Sunday, 12 September 2010

Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is one of those countries I never thought I'd ever receive a postcard from, let alone a written and stamped one. But now I do have one, and a very beautiful one at that, too. Thank you, Rustam!

Issyk Kul is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes; hence its name, which means "hot lake" in the Kyrgyz language. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity (Ramsar Site RDB Code 2KG001) and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve. It is also the site of an ancient metropolis 2500 years ago, and archaeological excavations are ongoing. Doesn't it look gorgeous?!

The stamp was issued in 2009 and represents the Kyrgyz National Horse Game - Kok-Boru.

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