The Shamsi Gorge is in the eastern part of the Kyrgyz ridge, located near the town of Tokmok. This gorge is famous for its large number of forests and trees. There is also the so-called “Shah’s House”, which was built in 1968 for the Iranian Shah, who visited Kyrgyzstan.
The gorge has a rich cultural history: for a long time, the Shamsi Pass and the Gorge were a connecting route between Kochkor and Chui Valleys. Next to the gorge is the famous Burana Tower.
Nowadays the Shamsi Gorge is very popular as a connecting link for many tourist routes. From the gorge, it is possible to get to the Kochkor Valley and then to Son Kul, in addition to the canyons of Konorchek and the Boom Gorge.
Extra: visiting BURANA TOWER before/after Shamshy Gorge.
Burana Tower is the main architectural monument of Chui Valley and the famous Great Silk Road. The tower was the highest minaret of Central Asia and was also the heart of the capital of the Karakhanid state of the city of Balasagun in the 10th and 12th centuries. Its original h was 40 meters, but after the earthquake, the upper part of the tower was collapsed and since then the h of the tower is 21 meters.
The cultural significance of the tower is truly great, as it is the only monument of ancient architecture preserved in the region. In addition to the tower there are numerous mounds, remains of ancient fortifications, and also the so-called “garden of stones” – a collection of balbals (ancient stone tombstones) and stone tools (millstones, etc.)
The complex is located in a very picturesque place, near the Shamsi and Kegety gorges, to the south of the town of Tokmok. From the tower, it is possible to see a magnificent panorama of the eastern part of the Kyrgyz ridge, especially in May and June when poppy fields are flowering.
On the territory of the ancient settlement, there are a museum and a souvenir shop. The museum shows the rich history of the place. This price includes visiting the museum and the tower.
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