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Sagimbay Bokonbaeva birds of prey

Issyk Kul regionKyrgyzstan • 1823 m

Bokonbaevo is the most important agglomeration on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. This place is not only famous for its beauty, but it is also a center of eco-tourism. The village is located 160 km from Karakol and 280 km from Bishkek. Tourists come here to experience the nomadic life of the Kyrgyz people, the fresh and pure mountain air and for the splendor of Issyk-Kul lake.

The inhabitants of the village live from agriculture and crafts. Once a year, the “Salburun” festival takes place here. Hunters compete with golden eagles and hawks for small and large game, with bow and dogs. Horse races are organized in particular.

Before the Russians, the village was called Kok-Kytan. In 1912, the Russians gave the name Kolsovka. The village took the name of Bokonbaevo, in 1944, in honor of the Kyrgyz poet Joomart Bokonbaev.

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