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Kyrgystan Travel

In the deep heart of Central Asia, Kyrgystan is a mountainous region featuring some of the most awesome peaks at the juncture of Europe and China. A largely nomadic culture, its countryside is speckled with yurts and large herds of goats, horses, sheep, and yaks. Kyrgyz culture goes back more than 6000 years and there are ruins around the country that exist from the prehistoric era to this day. Eco-tourists will enjoy the many yurt camps especially Tash Rabat, known as the "House of Stones", and the "Seven Bulls" in Karakol. The Kyrgyz are largely nomads to this day and a large portion of the population is comprised of remnant Russians.

Bishkek, formerly referred to as Frunze, the capital and largest city, features an architectural heritage largely influenced by the Russians with numerous stately buildings that instill respect and fear, even from a distance. Philharmonia, the great concert hall, Bishkek Historic Museum, and the Monument for the Great War of the Native Country are interesting destinations for Russian archaeology enthusiasts and cultural historians.

Other historic sites outside the capital include the magnificent 11th century Burana Tower on the perimeter of Tokmok city. The petroglyphs of the Open Air Museum are a marvel where you can see prehistoric circles of stone slabs, ancient walls, and age-old tombs of long dead warriors. In the expansive valley of the Arslanbob River, you can find many indigenous nut and berry trees. Most notably are the numerous walnut trees, which makes up a good portion of the economy.

Kyrgystan Travel

Horse riding is a cherished national art form and of great significance to the Kyrgyz people. Ulak Tartysh is a wildly popular sport that is essentially a cross between rugby and polo where each team fights for possession of a headless goat carcass and attempt to make goals in the opponent's territory. Other popular horseback games and events include Aht Chabysh, Jumby Atmai, Kyz Kuumai, Oodarysh, and Tyin Enmei.

Kyrgyz cuisine is a mirror of its many cultural influences. In the capital city, Russian cuisine is the main fare. True Kyrgyz cuisine can be experienced with the nomadic natives of the land who serve such things as fermented horse milk, samsa, shashlik, ploff, manti, and laghman.

Russian is the official language, although the colorful Kyrgyz language is more often spoken in modern times. Getting around is not too difficult with the remnants of the Soviet railways serving as transport to major cities and towns. There are also a few taxis, car hires, streetcars, and marshrutkas that are more than happy to take you around to see the sites. Kyrgystan is a great Central Asian getaway to a culture still rooted in its old ways where you can easily get lost in history.


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