Watch wary fish dart over a multihued mosaic of pebbles in the crystalline waters of Lake Sary-Chelek. The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve protects this incredible areas diverse animal and plant life. Trekking and camping here will leave visitors awed by the regions unique, vibrant beauty.
The town of Arslanbob sprawls quietly in the center of vast woodland. Walk through the world’s largest walnut grove— trees can live up to 200 years and are prized for their fruit, blossoms, and hardwood. Local legend says that the seeds were given to a humble gardener by the prophet Mohammed. Tour fruit and walnut orchards and visit Mirror Lake and the Sacred Stone, important pilgrimage sites for Muslims.
At the Shah Fazil site you can feel the deep roots of Islam in this region. The historical complex includes several mausoleums dating back to the 11th century, an 18th century mosque, and a hermits’ cave as well as the sacred mountain, Archa Mazar.
Jalal-Abad shows it’s modern face in the massive 215 m high Toktugul dam. Built on the Naryn river drainage, the hydroelectric station has a capacity of 1200 MW.
Attractions: Saimaluu-Tash, Padysh-Ata Reserve, Arslanbob, Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, Besh Aral Reserve.