Bird Watching » Nomadic dwellings
Kyrgyzstan is an amazing mountain country with an unbelievable history!
Kyrgyz people were nomads during the past 3000 years, passing on all their traditions until the present day!!! The mountains are their home, where they travel from one grazing field to another. They only settled down in the 20 century, yet some of them still live in the mountains, following their traditional origin...
Nomads have special collapsible dwellings, known as yurts. They began to use them 2500 years ago. They have a unique structure and are built without a single nail. A yurt has a wooden skeleton that is covered with felt. A good master can produce a yurt within 25 days that will last for 40 years. It takes just an hour to erect or to collapse it. Nomads transfer it from one place to another with the help of three horses.
The nomads divide the interior into two basic parts. The left part belongs to the man, where he stores his weapon, saddles and horse-whips. On the right side, the woman keeps the household goods such as dishes, cups and cutlery as well as her belongings like dresses and jewelry. A wall made of reed separates the cooking area from the living room. There is a special place inside a yurt. In front of the door is tor. Tor is the most honorable place in a yurt. There are a lot of beautiful carpets and blankets. They are put on each other in the special order. People are not allowed to use them. Because it the sign of wealth.
Usually nomads lived in ails. Ail is a Kyrgyz word for villages. One such a village contained 80-100 yurts.
There are some ancient Chinese documents about wars with Kyrgyz Nomads. It is written that when they wanted to attack the Kyrgyz in the morning, they could not do it, because during the night the whole village just silently disappeared ...
Yurta in Kyrgyzstan
The yurt, known as the bozuy, holds a tender place in the Kyrgyz heart and shepherds still set up mountain yurts in summer to graze their herds; in towns the bozuy is erected in back gardens for celebrations. Remaining essentially the same for thousands of years, the superbly portable yurt can be erected swiftly and dismantled in an hour. A framework of poplar poles is fixed with rawhide straps and lined by a mat of woven reeds (chiy), then covered with layers of felt. Inside, space is allocated according to tradition: the left hand side for the man's horse and hunting gear and the right hand side for the woman's domestic utensils. At the back lie folded blankets and mattresses; the higher the pile, the wealthier the family. Hospitality is key to Kyrgyz culture and a vital part of nomadic tradition. The Kyrgyz have a saying - "a guest is sent from God" - and visitors are often overwhelmed by generosity. Food is lavished upon guests; tea is served with homemade jams and cream, toasts are raised with cups of kumyz (fermented mare's milk); laghman provides a heartwarming mutton stew; and the dish of honour is the elaborately prepared beshbarmak (‘five fingers').
Nomads Dream wants you to enjoy your traveling in Kyrgyzstan. There is a nice book that describes our amazing country.
We recommend you to read it and it will help you to find out everything about Kyrgyzstan and nomad's way of life.
The name of the book is "Kyrgyzstan". This book is written by Michael Linder. We think that it is a good guide book that can tell you many interesting things about Kyrgyzstan.
First of all the book "Kyrgyzstan" has not only general information about Kyrgyzstan but also many details about all regions and its highlights. This book will open you a new Kyrgyzstan - the land of nomads and celestial mountains.
Kyrgyzstan is a country not only for cultural tourists but also for people who like trekking and horse riding. In the book you will find very useful information about different gorges and passes, about the transportation and accommodation in different places.
Kyrgyz Republic is an unusual place that is why you will need special practical information from the book about Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is the country of nomads. The book shows different Kyrgyz traditions and explains some rituals that are widely spread in Kyrgyzstan. Also you will read about festivals and holidays in Kyrgyzstan. There are some ancient holidays that people still celebrate in our celestial country. "Kyrgyzstan" has detailed information about visas for visiting Kyrgyzstan. You can find out about organized tours and independent travel in Kyrgyzstan. Travel in Kyrgyzstan is not a difficult thing. People are very hospital and they like tourists that travel here. If you are interested in activities in Kyrgyzstan and its regions - that book will give you many good advices!
Trips and tours in Kyrgyzstan
Tour and travel in Kyrgyzstan
Travel and trip in Kyrgyzstan
Trip and tour in Kyrgyzstan
Tours and trips in Kyrgyzstan
This book will help people who are interested in trekking tours in Kyrgyzstan.
The book includes such descriptions as:
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Chui reguion
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Issyk Kul region
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Osh region
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Talas region
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Batken region
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Jalal Abad region
Trekking tour in Kyrgyzstan: Naryn region.
