The Mystical Kyrgz – An Enriching Retreat for Voyagers
Kyrgyzstan offers Canyons, petroglyphs and caves for the Yoga lovers, mountains for the trekkers, yurt camp living and a host of activities for the adventure lovers, Wildlife reserves, mineral springs and cobalt blue lakes for the nature lovers, and not to forget the footprints of the mystical Silk Road along with its nomadic life and culture.
Voyagers to Kyrgyzstan are entranced by its natural beauty and its amazing Silk Route past. Also, its rich migrant culture, climbing in the Tien Shan Mountains, and walking around its tremendous walnut timberlands make for an enriching retreat.
Tien Shan Mountains & Lake Issyk-Kul
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked nation with 70% of its landscape containing 88 noteworthy mountain ranges. The Tien Shan Mountains overwhelm its scene and 94% of the nation is 1,000 meters above ocean level. At 7,349 meters, Jengish Chokusu is the most elevated mountain situated close to the Chinese outskirt. Kyrgyzstan is also home to Lake Issyk-Kul, the world's second most elevated Alpine lake after Lake Titicaca in South America. Regardless of its high height and the wild Central Asian winters, the lake never solidifies on account of its extraordinary profundity, warm action and mellow saltiness. Kyrgyzstan was an important country located on the ancient silk route. Numerous old urban communities and landmarks like Tash Rabat caravanserai and the city of Osh mushroomed because of exchange between the East and the West. Its rich Silk Route history gives Kyrgyzstan the quintessential supernatural appeal.
The walnut and natural product backwoods of Arslanbob are the biggest walnut range on the planet. An astounding 608 hectors of foliage and organic product make this a one of a kind and appealing goal. The region yields walnuts as well as apples, pistachios and other dry atmosphere crops. The Arslanbob walnut was the primary known Kygryz fare to Europe.
Biggest Icy Masses
The Inylchek ice sheet is one of the world's biggest icy masses at a length of 60.5 kilometers. It is presently separated in two segments and is joined by regions of ice around Lake Merzbacher. It makes for a perfect goal for outrageous mountain climbers. An unnatural weather change, be that as it may, remains a worry like for ice sheets all around the globe. Horses have dependably been a fundamental piece of the Kyrgyz migrant culture, be it for horticulture or transportation. A standout amongst the most well known games delighted in by the Kyrgyz is kok-boru or ulak-tartysh, a variety of polo, with the exception of that the ball is a headless goat.
The Incredible Warrior Manas
The most popular folk hero of Kyrgyzstan is without a doubt the incredible warrior Manas who united the country. His story is recorded in an around 500,000-line epic sonnet. His engraving is obvious all around. Avenues, colleges, national parks, radio stations and numerous different spots are named after him, including Kyrgyzstan's principle air terminal, the Manas International Airport. The Gumbez of Manas, an essential landmark, denotes his resting place.
Kyrgyz individuals are huge tea sweethearts. You drink tea amid dinners and at any given time. It is practically similar to a trade for water. Customary Kyrgyz bread is typically presented with tea which is poured in little delightful bowls rather than glasses. Another national most loved drink is kumis, a mellow tipple produced using aged stallion drain.
The Chief Attractions of Kyrgz – A Must Visit
Lake Issyk Kul – A Remarkable Lake
You have probably never heard of it. But it is located in the little known Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. It's the second largest alpine lake in the world and it is remarkable. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, it almost doesn't seem real. At over 180 kilometres long and 60 kilometres wide, it’s the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world and one of the most popular places to visit in Kyrgyzstan.
In Summer the crystal clear blue waters of the lake are warm enough to swim in and the shores have sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views over the lake to the UNESCO listed Tian Shan mountain range beyond.
Issyk Kul Lake is easy to access from the capital Bishkek. It takes about 6/7 hours to reach Karakol from Bishkek in a taxi. The lake really is huge, it’s almost more like a sea, but on a clear day you can enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains on the other side. You could spend 1 or 2 weeks exploring all the things to do around Issyk Kul Lake and the mountains beyond. To do this you’ll probably want to travel around and base yourself in the 3 main towns – Choplon Ata, Karakol and Bokonbayevo.
Many people follow the Silk Route overland and spend a little time exploring the north shore of the world's second largest alpine lake, but there are many things to do on the south shore.
Skazka Canyon definitely gets the prize for rock formation destination of your trip along the south shore of Issyk Kul. This fairytale canyon is perfect at sunrise as there are no crowds what so ever. It gets its Fairytale Canyon nickname from the peak that looks like a castle straight out of a Walt Disney Movie. Being there while the sun comes up creates beautiful hews of red and pink without the people interrupting the view.
