Patterned Stones

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Patterned/embroided stones or Saimaluu-Tash in Kyrgyz is a place, situated in a narrow canyon on a northeastern slope of  the Fergansky range, in the region of Kugart pass. Crossing this pass from the agricultural Fergana Valley to the valleys of the Inner Tien Shan. In the region, at an altitude of 3,000 – 3,200m, is the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Central Asia, which have been gouged out of basaltic rock.

Petroglyphs have survived on stones and rocks at many sites throughout the globe. In spite of the fact that people have been studying them for 200 years, some of them still remain a mystery to us. Saimaluu-Tash is the largest gallery of petroglyphs in Central Asia and consists of about 90 thousand individual specimens.

A wide range of ages shows the best correlation with the richness of its subjects, characters and symbols. The animal world is widely represented at the site, there are elephants, lions, snow-leopards, wolves, ibex, red deer, birds and reptiles. Domestic animals are shown: horses, bulls and yaks. Multi-image compositions depict scenes of hunting, domestication of wild animals, migrating along mountain paths, ritual dances of masked people, sun and moon shaped men driving on harnessed chariots and carriages, dances of demons, resembling human creatures with canine heads and hypertrophied huge arms. Authors with high academic credentials regard Saimaluu-Tash as monument of culture of universal importance.

Since the place is situated in such high and deep inside area, it can be visited during only 2 months a year: July and August. Otherwise, snow will make it impossible to reach.

Greek walnuts in Kyrgyzstan?

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Is it not a bit strange to hear about greek walnuts in Kyrgyzstan? Maybe it sounds pretty simple, but after the little fact I’m going to share, you may also think the same.

Did you know that the biggest walnut forest is situated in Kyrgyzstan? Yes, the biggest one on Earth! That amazing walnut forest is situated on south of Kyrgyzstan, in Jalal-Abad region. The place itself is called Arslanbob. There are some legends about how greek walnut could appear in the heart of Asia.

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Many of them say that the walnut tree was brought by Alexander the Great, who conquered the whole world and has been in the territories of modern Kyrgyzstan as well. This is when he planted the walnut and it grew into thousands of other trees during centuries. These long-living trees can give fruit for up to a thousand years!

Nowadays, the forest is not only the source of yummy and useful walnuts, but also the perfect place to spend vacations. The local people enjoy the beautiful mountain view, coolness of amazing waterfalls during hot summer days.

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The city under ground

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Kyrgyzstan is so rich with history that I still cannot go on to another topic. Today, let me take you to the northern part of that country, which is not less attractive with ancient treasures.

Just an hour ride from the country’s capital Bishkek, there is an old town, called Tokmok. Each and every tourist, who come to Kyrgyzstan, definitely has to visit that town to see the remaining ancient city ruins and its main tower Burana. It carries so much history and legends within, that makes the listener look at it with awe!

Explore 3000-year-old city!

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Could you ever imagine that a tiny country in Central Asia, which got its independence only a couple decades before, could include a city that is actually 3000 years old?! If you are still doubting about it, then let me open the doors of Asia’s heart – Kyrgyzstan for you!

Kyrgyzstan is the very country which includes that treasure.Its ancient city is called “Osh” and is known as the southern capital of the country. According to the artifacts and ancient characters found in Osh, the city must have been existing for over 3000 years. So, this is a perfect place to go on an educational tours as well!