Republic of Karakalpakstan

Nukus city

Nukus is one of the unique deserts located between 4 deserts: Karakum, Kyzylkum, Ustyurt and Akkum. According to legend, Nukus comes from the word "Nukes" (nine sons). Once the king of Khorezm got angry with 9 court girls, expelled them from the palace and forbade the men to talk to them. But, there were people who secretly met with them, and soon the girls gave birth to nine sons. Over time, the kids became the founders of the Karakalpak people.