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It is always difficult for publisher to write a welcome word as it is privilege of the editor usually. But this issue is Special. It opens a series of thematic issues which we will publish 2 times a year, and is devoted to Mother Nature and Ecotourism. After 5 years of the publishing and ...read more

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DESERT MONITOR

A desert monitor is a big lizard, that would remind you of legendary dragons, and would command an instinctive respect to itself. It is quite common on the vast plains of the Central Asia. Its body weight reaches 3 kg and it grows to one ...read more

THE LABYRINTHS OF THE UNDERGROUND EMPIRE
Over the course of millions of years, nature has created numerous of caves in the mountains of Uzbekistan. Every cave is unique in its own way. They differ in size, depth and rock type and are distinguished by long labyrinths, bottomless pits and the beauty of their underground halls ...read more
Butterflies of Kyrgyzstan
The majestic mountain systems of the Djungara, Tian Shan, Pamiro-Alay, and Gissaro-Darvas are covered by glaringly white glacier ridges, emerald meadows of the mountain valleys, sapphire 'eyes' of lakes, fast flowing streams and waterfalls of the rushing mountain rivers carrying their crystal ...read more
The orchards of  Central Asia
The markets of Central Asia often amaze visitors with the vast array of colours and varieties of locally grown sweet, succulent and fragrant fruits.  Fruits such as: apples and pears, (and their relative, the quince) ...read more
COME ON BIG FISH AND…
On words «Central Asia» and «Uzbekistan» the first associations to occur to you are, for sure, a scorching desert, sand-dunes, and camel caravans… And most probably you’ll be surprised that here, in the Central Asia, there is an exclusive possibility of fishing with all amusements that ...read more
TULIPS

Spring is usually associated with tulips. Bright yellow, red, pink and orange colors please the eye that has become weary of dull grey, brown and white colors of winter. Despite the fact that these flowers are associated with the Netherlands, they come from Persia, their name originates ...read more

A JOURNEY TO PULATKHAN’S LEGENDS
Since long majestic and sometimes forbidding mountains have attracted people’s attention. Conquering those peaks, they aimed at new lands and rich pasture for cattle; some were also looking for unknown flora and fauna. Mountains keep lots of secrets and legends, luring conquers ...read more
Trekking in the Zailiyskiy Alatau
There are many areas in the Semirechye (“Seven Rivers”) region where it is possible to organize treks of various categories of complexity and length. The most popular amongst trekkers are in the Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains, especially as they neighbor upon the city of ...read more
AKSU-ZHABAGLY nature preserve

Aksu-Zhabagly is the oldest nature preserve in Kazakhstan. It was founded in 1926 and now has a status of a UNESCO biosphere preserve. The preserve is situated in the northwest spurs of the Talas Alatau ...read more

THE MOUNTAIN NECKLACE OF KARKARALY
According to legend, the name of the Karkaraly Mountains originated from “karkara”, the name of the jewel in the women's head-dress which was probably lost by a beautiful girl in the steppe. Nowadays the Karkaraly mountain oasis is a real decoration of central ...read more
ART

Vera Nechayeva and Dilfuza Ataeva ...read more

HOLY PATRONS III. KAFFOL SHOSHI WHEN THE CITY BECAME TASHKENT

In one of the earliest hadises, (legends about the life of the Prophet Mohammed), he is quoted as saying: «Leave Turks in peace until they leave you in peace ...read more

THE WORLD OF BIRDS

From height of the bird's flight immen-sity of the surprising world of water  and desert is well visible.These incompatible elements make a single whole - Aydar-Arnasay floods. Water mirror of Aydarkul- pearls, in ...read more

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