Trekking in Kyrgyzstan is a particular thing. You will have trekking tour in celestial mountains where there are no other people beside nomads. Trekking in Kyrgyzstan is famous for its wild way and for its unbelievable beauty. During trekking tour you can enjoy amazing views and to have trekking in really remote places. Trekking in Kyrgyzstan is save because locale people are fond of tourists. They like to invite people to spend some time with them. Trekking in Tien Shan Mountain will give you the opportunity to discover the real Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan of nomads! If you go for trekking in Kyrgyzstan we advice you to take with you your equipment in order not loose time looking for rent. Kyrgyzstan in a real nice place to go trekking alone or with good friends. The author says that it is better to have trekking tour with a help of travel company. In this way you will save a lot of time for trekking itself. Kyrgyzstan is open for tourists who are looking for trekking tours and you are always welcome there. The best places for trekking in Kyrgyzstan are Terskey Mountains on the south shore of the Issyk Kul Lake. The book shows some travel roots for trekking in Kyrgyzstan that you can use during your trekking tour. Actually it is quite possible to have trekking alone but anyway it is better to have an experienced guide with you. Trekking in Kyrgyzstan is good chance to have gorgeous vocations and to see many fantastic places!
Trekking tours in Kyrgyzstan are popular among people of all ages and health conditions. The only thing you need for trekking in Kyrgyzstan is deep will to relax and to enjoy stunning views.
Also you will find out about climate in Kyrgyzstan. This information will help you to choose the right time to visit the country. There are also many maps of Kyrgyzstan for your choice. The theme money and costs in Kyrgyzstan is a separate theme in the book. It will help you to travel safe and without any problems. There are special places for shopping in Kyrgyzstan that are described in the book. You can include them in your travel to feel the atmosphere of the Great Silk Road.
All parts of KYRGYZSTAN are given in details. You can read not only about the cities but also about their small parts that are worth to be visited. Kyrgyzstan has many museums. You can see short inscriptions about them and decide to go there or not. If you are going to visit Kyrgyzstan you will need some information about Kyrgyz customs in order to understand everything in the right way. If you are interested in Kyrgyzstan and its interesting facts - you can also find here a lot of useful information about yurta, bride napping, horses, fermented milk, eagle huntings, our lake, felt, balbal, rivers, strange lake, painted stones, burana, stone castle, mountains, silk way, the hallows, palace, nomadic dwellings, Kyrgyz horse, national drink, eagles, biggest lake, handcraft, warriors, Kyrgyzstan rivers, unusual lake, patterns on stones, ancient tower, hidden place in Kyrgyzstan.
Also this book will help people who are interested in horse riding tours in Kyrgyzstan.
The book includes such descriptions as:
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Chui reguion
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Issyk Kul region
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Osh region
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Talas region
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Batken region
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Jalal Abad region
Horse riding tour in Kyrgyzstan: Naryn region.
Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is a particular thing. You will have horse riding in celestial mountains where there are no other people beside nomads. Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is famous for its wild way and for its unbelievable beauty. During horse riding tour you can enjoy amazing views and to have trekking in really remote places. Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is save because locale people are fond of tourists. They like to invite people to spend some time with them. Horse riding tour in Tien Shan Mountain will give you the opportunity to discover the real Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan of nomads! If you go for horse riding in Kyrgyzstan we advice you to take with you your equipment in order not loose time looking for rent. Kyrgyzstan in a real nice place to have horse riding alone or with good friends. The author says that it is better to have horse riding tour with a help of travel company. In this way you will save a lot of time for horse riding itself. Kyrgyzstan is open for tourists who are looking for horse riding and you are always welcome there. The best places for horse riding in Kyrgyzstan are Terskey Mountains on the south shore of the Issyk Kul Lake. The book shows some travel roots for horse riding in Kyrgyzstan that you can use during your horse riding. Actually it is quite possible to have horse riding alone but anyway it is better to have an experienced guide with you. Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is good chance to have gorgeous vocations and to see many fantastic places!
Horse riding tours in Kyrgyzstan are popular among people of all ages and health conditions. The only thing you need for horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is deep will to relax and to enjoy its stunning views.
Kyrgyzstan is an excellent place for trekking and Horse riding. If you travel in Kyrgyzstan even as a cultural tourist any way you can have at least a half day of trekking or horse riding.
From this book you will find out not only modern facts about life and travel in Kyrgyzstan but also facts from deep history. Kyrgyzstan is famous for its felt carpet. You can get information about the way of carpets production and the places where you can see it during your travel in Kyrgyzstan.
We recommend you to pay special attention on the following themes:
History of Kyrgyzstan - because the country played a big roll during Silk Road existing.
Geography of Kyrgyzstan - it will help you to be mobile during your travel.
People - we have different points of view according to many things.
Kyrgyz culture - Kyrgyzstan is a nomadic country with its unusual culture.
Religions of Kyrgyzstan - there is useful information about religions in Kyrgyzstan.
Arts - during your travel in Kyrgyzstan is worth to pay attention to local handicraft.
Governments in Politics - there are some good facts about this part of life in Kyrgyzstan.
Facts for the Traveler - In this part you can find everything that you need for your travel
in Kyrgyzstan. It has everything from getting in Kyrgyzstan till shopping on famous bazaars.
