The hot and dry climate makes it possible to grow cotton, rice and melons in almost the entire territory of Karakalpakstan. Winter is mostly cold and snowless.
Karakalpakstan has always been famous for masters of applied art, since it has developed over many centuries. Among the general diversity, one can single out the Karakalpak headdress, called “Shogirme”. As well as traditional musical instruments, such as dutar, gyrzhek or balaman's flute invented by local shepherds, kamys-nai flute and duduk reed pipe. The region has its own distinctive ornaments that are applied to clothing, carpets, and fabric. Local artisans will also not let you forget about staying in this beautiful region. Masters make beautiful crafts from wood, leather and other materials.
The traditional cuisine of the Karakalpaks intersects the culinary art of their many Central Asian countries, such as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and many others. The main dishes, as well as in other regions, are pilaf, manti, samsa and of course fish. Fish is prepared here according to special recipes, so this is the first thing you should try while being in Karakalpakstan. But these dishes also have their own peculiarities due to the fact that here people eat not only beef and mutton, but also horsemeat and camels that are unusual for a foreigner. Side dishes such as potatoes, rice, beans and other vegetables and cereals are widespread. You can read more about Uzbek Cuisine at this link.
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 when visiting religious sights of Uzbekistan, it is advisable for women to cover open parts of the body (shoulders, back and legs). Such sights will be marked with symbols ☪️☦️✡️✝️
The Savitsky Museum is considered one of the largest museums in Uzbekistan, and the collection of its exhibits is the second in the world among the collections of the Russian avant-garde.
Near the museum there is a beautiful park where you can take a walk and take some cool photos!
The Berdakh State Museum was created with the aim of acquainting residents and guests of the region with its history from antiquity to today. The building was erected in 1997, in connection with the 170th anniversary of this great Karakalpak poet and thinker. Recommended for visiting everyone!
Nukus is the capital of Karakalpakstan and one of the most northwestern cities of Uzbekistan. It was built on the site of an ancient settlement called Shurcha, which was on this place until the 4th century AD. According to archaeologists, this settlement was used as a defensive structure built to protect the borders of the Khorezm state and the waterway passing through the Amu Darya.
The first version of the origin of the name of the city “Nukus” came from the name of a very old Karakalpak family. This is hardly mentioned in historical textbooks, but some researchers claim that the word “Nukus” came from the Persian root “Nukus”, which translates as “nine people.”
According to the second version of the name, it came from the historical name of the Amu Darya River - “Oxus”.
Nukus received the status of the capital of Karakalpakstan on April 1, 1932, and on September 11, 2003, the city was awarded the Dustlik Order by presidential decree.