Kyrgyzstan lures tourists with mare's milk

STORY: Would you like to try drinking and bathing in mare's milk?

Come to Kyrgyzstan

The Central Asian country is hoping to attract more tourists

with a unique spa treatment

Drinking and bathing in fermented mare's milk, called 'kumis'

is believed to boost immunity

(Guljamal Mambetova, Visitor) "I try to come here and drink mare’s milk every year in May or June before the Dipper is seen (in the sky). I've noticed judging from my health that in those years when I don't drink kumis I feel weak and when I drink it, I don't get sick, I don't even catch the flu during winter. I feel good."

The capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

is named after a paddle used to churn the fermented milk

Fresh horse milk, known as 'saamal,' is also available to visitors

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