Although Kyrgyz nation is known as nomadic, today’s Kyrgyzstan’s territory went through some big historical events and was the evident of famous civilizations. The tower Burana is one of the proofs of this fact…
Burana Tower is seven kilometers away from the city of Tokmok. It is an 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. The original height of minaret was 45 meters. Today the tower is 24.6 meters high due to the natural disasters.
In the 10th to 12th centuries, Karakhanids khanate was a great feudal state of Central Asia. The founders, “karakhans”, lived in the Tien-Shan. For a short time in the second half of the 10th century they conquered a large territory. One of the capitals of this state was Balasagun. Karakhanids’ time was the period of new towns and settlements, improved big cities.
Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archeological excavations are the witnesses of that build up. The town’s life declined slowly by years, because people left it, the buildings fell apart and finally in the 15th century it ceased to exit.
Observing different types of yurts gives a person so much intrigue, that it becomes a dream to spend there some time for real. It is even better to go as a guest and taste the national cuisine! Wishing everyone to have that chance one day, I would now like to introduce some traditions of meeting guests in Kyrgyzstan.
A guest is given the highest honor possible in this country. They say: “A guest is as great as father”. So, at Kyrgyz homes, even the “sinks” to wash hands come to the guest themselves! Guest gets the most honorable sit and is offered the best meal. Kyrgyz people are used to share the best of what they have with guests, even something they eat only once a year… So it would be really very polite to show gratitude and praise whatever they serve.
Here is a whole process of meeting guests and serving them at nomad’s yurt. Enjoy and get ready for your own experience in future as well!
If you visit Kyrgyzstan, local people will be happy to take you to the ethnic tours and share their culture and traditions with you. Since they have been nomads till very recent years, yurts – the tents , where they used to live before, will be the must see place. Yurts were very compact and comfortable to move around for nomads. The way how the things are perfectly organized in that tiny yurt may amaze you. There are certain rules which are supposed to be followed by the family members inside the “house”.
For the person, who is used to western comfort, it will be really hard to get used to their lifestyle. However, get ready for a big surprise: there are more and more modern yurts, which can be compared even to 5-star hotels!
I am honored to welcome you guys to our virtual tour to Silk Road today! Since the road is pretty long and full of different sights, I would like to start off with one of the smallest countries, through which the silkway passed through.
Kyrgyzstan is that very heart of Central Asia, which is gloried for its rich history and untouched nature. It is the land of nomads, who were able to survive through tough conditions of nature and different periods of history. They now are the citizens of an independent Republic of Kyrgyzstan, which just celebrated its 23rd Anniversary this year.
Despite its young age and small territory, Kyrgyzstan was able to attract plenty of tourists from all over the world. Its beautiful mountains and valleys, unique atmosphere of the past can create one of the best asia tours for the guests from abroad.
If to say the truth, I decided to do my thing here, which is spreading my love for Asia to everyone reading this blog. Central Asia is my home, it is the place I lived through thick and thin. This is the land which was the evident of world changing historical events through thousands of years!
The last but not least, Central Asian countries, such as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are one of the few amount of countries, which still keep their culture and traditions and live with them. It definitely does deserve a special attention. I’ve had the joy of guiding a lot of tourists around Central Asia, and now I feel like doing it even at home, from my comfort zone. I’ll be sharing every precious information for tour travel lovers.