Kyrgyzstan is a South-Central Asian Union country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Landlocked and mountainous, it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the south-west and China to the south-east. Annexed by Russia in 1876, it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more progressive post-Soviet governments in the region.Kyrgyzstan map is shown below.
Kyrgyzstan is a nation defined by its natural beauty: joyously unspoilt mountainscapes, stark craggy ridges, and rolling summer pastures (jailoos) are brought to life by semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherd cultures. Add to this a well-developed network of homestays and visa-free travel, and it’s easy to see why Kyrgyzstan is the gateway of choice for many travellers in Central Asia. As can be expected in a country where the vast majority of attractions are rural and high altitude, the timing of your visit is crucial. Summer is ideal with hikes and roads generally accessible. Midsummer also sees Kazakh and Russian tourists converge on the beaches of never-freezing Lake Issyk-Köl. From October to May, much rural accommodation closes down and the yurts that add such character to the Alpine vistas are stashed away. So think twice about a winter visit unless you’ve come to ski.Gastronomy is a way of showing hospitality in Kyrgyzstan. The warmth and openness of the people can be felt when you first get acquainted, and at the second meeting, you’re already considered as a family member!
As a result of its varied and turbulent history, Kyrgyzstan throughout the centuries became a multinational country with more than 80 nationalities dwelling there nowadays.The capital Bishkek, with a history of 125 years, is heavily influenced by the Russian lifestyle and Soviet architecture.
Despite it’s stunning, practically untouched landscapes, rich culture, low prices, and friendly locals, Kyrgyzstan is often overlooked by travellers. Maybe some people feel put off by the “stan” in the country’s name, or quite possibly they simply have no idea what attractions the former Soviet republic has to offer.Kyrgyzstan’s lack of popularity puts the country in a unique position of offering an abundance of adventures and attractions without crowds of tourists, this global age it becomes quite a rarity! Here is Kyrgyzstan map.
- CHOLPON ATA
- LAKE ISSYK KUL
- LAKE SONG KUL
- ALA ARCHA NTL. PARK
- TASH RABAT
- BURANA TOWER
- ARSLANBOB FOREST
The languages of Kyrgyzstan are Russian and Kyrgyz, a Turkic language related to Uzbek, Kazakh, and, of course, Turkish. Kyrgyz is more common in rural areas whereas Russian is the urban language of choice. English, while becoming more popular, is still rarely spoken, so in order to effectively communicate one must at the very least learn a few basic words (yes, no, please, thank you, etc.) in Russian or Kyrgyz, depending on the location. If you are lost completely, try to ask young people, especially students.
Like most of the rest of the former Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan uses the Cyrillic alphabet, which can present a problem for Western travellers. However, the characters are not too hard to learn and once that is done you’ll find that many of the words are familiar. For example, “ресторан” in Latin is “restoran,” which means, “restaurant.” But be careful. They use it for the Kyrgyz language as well!
- Wander around Osh Bazaar
- Buy cheap Chinese goods in Dordoi Bazaar
- Stay in a yurt near Tash Rabat
- Live like a nomad in Son Kul
- Hike or climb in Altyn Arashan
- Expedition to the peak Lenine, 7134m
- Horseback riding near the Toktogul
- Motorbike Tours into the mountains, rentals
- Taste Besh barmak (“five fingers”) is the national soupy dish of Kyrgyzstan (Kazakhs would probably disagree
- Swim, sail and sunbathe in Issyk-Kul, the world’s second-biggest high altitude mountain lake.
- Visit Ala Archa Gorge
“TRAVEL IS ONLY THING YOU BUY, THAT’S MAKE YOU RICHER.”