Crossing into Kyrgystan


This morning we drove through the valley to cross the border into Kyrgystan whose landscape is soaring snow-covered peaks and lush green valleys. The nomadic people who settled here were from Siberia. And much earlier the Scythians inhabited the territory from 6th century BC to 5th century AD.

When I arrived in Osh, Kyrgystan, I climbed the steps up a high mountain called Solomon’s Throne. This is a pilgrimage place for Muslims because according to tradition Mohammed prayed here.

Muslim pilgrims

In the late 14th century, Babur, king of Fergana built a little mosque there. This was a steep 40-minute climb which is well worth it for the views.

Russian Orthodox Church

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We then went to the bazaar which is very Asian. My guide joked and called it China Market because all the goods with the exception of food and local textiles are manufactured in China. A long time was spent not so much to survey the merchandise but rather to enjoy the faces of some of the many vendors who seemed so happy we were there.Kyrgy040846