Today we will keep on going on the tour around Jalal-Abad, since there is one more very important site, which is really worthy of discovering. Except for the largest walnut forest in the world, Jalal-Abad hides another pearl. It is pretty famous among the citizens of Kyrgyzstan. We are talking about one of the best mineral springs of the country! Click here to see the whole list of other mineral sources in Kyrgyzstan.
Jalal-Abad mineral spring is highly appreciated for its healing effects. Thanks to its qualities, there are some nice sanatoriums that offer spa-procedures with the mineral water directly from the source. It is useful not only to take a mineral bath, but also to drink the water from springs regularly. They have healing effects for person’s digestive and nervous systems. For those, who have no direct access to the spring, the mineral water is sold in bottles and distributed across the country.
Next to Osh comes Jalal-Abad region. It is famous for some nice health-improving resorts with mineral water sources. 50km north of the city of Jalal-Abad, there is a real treasure of not only the country, but also the whole world! It is the biggest walnut forest on Earth, situated in one of the smallest countries!(10,000 hectares).
The walnut trees there are already centuries old and despite long years of existence, they still give so much fruit. There are some legends as well, connected to this great forest. It says that in 329 BC, Alexander the Great visited these places, extracted a walnut tree, and brought it to back to Greece. So, this is how they came to our Turkey as well and now serving as main ingredient for our baklava?!
Besides the forests and orchards, there are several other nice destinations in the Arslanbob Valley: the Sacred Lake (Lake Kol Mazar), Mount Babash Ata, caves, and 2 waterfalls appropriately named “Big Falls” and “Little Falls.”
It has always been interesting for me to know how the girls of ancient times used to go shopping… There was no such thing called shopping malls or boutiques, especially in Central Asia.. So how?
I found a little answer to my own question in Osh-second largest city of Kyrgyzstan in the south! There is a famous bazaar, which was able to keep the ancient atmosphere through decades. It is so crowded and busy every single day!
What I found very interesting is that there are almost no specific departments, such as clothes part or shoes part. Almost everything is situated in different places, all mixed up! So in order to shop successfully, the one has to be familiar with the bazaar very well and be able to find the way like a fish in the ocean!
Perfect option for budgeted students – bargaining is available! Sure, bazaar without bargainingis a no-no…
The market is situated in two sides of Ak-Buura river and there are some very nice “chayhanas” right by the river. It really is a great way to relieve tiredness and stress after long day of shopping!