Kyrgyzstan Journey through the enchanting 'Silk-Route'
If you have read ‘The Alchemist’ and imagined the life of a shepherd, this is the country you imagined. Part of the famous ‘silk- route’, this country is made of vast open grasslands, snow covered mountains, pristine lakes with beautiful beaches, gorgeous gorges, wild running horses, cattle, sheep and the shepherds. If I had to sum up its beauty, it’s a mix of a little bit of Goa, a little more of Ladakh and a lot more of Switzerland, add to it the nomadic people. The one thing that stood out for me was the open graveyards in the middle of nowhere and the warmth of the locals. In fact, one can count more graves than the living population here. That’s not meant to scare you. Some of these graves dated back three centuries. The food consisted of elaborate spreads with soups, main course , desserts and fruit and bread platters. Temperatures varying between -5 to +10 degrees, with snowfall in the mountains. All in all, it was a real pleasure photographing the place. My travel partner #embarqtours did a fabulous job organising and executing the trip and this one will remain etched in my memory for a long time. Here’s a glimpse for you.
The first glimpse of the pristine lake Issyk kul and the surrounding snowcapped mountains
The horse games in the valley
The stunningly beautiful Grigorievskoye gorge
Hot springs near Saruu
The lunch at the eagle hunter’s place and the magnificent bird
The Kichi-Naryn route
Tash Rabat Caravan Serai along the Silk Route (witnessed along with a light snowfall would be an unforgettable experience)