The Jayma Bazaar in Osh is one of the biggest markets in Central Asia. It lies on the banks of the Kamel River (Ak-Buura).
Osh looks back at a 3000-year history. It was an important crossroads of various routes of the Silk Road for a long time. According to this importance, the market has developed. Besides, various ethnic groups have settled here over the course of time. Uzbeks, Kirghiz, and Russians are undoubtedly the most important, but also Tajiks, Tatars, Turks and more than 70 others characterize life and have stimulated the trade. On a length of over one kilometer, you can buy everything necessary for the daily life.
On our first visit, we limit ourselves to the part where one offers mainly clothing, food, and household items. In the hustle and bustle, we make our way through the sales lanes.
Where the stream of visitors is not so tight and the sellers have some time, they are happy when we take pictures and engross in a conversation. Anyone who speaks here Russian has undoubtedly an advantage.
The gigantic choice of finest spices is overwhelming.
It is impossible to overlook the innumerable stands with mobile telephones and fitting accessories. There is presumably hardly any central Asian who does not have a mobile telephone.
In the middle of the Jayma Bazaar, we cross the river and return back on the other side again. A larger square is for the delivery trucks and taxis. There are plenty of restaurants along the street. In one of them, we get a bite of lunch and watch the families with their children.
In the evening we go for dinner to the restaurant Tsarski Dvor in Lenin Avenue. It is considered one of the best restaurants in the city. We like the ambiance, but the service at our table was pretty bad. Some in our group get the food only when the first ones are already ready to leave.
Here ends our journey along the Pamir Highway.
The next day we will start a new journey through Kyrgyzstan. This trip is organized by USAID in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan.
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