Kyrgyz Culture

Culture

The Kyrgyz are known as 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; in particular 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, which can be 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 shown in festivals or shows, where the moves are mostly derived from every-day situations of earlier generations. And the perfection of the Kyrgyz in the saddle is astonishing.

Children begin to ride 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 how to 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 beautiful national patterns, derived from the nature.

Very important though, those carpets are not the most popular products 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 put up 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 country. 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 made 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' skin. Inside of the yurt is beautifully 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 can 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 respected 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 which are 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 - Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass - Toluk village - Toktogul village - Bishkek city

Many bicyclists come to Kyrgyzstan for biking along our beautiful gorges and learn more about nomads. During one bike tour you will visit different landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and you will be surprised that the views will change so fast each other. Our country attracts a lot of people that are fond of biking. And they always want to come back to Kyrgyzstan one more time. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 10 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Naryn town - Tash Rabat caravanserai - Moldo village - Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Bishkek city    

This bike tour includes the most known highlights of Kyrgyzstan. You will visit the best Kyrgyz attractions while biking in our country. This bike tour gives you an opportunity to discover the land of Tien Shan mountains and to have a rest in its amazing gorges. Also you will be biking near our famous Son Kul Lake that is situated on the altitude of 3016 m above the sea level. It is a wild place where nomads still live in their felt houses. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 7

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

The best place to have a bike tour is Kyrgyzstan. Our mountains have a lot of roads that are perfect for bike tours. You will see our amazing nature and mountain lakes that are situated in the hidden places of Kyrgyzstan. There are almost no people and you can visit the most unspoiled places in the world. You will be shocked by the quantity of incredible panorama views and you will never forget this tour. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 5

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

 Welcome to a country of stunning mountains, alpine lakes and gorgeous rivers and waterfalls. If you have planned your vacations to be spent full of adventures and warm impressions Kyrgyzstan is just the right place for you. This trekking tour includes everything that will make your trip to be remembered for the rest of your life. A surprising hospitality and friendliness of local people will give you an opportunity to learn more about their traditions and customs. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 15 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Sary Chelek Lake - Arslan bob - Jalal Abad - Osh city - Kazarman village - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village -Konorchek canyons - Chon Kemin - Burana Tower - Bishkek

This wonderful will give you the opportunity to visit north and south of Kyrgyz Republic. This adventure comprises the most outstanding tourist attractions of Kyrgyzstan that create a center of attention for many people. You will see the heavenly mountains, alpine lakes and middle century architecture. It is a great chance to live in the nomadic conditions and to familiarize with striking nomadic culture. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 7

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 7 days

Places to visit: Torugart - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul - Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek

We would like to offer this tour for people who have transit from Chinese - Kyrgyz border - Torugart Pass and then to Bishkek City (the Kyrgyz capital). While traveling you will see the renowned caravanserai of Tash - Rabat that was built inside a mountain and you will also have time to relax in the calm environment of Son - Kul Lake. During your tour main part you will have a possibility to live in the beautiful places that are completely remote from the busy civilization. Read the tour...

 

Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 5

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

Welcome to a country of stunning mountains, alpine lakes and gorgeous rivers and waterfalls. If you have planned your vacations to be spent full of adventures and warm impressions Kyrgyzstan is just the right place for you. This trekking tour includes everything that will make your trip to be remembered for the rest of your life. A surprising hospitality and friendliness of local people will give you an opportunity to learn more about their traditions and customs. 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 - Dunguromo Pass - Dugurotmo gorge - Chokolu Lake - Zauka Pass - Dzukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge - Ashu Tor Pass - Jukuchak gorge - Orto Bulak Pass - Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Jili Suu - Kok Dzhayyk Pass - Jeti Oguz gorge - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek

Charming and inviting land of Kyrgyzstan offers you to spend your summer vacations with use. Fresh air, pure water, fermented mare's milk and natural products will help you to recover your health and regain energy for the whole coming year! You will have a trekking tour that you are going to enjoy thanks to an untouched nature of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and to visit numerous lakes with pure sparkling water. During the trip you will learn about Kyrgyz traditions and culture, because the Kyrgyz being nomads for many years managed to keep all their extraordinary traditions and customs to these days. Read the tour...

 
Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 7

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

Such a lovely and beautiful place is found anywhere else in the world! You can't help but love the way the tour has been organized. This tour is perfect for those who want to discover the land of nomads. Kyrgyzstan is a perfect country for trekking over incredible mountains and through unforgettable gorges. There exists the second largest mountain lake in the world Issyk-Kul on the way the coastline of which stretches for the length of 180 km. You will have a chance to experience the nomadic style of life far away from the hectic of busy and stuffy cities. Read the tour...

 

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