The Aral Sea is not a place for sunbathing or swimming. It is a disaster zone, a scar on the Earth, showing what the human hand can do.
The Aral Sea has two rivers that flow into it—Amu Darya and Sir Darya. The Soviet Union dug channels from both rivers for the cotton fields. This was the start of the disaster—starting around 1960, the Aral Sea started shrinking. Now it is far away from its former banks and still receding.
The landscape is interesting, especially bearing in mind that you are walking on what used to be the bottom of the sea. There are sea shells all over the ground and dry sea plants. The places around are hilly and plain, as it is a deserty place. But it is beautiful to see.
Flora and fauna
Just some flora, just desert plants.
In summer it is very hot and in winter very cold, so advisable to go there from March-May, September-November.
It is not so easy to get to the Aral Sea itself; it is a long and tough way through the desert, the dried bottom of the former sea.
Note: trying to get there without any guidance would not be a wise thing to do, because there is no actual road and no road signs.
Jipek Joli Inn and Jipek Joli Hotel – The best option in Nukus. Jipek Joli Hotel, which is newer than Inn, is still the best option, although they've cleaned up the original to make the choices comparable. Quite nice breakfast is included. There's pretty decent Wi-Fi, nice showers and a small drink selection available on site. Much improved compared to what is written in some older guidebooks – although this means higher prices. Single room is $40. A double room is $45, but subject to change, depending on where you are staying: Jipek Joli Inn or Jipek Joli Hotel. They have a travel agency called "Ayimtour Travel Agency" which offers Aral sea tours, day tours to Muynak and Five Khorezm Fortresses. To book a room contact via [email protected] or by phone numbers + (99861)224-25-25 for Jipek Joli Hotel or + (99861)222-11-00 for Jipek Joli Inn. To book the Aral sea tour and other tours contact via [email protected] or go to the website: www.ayimtour.com
"Ayimtour Travel Agency" offers Aral sea tours with camping at the yurt camp, day tours to Muynak and Five Khorezm Fortresses. To book the Aral sea tour and other tours contact via [email protected] or go to the website: www.ayimtour.com
Moynoq - what used to be a fisher town.