Video: Chiyal Bazaar. Kashkadarya


Oh, the Orient!
With your eccentricity,
Your colours and your bazaars
You deserve admiration.

Having covered just 80 kilometres south of Samarkand, having surmounted the gorgeous Kitab mountain pass with its gently sloping but at the same time rather treacherous curves of serpentine road, you may find yourself in the homeland of Amir Temur. Sokhibkiran was born here, in Kashkadarya Province, in the city of Shakhrisabz. Some 20-25 kilometres more to the west and you reach regional centre Chirakchi which is close to Chiyal village.

At first sight it is an ordinary village which is no different from hundreds of other villages of the region. Yet since olden times its fame has resounded far beyond Uzbekistan. What makes it so renowned is its bazaar. For more than thousand years this bazaar would spring up at one moment, and would vanish away at another, like a phantom. Once a week, on Sundays people gather here but by midday everything disappears without a trace…The sun is still ‘sleepy’ but people are already streaming from different locations gradually interflowing into one big river that runs along the crease leading to Chiyal bazaar.

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