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Two and a half hours after our departure from Jyrgalan we reach the 180 km remote Cholpon-Ata.
We start our discovery tour with a visit to the multifunctional open-air museum Ruh Ordo.
Open-air museum Ruh Ordo
Each of the five chapels on the site symbolizes a religion: Islam, Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Buddhism, and Judaism.
The chapels are supposed to stand for peace and remind that all religions have one God.
The complex is dedicated to the world-famous Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aitmatov. Besides his novel characters, a lot of nicely designed sculptures adorn the lawns between various halls. They represent real as well as mythical persons.
In addition, many objects of Kyrgyz culture are on display. Aitmatov lifelong advocated a peace-loving nature-loving culture. You can see his work in one of the halls.
On the shore is a footbridge with four platforms, symbolizing four seasons and the four directions of a compass.
But there is also a hall that is beyond our understanding. It has a large empty pool inside. In the evening the area is beautifully illuminated. It is also a venue for concerts and events. The well maintained open-air museum Ruh Ordo conveys artistic charm.
After our tour, we drive one bathing beach near and start a sightseeing flight with the drone at the western shore of the bay.
Drone flight over the bay
Beside the center with the open air museum Ruh Ordo we can recognize the stadium of the World Nomad Games.
Marvelous beaches and dune landscapes wind along the shore of the Issyk-Kul. The beautiful color shades of the water near the shore appear almost like a painting.
Everywhere is vibrant life and some beach visitors let themselves be pulled into the air by motor boats with parachutes.
Another highlight in Cholpon-Ata are the numerous fields of petroglyphs that stretch between the village and the mountains.
Petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata
We visit one of these fields. One ascribes the approximately 2000 rock paintings to the Scythians. They created these between the 8th century and 3rd century BC. Besides rock paintings there are also stone circles, graves, remains of walls and sculptures.
We leave Cholpon-Ata via the former runway of the Soviet airport.
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Disclosure: Our trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are our own.
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