Muynak was one of the largest fishing cities in Central Asia. Here was clear water with river fish, wonderful beaches with numerous recreation areas. Now the city is located by the dry sea, and once it was possible to get to the city only by sea or by plane.
Despite the lost glory, the city remains an interesting object for tourists and explorers of the seabed. There you can see and visit:
✔️ Ships graveyard
✔️ "Muynak" Yurt camp
✔️ Aralkum desert
✔️ Ustyurt Plateau
✔️ Museum of Local History of Muynak,
✔️ extreme racing.
The climate in Muinak is a little bit humid and, accordingly, not particularly rainy. In winter, it can be very windy and cold, because due to climatic changes that have occurred in recent years, the city has actually turned into the desert. Summer is hot and arid, but sometimes in the evening, the typical coolness of the region comes down and sometimes even makes you put on a jacket.
Souvenirs in Muynak can be found mainly in the city centre. For the most part, these are works of sewing art, such as skullcaps, wallets, bags and scarves with national patterns. Large-scale preparations are underway to launch a souvenir production with a marine theme.
Muynak is located on the territory of Karakalpakstan, therefore it borrows most of the dishes from local cuisine. The main dish is fish, since you can still fish near the city, and due to the harsh weather prevailing there, fish is the most affordable and delicious dish. It can also be noted that in Karakalpak cuisine there are many flour and cereal dishes. Wheat flour is used to prepare dishes such as boortsog, several types of noodles, and even flatbread. Follow the link to read more about Uzbek cuisine.
An integral part of every trip is photography! In this section, we will introduce you to the most beautiful places in this city where you can make the best shots.
P.S. Do not forget that during the visit the religious sights of Uzbekistan, women are advisable to cover the exposed parts of the body (shoulders, back and legs). Such attractions will be marked with ☪✝✡☦
The endless Aral desert can be a great place for photography! When will you visit a place like this?
Wonderful shots can be made at the Element Festival! This international festival takes place once a year and gathers a huge number of visitors from different countries.
The ship cemetery, which is located not far from the city, can be truly considered the iconic place of the region. Tourists fly from all over the world to see firsthand these places.
Muynak is a city of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, which is a part of Uzbekistan. It is located 200 km from Nukus and was once located on the shores of the Aral Sea. Now this city attracts tourists who love extreme travel. The ship cemetery, located not so far from the city, can please photographers and immerse people not for long in that post-apocalyptic world that is shown in many films.
Also at the ship cemetery the annual abstract electronic music festival called “Stihiya” takes place.
At the event, eminent DJs perform, the mission of the festival is to raise awareness of the world community about the problem of the Aral Sea region and to contribute to its revival.
Muynak used to be a rich port island in the Amu Darya delta, the main sea gate of Uzbekistan. Ships entered with a load of fuel, fish and food, and left with bales of cotton. In the second half of the XX century, the Aral Sea began to disappear, and today the territory of this huge lake and the former port town is just about 100 kilometers.
All that remains of the city’s fishing fleet is at the bottom of the former sea near the city’s border, turning into an object of interest for photographers and video directors. Today Muynak has the status of a city-museum and is a silent reproach for all humankind, a testament to the environmental disaster. It is interesting that even after the Aral Sea tragedy, the nature seems to help people in the region. A couple of kilometers from the city a freshwater lake has formed and solved the problem of drinking water for the local population.
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