The fabulous landscapes and the purest mountain air, a variety of fauna and flora, the ancient places for pilgrimage and a unique national health resort all are Zaamin.
What to visit in Zaamin?
Zaamin State Nature Reserve is located on a vast territory, including Bakhmal forestry, Zaamin forestry, Zaamin Natural Park, with a total area of 26,840 hectares.
The Nurata ridges surround the southern and partly western part of the oasis and provide a temperate climate, as well as give the originality of the relief and natural beauty to the Aidar-Arnasay lakes system in the north of the region.
National health resort
“Zaamin” Sanatorium is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level in the Zaamin National Park health. The cleanest air, mountain landscapes, and coniferous trees – all this creates the best conditions for conducting wellness procedures for adults and children.
Ancient places of pilgrimage
Parpi Oyim Complex
In the Zaamin district, in one of the most beautiful gorges of the Morguzar mountain range, you can visit the unique Teshiktosh cave and the tomb here, popularly named as “Parpi oyyim”. It is located near the Teshiktosh hole. This place is especially popular among women planning maternity.
In summer, the air temperature in this wonderful place is much lower than in neighboring regions due to the local flora. Nevertheless, keep it in mind that the temperature varies day and night. Therefore, even during the hottest month, take warm clothes with you, they will be very useful to you! Winter here is also very different from winters throughout Uzbekistan. Heavy rainfall and temperature drop (often deep below 0 °C) await you in the winter, but the beauty that you will see is worth it!
In the Zaamin area, among the souvenirs, you can mainly distinguish magnets with the image of local attractions. In addition, the local artisans are ready to surprise you with the crafts production made of wood and clay. These are the carved caskets with a secret lock, decorative plates and many other interesting things. The potters will delight you with painted dishes with unique local patterns.
The hallmark of the region’s gastronomy is meat! The main dishes include tandoor kabob, jizz and, of course, Jizzakh samsa. Tandoor kabob is a dish invented by the nomads. Because they were constantly on the road, they had to come up with more and more new ways for convenient cooking on the road. What could be simpler than meat cooked at the stake? For this, the cooks made a hole in the ground with a depth of about 70 cm, stacked the firewood and laid the meat down. The meat was rubbed with the added juniper branches that gave piquant and unusual taste.
Jizz is considered a delicacy. Nowadays, this dish can be found in almost every city, but it has been invented in the Jizzakh region, that can be seen from its name. The way of cooking of jizz is unusual. First, the lamb is boiled and then fried in its own grease. It gives jizz a unique taste.
However, the main dish of the region is samsa. The local way of samsa cooking is famous throughout Uzbekistan, but, unfortunately, unlike most dishes, you can find it only in the Jizzakh region. Jizzakh samsa is very large in comparison with other types of samsa in the republic, but is cooked like the rest, in a vertical tandoor. Why it does not fall under the weight of the whole filling, you may ask. I am afraid that the method of its preparation is another riddle comparable, probably, only with the question, why the sandwich falls butter down. Follow the link to read more about Uzbek cuisine.
An integral part of every trip is photography! In this section, we introduce you 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 ☪✝✡☦
Yurt camps are the best place to feel like the first settlers. You can sit around the campfire until midnight, sing songs and enjoy the beautiful night sky!
? Walking on the river bank not only enhances health, but also arouses the desire to capture your walk, because you want to remember the beauty of this place forever!
? The place “Bobo Yongok” is located in the Zaamin National Park and is famous for its growing hazel, which is more than 700 years old.
Zaamin is a very interesting place for nature lovers. This small town is the centre of the mountainous region of the Jizzakh region. Believe me, you will not find a better place to travel for camping! The natural beauty of this place leaves no one cold. Mountain air is so clear that sometimes, it makes you dizzy.
The fragrances of various flowers and herbs will not leave you throughout the trip, changing aromas with such frequency that you do not have time to enjoy all the notes of these amazing scents. In addition to all the natural beauty that can be found here, this area is also famous for its ancient history. Here you can see the ruins of fortresses and monuments of different eras. However, the main attraction is the reserve, created in 1960 to preserve the unique nature of this place. The area of the park reaches 10.5 hectares and most of it is occupied by forests.
Also in the reserve, you can find mountain ranges, gorges and hills. The highest part of the mountain range is Shaukartau Mount with a height of more than 4000 meters. The significant places of this park include “Boboyongok” – an ancient hazel, which, according to rough estimates, is about 700 years old. Its height is 20 meters, and it reaches almost 3 meters in diameter. A very interesting cave was found in a local village not far from the reserve. In its bowels, the archaeologists found the tools of primitive people. The walls of the cave are decorated with drawings. “Zaamin” sanatorium and several other rest houses and children’s camps are also located on the territory of the reserve.