Mizdakhan Necroplis is a grandiose ancient architectural cemetery got its name as a fortress of disbelievers as it was the city of Zoroastrians before the conquest of Arab. Mizdakhan ensemble has been a sacred place on the bank of Amudarya River. Mizdakhan Necropolis or cemetery is the huge complex with age-diverse antiquities. It also has one of the most ancient cemeteries in Central Asia which is one of the reasons of becoming a part on Uzbekistan Tours.
This archaeological site reflects the ancient tradition Zoroastrians and Islam intertwined. A visit to the ensemble of old burials, the ruins of medieval mausoleums, the ruins of the oldest buildings, a city of Golden Horde times, caravanserai, ruins of separate estates and palaces is one of the best Things To Do In Nukus.
Mizdakhan has the most ancient antiquities in Central Asia which comprises of the mausoleums of Shamun-nabi, MazMizdakhan-sulu, Caliph Erejep, and Jumart-kassab hillock.
Other antiquities can be found in Mizdakhan Necropolis are city of Golden Horde times, caravanserai, ruins of separate estates and palaces, remains of irrigation canals.
After Arabs captured the fortress during 8th century, they destroyed the Zoroastrianism and buried the dead bodies according to Muslim rites. As per the legend, Mizdakhan Necropolis has Adam's grave which in turn become one of the holy places in Uzbekistan.
Another reason of it becoming a holy place is Apocalypse Clock, which was named after named after Caliph Erejep, the Islam preacher who taught his subject for 40 years and after his death, his spirit continued his work. Every year, one brick falls down from the building and according to the legend when the last one fall the end of the world will come.
Mizdakahan Necropolis is situated on three hills 3 to 4 kilometres to the south from Khojeyli town, along the main tracks which lead towards Ustyurt plateau and Muynak.
The work and architecture on Apocalypse Clock is a very high rectangular structure during 9th century has an outstanding construction work built from sun-dried earth and burnt bricks.
The mausoleum of Mazlumkhon-sulu at the top of the eastern hill reflects the legend of love and has an amazing structure with only a round dome and entrance portal. The other attractions of this ensemble are Shamun-nabi mausoleum and Jumart-Kassab architecture design.
For the tourists, exploring the famous Central Asia's ancient ruins of Zoroastrians in Mizdakhan Necropolis is one of the best Things To Do In Nukus.
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