Mountains, valleys and lake
This lake was once famous all-Union resort. Here sent the most distinguished figures from all over the USSR. After the dissolution of the Union financing of the resort changed, business hasn’t really arisen, and everything collapsed. The tourism industry exists almost exclusively in the form of scratched in some places from the hands of “Rent room” and sadly going along the shore of the dealers with a bunch of smoked fish and bananas. On the shore look funny Soviet “toadstools” from the sun and burned-out cabanas. With mountains on all this Lenin looks huge with the inevitable “Forward to victory of communism!”
However, the mountains here are of great beauty, and the lake water is blue and the sky is milky color at sunset, so the fans still come here to distant lands. Here and “new” Kyrgyz, Siberians, and even Europeans. One Swiss guy married to a Kyrgyz woman and lives in Issyk-Kul for most of the year.
One man with a worn backpack, with a beard and with his staff went around the lake on shore. We met him when he had finished his journey and stopped to rest about the “flying saucers”.
On the southern shore of the lake, leisurely. The stools sell the Mare. Are yurts with beautiful ladies in traditional costumes.
If travel further from shore to find the valley “Tale” is almost the scenery from the movie “Zabriskie point”, sculpted Sandstone cliffs, where you can get lost. Tourist this place is not yet developed, is not marked in the guidebooks modest, not known to the masses. If only someone local in the evening the bar will razotkrovennichalsya and tell you to go. On the way to “Tale” is a lonely house. A young man living there, says that Kyrgyz rich people strive to take control of the valley, to buy everything, to make a private game reserve, to charge for admission. “This is my land, I was born here, and to pay tribute I certainly don’t”.
Another curiosity – Manjyly-ATA. There is a legend that in the nine Valley sources of water one eliminates cowardice, on the other – treats the liver and sclerosis of the third – eliminates infertility. Third, by the way, is called “the Mother Deer” – come to him from all over Central Asia.
Another myth Issyk-Kul has confirmed only recently: at the bottom its buried ancient cities and civilizations. They say that Timur himself passed here three times and ordered to pour a mound – piled up the stones, he believed, many soldiers did not return from a hike.
But about the Christian Shrine, the relics of St. Matthew the Apostle and the monastery of the two brothers, talking is not accepted.
Cholpon-ATA is a more bustling place than the small towns on the South shore. Along the shore drive two camels with humps between the mats. Say, here for the film festival was about to come himself Jackie Chan. However, yet to be gathered.