For those who enjoy a walk and a city view, take the trail up to Solomon's Throne. It's uphill on a mostly decent path, concrete with a bit of rock thrown in. If you're lucky, you'll get passed up by one of the few men running up it. If not, never fear! The view of Osh is very pleasant, and this seems to be one of those places to bring a girlfriend...more
Osh has also some museums, that I unfortunately did not see:- A small Archaeological-Cultural Museum with many of the ancient artefacts discovered in the city's environs. - Historical-Ethnographic Museum: the Great Silk Road Museum, with some exhibitions focussing on trade and life during the times of the Silk Road.more
I apologise - I do not have the contact details for this home. I just remember it was Imogen's house. It is a guesthouse, which shows the beautiful wood carvings of the Uzbek people. We ate in a coutyard looking up at laden grapevines.The table was full of fruit: plums, pears, watermelon and sweetmelon were eaten before we got to the main meal....more
This is a sacred place for Muslims, known as "Little Mecca". Suleiman or Solomon, prayed here, and some believe he is also buried here. This place has many legends as you wind your way up the hill: there are caves that are said to cure elbow, arm, or leg, or head ailments, if you put your affected part of the body into grooves worn smooth by...more
This was a very worthwhile visit. Interesting historical and cultural insights, petroglyph displays, archeological items from as far back as the bronze age, traditional Kyrgyz handicraft displays and a tribute to the Kyrgyz storytellers (manasch). We had no translator, but loved it still! Equally appealing was the chaikhana outside, where we spent...more
This place is not only for children: there are some rides that adults can go on, plus some great places to see Osh's citizens relax and drink tea. If you enjoy chess, then you can compete against Uzbeks who have been playing chess since they learnt how to sit (see pic). It is also interesting to see how the newspapers of the day are displayed for...more
This bazaar has occupied the same site on the banks of the Akbura river for 2000 years. The vibe and activity reflects this long heritage. It is a sensory overload of sights, smells and sounds. We danced to tapes of Uzbek, Russian, and Turkish music (and to this day have a tapedeck in my car so that I can play the tapes I bought. CD's are foreign)....more
The road from Sary Tash to Osh goes through some beautiful valleys and some small villages. In a bigger village there is a small museum dedicated to Kurmanjan Datka - the "Queen of the South". Kurmanjan Datka has been a Kyrkyz woman and nomadic leader about 100 years ago. She had opposed the Russian expansion in this region. She is now a national...more
The bazaar of Osh is one of the biggest and lifeliest, that I saw on my Central Asia Trip. It is very picturesque, stretching for about a kilometer along the bank of a river. Here you buy literally everything! Fruits and vegetables, clothes, mobile phones, international brands of shampoo or shower gel.I enjoyed strolling around on my own and trying...more
Until the sixteenth century this mountain was know as "Bara Kuch" or "Nice Mountain". It dominates the city. Only in the distance you can see the Mountains of Pamir in the dust. Suleiman MOuntainwas renaimed after the Muslim Prophet Suleyman Sheik, who buried at the foot of the mountain. But today the guides maybe tell you, that the mountain is...more
From Sary Tash to Osh the road goes down. We are laeving the high mountain valleys of Pamir Alay. Osh is at the beginning of the Fergana Valley. This road is about 180km long. But it is in very bad condition, so the drive takes about 6 to 7 hours. The landscape is very impressive and we saw nomads with their cattle all the way. Since some years it...more
The special part of this place is the ugliness and fakeness of it all. The Soviet Red Army blasted a holy Kyrgyz cave, built the eye-sore you see in the picture and then inside placed modern replicas of old artifacts. We also found that they there is a Kyrgyz price and a Foreigner price. We talked with the lady at teh counter for a while and...more
Flights run frequently between Bishkek and Osh, often more than once a day. We booked for both journeys the day before.Osh airport is wonderful. The check in hall serves coffee - wow!. The departure hall is a roof over a tarmac where you can watch your luggage being loaded a few metres away. I thought Osh was hot but it was nothing compared to...more
Kumis is also called kumiss, koumiss, kymys or kymyz, (from Turkic kımız , also called airag or chigee in Mongolian) is a fermented drink traditionally made from the milk of horses. It remains important to the people of the Central Asian steppes, including the Bashkirs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongols, and Yakuts. The word kumis is thought...more
The Kyrgyz men wear a very typical felt hat, know also as Kalpak. They are made of wool. The high hats with their white color and black ornaments are very remarkable. It can be seen alll over Central Asia. When you see a man wearing this kind of hat, then you know: he is a Kyrgyz man!Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing...more
Coming from China, where the roads are in exceptional good conditions, it was like a shock to many of us, to see the Kyrgyz roads. Mainly the road from Irkeshtam to Sary Tash was a gravel road. After Sary Tash the road to Osh was not much better. One spring of our minibus broke. And at one spot we say this truck in the river. People said, that the drivers survived the accident without much damage.
Osh is the second largest city of Kyrkyzstan. Finds in Osh proove that the city is more than 3000 years old. Osh is said to be"Older than Rome".
Its location on a crossroad of ancient trading roads like the Silk road give Osh a great importance.
Osh is mentioned in the greatest epic of the Kyrgyz People - Manas - where the wise man Oshpur was a tutor of Manas.
In the period between 10th and 12th century Osh was the third city of the Ferghana Valley. In 1762 it joined the Khanate of Kokand and became on of the sic tarding centres with the Khanate.
In the middle of 19th century is became part of the Tzarist Russia. The architecture reminds of that. Now Osh has about 250.000 inhabitants, many universities and schools.