Tour Jizzakh!

by Nathan Hamm on 9/15/2004 · 7 comments has a brief article on the delights of the Jizzakh region. This is a part of the country I pretty much only drove through. I did always stop though for the apples and honey. The honey has a unique taste that I was told is due to the flowers that the bees frequent – cotton flowers. I remember the region being particularly beautiful in the spring during that brief period in which the steppes turn green.

Jizzakh also has the distinction of being the hometown of Sharaf Rashidov, architect of the famous cotton swindle.

The article reports that Timur’s Gates, like all-too-many historic or otherwise significant places throughout the CIS, is covered in graffiti. A damned shame.

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Laurence September 15, 2004 at 11:54 am

Nathan, thank you for the interesting article!

Tatyana September 15, 2004 at 12:07 pm

Steppes turn green? I remember it turns red with tulips.. but I was 3 y.o., that might be a mirage…

Nathan September 15, 2004 at 12:11 pm


It most certainly does in places. The area around Jizzakh that I’ve seen is mostly along the highway and if there were tulips, I never saw them in bloom there.

I did see them just before their full glory in the steppes to the south of Nurata.

Tatyana September 15, 2004 at 1:50 pm

Now I think it was later (I was 6), and in Kazakhstan, on Irtysh river, place called Bukhtarma and the flowers – “mari koreni”. (maria’s root)
Spread to the horizon.

Mark Hamm September 15, 2004 at 2:08 pm

What a cool tree! Is Nuratau the same as Nurata north of Navoi?

Nathan September 15, 2004 at 2:13 pm

Nuratau is the range of mountains to the north of Navoi. Check out this site.

Asror September 19, 2004 at 11:41 pm

I was once in the camp “Bakhmal” in Jizzakh. It was a summer camp of NGMK(Navoi Gold Mining Complex). But it’s somekind of military base now after Termez events.
But nature is beautiful, especially in April and May.

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