Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia)

A little information about the country that one intends to visit or that one has visited often allows us to put into context the past or future emotions specific to each trip. A little history or anecdotes are often welcome ... This is what you can find on this page dedicated to Kyrgyzstan. But nothing like (short) videos to get a more precise idea of the places visited or to visit. Beside is a list of the videos edited from the photographic material I brought back from the trip Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

You just have to click on the image to access the page giving more information on the place treated in the video and of course, to see this video ...

Kyrgyzstan, close to Uzbekistan, is another former Soviet republic. Kyrgyzstan is relatively protected by the high mountains that surround it. This relative isolation has helped it to retain its ancestral traditions but has not protected it from multiple invasions in the past. Like neighboring Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan lies on the Silk Road.

The country has about 6 million inhabitants.

The majority of the population practices moderate Islam.

Few large cities except Bishkek, the capital. Kyrgyzstan also has the second largest mountain lake in the world, Lake Issyk Kul. The first being the Titicaca.

Karakol is one of the typical towns with its wooden monuments. There are also amazing petroglyphs in the area.

Kyrgyzstan offers sports facilities and has become popular for skiing and climbing enthusiasts.

The national hero of Kyrgyzstan is Manas, a legendary warrior who united the forty regional clans against the Uyghurs who dominated the entire region at the beginning of the 9th century AD.

It is believed that the name Kyrghiz derives from Turkish and would mean forty, in honor of the forty tribes unified by Manas.

The local folklore likes to remember the exploits of Manas and there are still some old singers who can recite while singing the whole epic of Manas which comprises almost half a million lines.

In the mountains, eagle hunting is practiced but it is a safe bet that this activity generates more financial income from tourism than from hunting itself.

Video gallery • Khyrgyzstan


Vimeo Showcase • Kyrghizstan