Arrival in Bishkek. Hotel accommodation. (Early accommodation and breakfast, in case of early arrival). Lunch at a local cafe. City tour (Ala Too Square, Historical Museum, Government House, Oak Park, Opera and Ballet Theater, Victory Square). Dinner at the Supara Chunkurchak ethnocomplex.
Breakfast in the hotel. We begin our journey to the birthplace of the hero Manas in Talas. On the way photo stop in the Suusamyr valley. Visit to the Manas Ordo Cultural Center, which was built on the 1000th anniversary of 1995, where the hero’s mausoleum is located. Arrival in the city of Talas, accommodation in a guest house, lunch. After lunch, visit the Theodor Herzen Museum, the author of the illustrations for the Manas epic. Dinner at the guest house is a performance of the tale of Manas.
Breakfast in the guest house. Movement towards the celestial lake Sonkul, where against its background in all its glory will be presented the cultural heritage of the nomads in the form of their small ancient settlement. Arrival, accommodation in the yurt camp, lunch. Free time. Dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the yurt camp. Day of rest and harmony. Free time. It will also be possible to organize with the main manasches of our time, also representatives of culture, in order to familiarize you with the Manas phenomenon.
Breakfast in the yurt camp. Departure to the city of Naryn, accommodation in a guest house, lunch. After lunch we will go to the caravan of the 15th century Tash-Rabat, as well as visiting the ruins of the Middle Ages Koshoi-Korgon, which popular rumor associates them with the name of Koshoy, an ardent associate and part-time uncle of the famous epic hero – Manas. Return arrival in Naryn, dinner.
Breakfast in the guest house. Movement in the direction of the pearl of Tien Shan to the Issyk-Kul lake, namely to the city of Karakol. On the way, a stop in the village of Kyzyl-tuu, where the locals are focused on the manufacture of Kyrgyz yurt-boz ui, also the village of Bokonbaevo, where we see an ancient falcon and eagle hunting species, Salbuurun. In the same place, we will have lunch at the local family. ”And also in the village of Kadzhisay, where the great Kyrgyz narrator of the epic Manas-Sayakbay Karalaev was born, who was named Homer of the 20th century. The Tale of Manas. A visit to the village of Jeti-Oguz, which means “Seven Bulls” because of the interesting forms of the hills of this village, resembling bovine heads. Arrival in Karakol, check-in at the hotel, dinner
Breakfast in the hotel. City tour of the city. Return to the capital, on the way stop in the city of Cholpon-Ata, where we will visit the CC “Ruh Ordo”, where our lunch will also be. As well as visiting the historic complex Burana (Karakhanids XI-XII). Arrival in the city, check-in at the hotel, dinner.
Breakfast in the hotel. Airport transfer to Bishkek
The epos “Manas” is above all an incomparable, unsurpassed artwork created by the aesthetic genius of the Kyrgyz people on the ground and on the basis of real events, facts, heroic personalities, and which has been polished, minted, cleaned, and erased from century to century from excess weight, from alien bodies, absorbing more and more new, organically necessary components — new formations, and, finally, has reached today’s unattainable heights of its perfection.
Son-Kul is a mountain lake of Tien Shan. One version of the translation of the name sounds like “Last Lake”.
Son-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, located at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level, 29 km long and 18 km wide. The maximum depth of the lake is 13.2 meters. The average water temperature is -3.5 ° C, and in summer the water warms up to 11 ° C. The temperature of the lake in winter drops to -20 ° C. 200 days a year, the lake is covered with snow and in winter it is almost impossible to climb to it. Unlike Issyk-Kul, Son-Kul freezes and is covered with ice from September to June. The lake lies on a mountain plain surrounded by meadows (jailoo). Meadows are used as pasture for animals from the most ancient times, as evidenced by the rock paintings found on the shore of the lake. Shepherds bring livestock to the lake for the summer and families live in yurts (the traditional dwelling of the Kyrgyz from felt). Four roads lead to the lake. One through Sary-Bulak in the northeast, the second lies through the serpentine road in the southeast, the third runs through Ak-Tal in the south-west and the fourth passes by the coal mines of Kara-Keche in the north-west.
Issyk-Kul (Kirg. Issyk-Kul – “hot lake”) is the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, without drainage, is among the 30 largest lakes in the world and is in seventh place in the list of the deepest lakes. Located in the northeastern part of the republic, between the ranges of the Northern Tien Shan: Küngöy-Ala-Too and Terskey Ala-Too at an altitude of 1609 m above sea level. The lake is drainless, up to 80 relatively small tributaries flow into it.
Manas-Ordo (also the gumbez of Manas) is an extensive cultural and historical complex that holds the story of the famous epic hero Manas. According to legend, this is where his burial is located.
Manas Ordo is located 15 kilometers east of the city of Talas. The location of the complex is not at all accidental: according to legend, it was in the Talas valley that the main rate of Manas and his army was located.
A few words about Manas itself and its meaning for the Kyrgyz. Manas is the hero of the epos of the same name, which, by the way, is the largest epic in the world, surpassing at times the famous Indian Mahabharata and Iliad with Homer’s Odyssey.
The epic tells about the Kyrgyz Baatyr Manas, who returned the Kyrgyz from Altai to the Tien Shan, and later defended them from Chinese raids. The epos is historical, and therefore a significant part of the events described in it actually happened.
The Manas Ordo complex was created to preserve the memory of a phenomenon so significant in the Kyrgyz culture. The main attraction of the complex is the gumbez of Manas, that is, its grave.
In fact, the gumbez is not the grave of Manas. The construction of Gumbesa is a Karakhanid mausoleum of the late period, built 5 centuries before the events described by the epics. Supposedly, the daughter of Karakhanid Khan rests there. The mausoleum, by the way, akin to Uzgen mausoleums, belongs to the late period of the Karakhanid rule and is distinguished by a very interesting architecture. The mausoleum building is covered with a carved mosaic of clay, and the dome is a cone of rugged form, which is quite rare in the buildings of Central Asia.