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Yurts at the entrance to Tash Rabat

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Aviad (Israel)

We met Aviad at 08.00 and went down to the hotel reception, where Dzhumabek was waiting for us with his taxi. It had been arranged that we would pay 1600 Som ($44.50) to hire the car for the day and this would include a stop at Tash Rabat and Koshoy Korgon. First port of call would however be the petrol station, as Dzhumabek wanted to set off with a full tank.

We pulled into a service station after about five minutes of the journey, at which point Dzhumabek turned to us and said that as we were three, we had to pay 800 Som each. The previous day when we had arranged the price, there had been three of us in the car, so he had not known how many people would be going and anyway, we had paid for the car, not by the seat.

Tash Rabat caravanserai
Julia explained this to him and he said he would no longer take us for 1600, so we told him to just drop us back at the hotel. A few seconds to think this over and he agreed to take us for the 1600 Som again. Boy i hate taxi drivers!

The journey took two and a half hours, including a brief stop for some breakfast at a cafe, which was full of Chinese truck drivers. Aviad managed to forget his bag here, which contained his guide book and hat, and he also couldn't figure out where his passport was. As he only noticed this when he got out of the taxi at Tash Rabat, there was nothing to be done, other than call into the cafe on the way home and hope for the best.

Tash Rabat was built in the 15thCentury, although some say it dates back as far as the 10thCentury and served as a fortified caravanserai on the Silk Road.
Tash Rabat
Its shape resembles what you may associate with a mosque, but some argue its original function was that of a Christian Monastery. Set in a pretty valley, it now has some yurts for company, which enhance the locations scenery... unlike the ugly fly infested toilets!

The three of us spent around an hour at the site, first walking through the chilly stone corridors and exploring the little enclaves, nooks and niches. Once we had taken a good gander from within, we went to get a grander perspective of the area, by clambering up mountains on opposite sides of the valley. It was an impressive spectacle, but not a site that I'd recommend anyone travelling out of their way to see.

The ride home passed plenty of gophers, all of whom were dashing for cover, at the site of our car speeding along the gravel road.
Koshoy Korgon
After about an hour, we stopped off at Koshoy Korgon, a ruined citadel that had been inhabited from the 10thto 12thcenturies. Like Tash Rabat, it commanded a 50 Som ($1.38) entrance fee, which Julia again got for a discounted 10 Som, as she was Russian.

Not much is left today, except some crumbling walls, a lot of flies and stunning scenery as a backdrop. Having little information on the site, it was hard to imagine what had once stood here, and sadly the curator of the museum was nowhere to be seen. That makes me wonder who the guy was taking the entrance money from us! On the way back to Naryn, we stopped at the cafe and the waitress had kindly put Aviad's bag behind the counter, so the journey ended on a high note.



Deats says:
Very lucky, i doubt there was an Israel embassy in Kyrgyzstan! Puts faith back in humanity
Posted on: Aug 07, 2009
almond72 says:
What a nice waitress ! that passport in the bag could be worth a lot of money !
Posted on: Aug 05, 2009
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Yurts at the entrance to Tash Rabat
Yurts at the entrance to Tash Rabat
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Yurts at Tash Rabat
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Tash Rabat seen from a distance
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Scenery around Koshoy Korgon
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Scenery around Koshoy Korgon
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Aviad jumps a wall at Koshoy Korgon
Aviad jumps a wall at Koshoy Korgon
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photo by: Biedjee