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City of Balkh AF

Balkh is an ancient town located in the northern part of Afghanistan, about 20 kilometers northwest of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. It sits on the ancient Silk Road trade route that connected China with the Mediterranean.

History: Balkh is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history that dates back more than 5,000 years. It has been a center of trade, culture, and religion for centuries, and has been ruled by various empires and dynasties over the years, including the Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Mongols, and Timurids.

Landmarks: There are several landmarks in Balkh that are of historical and cultural significance. One of the most notable is the Blue Mosque, a stunning 15th-century mosque that is considered one of the finest examples of Timurid architecture in the world. Other landmarks include the ancient city walls, the Shrine of Hazrat Ali, and the tomb of the poet Rumi.

Culture: Balkh has a rich cultural heritage, and is known for its traditional crafts such as carpet weaving and embroidery. The town is also famous for its literature and poetry, and was the birthplace of several prominent poets and scholars, including Rumi, one of the most beloved poets in the world.

Overall, Balkh is a fascinating and culturally significant town with a long and storied history. Despite the challenges it has faced in recent years, it remains an important part of Afghanistan's cultural landscape.

Cultural Center “Ruh Ordo” KG

«Rukh Ordo» is a unique open-air museum on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Cholpon-Ata.

The complex includes 10 mini museums: the «Aitmatov’s museum house», the «Kyrgyz art and culture Hall», the picture and photo galleries, «Sayakbay Karalayev's arbor», the «Knowledge Treasure trove» and five chapels, each of them represents one of the world's confessions , namely: Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Buddhism and Judaism, as a symbol of the fact that God is one for all.

Expositions of dozens of sculptures and hundreds of paintings made in a variety of techniques, hand-made products that have been gently given from generation to generation are also on the territory of the Complex. The exposition fund of «Rukh Ordo» is constantly updated with new and interesting exhibits.

The guide will tell you about all in detailed and fascinating way. During an hour and a half interactive excursion you will learn not only the Kyrgyz history, culture and way of life, but also have an opportunity to sing, dance the national dance, take part in games, traditions and much more.

We promise, you will not remain indifferent, but leave us with good impressions!

«Rukh Ordo» works all year round.

Desert of Registan AF

The Registan Desert is an extremely arid region and plateau located between the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar in southwestern Afghanistan. It is a 15-30 m sandy desert with areas of open rock and clay. It is sparsely populated by Pashtun and Baloch nomads. The desert is gradually encroaching on the surrounding agricultural areas.

The desert is in the eastern part of the Iranian plateau in southern Afghanistan. It is bounded by the Helmand River to the north and west, the Chagaev Mountains in the south and the Quetta-Pishinskim Plateau to the east. It covers an area of approximately 50,000 km², over 300 km long and up to 200 km wide. The plain is at an altitude of 2000 m in the east and drops to 600 m in the west. The climate is subtropical, continental and dry (with rainfall of up to 100 mm per year).

A severe drought in 1998 displaced some 100,000 nomadic people from the Registan desert region, most of whom moved to temporary settlements between the Arghandab and Helmand and Registan rivers.

Diran Peak PK

Diran Peak or Minapin Peak is a peak in the Karakoram range and the Rakaposhi massif. The Rakaposhi massif is surrounded by the Hunza valley (to the north, west and south) and to the east the Bagrot valley and its glacier over 22 km long. This 7,257 meter pyramid-shaped mountain lies to the east of Rakaposhi (7,788 m) and is best seen from Baltit Fort.

Diran is nevertheless a very dangerous mountain of Pakistan because its snow and its avalanches are at the origin of many events resulting in hundreds of deaths.

The Diran was climbed for the first time in 1968 by a team of three Austrians: Rainer Goeschl, Rudolph Pischinger and Hanns Schell. The western shoulder route has become the most popular.

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