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Information about Kyrgyzstan for tourists or people who plan to visit Kyrgyzstan.

    Places to visit of Kyrgyzstan

    Kegety Gorge is a wonderful place near the capital of Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 4000 m above sea level. Not a classic gorge is appreciated by tourists for its spaciousness - wide and long, about 27 km.

    Within our republic's territory, there exist numerous architectural monuments, with one of the most renowned being the Burana Tower. The term "Burana" is derived from the word "monora," which means minaret. The minaret is a part of the ancient Burana settlement, situated 12 kilometers from the town of Tokmok and 80 kilometers from Bishkek. Burana Tower stands as one of the oldest structures within our republic. Its construction dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Originally, the minaret's height reached 40 meters, and according to some researchers, possibly 45 meters. Its upper section was crowned with a dome-shaped lantern, similar to other structures of its kind. However, due to the consequences of an earthquake that occurred around the 15th or 16th centuries, the upper portion was destroyed. As of today, the tower's height stands at 21.7 meters.

    Sary Chelek is an enchanting place that captivates even the most discerning enthusiasts of flora and fauna. The most popular route leads to Lake Sary Chelek, located near the Chatkal Range at an altitude of 1940 m.

    The national park Ala-Archa is a picturesque delight for the eyes, it is located nearby Bishkek, Ala-Too Kyrgyz ridges. The national park stretches at an altitude of 1600-4860m and is a favorite place of citizens and guests of the capital.

    Lake Issyk-Kul - a mountain drainless lake (1610 m above sea level), included in the list of the deepest lakes in the world (698 m), located between the Tien Shan ranges. The astronauts call it the eye of the Earth for its color and shape, and the locals call it a pearl because of its framing with snowy peaks

    Karakol (formerly known as Przhevalsk from 1889 to 1922 and from 1939 to 1992) is the fourth most populous city in Kyrgyzstan. It serves as the administrative center of the Issyk-Kul region. The city is located near the eastern end of Lake Issyk-Kul, approximately 150 kilometers from the Kyrgyz-Chinese border and 380 kilometers from the capital, Bishkek. Geographically, it is situated at an elevation ranging from 1690 to 1850 meters above sea level.

    Chunkurchak gorge is a remarkable location with stunning landscapes and a winding gorge at an altitude of over 2000 meters above sea level, stretching along the ridge for 30 kilometers.

    Son-Kul Lake is a large freshwater lake located at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level in the northwestern part of the Naryn region. It is situated in a basin between the inner ranges of the Tian Shan Mountains.

    Canyon "Fairy Tale" (Skazka) - the popular gorge with red clay rocks on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul attracts with its easy accessibility, uniqueness of contrasting landscapes and memorable colorful photos. Just imagine the combination of blue sky, bright sun, bizarre slopes of alternating colors from pale sand to deep brick.

    Kel-Suu lake is a southeastern beauty of the country, located near the border with China at an altitude of 3,500 meters in the Kokshaal-Too mountains, in the Naryn region.

    Alamedin gorge is one of the closest to the capital relax-locations with a magnificent mountain landscape, just 35 km from Bishkek.

    Cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan.

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    I am working as a tour guide for 4 years in Kyrgyzstan. I would like to write about Kyrgyzstan and share my experience and inspiration about Kyrgyzstan.

    Where is Kyrgyzstan?

    Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia and Bishkek is the capital of the Country. Kyrgyzstan has borders with Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.

    My experience as a travel guide with tourists from different countries.

    When I started work as a guide and traveled around Kyrgyzstan I saw different regions and saw how people live in regions and so beautiful nature.

    Things that I like in Kyrgyzstan:

    It is hospitality.

    As far I know, for me when I travel I take attention to people that live there and their attitude to you. In Kyrgyzstan, our culture of hospitality is very important and you can see it when you travel around Kyrgyzstan. Most of the people are simple and always glad to help. Once with tourists, we stopped in one yurt, where we saw a few children playing and their parents that prepared typical Kyrgyz dish with meat and when we stopped children were really happy to see tourists and parents start to invite to the yurt to give us tea. We entered a yurt and they gave us soured cream and fried dough with fermented mare’s milk and they asked some questions about tourists like where they are from? Do they like traveling around Kyrgyzstan. After leaving yurt tourist and I had a big impression of how these people were nice and like to see us. This is not only one story. There are also a lot of different stories.

    Organic food

    When you come to Kyrgyzstan. The majority lives in villages and have their own garden where they grow vegetables and fruits and most of the tourists have a chance to visit local houses and eat a traditional meal in local houses and mostly they give the meal that was made from vegetables that were grown in their garden and taste of vegetables is so delicious. In addition, in Kyrgyzstan, we have one of the most beautiful lakes that are Sary – Chelek where you can find apple trees that were originated there, and also in the forest Arslanbob you can find originated walnuts.

    Beautiful nature

    You can see different videos and also pictures nature of Kyrgyzstan. There are amazing mountains that have good trekking trails for trekkers, canyons, lakes. While traveling around Kyrgyzstan you can see different landscapes at different altitudes. Different flowers at different altitudes. And mountains are different in every season. For example, in summer it is green, in winter it is snowy, in autumn it is red and in springtime a lot of flowers.

    What do Kyrgyz people look like and what language do they speak?

    People speak in Kyrgyz and Russian language, the face of locals is a mixture of Mongolian and Chinese. Some of the tourists can not differentiate Kyrgyz face from other nationalities because some of the Kyrgyz people look Korean, some like Mongolian. It is so different.

    What time to come to Kyrgyzstan?

    Kyrgyzstan is different in different months. For example, if you would like to visit Sary - Chelek lake and see more than 100 types of flowers it is good to come in springtime (March-May). From June-August, it will be nice weather to visit most of the mountains and also everything will be green. On bazars will be fresh vegetables and fruits. In autumn is nice to see different colors such as red and yellow around you and also you will see a lot of cattle on the road because all of them come down from mountains to villages. In winter it is good for skiing especially this winter because we have a lot of snow this year.

    Kyrgyzstan is a small country but a lot to discover. Come here to find new places and open for yourself a new country.

    Photos by Barbara Bieger

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