Besides the hot springs and mineral sources, there is a whole LAKE of warm water in Kyrgyzstan! Actually, the topic is about the most famous lake of the country – Issyk Kul, translated as “Warm Lake”. With the depth of 702 meters, it stands after the Caspian and at an altitude of 1,609 meters above sea level, it is the second largest alpine lake after Lake Titicaca in Bolivia .
Two mountain chains of the Central Tien Shan Range border the lake – in the north the Kungei-Alatau (in Turkic: “facing the sun”), and in the south the Terskei-Alatau (in Turkic: “turned away from the sun”). About one hundred large and small rivers flow down into the lake from these peaks. The glaciers surrounding the lake give it such a stunning view that it is now called as the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan.
The lake is mentioned even in ancient Chinese scriptures. The Chinese called the lake Zhehai “the warm lake”, as the lake never freezes. “The color of the water is greenish-black,” wrote Hsuan-zhang (Chinese pilgrim), “its taste is salty and bitter at the same time. Wide waves either run in huge billows, or rise up and rush forward with uncontrollable force. In the lake dragons and fish dwell together, and unusual monsters sometimes appear from its depths. This is why travelers pray for their safe passage…”
It took a while for people to develop sciences, make variety of inventions and create comfort that we now have in modern houses. They are all worthy of praises but there are some phenomenas in nature, that can amaze us even more. One of them are mineral springs.
These springs provide us with such waters that already have the mixture of healing recipes inside. Some provide not only useful, but also warm or hot water. Kyrgyzstan is very rich with such sources. One of them is situated in the south, among Alai mountain ranges. Jyluu Suu is the name of that hot spring, which means “Warm Water”.
The place is unknown to many people, but it is really worth visiting. Location among majestic hills and beautiful green forest is perfect for family picnics and vacation trips. There are special swimming pools as well, filled with the spring water. One of the pools is for men and another is for women, so it is a perfect places even for ones with strict cultural or religious rules.
Today we will go more into the topic that was started last time. There I mentioned about the old caravanserai, which is called Tash Rabat. Its literal meaning is “Stone Door”, for the fact that it was built with stone and was the door to the tradespeople of the Great Silk Road.
The ancient caravanserai is situated in Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan. Its location is far inside the mountains, away from civilization, just like a pearl deep inside the ocean.
However, when it is reached, there will be no regrets for witnessing such an amazing site. This is how the visitors usually feel and keep going to the place, despite hardships of the road. They even stay there for couple days in the yurts near the ancient heritage and experience real nomad life. Here are the reviews of those excited visitors about this mysterious and charming place:
The Great Silk road appeared in the third century B.C. as a trading route and existed until the 16th century. The ancient trading cities located along the Silk Road were the evidents of so many important historical events and some of them still keep the heritage left after the great route.
The Great Silk Road was one of the most significant achievements in the history of World civilization. An established networks of caravan roads crossed Europe and Asia from the Mediterranean to China and exchanged culture and traditions at the same time.
The most extensive site of the Silk Road passed through the territories of Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan. Caravans laden with silk from China, spices and semi-precious stones from India, silver products from Iran, Byzantian cloth, Afrosyab ceramics and many other goods passed through the boundless steppes of the Sary Archa, had to overcome the passes of the Pamir, Tien-Shan, and Altai Mountains, and cross the Murghab, Amu Darya and Syr-Darya rivers.
One of the most important heritages of Silkway is the Tash Rabat caravanserai. It still exists and bears solitary witness to these extraordinary feats of blood, sweat and bravery. This extraordinary valley now welcomes a new wave of visitors – travelers but still echoes to the ghostly footsteps of Silk Road traders.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city was also a crossroads trading center. Known as a charmed and cultured place, rich in fruit and nut forests, it flourished during the heyday of the Silk Road.
In our modern world of technologies and urbanization, it can be a bit hard to find a place to stay in peace with nature. It is a good news to realize that there are some countries that offer special eco-tours. Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia is one of them.
The country is famous for its huge amount of untouched lands, including majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes and rivers. The visits to those places will leave the one in awes and make them fall in love with such beauty.
I often hear parents complaining about lack of ways to entertain their kids. Well, there are so many options actually. However, not all parents can afford them. For instance, not everyone is rich enough to take their kids to Disney land every month.
I would advice parents to let their children be closer to nature, to become friends with it. It would, first of all, soften their hearts and on the other hand, exploring the wonders of nature is something that a human being has not completed yet. So, this fact itself guarantees that the child will not ever get bored doing it!