The Talas valley, considered to be the cradle of Kyrgyz spiritual treasures, is the fertile land, the homeland of two outstanding figures of Kyrgyz nation. The famous epic hero Manas was born here and is said to be buried near the city of Talas. The valley’s lesser known hero is the 20th-century writer, Chingiz Aitmatov, who wrote compelling fiction showing how Soviet life deprived people of their individuality. Coming to Talas and visiting some local family, you will be warmly welcomed, served by the cup of hot tea and tasty bread.

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