Sightseeing in Karakalpakstan

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From ancient time, Kungrad city served as the gateway of ancient Khorezm and was founded more than two thousand years ago. Now it is part of Republic of Karakalpakstan. Silk Road connected many nations through trade and cultural exchange and gave a powerful impetus to the development of these peoples.

The complex of Sultan Uwais

Karakalpakstan is a land of ancient civilization. Since pristine times its inhabitants were ancestors that were engaged in breeding and agriculture, creating a bright and distinctive culture. There are numerous outstanding monuments of their cultural life and among them there is an unsurpassed masterpiece of medieval architecture - a complex of buildings Sultan Uwais.

Alan Kala

Ustyurt plateau, that is located between the Caspian and Aral seas, had not archaeologically surveyed, due to the complexity of the organization of research. However, it keeps significant archaeological sites and one of them is ancient fortress Alan Kala.


Kara Kum desert gradually reveals its secrets. And here is situated ancient town Devkesken-Wazir. Devkesken is located 100 km from Nukus, in Karakalpakstan. Here were found numerous utensils: ceramic vessels with colored glaze and whimsical ornaments, utensils for household purposes, knives, guns agricultural labor, as well as bronze mirrors, a lot of variety of beads, pendants made of semiprecious stones, bronze, silver, gold earrings and rings.

Petroglyphs of Karakalpakstan

Petroglyphs of Prisarykamyshya were discovered in 1940 on the sand hills north-western foothills of Kara-Tepe in Karakalpakstan. These petroglyphs are very diverse; many of them have linearly geometric compositions, as well as images of people and the images of fishing nets, boats, hunting scenes. On the walls of caves applied strange images as large and broad lines and furrows. Linear-geometric style images, according to many researchers are so-called hunting and fishing theme of the final phase of the Neolithic era.


Butentau is a flat extended range in the steep parts of Karakalpakstan. One kilometer from the escarpment, opposite to the cave, you can see the ruins of a medieval fortress Ak-Kala.

Kuyuk-Kala fortress

Kuyuk Kala fortress is situated on the south bank of densely overgrown ancient delta of Aral. This settlement has rounded shape, measuring 500 x 700 meters. Area of the town is surrounded by a shaft that is the result of erosion of the walls of mud brick, and it rises above the surrounding terrain to a height of about 2 meters.

Karakalpakstan intangible heritage

Karakalpak folk art culture is a unique part of our inheritance. Art, crafts and folklore are based on a single aesthetic ideal. The folk ornaments of embroidery, carpet weaving and its origins are linked with the heritage epics of Karakalpak people.

Barak Tam settlement

Historical cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent and Karshi and Termez attract thousands of tourists from different corners of the world, who have unique opportunity to get acquainted with ancient history, culture and traditions of Uzbekistan. One of these ancient monuments is a settlement Barak Tam.

Guyar Kala fortress

The flat top of the western hill of historical and archaeological complex Mizdakhan, that is located near the town of Khodjeyli in Karakalpakstan, dominated by the majestic ruins of the ancient city Guyar Kala. This construction refers to IV BC. And impressive whopping walls are still encircling the steep slopes of the hill.

Kizil Kala fortress

One of the most precious jewels of our country is Khoresm oasis - ancient civilization, which goes back to the Bronze Ages. No wonder the unique monuments of Khorezm included in all tourist routes across Central Asia.

Ayazkala yurt camp

Ayazkala yurt camp is located near the ancient complex in Ellikkala region and it is easiest to get there from Urgench, because it is situated 70 km away from it. The real yurts are located in the steppe zone, in the lap of pristine pure nature. There are no highways, no industrial facilities or settlements - the steppe, forts, and several streams - that's all that surrounds the camp.

Kumbaskan Kala fortress

Kumbaskan Kala fortress is located in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and covers an area of 110x115 meters. This fortress has 5 defensive minarets on each wall, which were built the height of 10 m, however up to now they have been preserved in the level of 8 m. Minarets were two-story, but determining their true heights requires careful research. The fortress was built of mud and adobe bricks and at the top of the fortress there are dozens of screws for defense.

Guldursun Kala

Guldursun Kala fortress is dated back to the II-I centuries BC and is located in Karakalpakstan. Fortification was constructed in rectangular basis with the square of 35 hectares. Adobe walls are lined with two rows and have built-in loopholes. In V century BC the fortress was laid in ruins for unknown reasons.

