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What You Should Know More About Kyrgyzstan

  • Travel Advice


    • There are certain local rules and traditions applicable in every country, make sure you adhere to it.
    • Do not indulge in any fight or brawl with any individual.
    • Do not flaunt your valuables in a public space.
    • Make sure you are always alert and active.
    • Gather enough information about every destination you are traveling to.
    • Avoid undertaking a hike to an unknown destination.
    • Do not leave your valuables or cash in the hotel room.
    • Keep away from the touts.
    • Do not get involved in drugs of any forms.
    • If you come across any foreigner in torn clothes or anyone who seems suspicious to you, make sure you avoid eye contact and try and get away from that situation.
    • In case ever need any help, be gentle and seek help from the locals.
    • To better interact with the locals, it is important for you to learn few words from the local language.  
    • Always take a room in the hotel that is known and famous.
    • Make sure your hotel is not located in any shady area.
    • Do not click pictures in an area that forbids you from taking pictures.
    • Do not film or shoot any area without legal permissions from the authority.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Kyrgyzstan is 16 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Sary Chelek nature reserve


    Sary Chelek Nature reserve is situated in Jalal Abad region of western Kyrgyzstan. UNESCO declared the reserve as a World Biosphere reserve in the year 1978. After that, the place has constantly received huge number of tourist footfall every year. This nature reserve is spread across 23,868 hectares and located at an altitude of 1,200–4,250 meters above sea level. The reserve is divided into two sections: Arkyt and Sary-Chelek. Sary Chelek nature reserve consists of 7 small lakes that includes Kylaa-Kel, Arang-Kel, Acheychek-Kol, Bakaly-Kel, and Chacha-Kel. There is also a comparatively large lake called Lake Sary-Chelek. This indeed is a great tourist attraction of the country.


    Tash Rabat

    Tash Rabat is among the most popular historical sites in Kyrgyzstan. It is a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai and is located at the Bashy district in Kyrgyzstan. The place is located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. It is said that Tash Rabat was originally built as a monastery of Nestorian in the 10th century. This beautiful stone consists of 31 dome shaped rooms in total. Horse-riding and trekking are also carried out near Tash Rabbit. It is one of the most famous tourist places in Kyrgyzstan.


    Ala Too Square

    Built in 1984, Ala Too square is famous for the largest anti-government protest of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution on March 24, 2005. The square is situated in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It was built to mark 60th anniversary of Kyrgyz SSR. The memorial ceremony for world-renowned Kyrgyz writer Chingiz took place at Ala Too square. Due to the occurrence of many historical events in the place, it has become a popular tourist attraction in Kyrgyzstan.


    Lenin Peak.

    Lenin Peak is widely considered as one of the easiest peaks in the world to climb. It has an altitude of around 7000 m and is situated on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Lenin Peak has the most ascents of any 7000 m or higher peak on Earth. It is certainly one of the most beautiful place to visit in Kyrgyzstan. If you like trekking, this is surely a must visit place in the country.


    Mt Sulaiman Too

    Mt Sulaiman-Too is considered as the most sacred place by Muslims. Also, it is the only world heritage site declared by UNESCO in Kyrgyzstan. This sacred mountain is located in the city of Osh. The mountain has a shrine that contains the grave of Solomon, a prophet in Quran. On the top of the mountain, there is a small mosque built by Babur in 1510. UNESCO has regarded it as a fine testimony of a sacred mountain not only in Kyrgyzstan but in the whole of Central Asia. It is a must visit place for tourists visiting Kyrgyzstan.


    Lake Issyk Kul

    Lake Issyk Kul is located at northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The lake holds some world records that includes being the tenth largest lake in world by volume, second biggest alpine lake and the second largest saline lake. Lake Issyk Kul covers a surface area of 6,236 square kilometers. It is said that about 118 rivers and streams flow into this lake. It is also home to various endangered fishes. The lake is bordered by amazing gorges that is popular for trekking and hiking. Lake Issyk Kul is one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet Earth. You definitely cannot miss a chance to visit such an iconic destination in Kyrgyzstan.

  • What you will like there?

    Shopping

    Kyrgyzstan offers various handmade beautiful products as well as souvenirs. Osh market is a one of the most famous and largest markets in Central Asia. You can find beautiful handmade products, souvenirs, fruits, species, among many other things. Kyrgyzstan has a huge market for shopping lovers that offers different products which will surely match their interest. So indulge in a shopping spree and take back home beautiful products to decorate your home.


    Trekking

    If you love adventurous activities, visit Kyrgyzstan for your holidays. Kyrgyzstan has many mountains and green vegetation that makes it an ideal spot for trekking and hiking. Central Tien-Shan, to the east of Kyrgyzstan, is one of the two highest peaks in Kyrgyzstan. The peak is for experienced climbers only. Although, access to central Tien-Shan is usually by helicopters, but you can trek the peak by taking mountaineering permit. Ala-Archa Canyon is yet another beautiful destination for trekking situated to the south of Bishkek. Tash Rabat is one of the most remarkable attractions in Kyrgyzstan and also one of the best trekking destinations in the country. Altyn Arashan Valley also provides the visitor with trekking options.


    Water Sport activities

    Along with various activities like hiking, you will be glad to hear that Kyrgyzstan offers various exciting water sport activities as well. The country is surely a treat for adventurers. You can take part in water sport activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, swimming, snorkeling, and paragliding among many more. These sports activities take place near the Lake Issyk Kul. You can also indulge in fishing and beach volleyball if that is what you like to do.


    Sightseeing

    Sightseeing is an activity which all tourists must indulge in if they want to make the most out of their holidays. The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve has the best environmental elements of Kyrgyzstan that is rich in forests, meadows, and lakes. It is home to various species of plants animals, and birds. It is definitely a perfect place for sightseeing and capturing beautiful pictures.


    Horse Riding

    Tourists visit 3000m high lake song-kol for horse trekking experience. Horse trekking can be arranged from Kochor with the stay in a yurt. Community-based tourism is responsible for arranging horse trek to lake Song-Kol. Tash Rabbit is also a beautiful and remarkable attraction in Kyrgyzstan where horse riding can be enjoyed. So explore horse riding at these beautiful places as it is an amazing experience to cherish.


    Ice-skiing

    Arslanbob village is in the Jalal-Abad province. It has an exceptionally beautiful landscape and perfect place for ice skiing. Although it might be a little unusual but you will also enjoy playing chess with the locals here. Also, many tourists visit Arslanbob just for the summer hiking experience.

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