Located in the foothills of Nurata Mountains, the small town of Nurata stretching out hundred kilometers from Jizzakh to Navoi is a major pilgrimage place in Uzbekistan. Seemingly located far away from the tourist and industrial centers of Uzbekistan, Nurata leads an unhurried balanced life where warm and hospitable people live in harmony.

History Of Nurata

Naruta translates to “Ray of Father” which is connected to the legend of a fire rock which fell from the sky and created this spring of healing water. But as per the archaeological records, it was founded by Alexander the Great in around 327 BC who set up his fort “Nur” whose ruins can still be found in the southern part of the town. The fortress had an inner town which was guarded by large walls and towers. It was strategically built on purpose at the border between an agricultural land and a steppe. The water supply system that supported this fortress is partially still in use.

Muhammad Narshakhi, a renowned Uzbek historian, in his book about history of Bukhara details about an early settlement in Nur which is located at the foothills of the mountain. He also stated that the people who’re buried here have seen Prophet Muhammad which drew pilgrims from far land. Today the Chashma Complex is one of the most prominent religious centers in Uzbekistan.

Things To Do In Nurata

Nurata is exemplary of an Islamic religious center where the holiness is palpable in the air you breathe. With numerous monuments dedicated to religious. Apart from that there are also handful number of recreational places where you can relax and enjoy with your family after a tiring day.

Major Sightseeing In NurataIncludes:

The Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve which is part of the Nuratau Mountains is an excellent hiking and bird watching site. It is a community based tourism project, which is one of its kind in entire Uzbekistan. The mountains itself provide surplus opportunity for outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, camping, and picnicking.