About 25 km
south West of Karakol is a lush valley with some striking red sandstone
rock formations, (the “Seven Bulls” from which the
valley takes its name).
is a legend about the rock formation. A Kyrgyz khan stole the
wife of another, who sought advice from a “wise
man” about how he could reap his revenge. The wise
man was reluctant to give advice but in the end relenting, telling the
khan that he should kill his wife and give the body to his rival
– “Let him own a dead wife, not a living
one”. The Kahn made his plans and at a funeral
feast arranged to sit next to his stolen wife and as the last of the
nine bulls were being slaughtered as part of the ritual, he took out
his knife and stabbed her. From her heart gushed blood and
other fluids, which carried away the bulls down the valley and where
they came to rest they became these cliffs.
As you approach the valley, you pass another rock formation, which
resembles a “broken heart” and legend says that
this is the heart of a beautiful woman who died of a broken heart after
two suitors killed each other fighting over her.
These two rock formations have almost become symbols of the Issyk Kul
region and are favourite images for photographs and paintings.
Not far up the valley is the Djety Oguz sanatoria, built in 1932 and
during the summer yurts are established in the valley.
About 5 km south of the Jety Oguz sanatoria, is Dolina Svetov
(“Valley of the flowers”), a valley which is ablaze
with colour from May, when as flowers bloom.
Further up the valley a trekking trail leads over a mountain pass to
the neighbouring Karakol valley, and from there it is possible to
proceed onto the Ala Kol Lake and Altyn Arashan.