Our eyes grew huge as they positioned dish after dish of meals on our desk. We spent all morning strolling round and exploring Karakol and had labored up fairly the urge for food. For our Dungan dinner, we had 9 programs, however some dinners can have as much as 150!
Karakol is the most important city within the Issyk Kul area. It’s on the japanese fringe of Issyk Kul Lake and foot of Terskey Ala-Too Mountain vary. Should you’re in Kyrgyzstan to discover the mountains, you’ll more than likely move via Karakol, so you must do your self a favor and spend a couple of days within the city studying extra in regards to the tradition (and consuming after all).
21 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN KARAKOL KYRGYZSTAN
1. The Holy Trinity Cathedral
This lovely Russian Orthodox Church is scheduled to be painted in late 2017. Peek inside to search out quite a few icons, together with some saved from Svetly Mys and a replica of one in every of Saint Troitzy by Andrei Rublev, a well-known Russian painter. You might be allowed inside and girls are required to put on a head protecting that’s supplied. (Map)
2. The Dungan Mosque
The Dungan Mosque is a novel mosque in that it was designed and constructed by Chinese language artisans. It was accomplished in 1910 and remains to be used to this present day. You’ll be able to cease by to see the colourful picket construction that was initially constructed with none nails. Girls will likely be required to placed on a head protecting supplied by the mosque. (Map)
three. Vintage Store
We’ve been to vintage outlets earlier than, however this one was one of the crucial spectacular we’ve seen. It was nearly a museum with all of the gadgets they’d. You will discover pins, patches, postcards, uniforms, and extra, however what grabbed our consideration probably the most had been the previous cameras. I nearly walked out of there with ten of those cameras, apparently, all of them nonetheless work. How I’m going to search out movie is one other story.
four. Take a Metropolis Strolling Tour (It’s Free!)
An effective way to see the town is by exploring it on foot. Vacation spot Karakol leads strolling excursions the place they take you to the Holy Trinity Church, Dungan Mosque, Tatar Mosque, the vintage store, plus a couple of extra historic websites with insights from an area perspective.
5. Karakol Meals Tour
Probably the greatest methods to get to know a metropolis is to eat your means via on a meals tour. Strive the totally different native cuisines and see if you could find a favourite.
6. Karakol River Park
Benefit from the benches, grills, and a small stage the place concert events are held alongside the Karakol River. You’ll be able to enter close to the intersection of Shapak Batyr and Ishakov.
7. Joyful Nomad Yurt Camp
Keep in these lovely yurts proper amidst a backyard. It’s a good spot to base your self whereas exploring the town. (Coordinates, 30 min stroll / 5 min drive from Metropolis Heart)
eight. Fats Cat Cafe – Have Espresso and Hold with the Cats
This is among the hottest cafes on the town. It’s additionally proper subsequent to the Vacation spot Karakol workplace, so you will get extra data and knock out two birds with one. Seize a chunk to eat or take pleasure in a pastry. You’ll be able to wash all of it down with beer, espresso, or liquor. It’s not a cat cafe, however there have been a number of pleasant strays that like to hold round.
Your purchases additionally go in the direction of giving again to the area people by serving to the homeless, low-income households, and victims of abuse. See pictures of how they’ve been serving to their local people right here.
9. Karakol Historical past Museum
Situated in a typical Russian residence from the 1880s, this museum has artifacts, native instruments, and musical devices. Sadly, the one portion of the museum that’s in English, is an space exhibiting the images of Swiss explorer Ella Maillart. Ella visited in 1932 and offers a novel look into that point interval.
10. Sunday Karakol Animal Market / Livestock Market
Early every Sunday morning, you’ll discover one in every of Kyrgyzstan’s largest animal markets in Karakol. It’s a tremendous website to see and you’ll even attempt to buy, promote, or barter for livestock with the Kyrgyz individuals. Learn extra in regards to the animal market right here.
11. Dungan Household Dinner
Should you’re a foodie, it’s worthwhile to expertise the Dungan Household Dinner. They’ve a novel delicacies that’s totally different than different native dishes and also you get an opportunity to listen to in regards to the historical past of the Dungan individuals and the way they ended up in Kyrgyzstan. After a go to to the museum, you get to make your personal Ashlan Fu (the whole lot is prepped, you simply combine the components into your personal bowl) and luxuriate in it together with all the opposite dishes.
Ebook a dinner via the parents at Vacation spot Karakol. The expertise lasts roughly three hours.
12. Dungan Museum
Should you don’t have time do the Dungan Household Dinner, however nonetheless need to be taught extra about their historical past, take a look at the Dungan Museum. If you ebook your Dungan Household Dinner, you cease by the Dungan Museum first.
13. Przhevalsky Museum
Nikolay Przhervalsky was a well-known Russian explorer that made a number of journeys in Central Asia. The backyard and museum are devoted to his travels. Quite a lot of the reveals are in English however you’ll want a information if you wish to get a full understanding.
14. Victory Park and Victory Monument
If you enter the park, you should definitely take a look at the monument to the suitable. It’s an fascinating monument to the victims of Stalinist repression.
