Jizzak Travel Guide

Jizzak is located on the Sanzar river at the northern foothills of Nurata mountains, in the south of the Hunger Steppe. Jizzak is 180 km south-west of Tashkent and 90 km north-east of Samarkand. The city is known from the 10th century. It arose as a junction on the Great Silk Road branch connecting Fergana valley and Samarkand.

Main points of interest in Jizzak

Tamerlane’s tamelangatesGates.  Tamerlane’s Gates is what the narrowest part of the defile dividing the Malguzor and Nuratau ridges in western part of the Pamir-Alay mountains is called. The defile, which is formed by almost vertical cliffs,is 120-130 metres wide, but in some sections it narrows to 35-40 metres. The highway and railway that link Tashkent and Samarkand run along the defile. The upper part of the cliffs contains inscriptions, including ancient ones made in Persian. One of the inscriptions was made by orders of Ulugbek – the famous astronomer, the grandson of Temur and the ruler of Samarkand.

Zaamin. Zaamin region is located in the mountainous area of Jizzak province at an altitude of 3000 zaaminmetresabove sea level. The ruins of fortresses as well as numerous legends, which since ancient times have been handed down from mouth to mouth, are indicative of a rich history of this area.  But above all this land is valued for its unique nature: coniferous forests and healing air.

sanatoriumZaamin sanatorium. Zaamin sanatorium is a climatic health resort nestled in one of the picturesque parts of  Zaamin region on the slopes of Turkestan ridge, at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, on the territory of Zaamin National Park. Splended mountain landscape, clear air, abundance of sunlight, high ultraviolet radiation make this place ideal for climatoprophylactic and climatotherapeutic treatment of children and adults with respiratory diseases.

Aydarkul lake. Aydarkul – a large closed lake in the north-eastern part of Uzbekistan- is an artificial aydarkulreservoir within Arnasay lakes system. Various fish species have been reared in the lake for commercial purposes, including European carp, pike perch, bream, sheatfish, asp, sabrefish, snakehead. Many waterfowl which come here from the Aral sea complement the fauna of the Kyzylkul desert. Aydarkul is located far from the populated areas. The region has a large potential for fishery, cattle grazing, and tourism.

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