Zaamin National Park is in the Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan –a green paradise with unique flora and fauna. The area with its crystal clear air, rolling hills and beautiful mountain landscape welcomes nature lovers.
Zaamin National Park was organized in 1978 and covers an area of 24110 hectares at the amplitude from 1760 to 3500 meters above sea level. There is a distinct mountain range in the area and the word ''zaamin'' is translated from Tajik as ''agricultural land'', because from the old times land was known for its fertile soil.
There are many rare animals and plants spotted in the area of the National park, 14 animals and 18 plants are inscribed into the Red Book of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Considered as ''Switzerland of Uzbekistan'' Zaamin is a large green area rich in pine forests full of various species of birds. Among them are rare birds like ringdove, bunting, blackbird, turtle dove, Turkestan owl, Turkestan starling, etc. Among the typical animals are Turkestan lynx, black stork, Central-Asian ibex and white-clawed bear.
The pine and conifer forests are unique in all around Central Asia, which also makes the air curative. That was the reason to build a futuristic sanatorium in Zaamin in the 1970s for patients who have problems with lungs. Sanatorium and the nearest areas are full of locals selling local goods including herbs, honey, lamb baked in tandoor, cheese balls, etc.
The park includes the Uryuklisai Gorge and at the head of the gorge is one of the park's famous attractions-the Sharilak waterfall. There is also a halved hazel, which is there for more than 7 centuries. It as two trunks separated by a stream. History lovers can also visit the ruins of Muk fortress.
The National Park shouldn’t be confused with the Zaamin Reserve, which is closely connected with the national park with territory and flora-fauna. The reserve with the same name, however, doesn’t allow visitors inside and any economic activity is forbidden in the area.
The Zamin National park is in the Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan, 5 hours from Tashkent (3 hours to Jizzakh and the rest to the park) with a small entrance fee.
You can visit this site with our Jeep Tour to Uzbekistan and Adventure Tours to Central Asia.