Aydarkul Lake is hailed by many to be one of the most gorgeous locales in all Uzbekistan, a glistening sheet of turquoise amidst the barren Kyzylkum Desert. Yet it’s not just Aydarkul’s pristine waters that beckon travelers to this distant destination, but the quaint town of Nurata that sprang up around the lake centuries ago, a town which now offers travelers a chance to step away from modern life into a land of yurts, camels and long-held folklore.
The Aydarkul Lake 2-Day Tour takes you off the beaten path into the Kyzylkum Desert where you’ll ride camels, swim in Aydarkul Lake, hear folk songs around a campfire and overnight in a traditional Central Asian yurt. Along the way you’ll stop to explore a remote collection of petroglyphs at Sarmish, see a little-visited mosque and fortress in Nurata and shop for Uzbekistan’s famed ceramics in Gijduvan as the masters themselves teach you about the craft.
From the yurt camp, take a short camel ride to the nearby village Dungalak (1.5 km, 30 min), where you’ll help to bake traditional naan bread. Walk around the village to get a glimpse of daily life before returning to the camp (Cost: app. 20 USD).
The reverse itinerary for this tour is also available. Please contact us for more details.