Chilpak Dakhma – Uzbekistan
CHILPAK DAKHMA – NUKUS – UZBEKISTAN.
Zoroastrian Tower of Silence – 2200 Years OLD !
The Zoroastrian sky burial of the dead.
Chilpak is an architectural monument of the ancient Khorezm period, situated on the banks of the Amu Darya river in the Chilpik region of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan.
MR.Farrokhi Bengali visited this Dakhma driving down on his way from Khiva to Nukus – a distance of approx 200 kms – 4 hours drive.
Located 45 km away from Nukus City, and 160 kms from Khiva City,
a rough 4×4 wheel drive thru the desert, is an expedition in itself, specially if you visit it in summer, in the scorching heat of 40+ deg.
It is an ancient Zoroastrian Tower of Silence thought to be the earliest example of the traditional funerary ritual, constructed somewhere between the 1st century BCE and 1st century CE.
The Zoroastrians used it for burial of the dead.
The age of this ancient Zoroastrian monument – Dakhma is more than 2200 years.