Kyrgyz Culture

Culture

The Kyrgyz are nomads coming from Siberia and then moved to the south until they reached the territory of today Kyrgyzstan. Their main occupation was cattle breeding and lifestock; especially they kept sheep and horses. Cows and goats were also raised, as well as donkeys for the smallest of the family to ride them.  And of course horse-back riding is the most important part of Kyrgyz culture, that is proved by a very famous Kyrgyz saying: "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

Almost all of traditional horse-back riding games are often presented in festivals or shows, where the moves are mostly derived from every-day situations of former generations. And the perfection of the Kyrgyz in the saddle is astonishing.

Children start riding a horse as soon as they learn how to walk, and soon the boys will help adults in caring for the sheep.

On the other hand, girls begin to learn sew, knit and weave being very young. Their beautiful carpets made within months or even years are very valuable and well-known. The most popular carpets are Shyrdak and Ala-Kiyiz, which are both made from sheep's wool and decorated with colored national patterns, derived from the nature.

Very important though, those carpets are not the best-known product of Kyrgyz felt. The symbol of the Kyrgyz life and household is the Yurt. The dwelling prepared of felt is found everywhere in the pastures. Even in modern Kyrgyzstan it is still considered to be part of every-day life, even in cities: you find street-cafes everywhere, serving traditional meals, and also families in big towns still emerse the yurt on the most important holidays. For example, the births of a child, a marriage or burial ceremonies are the events, where yurt is a required thing. And the most significantly illustrated importance of the yurt is depicted as the main symbol featuring on the flag of the Republic. It is red and in the centre symbolically shows the Tyunduk - the central part of the yurts roof. Typically it is a circle made of wood and crossed with few sticks.

The yurt is a multifunctional, mobile dwelling consisting of a wooden frame and the felt covers. The whole structure is fixed with short leather-ribbons (instead of nails) and ropes made of animals' hair. Inside of the yurt is fancy 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 is also the bed sheets that are spread at nighttime on the floor and offer a soft and warm place for overnight stay, but during daytime they are kept fastened and covered with a beautiful cloth, forming the back part of the yurt for the most honored guest.

In the center of yurt, you can find a little stove used for cooking and warming the room. It is absolutely compulsory even in summer time, especially when the weather is bad which quite a frequent occasion is in high mountainous areas. Left side to the entrance of the yurt belongs to man where he keeps weapon, utilities for hunting, fishing, horse-back riding and other equipment. The woman's part is on the right of the entrance - there are the kitchen utilities, and everything needed for handicraft.
 

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 5

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

Our travel company would like to offer you a bike tour that concludes the most known tourist attractions in Kyrgyz Republic. This adventure will give you a chance to discover the Land of Celestial Mountains. You will visit the best places of interest while biking in our republic. You will be also biking near the famous Lake of Son Kul that is situated at the altitude of 3016 m. a. s. l. and have a rest in the marvelous gorges. You will see how the real nomads live, and you will be stunned with their hospitality. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 12 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass - Toluk village - Toktogul village - Bishkek city 

In Kyrgyzstan cycling is very popular among the travelers. They come in Kyrgyz Republic to have biking along our beautiful gorges and to find out more about the nomadic way of lifestyle. You will see different landscapes of Kyrgyzstan during one bike tour. You will be surprised that the views change so fast. Lots of people, who are fond of biking, arrive in our republic, and all of them want to come back here one more time. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 7

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 8 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Kayindi village - Keuk-Ayrik pass - Chon Sary Oi village - Tamchi village - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Jalpak pass - Bishkek city.

The devotees of biking tours, Kyrgyz Republic is waiting for you! Kyrgyzstan is famous for mountain biking tours! You also can take an opportunity to travel there. There is a bike tour that you will like without doubt. This tour concludes the most famous Kyrgyz mountain roads. You will be biking along Mountain Rivers and gorges to see our untouched nature and remarkable landscapes. Read the tour...

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 5

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 5 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Burana Tower - Cholpon Ata - Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Tamga 

This tour includes visiting of the most famous sightings of Kyrgyzstan. You will visit the ancient watch  tower Burana that was built in 11 century; also you will see the pearl of Kyrgyzstan - warm Issik Kul Lake. It is the second biggest mountain lake in the world. Also we are going to show you ancient petrogliphs that are dated to the 8 century B.C. And many others interesting places!Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 6

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 

Some  tourists say «If you have not seen Central Asia, you have not seen the world!". You can not imagine how many interesting places you are able to see here! In this tour you will visit Karahans' fortress  Burana Tower, the divine lake -  Issyk-Kul; also it includes visiting of the unique Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle), primeval stone inscriptions, churches, legendary mosques and many others places of interest. Kyrgyzstan is the place of untouched nature and deep traditions. You will find out about the nomadic life, taste national dishes and drinks.Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 7

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 7 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Arslan bob - Kazarman village - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village - Burana Tower - Bishkek 

During this exciting  tour you will be able to cross Kyrgyzstan from north to south. This tour includes the most famous highlights of Kyrgyzstan. You will see our celestial mountains, alpine pure lakes and other s fascinating sights. Also it is a good chance to feel yourself as if you are a real ancient nomad. Read the tour...

Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 5

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Trekking tour

Time of the tour: 11 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga - Jukku gorge - pass Jukku - Ak-Shirak - Gorge Ashu-Tor - Gorge Chon-Kyzyl-Suu - Bishkek

You will absolutely not get nearer such a quiet and beautiful place anywhere else! You will simply LOVE the way this tour has been organized. This tour is for people who want to explorethe land of nomads. Kyrgyzstan is a just right place for trekking over unbelievable mountains and through unforgettable gorges. There is the second biggest mountain lake in the world Issyk-Kul on the way. You will experience the nomadic style of life far away from the frantic of busy and stuffy cities. Read the tour...
 

Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 6

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

During this amazing tour you will be able to visit the most magnificient parts of Kyrgyzstan. This tour contains the most known highlights of Kyrgyzstan that attract so many people. You will see our celestial mountains, celestial lakes and ancient architecture. Also it is a great chance to feel yourself as a real nomad. Read the tour...
 

Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 7

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Trekking tour

Time of the tour: 7 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Gorge Jukuchak - Pass Jukka - Chokoli Lakes - Syrthe Ak-Shirak - gorge Barskaun - Bishkek

You found the delightfully quiet place in our busy world your were looking for. We all were children and had our particular dreams. If your dream was to roam somewhere in a wild nature, among gorges, mountains and extraterrestrial lakes, this tour is right for you. It is an unforgettable tour where you will not only see different kinds of mountains and the world's second largest alpine lake, but also experience of the traditional nomads life while hiking through the Great Silk Road! Read the tour...

 

 

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