TOP
Exploring Tourism in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
  • icon
    Search for Air Ticket
    Search
    icon
  • icon
    Search for Hotels
    Search
    icon
  • icon
    Search for Tour Packages
    Search
    icon
  • icon
    Search for Sightseeing
    Search
    icon
  • icon
    Search for Travel Activity
    Search
    icon
icon Worldwideicon

Kyrgyzstan Popular Places to Visit

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

Ala Bel Mountain Pass

This very high pass (3,175 m) is on the mountainous road connecting Bishkek to Osh. It’s one of the most beautiful mountain passes in Kyrgyzstan and it’s easily accessed by car. What is great about Ala Bel is that it is located above two gorgeous valleys and the whole panorama there is truly a feast for the eyes. From one side of the pass you can admire Chichkan Valley and from the other side, you can see the Susamir Valley.

This place starts to look really incredible in winter. The whole area becomes buried under unbelievable amounts of snow and looks like a vast white desert. The road can be a bit dangerous if you drive there when there is a lot of snow, so drive with caution. In spring, the alpine meadows that are visible from the pass are blooming with more flowers that the mind can imagine and it’s likely you’ll see shepherds moving their animals across the pass in fall.

Getting to the Ala Bel pass by public transport from Bishkek can be done by taxi and Mashrutka. You can hop on a shared taxi or a Mashrutka in Bishkek at the Western bus station or at the bus stand south of the Osh Bazaar.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Kol- Tor Lake

Kyrgyzstan has some of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the whole world and Kol-Tor lake is pretty high on that list. This lake is quite similar to Ala-Kul in terms of colors. It shines in a bright turquoise shade and adopts different tones of blue throughout the day. Kol-Tor lake, however, is much easier to access than Ala-Kul and won’t require the same level of fitness.

This lake is located at an altitude of 2700m above the village of Kegeti, around 92 km outside of Bishkek.

The two-hour hike to the lake will take you across some gorgeous alpine meadows and coniferous forest. Although the trail to the lake is relatively short, I would suggest wearing good hiking boots to get there.

This lake is very popular and easily accessible from Bishkek so it can get a bit crowded during summer. It’s still possible to access the lake throughout the rest of the year and it’s especially beautiful in winter. 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Arslanbob

Arslanbob is a village tucked in a lush valley in the Chatkal mountain range in the south of Kyrgyzstan. It’s a destination that is popular for its hikes, horseback riding, and skiing but more than anything else, it’s a village popular for its production of walnuts.

Next to the village is a forest that looks almost like it came directly from a fairy tale. This is the world’s largest natural walnut forest and is the livelihood of the 16000 ethnically Uzbek people living there.

During the harvest period, hundreds of families install themselves in handmade shelters in the forest for easier walnut collection. Walnut harvest in Arslanbob feels almost like a festival or a carnival. Families share food and snuggle around campfires at night to sing, share stories and a glass of vodka together.

Since Osh is the biggest city close to Arslanbob this will probably be your starting point when visiting this village.There is a direct mashrutka for Arslanbob that leaves Osh every morning around 7 and it reaches the small village a bit before noon.

Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Peak Lenin

This mountain is one of the highest climbable peaks in Kyrgyzstan. It’s sometimes called ”the easiest 7,000m mountain in the world”. Don’t be fooled by this title though, reaching the summit is far from being easy and will require a lot of preparation and a good level of fitness.

This mountain attracts people from all over the world who are in pursuit of high peaks, challenge, and adrenaline. The peak is located right on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan so getting there will require getting a border permit.

Since Peak Lenin is located on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, getting there requires a border permit. There are a few military checks on the road to the base camp of the mountain and you will be required to show your permit to proceed.

The base camp of Peak Lenin is a cozy little yurt camp located next to a lake called Tulpar lake. Getting there from Osh is possible by taking a mashrutkas and hitchhiking or solely by hitchhiking all the way.

Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Tash Rabat

Tash Rabat was a very important place during the period when the Silk Road was used actively by Asian traders and merchants. Its a place known as a Caravanserai, a roadside inn where the merchants could stop and rest for a few days. On top of being the perfect place to rest for travelers, it was also a place where the various animals transporting the wagons along the silk road could be well fed and taken care of.

Tash Rabat is the unusual architecture of the place which leads many researchers to believe it was originally a Buddhist monastery before being used as a caravanserai.

There are no shared buses or Mashrutkas going to Tash Rabat. The best way to get there is to take a shared taxi from Naryn. You can do so by contacting the local CBT offices and arranging a taxi with them.

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan