Back to Issyk Kul

Let me share one of the most interesting stories that touched straight into my heart…

The story is about the beautiful lake of Issyk Kul from our previous posts. The legends say that there existed two young winds and they were best friends. Once they met a beautiful girl and both fell in love.

The girl could not make any decision between those two, so thought of a competition: two winds had to stand far from each other and run as fast as they could towards one another. Whoever turns out to be the strongest, she would choose to him.

Friends agreed and started the competition, but everytime they face each other, they remembered how close they actually are, they just went back. This went on forever! The girl lost hope in ever having the one and only love of her life and cried, cried so hard that her tears made thhis huge lake Issyk Kul…

Tolubay Synchy


In history there lived such amazing individuals, who were famous for the extraordinary talents, senses and wisdom. Kyrgyzstan was also pretty rich with such people and we have already talked about one of them.

Today’s hero is a man, named Tolubay. His name is always followed by the word “syncy”, which means “critic”. He stood up with his own ideas and opinions, even if they are against the kings of that time. He knew no fear of expressing himself, which would cause him pretty much trouble at the society without “democracy”.

Not only he could think wisely for the certain period of time, but also he could make some great predictions, such as telling what kind of a great horse will become of that little horse and which girl is the best option for someone’s good boy!

Queen of Alay

When you learn about the history of Kyrgyzstan, there is one topic, which is just impossible to skip. It is the greatest Kyrgyz woman since history and probably till today, whom they call Kurmanjan Datka…

She is the first leader among women in this nation and her actions, character left even the greater respected men in awe! She is the symbol of love towards the Motherland, bravery and honesty among Kyrgyz nation. She is the real role model of how an ideal wife and mother should be like.

Just recently there appeared a movie devoted to her in Kyrgyzstan and the job director and the cast did was worth praises. I would advice you as well to check it out, enjoy the movie and learn more details about that amazing woman at the same time:

 

History through Community


Today I would like to underline the important role of the community in keeping the history in its pure way, developing the culture and traditions of the country. Their impact on researches and other projects are so big that there is a special term used in the field of tourism – cbt (community based tourism).

What is CBT all about? Here organizations turn to the simple citizens for help inorganizing cultural tours. We all know that only local people are aware of the real traditions, beliefs and history of their own country. This proves that they can hardly find someone else, who could represent the country better than them!

History is also known by interviewing the respected elders, since they have actually been through those times or have heard from their ancestors even more ancient events and dates. This is making CBT more and more important and popular all over the world.

Clay War

There is an interesting province in Kyrgyzstan, called Talas. The place has many links to history, such as the monument of Kyrgyz national  hero – Manas and so on.

Another connection with history is the war with a very unusual name. They call it “The Clay War”. It is because there was such a heavy rain during the battle to the point that they were no longer able to move because of the clay on the ground. You know that those times, in 700 there were no such things as stadiums or special fields to fight.

The war went between Arabs and Turgesh Kaghanate. That was the period when Abbas Khalifate was taking over the world step by step and even this time the victory was on their side.

Hunting with Eagle

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I remember reading in one of the history books that hundreds of years ago, ancient dynasty of China and the young Kyrgyz nation built friendly relationships between their countries and as the sign of friendship and gratitude for warm acceptance, the Kyrgyz Khan sent the best treasures of his country to the Chinese emperor. That included the beautiful horses and gorgeous and mighty white and golden eagles…

The eagle is even in the symbol of Kyrgyzstan nowadays, which means it is pretty close to the heart of this nation. You can meet some amazing people in the country, who are uniquely talented in eagle hunting, or falconry. They were able to make those strong birds obey them with such art that it is definitely worth going further into it, watch and enjoy!

There are falconry tours available in Kyrgyzstan, so try not to miss it on your trips here!

Tamerlan and his soldiers…


Tamerlan – a legendary leader, who was able to conquer the half of the world with extreme wisdom and strength. He left so much heritage for future generations in different countries including Kyrgyzstan as well.

Somewhere around the lake of Issyk Kul there is an interesting place, called San Tash. It is translated as “counting stone” from Kyrgyz language. There is nothing that extraordinary in that heritage; all you will see is the bunch of small stones. However, the story behind why they gave this name is very interesting and touching…

That collection of stones actually shows the number of soldiers, who were killed during the battle. It was Tamerlan, who told his soldiers to leave a stone each to one place and to take them back afterwards. Apparently, not everyone was able to return to do so…

City Under Lake

I guess it was not just a coincidence that those amazing rock arts by unknown artists are located by Issyk Kul. In 1985, group of archeologists were able to find a whole civilization under Issyk Kul lake and it was the remains of an ancient city Chigu Chen, the capital of Usuns.

They found enough amount of proofs to the chinese ancient scripts. Only in those books were written all detailed information about this strong empire, even to the fact that how they called the first or second chinese wife of the Usun king. There were also the household items, such as dishes, arms, tools for farming and harvests, etc.

Those findings, put together with accurate history books can give the reader a great idea of lifestyle, culture and traditions of Usuns and all nations connected with them at the very beginning of our centuries.

Rock Arts #2

Kyrgyzstan keeps surprising the people, who are learning its geography and history. It is definitely because of the rich heritage in the area. Before finishing the researches about one historical place, there appears something new. The same you may feel now, after finding out about the second gallery of petroglyphs in the country, besides Saimaluu Tash.

There is an open air museum in Cholpon Ata town of Issyk-Kul province. Here is what one of the sources describe the valley of embroided stones:

“It is the perfect art gallery, once created by Andronic or Arian tribes and was continued by Saka tribes later on. The amount of those petroglyphs reached two thousand and remained whole till our days.

The rock paintings there represent the values, beliefs and traditions of ancient people. For instance, you can see the pictures of people hunting, verses that seem a lot like a prayer and a lot more heritage. The mysteries of paintings of different animals, some of which do not even live in the area, still remain unsolved.”

Patterned Stone


Today we will go back to the land of the biggest walnut forests, exactly, Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan! It is amazing that the place is hiding one more huge heritage which is also number one among its kind in Central Asia! Visit site, in order to get more information and pictures!

It is the largest collection of rock paintings in Central Asia – Saimaluu Tash. It is translated as “embroided or patterned stone” from Kyrgyz. The location of the open-air museum is the valleys of the Inner Tien Shar, at an altitude of 3,000 – 3,200 meters. This largest gallery of petroglyphs consists of about 90 thousand masterpieces.

The oldest of them are said to be from the Bronze Age (1st century B.C. to 8th century A.D.) Each has a unique style and subject, including various animals, people, who are hunting or just busy with daily chores, and some verses. They all can take the person to the secret world of ancient society and build a great bridge between!