Kyrgyz Culture

Culture

The Kyrgyz people have a long history of 220 years and always have been known as nomads living in Siberia who came down to Central Asia and forming a new country. Their main occupation was cattle breeding and livestock; especially they had sheep and horses. Cows and goats were also a good deal of their everyday sustenance, as well as donkeys for the smallest members of the family to ride them.  And of course horse-back riding is the most important part of Kyrgyz culture, which can be supported by a popular Kyrgyz saying: "If you have only one day to live, half of it you should spend in the saddle."

 You can also see the traditional horse-back riding games in festivals or shows held each year mainly in summer time. You can find it astonishing to see the nomads' skillfulness on riding a horse which they acquired through experience.

Children learn to ride a horse very early when they learn how to walk, and soon the boys will help adults to look after the sheep.

Girls begin acquiring handicraft skills from their mothers and grandmothers; for example they learn how to sew, knit and weave. Their beautiful carpets made within months or even years are very valuable and very popular not only among locals but also for foreign guests. The most popular carpets are called Shyrdak and Ala-Kiyiz, both made from sheep's wool and ornamented with beautiful national patterns coming out naturally by master-women.

However, these carpets are not the most popular products produced by the Kyrgyz women. The symbol of the Kyrgyz domestic life is the Yurt, in Kyrgyz known as "Boz Ui". This felt nomadic dwelling is found everywhere in the pastures. Even in modern life of Kyrgyzstani it is still considered to be part of every-day life, even in cities: you can see street-cafes everywhere, serving national food, and also families in big towns still put up the yurt during different important events. For example, the births of a child, a wedding or even burial ceremonies are the events, where yurt is required. And the most ominously illustrated importance of the yurt is depicted as the main symbol featuring on the flag of the country. It is red and in the center symbolically illustrates the Tyunduk - up-crown of the yurt's roof. It has a shape of a circle made of wood crossed with few sticks.

The yurt is a multifunctional, portable nomadic dwelling made of a wooden framework and several layers of felt. The whole structure is fixed with short leather-ribbons (replacing the nails) and ropes made of animals' skin. Inside part of the yurt is attractively decorated; there are carpets on the walls and on the floor, and the "Djuk" at the end of the yurt, opposite to the entrance. It serves as bed spread at nighttime on the floor for making a soft and warm place for an overnight stay, but during daytime they are kept fastened and covered with a beautifully decorated blanket in the middle part of the yurt.

In the center of yurt, there is a little stove used for cooking and warming the yurt. They needed it even in the summer time, particularly when the weather is bad which quite a frequent occasion is in high mountainous areas. Left side to the entrance belongs to man to keep his weapon, utilities for hunting, fishing, horse-back riding and other stuff. The woman's part is on the right of the entrance where they put the kitchen utilities, and everything needed for handicraft.
 
 
Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 5

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 10 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Tamchi village - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Jalpak pass - Dzhylangach river - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Bishkek city

If you are fond of bike tours then Kyrgyzstan is waiting for you! There is a tour that you will definitely like. It includes the most famous mountain roads of Kyrgyzstan. You will be biking along gorges and mountainous rivers in order to see our pristine nature with all unforgettable views. Kyrgyzstan is famous for mountain biking tours and now you also can take a chance to try to do it here! Read the tour...


Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 11 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Dzhylangach river - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Tash Rabat caravanserai - Moldo village - Son Kul lake - Bishkek city

Kyrgyzstan is the perfect country to have a bike tour. Our mountains have plenty of roads that are very good for bike tours. You will see our amazing landscapes and mountain lakes that are situated in the hidden places of Kyrgyzstan. There are no many people and you can visit the most untouched places in the world and feel you a person from the past. Read the tour...


Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 7

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 10 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Tash Rabat caravanserai - Moldo village - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass - Toluk village - Toktogul village - Bishkek city

Nowadays bike tours are more and more popular in Kyrgyzstan. People from all over the world come here to enjoy its nature. 93% of out territory are covered with mountains and that is why you can visit so many gorges during your tour. We tried to combine your bike tour with visiting of the most famous sights in Kyrgyzstan. Also you will have a great chance to get acquainted with real nomads and to see their way of life. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 5

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 8 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol - Tamga - Bokonbaiva - Kochkorka - Son Kul - Bishkek 

This tour offers you to be taken back to the time of nomadic life, the great opportunity to discover the celestial mountains magnificent land that is found in Central Asia. During this trip you will enjoy the untouched places wild nature and remarkable ancient highlights. The whole tour is passing through the impressive Tian Shan massif, goes along the Great Silk Way.  You will visit Son Kul Lake, situated on a high plateau in the centre of Kyrgyzstan (3013m. above sea level), as well as the picturesque the world's second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 8 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - Bishkek 

During this tour you will see our celestial mountains and two the most famous lake in Kyrgyzstan. You will sleeps in yurts as nomads do for many centuries. It is a great possibility to familiarize with the Kyrgyz nomadic way of lifestyle. During this excellent trip you will see the 2nd biggest mountain lake in the world -  Issyk Kul that is surrounded by mountains. After that you will visit well-known Son Kul Lake that is situated on the altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 7

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 13 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Chong Kemin - Son Kul Lake - At Bashi - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Altin Arashan - Karakol - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek 

You can't imagine how many places you are going to see!

During your adventure tour in Kyrgyzstan you will visit Burana Tower, which construction refers to the times of the Karakhanids; the second world's largest lake - Issyk-Kul; also it includes the visiting of  Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle) in Naryn Region; prehistoric carvings on the stones, mosques, churches and many others places that will attract your attention. Kyrgyzstan is the place of highly respected traditions and untouched nature. You will discover more about the nomadic culture, taste national dishes and staple drink kymis - fermented mares milk.  Some experienced travelers say « You have not seen the world if you haven't seen Central Asia!" Read the tour...
 
Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 05

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Trekking tour

Time of the tour: 11 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Jukku gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu - Djeti Oguz - Oguz Bashi - Issyk Kul - Bishkek city

We wish for presenting you an ideal tour for travelers who are fond of nature. We made a individual trekking tour that will take place on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. During this tour you will see our famous lake and real nomads. You will sleep not only in guesthouses but also in yurts - nomadic portable house made of timber and felt mats. Welcome to our Celestial Kyrgyzstan! Read the tour...


Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 06

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Trekking tour

Time of the tour: 7 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Mokraya Polyana - Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek 

Kyrgyzstan is a unique country lying in the heart of the Tian-Shan Mountains. It is a realm of bright contrasts that offers multitude of spectacular landscapes: wide steppes, evergreen meadows, hot and sandy deserts, blue sparkling lakes, snowy tops of the mountains, fast torrents, an great quantity of wild life that includes lots of rare and endangered species, places of historical and archeological importance that related to the Great Silk Road, the Kyrgyz people preserving their nice, but sometimes strange traditions of their nomadic ancestors. All this makes Kyrgyzstan "A second Switzerland of Central Asia". Our company will help you to explore Kyrgyzstan! Read the tour...


Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 07

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Trekking tour

Time of the tour: 13 days

Places to visit:
Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga  -  Barskoon gorge - Barskoon Pass - Jashil Kol Lake - Arabel Suu valley - Chokolu Lake - Zauka Pass - Dzhukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge - Ashu Tor Pass - Jukuchak gorge - Orto-Bulak Pas - Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Jili Suu - Ak Sai Pass - Jeti Oguz gorge - Karakol town - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek city

This awesome adventure will uncover the most picturesque places of Kyrgyzstan. This tour shows the most outstanding tourist attractions of Kyrgyzstan that receive so many people. Celestial mountains, alpine lakes and ancient architecture will stun your imagination. Also it is a great option to practice a real nomadic way of lifestyle. Read the tour...
 
 

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