Go to Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬
10-day journey itinerary
Kyrgyzstan is an incredible, unusual journey vacation spot, most positively “off the overwhelmed observe”. Distinctive in its cultural richness and unmatched pure magnificence, Kyrgyzstan has been residence to a wide range of cultures, empires, clans, and tribes amongst one of many lushest terrains in all of Central Asia. With an unbelievable show of rivers, waterfalls and practically 2,000 lakes, its stunning mountainous panorama has offered the setting for over 2,000 years of historical past.
On this weblog put up, I write you about my first go to to Kyrgyzstan. You may also test my web page about my second time within the nation: Why I made a decision to go to Kyrgyzstan once more: 22-day journey itinerary.
I spent 10 days in Kyrgyzstan and explored lots of its most well-known locations. After visiting Osh, I explored the Fergana mountain vary and moved east alongside the Chinese language border. Lastly headed north to Lake Issyk-Kul, and moreover to Bishkek, the capital metropolis.
With its many astounding mountains rising to its skies, Kyrgyzstan’s peaks proceed to draw climbers and adventurers from across the globe. The mountainous Tian Shan area covers over 80% of the nation’s land with the rest consisting of valleys and basins. The very best peaks are these of the Chinese language border’s Kakshaal-Too vary with its Jengish Chokusu mountain reaching a lofty 7,439m (24,406ft).
The principal river operating by Kyrgyzstan is the Kara Darya, flowing by the Fergana Valley and into Uzbekistan. With lower than eight% of its land cultivated, runoff from heavy winter snowfalls is most frequently used for hydroelectricity moderately than farming. Though the territory is landlocked between Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and China, Kyrgyzstan’s geographical location alongside Central Asia’s Silk Highway have traditionally made it a much less “locked” and steadily navigated, extra transitory level between the East and West.
I entered Kyrgyzstan two occasions:
- July 2012 – Border of UZ 🇺🇿- fly out to PL 🇵🇱
- October / November 2017 – Border of KZ 🇰🇿 to TJ 🇹🇯
PL = Poland 🇵🇱 KZ = Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 TJ = Tajikistan 🇹🇯 UZ = Uzbekistan 🇺🇿
- Tash Rabat
- Koshoy Korgon
- Lake Issyk Kul
- Sary Chelek Nature Reserve
- Kyrgyz Ata Nationwide Park
- Kolduk Lakes
- Lenin Peak Base Camp and Tulpar-Kol Lakes
What to go to in Kyrgyzstan
Properly value just a few days’ pause to expertise its wealthy historical past and eclectic combine of individuals, Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s second largest metropolis and reportedly the oldest metropolis in Central Asia, relationship again about three,000 years together with a number of legends of its origin. Close to the Uzbekistan border, Osh’s favorable location in a fertile valley of the Pamir and Pamir-Alay Mountains made it a first-rate spot alongside the traditional Silk Highway, securing its growth as a serious settlement and one of many area’s main buying and selling facilities. Occupying the jap fringe of the Fergana Valley, town served as the executive middle of Osh Province since 1939. Regardless of its prevailing Soviet legacy in structure, city planning and use of historic and cultural monuments, Osh is a really clear metropolis full of lush inexperienced bushes, gardens and aromatic breezes. A contemporary college city with a definite openness, its individuals are additionally very various and pleased with their group, giving a vigorous and distinctive attraction to the all-around surroundings. Brimming with tradition, historical past and a real sense of Central Asian hospitality, Osh supplies a heat and welcoming vitality in contrast to every other main Central Asian metropolis and stays a prime vacation spot on anybody’s itinerary in Kyrgyzstan.
One other intriguing web site to go to within the area is Saimaluu Tash, a petroglyph web site positioned 30km (19mi) south of Kazarman village, inside two Fergana Vary valleys at three,200m elevation. With over 10,000 rock work and sacred choices of the decrease valley’s historical individuals from the Neolithic, Bronze and into the Center Ages. Additionally it is stated that from the Eighth-century BC to the First-century, Saka-Usun individuals settled right here previous to the Kyrgyz and Saka clergymen utilizing the location for sacrifices to their solar god. To today, the location stays sacred to Kyrgyz individuals for its non secular and therapeutic qualities.
Whereas crossing the Fergana Vary, I met just a few nomad households. You may also test my web page about after I discovered find out how to put together Kyrgyz mountain cheese: Qurut cheese recipe by mountain nomads.
Ugut and Baetov
Ugut and Baetov are positioned within the Naryn Valley of Ak-Talaa area, midway between Naryn and Kazarman. These small villages have very pleasant native individuals, a small lake with a number of forms of birds and picturesque cemetery, with brick constructed mausoleums and tons of of Soviet-era adorned tombs.
Dwelling to At-Bashy village, the At-Bashy District capital is positioned 35km southwest of Naryn and is the final settlement earlier than the Chinese language border. To its south, the At-Bashy Vary extends to Lake Chatyr-Kul, whereas the At-Bashy River flows by a gorge within the Baybiche-Too vary to hitch the Naryn River. For lodging in At-Bashy, take into account Tash Rabat, east of the primary freeway and located at three,200m altitude. Initially a 10th-century Nestorian monastery, the advanced is positioned inside a well-preserved 15th-century stone caravanserai, or inn, providing reasonably priced lodging to vacationers. Its caretakers present company with yurts, dome-shaped rooms, and inside chambers. The close by neighborhood can also be extremely really useful for scenic mountaineering and horse-trekking in a phenomenal pure space.
Historical fortress close to the Chinese language border. This forgotten place doesn’t obtain many vacationers, and the attention-grabbing museum which I had the possibility to go to is normally closed. The fortress itself is just about destroyed, but in the event you climb the partitions, you get an astonishing panoramic view of the world with breathtaking views of the close by mountains.
