Osh - Bishkek

Silkway

1 - day

After arrival in  Osh ( from Uzbekistan ),about 1 or 2 p.m. you will have lunch in the restaurant , then go to the home stay which situated near the center . After it sight seeing to Suleiman Hill ,(The Takhti-Suleyman mosque a monument of architecture and the most attractive place in the town, was build on its eastern side at a heght of almost 150 metres. This mosque is believed to be linked to MukhammadZahriddinBabur,a descendant of Tamerlane, and is called Babur House. Old-timers in Osh tell a legend: “Once prophet Suleyman (Solomon) was praying on the top of the mount in Osh. He bent his knee to a stone plate and bowed to God until he reached the soil. The prints of his forehead and knee remained on the stone plate. Since then this stone plate with the prints of Suleyman is regarded as a holy places and is called – Kadam Jay – footprints of Suleyman, and the mount was named after prophet Suleyman – Takhti-Suleyman – the throne of Suleyman”). Then the famous ,long bazaar of Osh . Dinner in the home stay if you want or inthrrestaurant .

2 – day

The next day, after breakfast  drive to the historical monuments ( mausoleums and minaret,  Dating from the Karakhanid Khanate in the 11th to 12th centuries, this complex containing a minaret and three joined mausoleums is most of what remains of the ancient city of Uzgen. Uzgen was one of four capitals in the empire and specialized in finance.

The site is fairly well preserved but does not have a lot of information as you walk through). Then  drive to Arslabob , after a full day hike in Arslanbob drive futher  to the north over high - passes and sleep in the Chichkan  Canyon  (Motel Oson),  near the river with the same name . There you will have a dinner in the restaurant which locats near the Motel .

3 - day

 After breakfast , Next few days , further on crossing the Ala-Bel pass , through the Suusamyr Valley , over ground roads to visit small villages (Suusamyr ,Kozomkul,Chayek , Kyzyl –Oy),by this way  visit ( Kojomkul village named after a local hero who stood 2.3m tall and weighned 165 kilos , remains a legend in these parts . There is a Kojomkul monument in the field behind the school , mausoleum sits on the ridge above, and there is a fascinating ,if tumbledown ,yurt-shaped shrine at the end of town . Built in 1924 it commemorates one of Kojomkuls friend and the large inscribed stone outside the gumbaz was reputedly placed there by Kojomkul single- handedly ), and drive along the many rivers (west Karakol , Suusamyr , Kekemeren ) and through the red 0rock canyons area; sleeping in  tents ,makinf small hikes , watch the million stars in the sky and light a bonfire at the nite and to have dinner there .

4 - day

After breakfast go over the Karakeche  Pass go up to Song –Kul Lake and see how Kyrgyz herd the many cattle they bring to the mountain plateau.

5 - day

This full day of rest to explore the area ,walking or riding on a horse .

6 - day

After the breakfast drive to Kochkor via the Pass Kalmak-Ashuu , there have lunch in the restaurant , stay in the  home stay , walking in Kochcor see how women make the local felt carpets , shyrdaks  and ala-kyiyz.

7 - day

After breakfast in the home stay , drive to Issyk –Kul Lake , drive along the south side of the Lake  to the Jety- Oguz Canyon   (translated as Seven Bulls ), the famous valley with red sandstone wall formation it is scheduled for one day .Accommodation in professional yourt camp . All day for exploring the nature of the famous valleys ,horse – riding possibilities ,guided nature walks . Dinner will be there in the Yourt .

8 - day

After breakfast drive to Karakol  stay in  home – stay for sight seeingPrzhevalky.( Nikolay Mikhailovich Przhevalsky is one of the first Russian Scientist-Geographer who started studying in details the geography, flora and fauna of the Central Asian countries. Beginning from 1870, he arranged 4 large expeditions to Mongolia, China and Tibet. During his expeditions he revealed the exact directions of the mountain ranges and borders of the Tibet Mountains. He described the nature, relief, climate, flora and fauna in the territories under his study and discovered over 200 plant species. Przhevalsky also collected an enormous zoological collection which comprised several thousand of species of plant, animals, birds, fishes and insects. In the year of 1888, he died from typhoid fever on the eve of his fifth expedition to Central Asia; he was buried on the Issyk-Kul lakeside not far from the city of Karakol.( The Memorial Museum of N. M. Przhevalsky was opened on 29 April 1957 in Karakol.)  For lunch you can buy as usual in the super market or can go to the restaurants in Karakol. Then city tour in Karakol with visits to the DunganMosque .(There is a Dungan (Chinese) mosque in Karakol built by a Chinese architect and 20 artisans between 1907 and 1910. It was built entirely of wood, without a single nail. The Dungans first arrived in Karakol, as refugees, in 1877 and created a small community.

The Mosque is set into its own territory and the distinctive decoration (it is painted in bright colors – red, green and yellow – and bears reliefs depicting various types of flora and mythical animals such as dragons and the phoenix  that give it an original character). After it visit  the 19th  century wooden Russian orthodox cathedral .(The cathedral was originally built of stone in 1872, when Karakol was a garrison town established as an outpost on the edges of the Tsarist Russian Empire. It was destroyed in 1890 by an earthquake and the current cathedral was built out of wood on a brick base. It took six years to complete, and was finally completed in 1895. It has seen considerable service, not just as a church. During an anti-Russian uprising in 1916 its monks were brutally murdered.

Over the years, particularly following the Revolution in 1917, it has been used as an educational center housing a school, ladies’ gymnasium and an institution of Higher Education; a Sports Hall; a Theater; a Dance Hall and even as a Coal Store. Then, in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Independence of Kyrgyzstan, the local authority once again gave the building back to the church, with the proviso that all further restorations were their responsibility).

Dinner  will be in the Guest house or in restaurant .

9 - day

One this full day go to the hot spring Altyn –Arashan .

In the evening back to the home stay .

10 – day

Last day for sight seeng along the north side of Issyk –Kul Lake , towns of Cholpon Ata ,  visit of the petroglyhps (paintings on the stone , belongs to the ancient time when people tried to speak to each other or to show how they live at that time)

Last  night dinner in Bishkek.

 

 

Osh - Bishkek

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