We are pleased to announce that the borders of Turkmenistan are open to tourists. The State Migration Authority of Turkmenistan has started accepting applications from us for invitations for our guests. The procedure for obtaining a visa remains practically the same, except for some innovations.
Munduz is a small village located in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. It falls under the administrative jurisdiction of the Jeti-Ögüz District. The village is recognized by its Kyrgyz name, "Мундуз." As of 2021, the population of Munduz was reported to be 707 residents. It serves as the chef-lieu, which means the administrative center, of the Ak-Döbö aïl ökmöt, which can be understood as a municipality or local administrative division.
Munduz is situated within a picturesque landscape characterized by agriculture, which is the mainstay of the local economy. The village is renowned for its farming activities, highlighting its role in sustaining the livelihoods of the local population.
Within the Ak-Döbö aïl ökmöt, which encompasses several areas including Ak-Döbö, Ang-Östön, and Tilekmat, Munduz stands out as the smallest village. It is located between the villages of Tilekmat (also known as Shalba) and Ak-Döbö. The village is positioned to the east of the Orgochor mountain and to the south of a protected area along the shore of Issyk Kul, the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan.
The majestic Peak Ittish, a snowy peak standing at an impressive altitude of 4808 meters in Kyrgyzstan. Known as the "head of dog" in the local language, this peak offers a breathtaking mountaineering experience. Surrounding the glacier Ittish, ten peaks enhance the natural beauty of the region, situated in the Juku valley. On the east side, a steep track leads to the Ittish pass, situated at 3880 meters, granting access to ten small mountain lakes that connect the Juku valley with the Syrt Arabel-Suu region.
After the documentary "Gerard Depardieu : My Uzbek Dream" was shoot, Arnaud Frilley reveals Uzbekistan, which fascinates with the beauty of its landscapes and cultural richness. Novastan was particularly interested in the role of Uzbeks in the creation of this documentary.
Within the framework of the international Festival of Asian cinema, which took place in Vesule from 1 to 8 February, Arnaud Frilley, director of the documentary "Gerard Depardieu : my Uzbek dream", was able to present his film to the general public. The film premiered in Paris in October 2020 years without film distribution.
Originally conceived in collaboration with Uzbek director Ali Khamraev, the documentary film eventually had to be thought in a different way. " From the first day, Khamrayev and Depardieu did not come to terms on the film. Ali wanted to make a feature film, and we wanted to make a documentary. In addition, he wanted to shoot Depardieu, as in the era of the New Wave film, but Gerard did not want to shoot like 40 years ago," says Arnaud Frilley to Novastan. Unable to use Ali Khamrayev's script, Arnaud Frilley rethought it and decided to leave more space for spontaneity. The director wanted to show the audience a beautiful story telling about Gerard Depardieu's journey through Uzbekistan. The film takes the viewer to the main tourist points of the country: Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, known for their Silk Road past, and at the same time touches on such problematic topics as the situation in Muynak, located next to what remains of the Aral Sea. Nuanced facets throughout the film, Gerard Depardieu gets acquainted with the population Uzbekistan, its culture, customs, religion and traces left by previous civilizations. Accompanied by local guides, he traveled from city to city, introducing the viewer to the little-known history of this country. This documentary highlights the tourist advantages of the country, revealing its diversity: its cultural wealth, its mythical cities and historical relics, the diversity of its landscapes. Although for some the film may seem like an advertisement for tourists, but for Arnaud Frilley this wealth is a reality. Why not show it? How long will it be possible to save this extremely fragile balance? The director refers to the numerous layers of civilizations that have taken root in Uzbekistan with its Sufi Islam, the philosophy of which is used by the authorities to create a new political model. Arnaud Frilley asks, "How many people actually practice Sufi Islam? Today, traditional Islam is much more widespread among the less educated population.
The independence of the country was marked by the searching of spiritual alternative
of Soviet ideology. In this context, Sufism was declared an "exceptional heritage", political leaders wanted to find an alternative to the aggressiveness and terrorism that political Islam seemed to be approaching. In addition, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, since coming to power in 2016, has made important changes to the new model of society - the "new" Uzbekistan. This development strategy includes various directions, such as reforms in the spiritual and educational spheres aimed at developing a more enlightened society.