For more information about Kyrgyzstan you can look at the guide book "Travel Kyrgyzstan":
David Peytray traveled in Kyrgyzstan first time in 2004 year. During his travel he fell in love with Kyrgyzstan and decided to come back one more time. He traveled in Kyrgyzstan again in 2007 year. This time he had a long journey with trekking and horse riding. During his travel in Kyrgyzstan he lived with nomads trying to find out everything about their traditions and customs.
Last spring he started to write his book «Kyrgyzstan Travel». In that book he tries to tell everything about Kyrgyzstan and travel in this magic country. «Kyrgyzstan Travel» will be published in 2009 year. The author wants to translate «Kyrgyzstan Travel» book in 2 more languages. «Kyrgyzstan Travel» will be translated also in German and French.
Why «Kyrgyzstan Travel» is a useful book for you?
- «Kyrgyzstan Travel» says about ancient and modern way of nomadic life.
- It includes all facts about geography of Kyrgyzstan.
- You can find in «Kyrgyzstan Travel» useful information about prices in Kyrgyzstan.
- Also it is possible to find out about laws that exist in Kyrgyzstan.
- There are many addresses of guesthouses that you can use during your travel.
- «Kyrgyzstan Travel» is a good guide book for independent travelers.
- There are also many advices to have a save and non-expensive travel in Kyrgyzstan.
Beside all that advantages «Kyrgyzstan Travel» will give you an opportunity to find some places in Kyrgyzstan that are really used by tourists. In this way you will have a chance to enjoy untouched nature by you own and to have an unforgettable travel!
"KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL" consists of 7 parts:
Kyrgyzstan and it's History.
At this part you will read about the whole history of Kyrgyzstan from the 8 century B.C. You will find many amassing facts that will make your travel much more interesting.
This part is devoted to geography of Kyrgyzstan. David Pay describes many places that are worth to be visited. Also you will find many important information about altitudes of Kyrgyzstan
Flora and fauna of Kyrgyzstan.
Here is written many interesting articles about animal world of Kyrgyzstan. It will be very interesting to have all that inscriptions during your travel.
Travel in Kyrgyzstan.
The author explains why he fell in love with Kyrgyzstan and what attracts him here most of all.
Travel in Kyrgyzstan - Accommodation and Transportation.
It is not difficult to have a calm travel in Kyrgyzstan. David will share with you his own experience with hotels and transport that you can use in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: advices that can help to have an excellent travel.
Kyrgyzstan is quit different place from all others in the world. That is why you will need some advices in order to understand the way of thinking of local people.
Different kinds of Travel in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan has many kinds of activities for tourists. You can have cultural tours here, trekking, horse riding, rafting and many many other things. More information you will find in the book «Kyrgyzstan Travel». There are many good advises for future travelers.
The book «Kyrgyzstan Travel» is for all kind of tourists. Everyone will find something useful for him to travel here. You can get acquainted with nomad's life to make your travel more impressive and unforgettable! «Kyrgyzstan Travel» consisits of many parts to make everything easy for you and for your travel in Kyrgyzstan!
«Kyrgyzstan travel» is your friend in traveling. Your guide in Kyrgyzstan, and support for all adventures!
Take «Kyrgyzstan Travel» book with you or read it before coming in Kyrgyzstan. «Kyrgyzstan Travel» will open your eyes on many things. Kyrgyzstan is the country of nomads. If you want to know more about nomads from Kyrgyzstan David can help you. His book «Kyrgyzstan Travel» has everything that you need for your travel.
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Usually Kyrgyz nomads placed their yurts on high places in order to not only more easily look after their herds, but also to enjoy the unbelievable view.
Many of our tours offer you to enter the nomad's lives and spend some nights inside yurts.
Bride-NappingOver the years, many traditions of various peoples fell into oblivion. Not so in Kyrgyzsan, where the people kept all their customs and rituals. One of its striking "traditions" is bride-napping.
In early times, young men had to pay kalim in order to marry a girl. Kalim is the Kyrgyz word for ransom. The fiancé had to pay about 15 sheep for his bride. If she was from a rich family, he even had to pay about 50 sheep or 5-7 horses. There were many cases when a poor man was in love, but could not afford the kalim. And if his bride was in love with him, too - they usually ran away from their families. The bride's parents and relatives would not accept it, but hunting down the man who had abducted their daughter. And if they managed to find him they would kill him.
Step by step bride-napping was turned into a game and eventually became a "tradition" that people wanted to keep. Unfortunately, it turned the way that a man could steal a girl without her agreement. Very often the abducted girl did not see him until the marriage and could not come back home even if she did not like her husband. It was a shame for her parents and all relatives.
Nowadays this "tradition" still exists in remote villages. People from the big cities organize special groups who go to the far villages and explain the villagers that they must not keep and respect this "tradition".
There are even cases when guys from villages come to cities and abduct some girls, which nowadays of course is illegal and pursuit by court. However, when they are found and arrested, they really think that they are not guilty.
Sometimes young couples in love with each other organize a bride-napping just for fun or in honor of the original tradition. In this case, the bride is ready that one day the friends of her fiancé will steal her for him.