Besides Cholpon Ata in Issyk Kul, there is another open air museum in Jalal-Abad province. Saimaluu Tash (or Saimaly Tash, ‘decorated stones’ in Kyrgyz) is one of the biggest petroglyph sites in Kyrgyzstan. It is located on the Ferghana Range at about 3,200 meters attitude in two high valleys, separated by a low mountain ridge.
The place includes over 10,000 carved pictures, which makes the site a worldwide important rock-art collection. The petroglyphs are thought to date from 2000BC up into the middle ages. The site was first recognized by Europeans in 1902 and is now under sporadic investigation by the Institute of Archeology in Bishkek.
The site can be reached in about a day on foot or horseback, but only around the month of August. At other times, snow conditions make it impractical to reach. This is why only about a hundred people a year make the trip to Saimaluu Tash.
Saimaluu-Tash is a perfect place full of discoveries for biologist, ethnographers and even specialists in stone’s processing. The “portraits” of various animals, people and some scripts give some idea about the ancient lifestyle and leave not few mysteries to solve.
Issyk Kul is one of the well known and most visited region of Kyrgyzstan. It is usually because of the lake Issyk Kul, the pearl of the country. However, people keep going there even after summer and beach seasons. Question – why?
It will be a bit hard to find out the exact reason for each visitor, but we can make some guesses and offer possible sights that may be attracting to people. So, one of the most interesting places would be the Open Air Museum in Cholpon-Ata town.
Cholpon-Ata keeps variety of historical treasures for centuries. They are unique ancient monuments, such as petroglyphs – engraved stones, whose authors are believed to be from the Bronze Age. There are thousands of paintings of this type, that were started back in the middle II millennium – VIII century B.C. One of the most famous tribes that made huge contribution to htis art is the Saka (VIII-III centuries B.C.). They even had their own Saka-Scythian animal style of art, which is truly impressing.
What these ancient petroglyphs generally portray is animals, people, who are busy with every day activities and some prayers that can show the religious views of the authors.
I could not believe my eyes seeing Bishkek city covered with snow on internet! It is just a middle of fall and Bishkek is freezing already! Do not know why, looking at the beautiful scenery, I really feel like winter vacations come faster! Started feeling that I missed this wonderful season so much, that now have to share something connected to my winter-mood!
There is a great city called Karakol in Issyk-Kul region. It is famous for one only amazing ski resort in the country. The resort itself is close to the city, about a 20-30 minute ride depending on road conditions. There are four ski lifts in really nice condition and places to rent equipment on the mountain. The slopes offer opportunities for beginners amongst the lower slopes and more challenges for the more experienced skiers.
Even in summer it is a great fun to visit the base. The lifts are always ready to give a breathtaking experience. It takes you to 3040 meters elevation at the top of the mountain. This is a perfect chance to enjoy the stunning view and take whole bunch of photos!
There are certain places everywhere that just HAVE TO be visited when you are in one country. If you plan a visit to Kyrgyzstan, even just for business, you are not supposed to leave before seeing National Park Ala-Archa…
The park is just about an hour away from the country’s capital Bishkek. It was founded in 1970s during former Soviet Union and still is one of the most important treasures of the country. Situated in the mountainous area, the park is full of trees, especially fir-trees, because of which it stays green all year long.
Ala-Archa is a perfect choice for those, who need some break from urban noises and everyday problems that drive one crazy. There will be only a human and nature, in perfect peace and harmony. However, it is a great idea to go with family members or friends to spend a day and have a nice picnic outside!
They visit Ala-Archa not only for relaxing, but also for physical exercises as well. During snowy seasons, hikers or skiers go and enjoy practicing their sports. So, the park always welcomes the visitor, no matter in which season of the year!
I love that wherever you go in Kyrgyzstan for sightseeing, each place has its own interesting history and legends. Those stories make the one travel back to the past virtually, feel that now he is also the part of that history and remember that place for the rest of his life.
I had the same feelings when I visited the ancient town Tokmok just an hour away from Bishkek city. The place is famous for legendary tower Burana. The legends about its construction are so amazing that I wanted to share with you! So here it is:
Once upon a time, there lived a king. After longing for a child for years, he finally had a baby girl. Unfortunately, the soothsayers said that when the girl turns 18, she will get bitten by the spider and will die. This definitely frightened the king and in order to protect the only daughter, he started building the tower as high as possible. However, when the girl grew up, she got bitten by the spider, which came along with the fruit…
After a couple months of living in Kyrgyzstan, I started finding some things really weird… No, it is not about culture shock, neither it is about the atmosphere around me…
The thing is, I already knew more about this country than most of its residents! Honestly, I ask about one city from a local person and he has no idea what that place is like! He has been nowhere but only his hometown! For a couple months of my visit, I managed to explore almost half of the country! I’ve seen such beautiful places and it is so incredible that those people are just two steps away and have no idea about them!
Here’s the most common example I can give: Kyrgyzstan has a legendary lake, called Issyk Kul (the Warm Lake). Its crystal clear water is both pleasant and healing for the body. And, so many people have never seen that at all!