Lake Issyk Kul
Crystal clear and indescribably stunning, Issyk-Kul Lake is the true “Pearl of the Tian Shan” mountains. A favourite trip spot for each locals and vacationers stress-free on its golden-sand seashores, it harbors a healthful maritime local weather with lodges and guesthouses in resorts providing sunbathing and swimming within the lake’s refreshing waters. Whereas there may be additionally a very good amount of analysis carried out right here, as a result of lore of the lake containing a submerged historical metropolis, pleasure-diving journeys can be organized. Regardless of the area turning into fairly chilly in winter, Issyk-Kul Lake’s shores run plenty of well being facilities offering many wellness providers year-round, or just a snug surroundings the place vacationers can benefit from the space’s serene, stunning nature.
Alongside Issyk-Kul Lake’s southeastern shore, in Karakol, there are a selection of lovely landscapes together with Tosor city’s uncommon Skazka “Fairy Story” Canyon. Named for its weird, rocky panorama remodeled by wind over a few years into creatively formed, colourful formations such because the Nice Wall of China, a hippopotamus, snake, dragon, sleeping large and even castles. The realm makes for a simple hike and is a superb vacation spot for explorers, younger and outdated!
Simply east of Bishkek, take pleasure in a quick pause in Tokmok and its Chuy Valley, halfway between the capital and Issyk-Kul Lake. As soon as a mid-19th-century army outpost, the world was sought by many conquerors all through historical past on account of its prime location. The ruins of Ak-Beshim, as soon as the capital of the Western Turkic Khaganate, are located simply southwest of Tokmok and, about 15km additional south, the 11th-century Burana Tower looms above the grounds of a now absent historical citadel believed to be the location of the previous Kara-Khanid Empire capital, the traditional metropolis of Balasagun. A big assortment of historical gravestones and stele can be discovered close by.
The capital and largest metropolis of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek originated as a 17th-century Khokand fortress constructed to control native caravan routes. After Russian forces destroyed it in 1860, a Russian settlement was developed on the location and established because the capital metropolis, Pishpek. The Soviet Communist Occasion renamed town in 1926 and, ten years later, it grew to become the capital of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, the capital attained its fashionable identify. Located alongside the nation’s mid-northern border with Kazakhstan and simply off the northern finish of the Ala-Too vary, Bishkek’s surrounding mountains rise to four,855 meters (15,928ft) and supply a spectacular backdrop to this splendidly various metropolis. As we speak’s Bishkek is a densely populated grid metropolis with extensive boulevards, marble-faced buildings combined with Soviet-style housing blocks and gives guests an excellent cross-section of Kyrzyg tradition.
Kyrgyzstan’s capital hosts plenty of websites to go to and luxuriate in, starting from various museums, parks, a vigorous bazaar and plenty of historic monuments. Prime of my listing of web sites to go to in Bishkek is the vigorous Osh Bazaar, one of many metropolis’s largest bazaars and reputed as some of the picturesque marketplaces in all of Asia. Accessible from the Pamir Freeway, vacationers and locals meander by its 4 blocks, discovering every part from souvenirs, imports, native meals, meats and spices, family items, musical devices and clothes amongst many different objects particular to Kyrgyzstan’s tradition.
Additionally within the Bishkek metropolis middle, spend a while individuals watching on the massive, open Ala-Too Sq. adorned with fountains, surrounded by stunning buildings and offering a magical spectacle within the evenings. There’s a changing-of-the-guard each hour, below the sq.’s big state flag subsequent to a statue of Kyrgyzstan’s epic hero, Manas. From Ala-Too Sq., you can find plenty of museums and points of interest inside just a few blocks’ distance such because the State Historical past Museum together with Soviet murals, an archaeological exposition in addition to Kyrgyz-Soviet historical past and Chilly Battle propaganda; the Museum of Fantastic Arts, displaying two flooring of principally Soviet-era artwork and regional woven crafts; the Mikhail Frunze Museum, a army exposition overlaying USSR historical past and the lifetime of the chief the capital was initially named after; the recently-renovated Russian Orthodox Holy Resurrection Cathedral; the extremely transferring new Monument to These Who Died for Freedom in entrance of the Presidential Palace; a sports activities enviornment and stadium, nice purchasing, town’s fashionable artists’ quarters and a phenomenal rose backyard. Different out of doors sights embrace Bishkek’s Oak Park and, close to to the Zoological Museum (1926), Panfilov Park, for the attention-grabbing expertise of a Soviet-era amusement park.
In 2017, Bishkek additionally noticed the completion of its new Central Metropolis Mosque and largest mosque in central Asia, in its southeast metropolis middle. The classical Ottoman-style, white marble advanced covers a 35-acre (141,640m²) web site with a capability for 20,000 worshippers and contains a superbly adorned 37-meter excessive dome, 70-meter excessive minarets, and a grand fountain. Simply west of town middle, one other essential mosque to see is the well-preserved Central Masjid (1886), one of many metropolis’s oldest buildings with a modest design that includes a big interior courtyard, central dome, and outstanding minaret in addition to a placing inside.
Surprisingly, simply exterior of a populated capital metropolis similar to Bishkek, there are various stunning pure websites the place vacationers can take a handy day-trip to discover the awe-inspiring panorama past, whereas mountaineering, tenting, trekking and even snowboarding. With its infinite, scenic alternatives, you can find gorges, parks, canyons and resorts embracing the area, prepared for the keen adventurer to discover and luxuriate in!
■ Do you know that I traveled in Kyrzgystan with a 4X4 campervan? Examine my web page: Van life in Kyrgyzstan. You may also test my web page about my second time within the nation: Why I made a decision to go to Kyrgyzstan once more: 22-day journey itinerary.
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