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Kyrgyzstan Travel and Tourism

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Kyrgyzstan , officially the Kyrgyz Republic, is a country in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, it is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. The ethnonym "Kyrgyz", after which the country is named, is thought to originally mean either "forty girls" or "forty tribes", presumably referring to the epic hero Manas who, as legend has it, unified forty tribes against the Mongols. The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan symbolizes the forty tribes of Manas.

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Falconry To Hunt or Pursue Game for Humans - Bishkek
Falconry To Hunt or Pursue Game for Humans Falconry or hawking is an art or sport which involves the use of trained raptors (birds of prey) to hunt or pursue game for humans. There are two traditional terms used to describe a person involved in falconry: a falconer flies a falcon; an austringer flies a hawk (accipiter). In modern falconry, buteos are now commonly used, and the words hawking and hawker have become used so much to mean petty travelling traders, so falconer and falconry now apply to all use of trained birds of prey to catch game. Traditional view of falconry state that the art started in Mesopotamia. The earliest evidence comes from around the reign of Sargon II (722-705 BC). Falconry was probably introduced to Europe around AD 400, when the Hun...

komuz An Ancient Fretless String Instrument used in Kyrgyz Music - Bishkek
komuz An Ancient Fretless String Instrument used in Kyrgyz Music The komuz or kopuz (translating literally as instrument) is an ancient fretless string instrument used in Kyrgyz music, closely related to other Turkic string instruments and the lute. The oldest known komuz dates from the 4th century although the Gopuz in Azerbaijan is believed to date back to 6000 BC following an archaelogicial discovery of clay plates depicting gopuz players. The komuz is generally made from a single piece of wood (usually apricot or juniper) and has three strings made out of gut. In the most common tunings the middle string is the highest in pitch. It can be used either as accompaniment or as a lead instrument. It is generally played seated and held horizontally, but the real virtuosos frequently...

Horse Riding The Traditional National Sports - Bishkek
Horse Riding The Traditional National Sports The traditional national sports reflect the importance of horse riding in Kyrgyz culture. Very popular, as in all of Central Asia, is Ulak Tartysh, a team game resembling a cross between polo and rugby in which two teams of riders wrestle for possession of the headless carcass of a goat, which they attempt to deliver across the opposition's goal line, or into the opposition's goal: a big tub or a circle marked on the ground. Other popular games on horseback include: 1.Aht Chabysh - a long-distance horse race, sometimes over a distance of more than 50 km 2.Jumby Atmai - a large bar of precious metal (the jumby) is tied to a pole by a thread and contestants attempt to break the thread by shooting at it, while at a ...

Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek
Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve of Kyrgyzstan Some 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh is The Sary Chelek biosphere reserve, which lies in the Arkit Gorge, a relatively small mountain hollow in the Chaktal Mountains. It was founded in 1959 to protect and research the pristine natural landscapes - lowland steppes and ridges with snow-capped peaks; rapid rivers and mountain lakes; blossoming valleys and alpine meadows (lying between 1200 m and 4274m) - with their varied flora and fauna. More than 1000 species of plants, 160 species of birds and 34 species of mammals (such as deer, bear, lynx, wolves, foxes, badgers, porcupine … even snow leopards) can be found in this relatively small, unspoilt national park. The Park and area comprises of the river valleys ...