Day 55: Nukus - Darvaza

We left Nukus in the morning, heading with a driver to the Turkmen border where we were dropped off in safe distance to the border post. Checking out of Uzbekistan was surprisingly quick, and after a short walk through the no man’s land between the countries we could finally make use of the last visa on this trip- after a somehow lengthy customs procedure...

Konye-Urgench offered us a few sights from the times when the Mongols were here and a lunch break before heading off to Darvaza Gas crater. There, we arrived in the early evening after almost 300 km on a grueling road mostly consisting of potholes.

Darvaza Gas Crater is a special place indeed: It started as an oil drilling site in the 1970s, but instead a gas cavern was found under crumbling ground. The rest is mystery and legends, but the gas coming from the bottom of this 70m diameter crater has been burning since then... 

Jan Martin