Arslanbob

 

Arslanbob is a unique creation of nature, a blooming oasis 1600 m above sea level and one of the most beautiful resorts in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

Arslanbob district is located in the boundary of the Babash-Ata ridge on Fergana and Chatkal ranges’ western and southern slopes and is famous, above all, for its stunning relict walnut-fruit forests occupying a total of 608.5 thousand hectares. These are the largest planet’s walnut forests. Up to 130 species of trees and shrubs grow here, including walnut, pistachio, almond, pear, apple, cherry plum, currant and others. The forests are multi-tiered with diverse shrub undergrowth.

The special pride of these mountain forests is the walnut tree, which can live up to 1000 years, reaching enormous sizes (up to 30 m high with a trunk up to 2 m in diameter) and bear plenty of fruit. There are also individual trees that yield up to 200-400 kg of nuts per year. The leaves and fruits of walnut have healing properties, contain many vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients. In addition, walnut wood is a very valuable material for the manufacture of high-quality furniture and various souvenirs.

The world’s only relic nut forests are not, however, sole Arslanbob’s attraction. In the rocky canyons at an altitude of 2,200 m above sea level, mountain rivers carry their white-water rapidly. Sometimes they break far down, creating fabulous waterfalls. Horse rides or walks to the pictures que Small and Large waterfalls, trips to the Sacred (Mirror) Lake, to the Holy Stone (important places of pilgrimage for Central Asian Muslims) and caves complement your impressions with fabulous elements of the exotic. In addition, with the help of Central Asia-Travel, you can take part in fishing in the turbulent waters of mountain rivers, watch the life of local shepherds and enjoy an excellent lunch of environmentally friendly products

Legends of Arslanbob
Locals still remember the legend that once Alexander the Great himself drove the fruits he liked here to his distant homeland, which initiated the walnut gardens of Greece (sometimes they call walnut “greek nut” here).

Another legend says, in ancient times there lived a hardworking man named Arslanbob, who served the prophet Muhammad. He decided to plant many nut, peach, apricot, plum, pistachio and apple trees, turning this place into a real paradise. Now, getting into the dense thickets of all kinds of edible, tasty and rich in vitamins gifts of generous nature, you involuntarily think “Isn't this a real paradise? ...”. Those who visit these forests carry away a particle of the local earthly paradise in their memory and in the very soul.

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