Cultural trip to Kyrgyzstan - Nooruz holiday in Kyrgyzstan
Cultural trip to Kyrgyzstan

Nooruz holiday in Kyrgyzstan

Cultural trip to Kyrgyzstan
(Nooruz holiday in Kyrgyzstan)

Nooruz is an ancient national festival of the vernal equinox. This holiday goes back to the very ancient times. Even before the advent of Islam people celebrated this day as the beginning of a new year, the renewal of nature and human being. A few days before the holiday, people cleaned their homes, paid out their debts and forgave all grievances. On holiday people wore fancy dress, had fun and laughed, they organized various games and competitions, sang songs and danced.

And today, in our country Nooruz is celebrated in all its glory. A week before the holiday Kyrgyz people sprout 7 kinds of cereals and by how they grow people judge the future harvest. On the day of the holiday people prepare a lush dastorkon, the night before the holiday festive ritual meal sumolok is cooked. It is made from sprouted grains of wheat, which are ground and then boiled in a cauldron on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. Small stones are also added to it (which, of course, are not used for food. They are used to reduce the risk of overcooking of sumalyak at the bottom of the cauldron. Also, there is a belief that if you get the stone during the meal, you have to make a secret wish and it will definitely come true). It is believed that sumolok is needed to be cooked with songs, dances and plays, cheerful refrains. After cooling, the dish is served at the table. It is also believed that this dish gives people physical and spiritual forces.

In the morning on March 21st, people go to their neighbors with a bowl filled with sumolok, drink tea, talk and make plans for the future. We invite you to plunge into the atmosphere of this wonderful holiday and enjoy all the traditions’ paints of a small friendly country in the vast fabulously beautiful Asia.

Available Dates

  • Mar 20 - Mar 28, 2020 | -20% min 4 pax Book

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Summer, Autumn
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek
Airport Airport Manas (FRU)
Airport out Airport Manas (FRU)
Wildlife Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Hares

Price: $ 999 (≥ 10 people)
≥ 8 people in the group: $ 1,059 per person
≥ 6 people in the group: $ 1,160 per person
≥ 4 people in the group: $ 1,359 per person
≥ 2 people in the group: $ 1,855 per person

Great for Individuals Couples Families

Trip to Kyrgyzstan will give you an acquaintance with ancient history and culture, traditions and customs. Sping holiday Nooruz is the time when nature wakes up after winter. You will find the unique bustle and flavor of oriental bazaars, preparations for a great holiday. You will hear fairy tales and legends. Feel warm hospitality and ancient traditions of the local poeople.

What's Included:

  • Transport according to the program
  • Guide
  • Accommodation (Bishkek, Karakol – 3* hotels, Bokonbaevo, Tokmok town – home stays)
  • Meals – full board (B/L/D)
  • Excursions according to the program
  • Horse games and eagle show in Bokonbaevo village
  • Water 1 l. per day per person

What's not included:

  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • Horseback riding (anywhere)
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel personnel
  • Any personal expenses in hotel: international calls, bar, etc.
  • Single supplement of 120 USD
Day
1

Bishkek (20 March) . Today we will go with you on a city tour. You'll see a big difference in usual Bishkek and festive Bishkek. Today, the city is in its simplest appearance without the ceremonial robes and jewelry. That’s what we will see.

Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the biggest city in the country. Bishkek has many places for you to see. There are some large museums, the most interesting are: the Historical National museum, the Arts museum and the museum of M.V. Frunze. The center of the town is dappled by the show bills of Opera and Ballet Theater, Russian and Kyrgyz theaters, Bishkek Theater of Drama and National Philharmonic of T.Satylganov. There are many places reminding people of the Soviet Union period of time. The influence of that epoch is mostly felt in the center where you may still see the row of soviet architecture buildings: Philharmonic, Government building, Historical museum, Victory monument. But you will also be able to see the modern samples of Kyrgyz architecture: Manas monument, monument of Courage, the monuments of akyns (Kyrgyz poets), manaschi (Kyrgyz Manas legend tellers) and local rulers of different times. The interesting fact is that Bishkek is the only town in Central Asia that still has the monument of V. I. Lenin on the central square.

Bishkek remembers its history and will definitely tell it to everybody who wants to visit this small but cozy capital. The town is also known to be the most ecological town of the world due to a lot of green parks keeping the shadow and coolness even on the hottest summer day.

Day
2

Ala-Archa gorge and festive Bishkek (21 March). This morning we will have an excursion to the national park of Ala-Archa where we will spend our time seeing a great Kyrgyz nature. The park is located in 40 km from Bishkek on the slopes of Kyrgyz Ala-Too.

Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as “motley juniper”. The gorge got its name due to a great amount of juniper covering its slopes. As different kinds of juniper have different colors and the gorge seems to be very colorful. Here in the gorge we will hike to a beautiful waterfall, have picnic and then drive back to Bishkek which had already changed into its festive attire. In the evening we will go to the central square, where a large number of people will gather to celebrate Nooruz holiday. The city will open its arms to you and will let you see it in all its glory.

Day
3

Drive to Bokonbaevo village. (22 March) . In the morning after breakfast we will drive to the village of Bokonbaevo. On the way we will visit the Historical and Archaeological Complex - Burana Tower. The Burana Tower (minaret) is located on the site of the ancient city, 90 km from the capital - Bishkek. Historians and archaeologists have proved that the settlement was the capital of the Karakhanid Khanate and was called Balasagun. Balasagun was founded in the mid of 10th century and the Burana Tower is now the central monument of the complex. After the tour we will stop at the home of local residents for lunch. We will taste national dishes and then continue on through the Boom Gorge into Issyk-Kul valley. Today we will stop for the night in the village of Bokonbaevo, where we can enjoy dinner and a warm bed.

