Located in north-western part of Uzbekistan, Karakalpakstan is an autonomous republic in Uzbekistan. Surrounded by desert sands, Republic Of Karakalpastan offers to explore Karakalpakstan Attractions those are unique from the other sights of Uzbekistan.
On the south west of Karakalpakstan, Karakum Desert can be found whereas, in the North West, Ustyurt Plateau and in north-east part, Kyzylkum Desert can be found.
During Uzbekistan Tours, you can enjoy the fascinating scenery, ruins of the ancient monuments and found Karakalpakstan as an "archaeological reserve".
In between 500 AC and 500 AD, Karakalpakstan was a fertile agricultural region. The region was prosperous in the 16th century and it was the home of nomadic people. In 1873, Karakalpakstan came under Russian Empire by the Khanate of Khiva. It was also an autonomous in the time of Soviet era. However, after 1970, as the directions of Amu Darya and Syr Darya are diverted by Soviet rulers, the drainage of Aral Sea started which results into drought. Karakalpakstan became the poorest region in Uzbekistan from the most prosperous one, because of the drainage of Aral Sea.
Due to some speciality of Karakalpakstan Attractions, the region became one of the highlighted Uzbekistan Destinations.
Nukus Museum of Art
Aral Sea : The worst kind of disaster which make a large lake into a desert and covered with toxic chemicals of weapon testing.
Muynak : Visit the ship cemetery
Savitsky Art Museum : Visit the second largest Russian avant garde museum as Karapalkastan Attractions
Kyzylkum Desert and Karakum Desert
The Desert Castles : On Uzbekistan Tours, visit the Desert Castles of ancient Khorezm which were built in between 4 BC and 7 AD. There are eight castles which are protected under UNESCO sites such as Toprak Qala, Ayaz Qala, Koy-Kirilgan Qala, and Big Guldursun fortress, Pil Qala, Anka Qala, Kurgashin Qala and Djanbas Qala.
Spend The Night On The Shores Of The Aral Sea : Spending the night on the shores of Aral Sea in camping trips is one of the interesting things to do in Aral Sea basin. Most of the visitors enjoy the overnight camping trips in the shore of the Aral Sea which realizes the visitors about the biggest environmental disasters.
Visit The Nomadic Karakalpaks : You can meet the Karakalpaks or the local people which are settled in lower Amu Darya River and southern shores of Aral Sea. You can find the people living in the traditional summer yurts. The Best Time To Visit Uzbekistan for Karakalpakstan is from March to mid May.
Moynaq Ship Graveyard : In the trip, you can see the rusted and abandoned ships which were used for fishing and trading when this place was known as Muynak port, in the deserted area.
Nukus Museum Of Art : Named after Savitsky, the Nukus Museum Art is one of the major Karakalpakstan Attractions with a collection of more than 90, 000 exhibits. It comes second in largest Russian avant grade museum in the world after the Russian Museum St. Petersburg.
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There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry