Are you all set to go for your much-awaited annual vacation? If it is a trip to the mighty mountains, give Kyrgyzstan a chance. The central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan could be all the colours that you need.
Located in central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, once a part of erstwhile USSR, is a small mountainous land which has rightly earned the sobriquet of ‘the Switzerland of Central Asia’.
Kyrgyzstan is worth a visit, where incredible landscape in the forms of mountains, gorges and lakes, ancient history, endless hiking opportunities and friendly people make the trip to this landlocked country worth it. The mystique of Kyrgyzstan is magical thanks to its landscape. So if you're looking to venture into the unseen and unexplored, Kyrgyzstan should be top on your destination list.
For nature lovers, Kyrgyzstan’s mountains, gorges, glaciers, lakes and forests are reason enough to spend weeks visiting the country. Ala-Too Mountains, famously known by their Chinese name, Tian Shan, and IssykKul, the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in Peru, are some of the natural wonders of Kyrgyzstan. Jengish Chokusu at 7,439 m is the highest peak in the country. Ringed by snow-capped Tian Shan mountains, IssykKul lake does not freeze even in the bone-chilling winters. Many beaches line IssykKul’s shore, and the most prominent among them is Cholpon-Ata.
The undisputed highlight of a trip to Kyrgyzstan is the capital city of Bishkek which has everything you’d want from a big city: art galleries, museums, dramatic monuments, a throbbing nightlife, a rich food culture, easy transportation and wonderful shopping. The marble-clad seven-storey presidential office is a famous building in Bishkek.Don't miss the tenth century Burana Tower which is a one hour drive from Bishkek. . An ascent to the top of the 25-meter-high tower will provide you the panoramic views of the surroundings. The tower marks the site of the forgotten city of Balasagun.
Located near the Uzbekistan border, Osh is the country’s second largest city and a travel destination on its own right. A visit to the Muslim pilgrimage site of Suleiman-Too Mountain is the primary activity of an Osh visit. This five- peaked rocky hill dominates the skyline of the city. A climb over steep stairs to the top where you will find a mosque built by Babur, Mughal dynasty founder, is an unforgettable experience. Tradition has it that women climbing to the shrine give birth to healthy children. The panoramic views of the city as well as religious activities will keep your mind free from worries. Osh is also known for its bazaar.
With a history of about three thousand years Osh is also known for its vast and bustling market.
Paradise for skiers and snowboarders
Being a mountainous region Kyrgyzstan offers several adventure sports such as hiking, trekking and skiing and is an ideal holiday destination for those who seek adventure.
The people of Kyrgyzstan are friendly and hospitable. This goes a long way in making this sparsely populated country an increasingly popular destination for tourists.