About 50 years back, Mustafaqul Zokirov left his drought-hit mountain town in a remote corner of Uzbekistan looking for water.
He stayed away forever.
In any case, his vanishing prompted a revelation that presently attracts pilgrims to a Central Asian nation regularly known for its tremendous steppes and antiquated Silk Road urban areas.
What draws in them is Boybuloq – at 1,415 meters (4,640 feet) – Asia’s most profound surrender.
Uzbekistan’s mountains still have a quality of puzzle and are among the minimum investigated anyplace.
That is absolutely valid for the Hisar run in the south of the nation, where Boybuloq lies.
Simply arriving is an undertaking not for the timid. First comes a hair-bringing seven-hour drive up in an old Soviet-time UAZ rough terrain vehicle, up to the villa of Dehibolo – which deciphers as “the most astounding town”.
As the mountains vanish in the mists on one side, soak gorges guarantee unavoidable passing on the other should your driver commit the littlest error.
“I even ride in winter and at midnight,” flaunts our young driver Erkin. “I know each stone and each curve. So unwind and appreciate the view.”
When we achieve the last couple of towns, the street vanishes inside and out and the vehicle needs to manage with a waterway bed in the midst of soak fruitless precipices, springs and tight streams.
At a height of over 3,000m, Dehibolo marks the finish of the voyage, a little green desert spring at what feels like the apocalypse.