known as the ship graveyard, a reminder of the ecological tragedy. Previously, the city touched the coastline of the Aral Sea, and today they are separated by tens of kilometers. On the territory of the city and today there are abandoned ships and ships that are not destined to return to the spacious waters of the Aral.

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