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Kyrgyzstan Popular Places to Visit

Bokonbaevo

Bokonbaevo in Kyrgyzstan is a rather small town that serves as the gateway to the southern shore of lake issyk kul.

While the northern shore is all about resorts that attracts lots of Russian and Kazakh tourists, the Southern shore offers a more authentic Kyrgyz experience.

Its around Bokonbaevo that the natural beauty of lake issyk kul and the Ala too mountains combine with a rich cultural heritage that is still very much alive. Bokonbaevo has some of the best and most welcoming homestays in Kyrgyzstan. Whatever you do, you will be surrounded with incredible surroundings.

Issyk-kul Region, Kyrgyzstan

Manjyly Ata

While most of the places to visit in Kyrgyzstan in this post are because of their natural beauty, Manjyly Ata is included because of its cultural and historical significance. Although, the views won’t dissapoint here either.

For the locals, Manjyly Ata is a spiritual and holy place known as the valley of sacred springs. For centuries Manjyly attracted pilgrims that come looking for the healing properties of the waters. Every spring cures a different disease from anxiety to stomach problems and depression.

There is a hiking trail through the hills that will take you along the springs. Some are obvious, others are nothing more than a hole in the ground with a sign. Come during sunset when the landscape is at its most beautiful.

Issyk-kul Region, Kyrgyzstan

Skazka Canyon

The Skazka canyon is a place unlike any other place in Kyrgyzstan. It lies hidden from view behind the rolling hills next to the road along the Southern shore of lake Issyk kul. Nothing suggests the strange world of geological rock formations and rich colours that is just a short 2 kilometer hike from the main road.

It’s a magical landscape and therefore skazka canyon is also known as fairytale canyon. The red, brown and yellow rocks contrast with the deep blue colours of lake Issyk kul that you can see if you climb high enough.

It is one of the most beautiful places along the southern road from Bishkek to Karakol.

Issyk-kul Region, Kyrgyzstan

Tosor

Did you know that in Kyrgyzstan it is even possible to go to the beach? The high altitude lake of Issyk kul has several beaches with powdery sands and clear blue waters.

It is a very peaceful and quiet spot and there is not much else to do in this rural village than the beach. The waters of lake issyk kul are icy cold, but where else can you swim with such beautiful mountain views.

You can even stay the night to sleep in a yurt on the beach. Tosor is also a great place from where you can visit Barskoon or the Skazka canyon.

Issyk-kul Region, Kyrgyzstan

Barskoon Valley

The Barskoon valley with its two waterfalls and alpine meadows is so beautiful that Yuri Gagarin spend his holidays here after he returned from space. Or so the story goes and there are even two monuments put up to remember his visit.

The scenic valley and the short hikes to the Barskoon waterfalls make it the perfect getaway for an easy going day trip from Karakol or Bokonbaevo if you have your own transport.

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Erkindik Boulevard

Boulevard Erkindik is one of the most renowned public spaces in Bishkek. The locals love to take a stroll in the long streets with foliage all around. Be it an early morning stroll or grabbing a cup of ice cream from Fresco, Erkindik Boulevard is the quintessential leisure locale. Regarded as one of the top places to visit in Bishkek, The location is jam-packed with a wide range of eateries and coffee shops. If you ever come to this magical place, do witness the Musical Erkindik!

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Dordoy Bazaar

Dordoy Bazaar, also spelled as Dordoi Bazaar, has been crowned as Asia’s greatest market place. It a wholesale and retail market of consumer goods dispatched by China. The existence of the market can be dated back to the year 1992. The market is divided into different sections selling various consumer goods and commodities such as clothing, furniture, toys, automotive supplies etc. One can also find occasional produce vendors accommodating the market.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Dubovy Park

The park features a small open air sculpture garden behind the statue of Kurmanjan Datka, amidst the oaks. Travelers looking for local themed paintings will find a wide range of timeless art pieces sold by talented artists. The park has been renamed after the esteemed author, Chingiz Aitmatov. The locals address it as ‘oak park’.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Victory Square

The public square was established in order to celebrate the triumphant victory over Nazi Germany. It was constructed on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of USSR in 1984. In the heart of the square stands a statue of a woman waiting for her spouse to return from war. The square is enveloped together by three ribs of granite which symbolizes a yurt. The nucleus of the square is housed by an eternal fire.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Osh Bazaar

Osh Bazaar is one of the largest markets in Bishkek. It is situated on the west side of the city. The market features a wide variety of food products, customary household goods, classic souvenirs, dated clothing pieces and musical instruments. Shopaholics visiting the market are going to have the time of their lives!

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan