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Kazakh culture is largely influenced by the Turkish nomadic lifestyle. Islam was introduced in Kazakhstan between the 7th and 12th centuries. Apart from the sheep, many other traditional foods retain symbolic value in Kazakh culture. Kazakh culture is largely influenced by the Turkish nomadic lifestyle and livestock is central to the lifestyle of the Kazakhs. Their habitat is the yurt.
The tajik culture is rich thank to its rich historical past. The culture can be devided into different geographical areas. In one side, the old cities of the lowland, like Khujand, Kulob, Panjakent, Qurghonteppa, Khorugh and Istaravshan, but also Samarkand and Boukhara situated actually in Uzbekistan. On the other side, we can talk about the culture of the Pamir, divided between Pamiris and Kyrgyz people, and Yaghnobi people living in the Northern area of Tajikistan.
As early as 874-1005 AD the Tajik civilization has reached its Golden Age in the reign of the Samanids. During this period, the territory has been the cradle of natural and social sciences development in the Central Asia.
Upholding to the rich culture of the past are the archaeological artifacts which have proven the artistry of ancient Tajiks. Art forms such as paintings, sculptures, and other structures which are believed to have originated in the 7th and 8th centuries were found in the ancient city of Penjikent. Other artifacts readily accessible are old mosques along with their grandiose wall paintings that depict ancestral architecture. It is also believed that many contemporary instruments have their origins in the Pamir, such as string instruments.
Top 10 things to do in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Karakol is a great base camp for day tours or multi-day tours in the mountains near by. The trekking and horseback riding possibilities are limitless and it’s still possible to find places that are untouched by large tour groups. My advice is to spend at least one full day in Karakol to just walk around and enjoy something different than Bishkek, Osh, and Kochkor. I hope you enjoy this blog post about Karakol and the area if you have any questions about the Karakol area get a hold of me. You can enjoy a short film about me here: About Alex
Best Trekking Spots in Kyrgyzstan: Self-Guided Treks, Peaks, Remote Treks etc
Self-Guided Treks in Kyrgyzstan
Are you an independent traveler? Do you like the freedom of trekking at your own pace and to stop and take pictures or stop when you wish? I have created a list of great trekking spots here in Kyrgyzstan where you can hike independently. If you wish to hire a guide or to join an open group tour with a guide that knows the areas from first-hand account feel free to write me. I can set you up with local guides and drivers to show you the best spots here in Kyrgyzstan. If you would like to rent a 4x4 for your trip where you can do the hikes from the doors of your 4x4 let me know I can rent you a strong 4x4. I hope you like the list that I have created and tell your friends about Kyrgyzstan!
Babushka Adoption Foundation
The word “Adoption” in the name of our organization means individual sponsorship and financial support to the lonely and desperately needy elder people.
Boule de Neige Association
"Boule de Neige" was born after several friends' stays in the mountains of Central Asia.
Thanks to Samuel Maret, long-established in Kyrgyzstan, these friends, originally from the Valais Alps, have forged lasting links with schools and sports clubs also keen on snowboarding, skiing and other disciplines and winter recreation.
The beneficiaries of our actions thank you for your support.