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Museum of Petroglyphs, Cholpon Ata

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Examine timeless stone drawings at Museum of Petroglyphs, a huge stone field with thousands of boulders on the northern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. This stone garden covers 42 hectares (104 acres) and features some 2,000 petroglyphs dating from 800 CE to 1200 BCE. Motifs of sacrifice, hunting scenes, wars, animals, and examples of everyday chores can be seen depicted on stones ranging from 30 cm (11 in) to 3 m (9 ft) in size. Take time to explore the lichen-covered carved stone warriors, tombs, and stone circles. English-speaking guides are available on site. Take a look at our Cholpon Ata itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Museum of Petroglyphs and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • In Cholpon-Ata don't miss these petroglyphs. You can get there by taxi, you should hold back until the end of your visit as the place is isolated and there is no means that transportation is available. North of the old airport, with a modest entrance, you will find a plethora of boulders on some of which are engraved or just sketched drawings depicting animals. They date back to the bronze age, 1500 BC attributable to the population before the arrival of the Kyrgyz. Visit it, deserves.
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  • The first rock you see when you enter is very impressive. After that, you need to spread out and look for other 'drawings'. Very spread out, little care for this historic artefacts.  more »
  • A typical collection of stone carvings but one that really interested me was the carving of a reindeer - not found in the region. So this shows that the nomadic lifestyle probably brought in people fr...  more »

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A seasoned tourist destination, Cholpon Ata has a good set of accommodations, ranging from luxury resorts to humble hostels. The swankiest establishments lie on private beaches outside of town. You'll find a particularly representative cluster in Bosteri, about 10 km (6.2 mi) to the east. In Cholpon Ata proper, several budget lodgings sit on or near the main Sovetskaya Street that runs parallel to the lakeshore--choose from hostels, guesthouses, and hotels. Several mid-range and higher-end hotels put you right on the water, some with private beaches. For more privacy, look for rental villas and apartments.
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