You will be surrounded by magnificent jailoos, Kochkor is, for many travelers, the best place to taste the nomadic lifestyle so important to Kyrgyzstan’s history and culture. Friendlier and quieter than Naryn, its oblast capital down the Torugart road, Kochkor has 15,000 inhabitants, most of whom are farmers and shepherds, many of whom live in yurts on jailoos during the summer, and some of whom are more than willing.
For the lucky traveler, this means meadows that seem to touch the heavens, speckled with just enough humans, horses, and sheep to provide a sense of scale.
It means carpets of flowers and clouds of butterflies. It means Kyrgyz hospitality unleashed, in all its muttony glory. And at Son-Kol, the crown jewel of the jailoos, as well as at smaller Kol-Ukok, it means fish jumping and water gleaming like burnished gold under the first rays of the morning sun. Naryn Oblast is studded with similar scenes of natural beauty, and Kochkor is a wonderful point of departure for excursions into this majestic terrain.
In the national art museum you can take part in a wavery proccess the way ancient nomads did, visit an exhibition and buy some souvenirs as a token of memories.
There is also the place which is called Chon Tuz (Salt Mines), medicinal properties for those who have asthmatic problems.
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