Kyrgyzstan – Fairy Tale Canyon

Last days in Kyrgyzstan

After visiting southern Kyrgyzstan, our next destination was the Fairy Tale Canyon and it’s surroundings. This was the day I realized that we are going to fly back home soon and these last two days were meant just for canyon and relaxing around.

On our way back to North, a Muslim rural cemetery:

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One of the symbolic views in Naryn region are the mountains in three-color layers: white, red and black.

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Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon


Located on the South shore of Issyk-Kul, the Skazka canyon is one of the most interesting places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. For a symbolic entry fee this place offers a very different, rocky, terrain, similar to how I would imagine the surface of Mars.

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The pictures below show the reason why the name of the canyon is “Fairy tale”. The colors of the rocks vary between the combinations of red, yellow and gray.

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One of the main rocky formations of the canyon is the “The great wall of China”.

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The canyon is a photographer’s paradise: dozens of awesome frames in the warm colors of sunset.

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Even though the terrain is rocky and hostile, the life is still present. We saw snakes, bonsai trees and a variety of flowers.

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There are a few unbeaten tracks above the canyon. between the rocks. The panorama from here with the Issyk-Kul in back.

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Issyk Kul

Kyrgyz sheep have sexy asses.

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Tuz-Kol, the Dead Lake of Kyrgyzstan, right near Issky-Kul. It’s extremely salty, but we haven’t tried it out after all, since it didn’t look very appealing.

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There are several abandoned buildings near the lake and this beach wasn’t an exception. The only things which remained were an empty terrace and these wood umbrellas. It looks like a perfect place to stay for the night 🙂

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Sunset at Issykkul 🙂 .

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Burana Tower

On our way back to Bishkek we stopped at Burana tower, one of the most important sites of ancient civilization in Kyrgyzstan. Originally, it was two times higher, but a few earthquakes in the 15th century made significant damages to the tower. However, since it was in restoration and we could’t enter in it, the stop by wasn’t really worth it for us.

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Osh bazaar

We are back to Bishkek and it’s our last day in Kyrgyzstan. The only thing left to do is to buy some specific food and memories from Kyrgyzstan. Osh bazaar is on of the biggest bazaars in Kyrgyzstan and you can find almost everything there. It’s a must see.

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Kurut – one of the iconic food of the Kyrgyz cuisine. It’s a stinky, salty and hard cheese ball. Goes well with beer 🙂

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The Kyrgyz bread.

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This is an ice cream with poppy seeds in the cream and with sesame seeds in the chocolate. I’m still wondering why we cannot find something like this in Europe. It’s delicious.

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This was it. Thank you Kyrgyzstan for a memorable experience 🙂 .

And while our last hours are running out, we’re already wondering where to play next . . .

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Usually when I'm in the mood I write 'Biographical Info' about me. Maybe next week.
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