To Boisun, the Magnificent Destination

One can use the UAZ (Russian-produced off-roader) to cross through a rugged mountain stream, climb up the canyon, stand under a waterfall, make a selfie on a poppy field, see dinosaur tracks, quench your thirst with cool spring water, and then get to a neighboring village on stone steps along the edge of the abyss, because there is no other way to get there.

 For several days, the Uzbek-Russian group of journalists was able to see these and other natural beauties of Boisun in Surkhandarya region. The extreme media expedition was organized by the State Ecology Committee of Uzbekistan and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia within the framework of the UzWaterAware project funded by the European Union, and was occasioned to the CAMEP-2018 forum.

Thus, on the first day, the course was taken onto the most dazzling gorges with mesmerizing high ravines. Through the stone walls, water seeps, drawing bizarre portraits and patterns.

The Darband Gorge is known for caravan routes running from here, as well as armies of generals passing en route to military campaigns. At the entrance to it, to the left you encounter the cave Zindomak, the descent into which is almost vertical. Narrow gorge leads to the shrine of Khujamoi-ota, the place of worship of local inhabitants. As the legend goes, trying to save the people from drought Khujamoi asked for the Almighty’s help and received a sign that he should go to a remote gorge where he would find a place under a huge rock and hit it with a staff, then a water spring full of fish would roar out.

Down the road, slowly winding among the steep rocks and sharp turns, led us to the canyon of Kaptarkhon. From permanent weathering on its walls formed depressions, where tourists are so fond of climbing for photos. Here come fans of extreme mountain, rock climbing, archeology.

By the way, you can get to the zone of anomalous gravitation near the village of Padang. If you drive into a 50-meter-long slope and leave the car on the road, the car will roll upwards. Spilled water will also flow upward. Trying to solve the mystery, impressed media representatives returned to the hotel.

At dawn, the journalists, accompanied by experienced guides from the touristic community “Mysterious Uzbekistan”, sat down on the UAZ, set out on a difficult four-hour journey to the lakes. It began with the Zaurbashi gorge, which is buried in the juniper. Therefore, the air here is so saturated. If you look from the top down, you can feel yourself at the height of the Tashkent TV tower. In the sky birds of are hovering in anticipation of prey, in order to carry it to their nest, located somewhere on a remote cliff. And so, along the riverbeds, through original villages built of red clay, waterfalls, over precipices, our team arrived in a high mountain village. According to Sharof Egamberdiev, Doctor of Biological Sciences, isolation and inaccessibility sometimes give rise to surprising architectural solutions. One of them is sherings. It is a man-made, narrow path that runs over precipices and precipices from archa cobbles hammered into cracks, intertwined with branches laid out on top by flat stones and earth. Their construction is a difficult occupation, often construction is conducted by villagers. Sometimes this is the only way connecting villages in the winter with the outside world. There is a saying that goes “A traveler on the shering is like a tear on the eyelash”.

            Only three persons out of twelve, including the author of these lines, rose up above the abyss along a path five hundred meters long. The award was a white-headed sip, listed in the Red Book of Uzbekistan, circling above us in all its glory.

The third day of the trip was remembered by one of the largest waterfalls in Uzbekistan. Thousands of people come to the Sariasiya district of the region to look at Sangardak, and also to collect spring water. Water, falling from a huge height, breaks down on the rock into the smallest spray, creating around a special microclimate. Also, a group of journalists visited the unique village of Nilu. At the entrance to it you can meet the trees of wild pistachios, figs, unabi, everywhere there are bright yellow eremurus. Its attraction is the plane tree in a girth of 25 meters. Near the sacred pond with fish, thanks to which, as the old people here say, the platan grew so much. Both the tree and the pond are located on the territory of the old mosque. According to Dr. Egamberdiev, the water level in the pond remains at the same level throughout the year. From it, with the help of diversion channels, a water intake for 1,500 people residing here is made. From adobe houses through narrow streets now and then resort children in multi-colored skullcaps, with utensils for water.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)