Lake Charvak

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Lake Charvak
Lac Tcharvak.jpg
LocationTashkent Province
Coordinates41°38′N 70°02′E / 41.64°N 70.03°E / 41.64; 70.03Coordinates: 41°38′N 70°02′E / 41.64°N 70.03°E / 41.64; 70.03
Primary inflowsChirchiq River
Primary outflowsChirchiq River
Basin countriesUzbekistan
Water volume2 km3 (0.48 cu mi)
The dam

Lake Charvak (Uzbek: Chorvoq; from Char bagh, "four gardens" in Persian, ultimately from Sanskrit "Chathurtha" for Four and "Vagh" / "Vatica" for Garden) is a water reservoir in Bostanliq District in the northern part of Tashkent Region, Uzbekistan, separating Ugam (north), Pskem (east), and Chatkal (south) ranges. The reservoir was created by erecting a 168 m (551 ft) high stone dam (Charvak Hydropower Station) on the Chirchiq River, a short distance downstream from the confluence of Pskem, Ko'ksu and Chatkal rivers in the western Tian Shan mountains, which provide the main volume of water. Currently the confluence cannot be seen and all three rivers discharge directly into Charvak. The reservoir capacity is 2 km3 (0.48 cu mi).[1]

Lake Charvak is the uppermost of the several reservoirs made on the Chirchiq River. Downstream, there are Khodzhikent Reservoir and Gazalkent Reservoir, which have a much smaller area.[2]

The dam construction was started in 1964 and completed in 1970. About 150 archaeological sites were submerged under water when the reservoir was filled up. These sites were investigated by the Institute of History and Archaeology of Uzbekistan before the dam was constructed.[2]

Lake Charvak is a popular resort in Tashkent region and thousands of holiday makers from all over Uzbekistan and neighbouring countries visit the reservoir. Villages on the banks of Charvak such as Yusufhona, Burchmulla, Nanay, Chorvoq, Sidjak, Bogustan, and their surroundings offer wide range of hotels, dachas, houses and tapchans to accommodate tourists. Yusufhona is also a popular place among paragliders and provides facilities for this sport. [3]


  1. ^ Lake Charvak on (in Russian).
  2. ^ a b Чарвакское водохранилище (in Russian). Central Asia Travel. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Paragliding on Charvak Lake at Aba Sayyoh .

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