October 8, 2018
The visit to the Buddha Petroglyphs at Tamgaly-Tas is a long somewhat bumpy and sometimes gentle ride across the Steppe and then down into the gorge for a leisurely stroll along the riverbank. The setting is peaceful and picturesque: rugged cliffs to the left and the river on the right. In the grasslands on the opposite shore, horses graze unperturbed and indifferent to our presence.
Legend has it that a caravan was moving to the river when an earthquake dislodged huge boulders that rolled into the water forming a river crossing. The pilgrims took it as a blessing from the gods.