Places in Barskoön & Tamga
With a scattering of Russian-style 'gingerbread' cottages, quiet little Tamga is a little more attractive than most of the region's villages. On the hill at the back of town there's a fascinating local cemetery. Yurt-shaped grave-frames make photogenic foregrounds for sunset views with Lake Issyk-Köl in the middle-distance.
With a grid of unpaved streets leading 1km down to a wide, slightly fly-blown beach, Tosor (Km125 to Km127) is a relatively uncommercial place to stay close to the waterside. The main village shop is a tragi-comic Soviet throwback. Altyn Kum is a seasonal tourist yurt-camp at the eastern end of the village beach.
Architecturally forgettable Barskoön (Barskaun in Russian) isn't a destination in itself but is a useful starting point for South Issyk-Köl's best horse treks. And if you're driving past it's worth the minor detour from the main road into Barskoön town to visit the yurt factory.
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