15. Laghman Noodle Pulling Class
Get the complete expertise of buying your components, studying methods to make noodles, and chowing down on scrumptious Laghman. It’s also possible to get an abbreviated expertise with only a noodle pulling demonstration with lunch or just lunch.
Ebook an expertise via the parents at Vacation spot Karakol.
16. Go to the Native Markets
If you wish to hang around with the locals, go to the native market the place they store for meals, garments, and on a regular basis gadgets.
Native Tip: Decide up and check out some fried fava beans. They’re addicting. We didn’t get to strive the big egg-shaped melons, however we stored listening to they’re the best-tasting melons on this planet.
17. Banya Bathhouse
A banya is a standard Russian bathhouse. Take a protracted soak and luxuriate in a beer… bare. Or be a vacationer and put on your towel.
18. Craft Lessons with One Product, One Village
Situated on Toktogula Avenue, “One Product, One Village” is a good spot to buy native souvenirs. You’ll be able to even take courses to grasp the intricate work that goes into every carpet, handicraft, or jam. Try their fb web page for more information.
19. Issyk Kul Sundown Cruise
See Issyk-Kul Lake from the water by taking a sundown cruise. It’s an effective way to spend the night relaxed and with a fantastic view.
Ebook a dinner via the parents at Vacation spot Karakol.
20. Bugu-Ene Zoo
That is the one zoo in Kyrgyzstan and is positioned near the middle of city. It’s comparatively small however they’ve bears, wolfs, fox, lama, yak, eagles, and extra. We didn’t go ourselves and skim opinions that they could not have one of the best circumstances for the animals.
21. Jolgolot Viewpoint Hike
The vast majority of the hike reminded us of Southern California or Nevada. From Jolgolot, a suburb of Karakol, the hike is between an hour or two to the point of view. From right here you’ll be able to see Mount Przhevalsky and the Karakol Ski Lodge that brings guests within the winter.
Should you’ve already frolicked within the mountains, it doesn’t have probably the most spectacular views, however if you happen to haven’t, you must undoubtedly do that straightforward hike.
1. Seven Bulls / Jeti Oguz / Djety Oguz
22.5 km / 25 min Wast of Karakol
Should you take a look at postcards of the Karakol space, then you definitely’ll most likely see these purple rock formations. Situated 25km SW of the city, you’ll discover the Seven Bulls landmark and Damaged Coronary heart Rock. Every has its personal set of legends.
We had been disenchanted to see energy strains crisscrossing in entrance of the rock formations from the highway, however climb the hill throughout Seven Bulls to get a transparent view or you’ll be able to ship your drone up for pictures.
2. Karakol Ski Base / База “Каракол”
11.three km / 27 min South of Karakol
Winter time brings a brand new flock of adventurers who want to hit the slopes on skis or snowboards.
three. Karakol Gorge
9.9 km / 23 min South of Karakol
Close to the ski base, is Karakol gorge. It’s adjoining to the Terskey Ala-Too ridge and runs 40 km. Discover wildlife, lovely views, meadows, forest, and extra.
four. Barskoon Waterfall and Barskoon Valley
102 km / 1 h 36 min Southwest of Karakol
The primary cascade of Barskoon Waterfall is 24 meters and an exquisite website to see. There are a number of different falls within the valley as effectively.
5. Skazka Canyon / Fairy Story Canyon
101 km / 1 h 30 min West of Karakol
appears to be like just like Bryce Canyon. Some formations seem like The Nice Wall of China and you may as well discover different formations that seem like snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even complete castles. From right here opens an uncommon view on an impressive panorama of lake and blue caps of mountains. That is 2 hours extra from seven bulls.
6. Salty Lake / Tuz-Kol / Myortvoye Ozero
164 km / 3hrs West of Karakol
Referred to as the “Useless Sea of Kyrgyzstan”, the water within the lake is so salty, you float on the floor. The highway to get there isn’t very developed so it takes over three hours to get there.
7. Jyrgalan Valley
46.eight km / 50 minutes East of Karakol
Situated an hour away from Karakol, the Jyrgalan Valley is the proper spot for anybody who desires to benefit from the open air. Take a horse trip, hike, or get a jeep tour of the attractive panorama.
eight. Ak Orgo Yurt Constructing Expertise
84.eight km / 1 h 19 min Southwest of Karakol
Ever needed to be taught, see, or attempt to construct a yurt by yourself? The Ak Orgo Yurt Constructing Expertise is an effective way to see how intricate these buildings are. It’s also possible to make a customized felt carpet at this workshop. Try our video exhibiting how we constructed one. (97 Lenin St Barskoon Village 722005 Issyk Kul Oblast; 996-39-26-96-754)
9. Altyn Arashan
29.5 km / 51 minutes SE of Karakol
A well-liked cease for individuals mountain climbing within the backcountry, Altyn Arashan is an space with pure sizzling springs. There are a couple of locations to remain right here and you will get entry to non-public sizzling spring rooms.
10. Ala-Kol Lake Hike
22.7 km South of Karakol
Ala-Kol Lake might be probably the most recognizable hike and pure characteristic in Kyrgyzstan. The spectacularly blue lake is definitely worth the multi-day hike to get there.