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Alay’s “Special”

Last time I did my best to introduce you guys to the famous dish of South Kyrgyzstan. Now the turn is to the famous drink!

The days are getting warmer with sunshine spreading more light day by day. Soon will be that period when we will not be able to walk in the streets for long without having something cold, for instance water, iced soda and much more. Kyrgyz people, however, have one of the best and most unusual options and that is a very special Horse Milk drink “Kymyz”!

The drink has a bit of sour taste, which may seem weird at the beginning and later will become one of your favorites! The best ones are usually made in the valley of Alay, since that is the place where the best of horses and greatest conditions for them are located. So, hurry up and add it to your “must-try” list as well for this summer!

“Signature” of South

There is no one who has not heard about famous Uzbek plov! It is the signature food of south Kyrgyzstan and loved by everyone. Whether if you go to the weddings, birthday parties or some other events, it is impossible to imagine the dinners without this food!

What makes it so special? The main ingredients of plov are yellow carrots (literally yellow, not the orange ones we all use), meat (beef or mutton) and of course the unique brown rice, which is also grown in the country itself. The one from Uzgen city is considered as the best, yummiest and most famous around!

So, whenever you visit the south of Kyrgyzstan, do not even think of leaving it without trying real Uzbek plov made of unique veggies and Uzgen rice!

“Walnut” production

Last time we talked about the biggest walnut forest on Earth – Arslanbab in Jalal Abad province of Kyrgyzstan. We also mentioned that every year, the forest gives so many tons of fruit, which is also exported to other countries abroad. Today I would like to turn your attention to some another important fact.

Walnut is valued not only for its fruit but also for the wood itself. It is not a secret that walnut’s burr is incredibly valuable and perfect raw material for the furniture making. Its dense texture, stability and the fact that it is easy to polish makes that type of wood the mst famous and precious. So, Jalal Abad’s Arslanbab is definitely a huge treasure for the region and the country as a whole!

Walnut Forest

Today we will keep on exploring Kyrgyzstan without going far from the south part, where we stopped last time. There is a very special place, which is actually one of the biggest treasures of the country.

In the province of Jalal Abad, which is just next to the famous Osh province, there is the biggest in the world walnut forest! The forest is located on the beautiful mountains, among which there are also two stunning waterfalls, and make it one of the most enchating destinations for the tourists as well.

The walnut trees give tons of harvest every year, which is later sorted and exported to other countries besides the locals themselves. The main workforce there is apparently the local citizens themselves, since they have grown among all of this and know their job really well.

Jyluu Suu

I really hope that he story of Mountains Queen – Kurmanjan Datka touched many of yours’ hearts. So, hoping that every detail and information, which is connected to her, will be interesting for you, I decided to write about the place of her residence – Alay valley, just next to the province of Osh.

Alay is a great valley, with the view of breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges, usually covered in fresh green. The fresh air, which is one of the reasons why nomads, living there were pretty healthy, the grasses all around, which add specific fragrance to the atmosphere and make it so comfortable to feed the cattle, these are all what attract not only the nomads, but also the tourists to the place.

There in Alay, you will also find a perfect recreational place, which is called Jyluu Suu (warm water). That is where one of the warm springs of Kyrgyzstan located and the visitors enjoy the swimming pools filled with warm spring water in their vacations.

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