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The Aushkul Lake
October 21, 2014 16:26


The Aushkul Lake is known, first of all, for the Aushtau Mountain standing on its western shore with the source of Aulia which is sacred for the Bashkir Muslims. A beautiful view of the desert and the lake opens from the hill, the lake is extremely picturesque by itself: it is almost round, with a small island in the shape of a heart.

The only settlement in this area is the village of Starobairamgulovo also located on the shore, it was originally called Aushkul, too. The lake is a protected natural monument. Its water is relatively clean (its purity is already doubted), the fish can be caught here: you can really catch, for example, a small pike. Reed and rushes grow along the shore, you can see cranes and ducks. In addition to diverse flora and fauna, the lake has an almost fabulous feature: there are outcrops of jasper at its bottom, these multicolored stones can be seen on its shores. Approximately the same picture can be seen at the Karagaily Lake. There is quite a lot of jasper in these places.

The ritual for the pilgrims, not only Muslims (the mountain is visited by all kinds of people), has formed: you should choose a stone “corresponding to your sins” on the shore or at the bottom of the mountain and drag it to the top. The sins will be forgiven, if you chose the stone of the right size. The small island on Aushkul is also unusual: local guides say that it floats along the lake. In fact, moving or floating islands are not a rare phenomenon, they usually represent large peat splinters which are strong enough and even covered with vegetation. If you believe the stories, the Aushkul Island is not that floating, it only slightly changes its position on the water.

Perhaps this is a peat island connected with the bottom by the roots not so tight. It was impossible to get any clearer information from anyone, so we will be grateful to readers capable of solving the mystery of the Aushkul Island. On the other hand, a scientific explanation can kill all the romance. And thus the potentially wandering heart-shaped island on the jasper lake generates legends about local lovers who ended their lives in a sad way in these places. Since there are no hotels in Starobairamgulovo, the camps are set on the lake shore by fishermen, paragliders who like to fly near the sacred mountain and simple travelers. It is free for the time being.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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