Burana Tower is a high minaret located in Chuy region in Northern Kyrgyzstan
. It is located about 80 km east of the country's capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the IX century
The tower was originally 45 m (148 ft) high. However, over the centuries a number of earthquakes caused significant damage to the structure. The last major earthquake in the XVth century destroyed the top half of the tower, reducing it to its current height of 25m (82 ft).
A renovation project was carried out in the 1970s to restore its foundation and repair the west-facing side of the tower, which was in danger of collapse.
The entire site, including the mausoleums, castle foundations and grave markers, now functions as museum and there is a small building on the site containing historical information as well as artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region.
Timing of tour:
9:00 – 10:30 Transfer to Burana Tower from Bishkek
10:30 – 12:00 Excursion to Burana Tower complex. We will explore the historical complex knowing more about history of the Great Silk Road. We will visit the small museum with interesting items found at the excavation and the collection of balbals and Turkic headstones.
12:00 – 14:00
Lunch with a local family or BBQ picnic.14:00 – 15:30
Transfer back to Bishkek
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