"Famous Through Horses and People" Novoderkul by hunterV

Novoderkul Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 106 photos

A New Destination

Novoderkul is a village in Byelovodsk County of Luhansk region. It is located five miles to the south of the county center and sixty miles to the north of Luhansk, the regional center.
There are about one thousand inhabitants in Novoderkul now.
The village lies on the left bank of the River Derkul that is regarded to be the cleanest river of Luhansk region.
The village is famous for its huge State Horse Farm founded in 1767 by the decree of Empress Catherine II.
It is also the birthplace of Andrey Pastukhov (1858-1899), the first Russian mountaineer. Now there is a monument to him in front of the local school that bears his name.
One fine day my Iraqi friends, who study at Luhansk State Medical University, and I decided to pay a visit to the famous Horse Farm in Novoderkul. Our day trip was great: informative, educational and enjoyable.

The Canyon River

This is what the name of the River Derkul implies. The name belongs to the Turkic language and means “ravine/canyon river” or “narrow river”. This winding river is narrow indeed, but very deep at certain points. You never know. Its depth varies from one foot to twenty feet.
This river is a fishing paradise. Fishermen say they always have good luck here and never come back home empty-handed. They catch perch, chub, vimba, pike, and catfish.
There are a couple of places where locals bathe and have a picnic on the riverbank. We went to what they call the central beach. It’s a tiny part of the riverbank, cleared from weeds and equipped with places for fire. There is a bench, a fishing board and a jumping board. The water is clear and you can see the bottom at the bank full of large water plants. You can also see yellow water lilies that are rare indeed and only grow in ecologically clean waters.

Some Useful Links

Before traveling to this place we watched several interesting videos (only in Russian) about Novoderkul Horse Farm and about Byelovodsk County:
- a Luhansk TV program TV Traveller
- a resident of Byelovodsk, a musician, devoted his song to his hometown and wants to turn it into Hymn to Belovodsk
- a nice winter video about the famous Horse Farm
- Also, a good Panorama of Byelovodsk
- Sports are popular here, among them, Paragliding around Belovodsk

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:wonderful horses, nice scenery, hospitable people
  • Cons:few buses to Novoderkul and back (especially back)
  • In a nutshell:Famous Horse Farm
  • Last visit to Novoderkul: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Fascinating village to visit and explore especially the Farm House. The Japanese Manege is truly an architectural masterpiece. The models of horse farm buildings in the museum are certainly impressive it has to be said. Thanks for your virtual tour of this interesting village. ~ho & pang

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I really enjoyed reading about your tour of the horse farm and seeing the horses. That river looks beautiful too - so peaceful with wonderful reflections!

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      May 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Thanks, Sarah! I am sure you would have enjoyed your visit there as well!)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Love the horse farm. I would seek out the horses and stables. The view of the river is lovely. Nice page Victor!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    It was very interesting to know about the State Horse Farm, Hammurabi and Zadorny. Thank you for a tip about famous Andrey Pastukhov - it's great that he was born in this place and there is a monument there bearing his name. I know the Rocks of Pastukhov in Elbrus - he was the first Russian mountaineer.


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