The Burana tower is a large minaret in the Chuy valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country’s capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok.
The best moment to go to the Burana tower is after 4:00 pm. The sun is getting down and the light is amazing soft with the colors of the blue sky, the mountains and the green landscape. You want time to stop forever. Sitting on a bench watching birds and smelling the plants, wondering how it was in the old days.
The Burana Tower and two mausoleum are the only buildings left of the old city of Balasagun (10th century). The city was a Centre of the Karahanid state. The Karahanids (Qarakhanids) who built this city were the ones who brought Islam to the region along with new technologies. They had a strong statehood until Chengiz Khan troops destroyed their capitals in XIII century.