Day
4

Whole day in Bokonbaevo village. (23 March). What is the ordinary life of the local people, and more specifically how was it many many years ago? That’s what we will see today. As in the jungle half-naked men chasing their prey with a spear, and in Kyrgyzstan in the last century, people were forced to hunt, but invented for this method is easier - falconry. You and I are going to see this amazing view, and also to visit the real Equestrian Games, which were held at each holiday.

We will visit with you shop for the manufacture of felt products, and we will see how the ancient people did without modern tools and machines, hand-finished felt rugs for your home hearth - the yurt, also built without a single nail. And the truth is - where to find in the vast snow-capped mountains, at least one small piece of metal? Lunch and dinner at the home of local residents, the evening of relaxation and sweet sleep.

Day
5

Drive to Karakol town. (24 March). Today in the morning we will continue our way. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope and the first place we are going to visit today is the “Fairy Tale” gorge. The whole originality of the place is the frozen in bizarre forms colorful rocks, like after the eruption. Solid clusters made of limestone and sandstone are bulging from the colorful soil and the place looks like the ruins of ancient castles. The most surprising is that the architect and sculptor of the place is the nature that used only water, sun and wind as instruments. Besides the fancy castles and fairy figures there the structures can also be considered as many-domed churches, and crenellated walls with loopholes; so for example - Sandy fence, which is very much like a «Chinese wall», stretching for several kilometers along the southern shore of Lake Issyk- Kul. The interesting fact about this place is that there is almost no snow or it melts immediately here, so it creates a very strong contrast between the snow-capped mountains and colorful expanse of «Fairy Tale» gorge.

Djeti-Oguz gorge by the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake is going to be our next stop. The gorge is located 60 km to the west of Karakol on the northern slopes of Terskey-Ala-Too. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge the fir trees are growing at first merging into small groups and then turning into huge forest mass. The gorge finally becomes a wide Kok-Djayik valley which is totally covered by fir forests up to the very top of the ridge. Over the forest zone (about 3000 m) in the wide valley of about 15 km there are amazing subalpine and alpine meadows called Djailoo.

During the spring and the summer Djeti-Oguz gorge turns into a kind of flower holiday, among which you may see the silver stars of Edelweiss flowers, alpine daisies and asters, and nard (golden root). In the autumn the gorge is being a colorful canvas as it’s covered not only by coniferous forests but also by the leaf trees.

From the northern Karakol and Oguz-Bashi summits’ slopes Archa-Tor and Ailanysh rivers start their flows and at the end combine into Djeti-Oguz river. Today we may have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall. Next we will drive to the place of our night stay – Karakol town. Accommodation, rest.

Day
6

Karakol town and ski base. (25 March) . Karakol is the administrative center of Issyk-Kul valley with the population of about 63 thousand people (2009). It is located 12 km from the Issyk-Kul lake shore in the eastern part of the valley at the foothill of Terskei-Alatoo.

In 1869 captain baron Kaulbars which was given a task to find a good place for the new town came to here and ordered to found the military administrative center on the way of Great Silk Road going from Chu valley to Kashgar. This date became the date of town founding named by the river it stayed on – Karakol.

The town has a strict rectangular layout and is surrounded by garden. It was decided to build a garden city so everyone was ordered to plant trees in front of their houses. The houses looked different in here as well, not like in any other towns of Central Asia. Until 1887 almost every house was built of clay but after the big earthquake this year people started to build wooden houses with porches decorated with rich intricate carvings. In the city we will visit with you «Holy Trinity Cathedral» and the Dungan mosque, and then go to a ski base «Karakol» to see Lake Issyk-Kul from the height and make colorful pictures of this wonderful corner of our mountainous country. Ski lovers can try their skills on the Kirghiz slopes and get pleasure from the rapid descent. In the evening return to Karakol, dinner and rest.

Day
7

Cholpon-Ata and drive to Tokmok town. (26 March). In the morning we will visit the historical museum of Cholpon-Ata and petrogliphs (stone inscriptions) left on the stones by ancient artists. On the territory of 42 hectares there is a great amount of stones of different size with petrogliphs, which were drawn by the ancient settlers of this territory. To see all the pictures in this open air museum one will need several days, each drawing is very interesting and contains the whole history of ancient people.

There are many places like that around Kyrgyzstan and the one in Cholpon-Ata contains pictures of the Bronze Epoch. First tribes to leave their pictures were Andron (II mil. BC.), then Saki who left the pictures of the “animal style” and the very late stone inscriptions are dated by Turkic time (VI-IXc. AC.). The cotton copy of the biggest boulder we may see in the historical-cultural museum in Cholpon-Ata town. The artist put on the canvas which is of the same size as the real stone a herd of mountain goats, a group of hunters and tamed snow leopards. The stone inscriptions you will see have the pictures of leopards, single and pairs of deer, camels, riders which prove the fact that Great Silk Road was once going through these territories. After that the road will lead us to Tokmok town where we will stay in the hotel “Burana” 5*.

Day
8

Visiting friends in the morning and coming back to Bishkek. (27 March). According to the traditions of Kyrgyz people in the morning we will visit the neighbors and friends. We will gather at the table, drink tea with mountain herbs, cookies and candies. After lunch we will go back to Bishkek.

Day
9

Departure.(28 March). Today in the morning the car will get you to the airport for your flight home.

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