Explore Ancient City

Explore Ancient City

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It is very exciting to know that no need to travel far inside Kyrgyzstan, in order to see ancient sights. For instance, not more than hour away from the capital, there is a city, called Tokmok. Not everyone may have heard about it, but Burana Tower is pretty famous around Central Asia.

Situated in South of Tokmok – the tower is the proof that the ancient city of Balasugan had existed there. It was one of the capital cities of the Karahanid kaganate in the 10-12th centuries.  The history of the town was a short one. In 1218 Balasagun yielded to the front line troops of the myriad Mongol horde and by the middle of the XIV century ceased to exist.

The name of the tower – Burana, comes from the Arabic “monar”, minaret. There are different legends about the purpose of building this tower. One of the most famous one says that a mighty local khan ordered its construction as a refuge for his only daughter, for a fortune teller had foretold her death from the bite of a karakurt – a poisonous spider. Despite the father’s efforts to foil the fates, the prophesy came true and the daughter perished from the bite of the spider brought inside the refuge together with black grapes. The tower became the mausoleum of the khan’s daughter.

First steps to Kyrgyz Nature

First steps to Kyrgyz Nature

Just an hour away from Bishkek, there is a wonderland, which can make you forget about the chaos of urban life. That place, which can take your breathe away with its beauty is called Ala-Archa. It is the national park, under the security of Kyrgyz Republic.

It was founded in 1976 on the area of 20thousand hectars. It is sitauted on the alpine mountains, which are often visited by the alpinists for trainings. If you are strong and patient enough to walk the way of 3 kilometers up the hills, then you will be able to see a nice surprise: one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Kyrgyzstan.

This is the very place, where you can enjoy the peaceful green scenery all year round. How? Because it is the land of the highest fir-trees, which hardly ever change their colors. Maybe this was the reason why even the ex-presidents of Kyrgyzstan spent their vacation here. Even now, you can come with a big group to stay for as much as you want, thanks to the cozy cabins right inside the woods!


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This is Kyrgyzstan!

This is Kyrgyzstan!

My first Kyrgyz fellow used to repeat how heavenly their lands are all the time: during his cultural presentations, introductions to Kyrgyzstan and just whenever he missed his country. Some people just accept it as a typical boasting or advertising of ones place, but I wish they could just take a closer look at that country and change their minds…

It is so interesting that many places in Kyrgyzstan are given literally heavenly names. Examples can be Tien Shan (Heavenly/celestial) mountain ranges, Suleyman (name of the prophet) mountain and so on. It is better to see once, since I have no more words to be able to describe the beauty of this country.

My keys to Silk Road tours…

My keys to Silk Road tours…

 

I thought it would be fair to tell the story behind my visit to Asia before the actual experiences. So, this is how it all started:

I often saw foreign students in my home city and even in our neighborhood. Once I got a chance to talk to some of those adorable students from Central Asia. Their modesty and innocence was so unique for me and when they said the country they came from, everything made sense. I had a hard time to even pronounce the name of that tiny country – Kyr-gyz-stan ! ! ! I could feel some values that  many of us lost from their polite speech and interesting stories. I am definitely thankful for those “keys” to the great doors of Silk Road!