Nukus Development Center of Crafts

The history of the Karakalpakstan people, his original art, folklore, customs and traditions are inextricably linked to the rich and prosperous civilization, located on the lands of Khorezm oasis surrounded by the Karakum and Kyzylkum Deserts as well as vast expanses of the Aral and Caspian Sea.

Chamoun-Nabi Complex

One of the ancient monuments of modern Karakalpakstan is Chamoun-Nabi Mausoleum that was built in honor of the great magician and healer of Central Asia. The time of its construction relates to the XVIII century. Prior to opening the tomb was assumed that this mausoleum was the burial place of Chamoun-Nabi, but the tomb was empty. Unusual structure even today is surrounded by an aura of mystery.

Cave towns of Ustyurt

In the last years were carried out the study of cave dwellings in the cliffs of Ustyurt region, saying that there are a large number of artifacts that were unnoticed by the historians and geographers. They are located in the territory of Karakalpakstan and dated back more than 1200 years.

Museum of Berdakh

Berdakh Museum is a real treasure of cultural heritage of the Uzbekistan. Unique museum contains several exhibits that reflect the culture, history, ethnography of Karakalpakstan. The museum was opened in 1997, under the Karakalpak University, in honor of the 100th anniversary from the birth of the great poet, historian and thinker Berdakh.

Tuprak Kala

Karakalpakstan recently attracts increasing attention of historians, researchers and travelers. The region is known for its unique culture, rich historical heritage, as well as rare natural landscapes, ancient and medieval monuments, forming the area of "archaeological reserve."

Koi Krylgan Kala

This fortress refers to monuments of Kangui-Kushan period and was built in the IV-III centuries BC in the tradition of ancient Khorezm. Koi Krylgan Kala fortress is the remnants of an ancient sanctuary and settlement in the Kyzyl Kum desert in To'rtko'l District of Karakalpakstan.

The island of Renaissance

Vozrozhdeniya Island is located in the Aral Sea and several decades ago it was one of the most secret military bases in the world. Renaissance Island, as it translates from the Russian, was secret military base, where from 1949 to 1992 carried out research on the development of biological weapons, today, it is not dangerous and is not a source of the anthrax or plague spread.

National Museum of Local History

National Museum of Local History of Karakalpakstan is one of the oldest museums in the whole of Central Asia. It is located in the capital of republic in Nukus city. History of the museum has about 80 years, and its exposure is truly unique and interesting parts of national inheritance.

Djanbas Kala

Thanks to many historical monuments of remote ages Nukus is attracting attention of many scientists and tourists. Here in Karakalpakstan were situated many ancient buildings and temples of three religions such as Islam, Zoroastrism and Buddhism.

Ayaz-Kala or the fortress of the light. Outstanding monuments of history.

Ayaz-Kala fortress can be called as miracle of light and wind, located 20 kilometers north-east of Toprak- Kala in the moving sands of the Kyzyl-Kum and ridges of the sacred mountains of Sultan Uwais.

The Savitsky Museum of Arts in Nukus. Uniqueness of historical heritage

The collection of the Savitsky Museum of Artsis the best art collections of Central Asia. British newspaper "The Guardian" called the museum "one of the finest museums in the world».

Muynak. Inconceivable impressions of forsaken sea

Muynak was once located on the shores of the Aral Sea, however now the distance between them is more than 100 kilometers. And the lake that was well-known for the abundance of fish and very large size is now almost desolate.

Aral sea and Ustyurt Plateau. The beauty of the drying lake

The shores of the Aral Sea is quite cut up, their length greater than 2000 km. East Coast is a wide sandy shoals with many islands and bays, passing in the dunes with a few tamarisk bushes.

Mizdahkan. The necropolis of sacred land

The necropolis of ancient sacred Mizdahkan located on the site of a large medieval city of Khorezm, whose life stopped in the XIV century. Nearby are the ruins of the pre-Islamic fortress city, gets the name Gyaur feces.

Chilpak. The ancient town that lost in time

Chilpak is an architectural monument of the ancient Khorezm. It looks like a pancake on a clay sand and rocky hill. Chilpak-kala ("Tower of Silence") was a religious cult center of the Zoroastrians.

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