Why Visit Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, a country officially known as the Kyrgyz Republic and previously known as Kirghizia, is located in Central Asia. It is landlocked and shares a border with China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Bishkek, the largest city in the country, is the capital as well as the administrative centre of Kyrgyzstan.
With numerous mountain ranges dominating the country’s landscape, the country is divided into two regions – the northern and southern region. The northern region of Kyrgyzstan includes Chui, Talas, Issyk-Kul and Naryn oblasts while the southern region, also the warmer areas of the country, includes Batken, Osh and Jalalabad. The southern half of Kyrgyzstan is also part of the Fergana Valley, while hotter than the rest of the region, is culturally vibrant and exotically diverse.
What to see & do in Kyrgyzstan
A country full of proud nomadic customs matched well with amazing natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan has much to offer its visitors from beautiful beaches to high altitude lakes. Its mountainous terrain is perfect for trailing, camping activities and for skiing when the weather grows colder. For adventurous travellers, climb up the country’s highest point – Jengish Chokusu (Pik Pobedy) – which stands 7,439 meters tall. The country is dominated by the Tien Shan range with its numerous high peaks and glaciers.
The Issyk Kul Lake, an endorheic basin located in the northern Tian Shan mountains, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the country. Earning its name which means 'hot lake' in the Kyrgyz language, it is distinctive for being a lake that never freezes over despite being surrounded with snow-capped crests. The Issyk-Kul Lake is also considered to be the world's second largest mountain lake spanning an area of over 6,200 square kilometres.
The Prezhevalski Garden is a memorial garden providing a beautiful view overlooking the Pristan area. It is also where the Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum is located which was dedicated to the Russian geographer and explorer, Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky. Don’t miss the giant map marking the explorer’s travels including photos and other artefacts from his journeys.
For those looking for a unique holiday memory, experience the nomadic lifestyle as such of the Kyrgyz people who were historically nomadic people. The country’s Community Based Tourism groups can arrange for visitors to spend a night or two in a yurt which is a portable dwelling structure used by the Kyrgyz nomads.
How to get around within Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan's transportation system includes public vans, electronic trolley buses and local buses. Minibuses and taxis are also widely available and considered to be the most convenient way to get around. If you prefer to go around at your own pace, cars are available for hire from rental companies although it should be noted that car insurance is not common in Kyrgyzstan. For a leisurely trek across the country, long distance bikes and horseback riding are also quite popular and available to be arranged by any tourist agency.
How to get to Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan’s main international airport is the Manas International Airport (FRU), located 25 kilometres north-west of the capital city of Bishkek. The airport services airlines such as Turkish Airlines, S7 Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways. These and more airlines operate international flights to and from destinations such as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Istanbul in Turkey, Moscow in Russia and New Delhi in India.
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