Today we will continue our journey in the land of Tamerlan. After some details about the city, it is now time to have some virtual tour through an interesting video.
What I am sharing here is not a colorful and full of action promotion video. It is just the real recording by the tourists, without any video editing and effects. However, this is what made it unusual. You will be able to see and hear the REAL Samarkand! You will hear the real noises in ancient bazaars, touristic sites and streets. And hopefully, one day when you visit the place for real, those noises will be so dear and near for you!
Tamerlan – the conqueror of almost half of the world, the legedary leader, warrior and the king. They call him Amir Temur in Central Asia. The family of Temuriys were extremely influential and ruled the lands for many years after their great grandfather. During his rule, the cities prospered, science, arts and culture were developed rapidly and the lands became one of the world’s cultural centers.
Samarkand is one of the perfect examples of how prosperous the cities were at that time. It is incredible how the precious buildings and monuments were well preserved for all these centuries till now! It is true that they have been restored and repaired a bit after the independence of Uzbekistan, but still, there was what to work with!
One of the most visited and beautiful memorials in the ancient city is the mausoleum of Amir Temur. There also were buried some of his family members…
Before welcoming you guys to the capital of beautiful Kyrgyzstan, I would like to give a short glimpse of its recent history…
April 26, 1966… The day when the time stopped in the beautiful city of Tashkent; the severe pushes of an earthquake left the city ruined and impossible to recognize. More than 36 thousands of homes were destroyed, which was a serious damage to all of citizens both financial and moral…
However, today only the monument, which was built for the remembrance of that day, remains in the city. Nothing else can make the person even believe about a disaster, because Tashkent is as prosperous as it can be among Central Asian cities!
Today, I would like to admit that I adore this country… The reasons are a lot and one of the main one of them is that our Educational Travel blogs have so much to talk about this country. Since Uzbekistan was one of the cradles of early development of science, literature and culture, there is so much to learn from its history and today’s condition. So, let us start from the introduction to this legendary place to get the general idea first:
It must definitely feel weird why those guys above are playing basketball in such narrow tunnel, instead of a big stadium. The reason is brilliant: this is not a usual tunnel, but the healing one!
In fact, the guys are now in the salt mine! Those mines are visited for they have the necessary atmosphere and air that contains useful minerals. Those minerals help cure variety of illness in the breathing system, including bronchitis and asthma.
As you see, the separate parts of a salt mine are equipped really well for the patients, including playgrounds, beds and so on. There are such destinations in many countries, to which belong Ukraine, Belorus, Kyrgyzstan and others nowadays.
Here on Educational Tours, I thought that there is no need for introducing you guys to the world’s big natural wonders, such as the Grand Canyon in the United States of America. Instead, it would be more interesting for us both to explore something absolutely new.
So here is the first thing: Konorchek canyons in Kyrgyzstan… They also call it Asian Great Canyon. The place is so breathtakingly gorgeous with the blood-red sand and the beautiful slopes and unusual rock formations that have witnessed so many years of history and natural disasters. Just like they say: “The disasters shake it and break it, but that is what make it!”
I wonder if you guys are wondering what does the term “Esoteric” mean. This one of the new terms to the field of tourism and actually has been existing for so many years already. Esoterism has to do with the belief and inner self of a person.
There have been so many movements in history, which were based on the rights to one’s own belief and spiritual values. As an example, we can think of Sufism, Freemasons, Buddhism and so on.
Nowadays, they offer such tours to the beautiful nature, where the one can meditate and experience some spiritual exercises, such as yoga. It is actually the perfect chance to stay alone and talk to one’s own self. This will help a person obtain unusual peace and relaxation after stressfull days of work or study.
I would not be surprised if you guys were deeply impressed by the story of a Kyrgyz Queen – Kurmanjan Datka from the last post. Then good news for you: they recently released an amazing movie, which is based on that woman’s life. It is the real story of a history’s hero, which will take the breath away from the beginning till much more even after finishing!
Below is the official trailer to the movie and I hope you guys will enjoy watching just like as I did! I was not able to find an English version yet (unfortunately), but still hope to get it soon!
The person, about whom I will write today , has also become one of the most influencial individuals in the history of the Great Silk Road, Central Asia. Despite the fact that she was a woman, Kurmanjan Datka was incredibly powerful in political life of her time.
There is a special reason why they called her as a Queen of Mountains. She was the wife of the main leader among nomadic Kyrgyz nation. Unfortunately, very soon she was left alone – her husband, Alymbek Datka was murdered by the enemies. It was a huge grief not only to her, but also the whole nation.
However, she was smart and strong enough to find courage to comfort the rest of people and took all the problems of the land to herself. She dedicated the rest of her life for uniting her nation and building a strong and stable country together. It would be truth, that Kyrgyzstan’s freedom and status is also the result of her efforts!
How much of a sympathy, love and care does the person need for others to get such a nickname as “Worry” or “Sadness”? There on Earth lived so many people, who spent their lives for others, totally forgetting about their own problems.
In Kazakhstan, there also was such individual, whom they called as Asan Kaygi. Asan is his name and Kaygi is, as you figured, his nick, which means “sadness, sorrow and worry” in Kazakh language. He was a great singer, philosopher of Kazakh kaganate in 15th century.
They took his philosophy as the main ideology of the country and even Khan himself could do nothing but agree with what he said about ruling the country. Asan Kaygi demanded that the Khan should take care of his nation without opression and unite all other kazakhs around the world…