Video: Lake Aydar

Fishing and birdwatching in Uzbekistan


Lake Aydar is an artificial reservoir in the Kyzylkum desert, northeast Uzbekistan. Aydar and two other lakes constitute a lacustrine system covering an area of 4,000 km2. The bottom of the lakes and the surrounding territory are covered with saline soil, which makes the water in the lakes taste salty.

The huge mass of crystal clear water, the sand shores and the remoteness of the lake from large towns are the conditions quite favorable for fishing and birdwatching. The shores of the lake are a home for a great number of species of aquatic and semi-aquatic birds, many of which are included in the Red Book (Dalmatian pelican, little cormorant, black vulture and others). The transparent waters of Lake Aydar are inhabited by the European carp, wels (some specimens of which being truly gigantic), marinka, snakehead, zander, carp, asp and others. It is no surprise, then, that fishing in Lake Aydar is becoming increasingly popular among the guests of Uzbekistan.

Yurt camp ‘Aydar’, the largest and most comfortable in Uzbekistan, is situated 6 km from the lake shore.

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