• Silk Road

    MUSEUM OF KAZAKH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN ALMATY

    The museum has already impressed me through google before i reached there. The wooden architecture which was crafted in 1908 was absolutely astounding. The entrance fee was surprisingly cheap and the time Paul and I visited the museum was perfect as a classical music instruments performance was about to begin. I was on cloud nine. The interesting part was we were invited to the performance even though it wasn’t open for public or for tourists. The event was organised for special children.

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    The Dombra and kyl kobyz stole the spotlight . All the performers sounded like professional musicians.

    Click the link below for the video. Feast your ears on this!

  • China,  Silk Road

    HEAVENLY LAKE (TIANCHI)- URUMQI, CHINA

    Heavenly lake

    Heavenly lake or best known as Tianchi lake is one of those  places  where you shouldn’t  miss during your Silk Road journey, espeacially Urumqi. Initially I wanted to visit the heavenly lake by my own, without a guide or travel agency but unfortunately I ended up with a  travel agency by no choice. The journey to heavenly lake by van wasn’t heavenly for me because I was the only non-Chinese speaking ‘Alien’ among the other tourist. Sadly the tour guide didn’t even speak or explain  any single word in English. The 2 hours journey from Urumqi town to the lake wasn’t that pleasant to me but the moment the van touched the entrance, the “what the hell ” mood completely changed to “what the heaven ” mood.

    From the entrance, a well organized and complete systematic way of transportation was arranged by the management. Since the lake is located in the range of Tian Shan Mountain, another hour of journey was needed to reach to the top. The lake is 1,907 metres (6,257 ft) above the sea level, covering 4.9 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi), 105 metres (344 ft) deep at the deepest point (source, wikipedia)

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    Crystal clear water, undisturbed nature, postcard looking scenery and heavenly feeling lake, are the few best words to describe the lake. Even though the lake is very much commercialized, but the government of China ?? acted  very cautiously in preserving the beauty. No one is allowed to touch the water or get into the water. The Tian Shan snow caped mountain as backdrop gives an elegant and spectacular look and able to lock your view for long time. The sad part was the place was too crowded and noisy with people taking selfies…..

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  • Silk Road

    Almaty Metro System-Unique Architecture with Modern Touch

    Almaty Metro System

    To be frank, I really underestimated Almaty in all aspects at initial stage.

    This is common for a amateur traveler like me.

    However, seriously I love Almaty, especially the way the city  developed and maintained.

    Very clean city and very safe city too for travelers.

    If you are a public transport dependent traveler, than this is really awesome place

    where public buses and metro train services are very much available at any corners.

    The beautiful snow caped mountains which are running parallel to the town makes your navigation much easier.

    About the people, they are very friendly and very helpful.

    watch the video for further info…..

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