Nepalese culture embraces diverse cultures belonging to more than 120 distinct ethnic groups present in Nepal. The culture of Nepal is expressed through the arts: music, painting, wood and stone sculpture and dance. This is why craftsmanship is important. The Nepalese speak different languages and dialects. The isolation of the valleys and villages has saved multitudes of dialects and thus a great cultural richness. But the Nepalese get up every morning with religion. The important mixture of religions is main facet of culture through its festivals, celebrations and folklore. Finally, we will not forget the drinks and the Nepalese cuisine, which has an important role in the festivities.
"The Valley of Spheres" in Mangistau, Kazakhstan, remains one of the most mysterious and little-studied archaeological finds in the world. Many questions surround these strange stone spheres, and researchers continue to try to unravel their mystery.
One of the interesting features of the Mangistau spheres is their perfectly round shape. They have striking smoothness and symmetry, indicating the possible presence of high-tech methods of creation. Some orbs have precise geometric patterns, while others contain internal cavities and channels. These artifacts demonstrate a high degree of craftsmanship and technical knowledge, which raises questions about the possible ancient civilization that may have created them.
There are several hypotheses regarding the possible origin of the Mangistau orbs. One hypothesis is that they may be a natural formation resulting from natural processes of erosion and abrasion. However, there are doubts about the extent to which natural forces could have created such perfectly rounded shapes.
Another hypothesis suggests that the orbs were created by an ancient civilization or highly developed people who possessed unique technical skills. Arguments supporting this hypothesis include not only the perfect shape of the orbs, but also their unique location and location in the valley. Some believe that the orbs had religious or cultic significance and were used for rituals or ceremonies.
However, no direct evidence has yet been found to support any of these hypotheses. Research in the "Valley of the Orbs" has been limited and many questions remain unanswered. The lack of physical evidence and limited access to the site make it difficult to research and the ability to fully understand the Valley of the Balls.
In spite of this, the Valley of the Balls is attracting more and more attention from researchers, archaeologists and scientists. Numerous expeditions have been conducted to study these mysterious artifacts and try to unravel their origins. Methods of geological analysis, radiocarbon dating and comparative studies with other archaeological finds have been used.
One of the difficulties in exploring the Valley of Spheres is its remote location in the desert regions of Mangistau and difficult climatic conditions. There are also restrictions on access to the area, which makes it difficult to conduct meaningful research and archaeological excavations.
Despite all the difficulties, some research results have already been obtained. Certain stone samples have been analyzed and some are composed of granite, basalt or sandstone. This gives us an idea of the nature of the materials used to create the orbs.
Most questions remain unanswered, however, and the "Valley of the Balls" remains a mysterious place. Further research and analysis is needed to fully understand these archaeological findings. Scientists continue to work on this mystery, hoping to find new evidence and indicators that will help solve the mystery of the "Valley of the Balls" and shed light on the ancient history of this amazing area in Mangistau.
Termez is a city in the center of Surkhandarya province in southern Uzbekistan, located on the right bank of the Amu Darya River, where it flows into the Surkhandarya River. This town is close to the border with Afghanistan, and along the road leading to Termez you can see a fence, a strip of trees, a neutral strip, and the majestic Amu Darya River, beyond which is Afghanistan. Termez is famous for its sincere people, chic pomegranates and a whole lamb roasted in a tandoor with juniper branches. If you visit this city, it is definitely worth seeing its main attractions.
Nomad's Land with CBT Chong Kemin offer an amazing trek routes to the Issyk Kul lake. Janybek is the coordinator of the association based in the village of Karol Doeboe
CBT Talas offers a good alternative to poor housing that can be found in the town of Talas. Turdubek, the coordinator, will be glad to show its oblast. CBT Talas as one the most important ecotouristic actor in Talas is our partner in order to organize the long trek between Talas and Sary Shelek lakes. Ask us for our cultural, horseback riding and trekking's programs.
Nomad's Land is member of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO).
КАТО is a non-profit organization that defends the corporate interests of its members and the rights of its clients.
The Association’s most important goal is the creation of a civilized tourism market and assistance in the tourism industry development at the national level.