Lake Aydarkul, Uzbekistan
Lake in the middle of desert is not the mirage, but the real miracle of nature. It is called Aydarkul. Origin of crystal pure lake on the south-east of Kyzylkum desert is very mysterious. Although there is the scientific explanation. Earlier excess of drainage waters discharged to Arnasay Hollow with saline land. But in summer of 1969, extremely high water on the river Syrdarya exceeded the capacity of Chardarya Reservoir, and water filled the Arnasay Hollow. A lot of fish appeared in the lake.
Today the area of Aydarkul lake is 3000 square meters, the length – nearly 250 km and width – from 8 to 15 km. The area around the lake best suites for walks and rides on horse back and camelback. Fauna is very rich. In spring and in summer alpine grasslands abounds in variety of colors – bright-red tulips and snowy-white acacia. High up in the mountains black storks build its nests. This bird specie is listed in the Red Book of many countries. In early spring, when Arnasay is filled with water, thousands of ducks, geese, pelicans and herons flock together here. Tourists can fish, swim and get a tan here.