Cholpon Ata – The Town of Petroglyphs
Cholpon Ata located near Lake Issyk-Kul is a wonder in itself. It houses the world’s largest open air museum of petroglyphs. Officially called the Issyk-Kul Provincial State Historical Cultural Museum Reserve, it’s basically a field full of these historically significant rocks (over 5000) located just outside of Choplon Ata.
You can wander around and see the rock carvings, the oldest are over 3,500 years old that predate the Silk Road. Most of the carvings depict scenes from ancient nomadic life and there are lots of goats and other animals as well as some Turkish inscriptions.
Petroglyphs spread over a vast area showcase different stories from the past, mostly of the nomadic life, but some of them have a huge connect with the sun. It is believed that the site was once a gigantic open-air temple, where ancient people worshipped heavenly bodies – especially the sun – and perhaps other gods. Cholpon-Ata means ‘Venus father’, which is the name of a mythological protecting spirit. Researchers say that near the town of Cholpon-Ata, there is an ancient place where ancient nomads worshiped the heavenly bodies and performed religious rituals. It is thought that one of the purposes behind the stone circles was to serve as astronomical instruments. Even today, modern day tantriks and shamans love this place.
Sary Chelek – The Little Heaven
It is frequently said that Sary Chelek and its encompassing biosphere reserve is a standout amongst the most excellent sights in Kyrgyzstan. The whole locale is called Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve and vital to the reserve is Sary Chelek Lake. The sight is totally excellent and merits a decent period of time for you to soak in the magnificence of the place.
The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve has the best ecological components of Kyrgyzstan in one place, with a progression of woods, knolls and lakes. Integral to this expansive biosphere hold which is home to more than 1,000 types of plants and 160 types of fledgling, is the delightful cobalt-blue pool of Sary-Chelek. The lake is encompassed by backwoods that turns yellow in harvest time giving the lake its Kyrgyz name that interprets as 'yellow pail'. A living space for more than 1000 distinct plants and uncommon warm blooded animals which incorporates bear and lynx, Sary Chelek is likewise an awesome place for climbing, for watching or basically to make tracks in an opposite direction from your schedule. Where It is situated in Jalal Abad area in western Kyrgyzstan.
You have to go up at 1800m from the ocean level to get the principal perspective of the Sary Chelek Lake. The atmosphere at such a tallness is gentle than whatever remains of the Northern Kyrgyzstan while winters here is blanketed and summer is wet. There are backwoods around the lake which offer walnuts, wild apples, pears and grapes to the creatures living here and you may discover snow facial hair in the high reaches too. The view in total is spectacular to the point that you truly would love to remain here for more than a while. In the Sary chelek biosphere hold alongside the primary huge lake Sary Chelek other little lakes together make a welcome for the guests to investigate this lovely scene. You can endeavor to get angle shooting in the shallow waters; you can stroll around the glades and keep your pick scratch wicker bin there at the shore of the lake. There are many feathered creature species likewise which you can watch while winged animal viewing. You may take not only 1 but rather 2 days to investigate this little heaven in Kyrgyzstan.
Arslanbob – The Land of Walnuts
Arslanbob is an awesome little town north of Jalalabad. Encompassed by antiquated walnut woods, and with an especially accommodating populace, it is an awesome place to simply unwind. Arslanbob lies around 30 miles off the principle Bishkek-Jalalabad Street. The street is great, and it's a wonderful drive through the wide open.
Lodging and guide administrations are simple. Arslanbob's CBT base camp is renowned for its supportiveness. Homestay accommodation is a great medium to experience the local culture, know more about the village, as well as taste local cuisine. The hosts are normally very warm, welcoming and offer flavourful home-cooked suppers. Arslanbob is fundamentally an Uzbek town. Uzbeks from the Fergana Valley have revealed to me that the yearly journeys their families made to Arslanbob when they were kids had a practically religious nature. It's reasonable. Spend two or three days here and you nearly feel like you've entered a spiritualist daze.
There's plenty to do in and around Arslanbob. There is the little waterfall on the edges of town, the enormous waterfall in the mountains above town, and stallions to lease for riding in the slopes. Most exceptional and fulfilling, however, are long strolls through the walnut woodland. There is great delight in examining the numerous assortments of apples and cherry plums which develop wild.
The walnuts purportedly age in September and the town exhausts as entire families move into the forested areas to pick them. Families hold the rights to collect particular plots inside the timberland. That would be an awesome time to be there, however it is absolutely pleasant to meander through the forested areas without anyone else's input as well.
THINGS TO DO at KIRGHIZIA
TREKKING - Sary Chelek, Arslanbob (Walnut Forest)
PARAGLIDING - Issyk-kul
CAVE MEDITATION - Canyons & Petroglyphs
SIGHTSEEING - Cholpon-Ata, Ala Kul, Issyk-kul, Arslanbob, Osh