(Historical and archaeological complex)
It will take us about one and a half hours to get to the tower. On the place of the Burana Tower it existed Balasagyn town until the XIV-XV centuries. But at that time it had already lost its former meaning. Life in the city was slowly fading away and the inhabitants gradually left it. In the XV century the buildings of the town turned into ruins. The former capital of the Karakhanids Kingdom disappeared from the face of the Earth. Even the name was forgotten. The texts of the gravestone epitaphs of local Nestorian Christians, as well as the gravestones of the Kairaki with Arabic text indicate that the inhabitants of Balasagyn died from the plague that raged here in the 30th of the XIV century. Currently, only the remains of the fortress and a huge tower silently indicate the existence of the once capital of the Karakhanids. The initial height of the tower was 40 meters and now it is about 21 meters.
You will be able to stroll through the settlement, where there are also tombstones, balbals, ancient millstones and other objects of household culture, climb the tower and take stunning photos. It is especially beautiful here in spring, when everything around you starts to burn from poppy blossoming. It incredibly contrasts with the whiteness of the snow-capped Kyrgyz Ridge.
You will also visit a small museum on the territory of the settlement and listen to the guide. After that we will have an open-air picnic, if the weather permits. Then you will return to Bishkek with new impressions and knowledge about the ancient history of Balasagyn.