Sangardak Waterfall in Surkhandarya Region, one of the largest waterfalls in Uzbekistan, is so spectacular that tourists travel hundreds of kilometers from Termez or Boysun just to see it.
The name "Sangardak" is of Tajik origin, and although its precise meaning is unknown, "sang" translates as “rock” and "ardak" as “honor”. The waters tumble from an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, while the rocks perched directly above measure an additional 300-400 meters. Sangardek actually consists of two main waterfalls as well as several smaller ones which often dry up in autumn. The cascades are fed by multiple rivulets which merge before plunging over a sheer cliff, where they split into hundreds of thin streams that splash onto moss-covered stones.
Sangardek Waterfall is situated 140 kilometers from Boysun and 190 kilometers from Termez. As you near the waterfall, the final kilometers of road pass through the spurs of the Hissar Mountains along a beautiful gorge of the Sangardakdarya River. At the waterfall, a small labyrinth of stairs leads to bridges and viewing platforms stationed at intervals around the falls. In spring and summer the flow is generally very strong and the air saturated with moisture, so that even on hot summer days visitors can anticipate a cool, refreshing experience. If you plan to admire the falls for very long, prepared to get damp! At the entrance downstairs visitors can purchase local sweets, dairy products and fruits, while the nearby gazebos are a great place to relax after your long journey.
Anyone who sets out to explore Termez, Boysun or the wider Surkhandarya Region of Uzbekistan should plan a detour to Sangardak Waterfall. After relaxing in the shade of its majestic rocks and refreshing yourself under its gentle streams of water, you will continue your journey refreshed in body and soul!