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I would like to present a special issue of our Discovery Central Asia magazine, which is now almost in its fourth year of publication. Our company, SILK ROAD MEDIA LTD, UK, continues its work by publishing, issue after issue, Discovery Central Asia magazine, containing useful, interesting and necessary information on tourism. ...read more

Lekim Ibragimov

Mr. Lekim Ibragimov was born in 1945 in Alma Ata region, Kazakhstan. From 1964 to 1971 he studied at the N.V. Gogol Art School in Alma Ata City. From 1971 to 1977 he studied at the graphic arts department of Tashkent State Institute of Graphic Arts named after A. Ostrovskiy. Since 1978 he has been a member of the Union of Artists of Uzbekistan. ...read more

Spellbound By Spring
Urgut a town that lies 40 km away from Samarkand on the Pendjikent road is one of the most ancient settlements in the territory of Uzbekistan. From a hill called Tipkhona, we were observing how the town was waking up. ...read more
Kok-Gumbaz mosque
The Kok-Gumbaz mosque was built in 1435 by Ulugh Beg on behalf of and during the reign of his father, Shah Rokh. ...read more
The yurt camp "Aydar"
The yurt camp "Aydar" is situated 7 km away from the west shore of the Aydarkul lake, near a settlement lost in the sands, in the very center of the Kyzyl-Kum desert, and 60 km from Nurata a small district center. ...read more
Tubeteika
Whom should we thank for this part of the national costume, for this acme of the applied art? At first, it seems to have been made with the utmost simplicity, but clearly the simplicity and naturalness engender delight. ...read more
The Material and Cultural Heritage of Sarimishsay

Central Asia is a cradle of world discovered in the region bear witness substance. The Sarmishsay Rock civilization. Its unique culture reflects to this. The oldest belong to the Painting Gallery is one such a long and glorious past. ...read more

Horse breeding traditions of the Kazakh people
According to legend, there was a time when people did not have horses; they had cows and bulls. On high days and holidays, the rich and poor alike would attach plumes made of eagle owl feathers to the horns of the cattle, and ride them. ...read more
The poet for East and West The Early Life of Rumi
He is revered in his native Tajikistan and Afghanistan, but his influence extends far beyond that. Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Rumi was a poet, philosopher, theologian, teacher and founder of perhaps the world's most influential order of Sufism, the Mevlevi ("Whirling Dervishes"). In the last decade he has also become well-known the West... ...read more
Tourism on the world roof
Badakhshan Mountain Autonomous Region (BMAR, also called the Pamirs or Badakhshan Mountain) in Tajikistan, known as the Roof of the World, has for many years attracted tourists and travelers to its rich recreational possibilities. Traditionally the whole territory of BMAR, also called the Roof of the World (from the Tajik bomi chakhon) or the Foot of the Sun (from the Tajik poi mekhr), has been known as the Pamirs. ...read more
Legends of sacred places of Kyrgyzstan
Present-day Kyrgyzstan has been the field of complicated ethnic processes and historical events, that have scarred the conscience of Kyrgyz tribes. The places where those events took place remained in the memory of people and became surrounded by the legends, which occupy an important place in the thesaurus of Kyrgyz people folklore. ...read more
The Issyk Kul province
The Issyk Kul oblast lies to the north of the country and shares borders with Kazakhstan and China, as well as the Kyrgyz oblasts of Chui and Naryn. Climate: Due to its height, and the moderating influence of the lake itself, the climate is milder than in the neighboring Chui oblast. The average temperature in Chalpon Ata is around 17CQ in June and about -3CQ in January. In Karakol, the figures are 17CQ and -6CQ. ...read more
Issyk Kul: "Icy coast hot lake"
From Bishkek the lake is approached through Boom Gorge, and it is possible to cut into the mountains here to the Chon Kemin valley. Mountains ring the lake and there are several valleys worth visiting, Gregorievka and Simeonevka to the north, Barskoon to the south and numerous others around Karakol. To the north are the Kungei ('sunny') Ala-Too mountains, criss-crossed by trekking routes including ones that connect the lake with Almaty, while to the south lie the Teskei ('shady') Ala- Too mountains. ...read more
Cholpon Ata
Cholpon Ata is the largest town (village) on the northern shore of the lake, about half way along, some 250km from Bishkek. Summer always saw large numbers of tourists descend with their vouchers for a stay in one of the nearby sanatoria or tour resorts ...read more
Karakol
Karakol is at the eastern end of Lake Issyk Kul. The largest town and the administration center of the Issyk Kul oblast, the town was founded by Russian settlers in the 1869. The name translates as "black hand"...read more
Djety Oguz
About 25km southwest of Karakol is a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations (the 'Seven Bulls' from which the valley takes its name). ...read more
Lifestyle
The Mongols are shy by nature. They often hide their confusion or embarrassment behind a smile. Most of the Mongols are taciturn, reticent, tolerant, and, some say, superstitious. Fussiness and inconsistency are considered undignified. At the same time, the Mongol may grow very excited when playing a game, or boil over in anger. The Mongols do not like to talk about unpleasant things... ...read more
Rich and Colourful West
Xinjiang is inhabited by people of various ethnic groups. There are forty-seven such groups, with a total population of 1,928 million. Among them, the Uygur, Han, Kazak, Hui, Mongolian, Kyrgyz, Xibe, Tajik, Uzbek, Man, Daur, Tartar and Russian are the main groups. The Uygurs make up the majority, accounting for about 47% of the whole population. Different cultures, customs, holidays, and lifestyles of each ethnic group have made Xinjiang a colorful place, attracting tourists from home and abroad. ...read more
Afghanistan Amazing Civilization
Afghanistan is the motherland of one of the most amazing civilizations in the world; however it is hard to find this country in the price-lists of travel agencies. And those who are willing to go to visit the mujahideen are not many. ...read more
Persian Carpets

The wool of the sheep is shorn by hand, then washed in a particular manner to take off dirt and fat. After drying and classifying, it is carded and then spun. In recent years several washing, dyeing and spinning machines suitable to Persian carpet weaving techniques, have been introduced. ...read more

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