Welcome to Kyrgyzstan
On arrival at Bishkek International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, borders Central Asia's Tian Shan range. It’s a gateway to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains and Ala Archa National Park, with glaciers and wildlife trails. The city’s arts scene encompasses the monumental State Museum of Fine Arts and the collonaded Opera and Ballet Theater. The vast, central Ala-Too Square features the Manas monument, honoring the hero of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas.
Overnight in Bishkek.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today morning explore the most beautiful and picturesque view of The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, established in 1976 and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. Ala-Archa Canyon has become one of the most visited places in all of Kyrgyzstan. With snow-covered peaks rising above 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), steep forested slopes, picturesque meadows, unique alpine wildlife and fast-flowing rivers, Ala Archa is the premier destination. As well as a convenient spot for picnicking weekenders, the park is also a magnet for hikers, horse trekkers, skiers in addition to the skilled mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. The wide beautiful valley of the Ala Archa river sweeps up to the highest peaks and largest glaciers of the Kyrgyz Alatau range. Later in the day drive to Kashka-suu resort is located 2,100 meters above sea level, 35 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. Fresh air, stunning panorama of the Great Kyrgyz Range and the Chuy valley, great tracks and the quality of service contribute to a good holiday in Kyrgyzstan. You will have an amazing chance to lift to the mountain by cable car and enjoy panoramic views of lofty mountains.
Prepare for check out and the driver will pick you up and drive you to drop you to your next destination which is Karakol.
On the way to Karakol you will be passing by the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Issyk-Kul is an endorheic lake in the Northern Tian Shan mountains in Eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the seventh deepest lake in the world, the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Enroute visit the ancient Burana Tower. The name of the tower Burana comes from the Arabic word “monar”, which means minaret. A minaret is part of a mosque, a high tower which is used for the call for prayer. There are a lot of legends about the construction of the tower, one of them reminding me of the fairy-tale of Sleeping Beauty: Once upon a time there was a powerful khan who had a beautiful daughter. To celebrate her birth, he invited all the fortune tellers and wise men of the land. They all foretold she would have a long and happy one, well… all except for one. One old man predicted that the girl would die from a spider bite on her sixteenth birthday. This prediction terrified the khan so much, that he built a tall tower where he placed his daughter in isolation. The girl grew up in the tower. Servants brought her food and drinks, delivering it in a basket by climbing a ladder that was placed against the outside walls of the tower. Everything got inspected thoroughly, to make sure that no spider would ever reach her. On the day of her 16th birthday, the khan was so happy that the old man’s prediction didn’t come true, that he hurried to the tower to celebrate it with his daughter. He went to her room carrying a basket of fresh grapes. In his rush, he failed to notice a poisonous spider which had concealed itself in the basket. As his daughter was reaching for the fruit, the spider bit her and the girl immediately collapsed and died. The khan was stricken with grief and cried so loudly, that the tower shook. The top part of the tower toppled down, leaving it in ruins. How beautiful (and sad) this legend might be, the fact is that the upper part of the minaret collapsed during after a major earthquake in the 15th century, reducing its size from 40 to 25 meters.
On arrival in Karakol, driver will drop you to the hotel and check in.
Karakol town is situated in the south-east part of Issyk-Kul lake at the foot of the mountains on the banks of the Karakol river. It is a cultural, industrial and kind of administrative center of Issyk-Kul region. Since it is located so close to so many spectacular mountains, Karakol is a great base for starting off on hikes and treks. There are hikes that set out from Karakol to suit any adventurer, from day hikes to extended treks. The surrounding mountains are some of the most dramatic in Kyrgyzstan, including hidden lakes, broad glaciers, and Kyrgyzstan’s two tallest peaks, Pobeda Peak (7,439 m or 24,406 ft) and Khan Tengri (7,010 m or 23,000 ft). The two most popular destinations near Karakol are Altyn Arashan and Jeti Oguz, both of which are great for hikes or picnics.
Overnight in Karakol.
Today morning explore the beautiful city of Karakol by visiting the famous Dungan Mosque. In the 1880s Karakol's population surged with an influx of Dungans, Chinese Muslims fleeing warfare in China. The wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910. Completed in 1910, the mosque was built to serve Karakol's community of Dungans (Chinese Muslims who fled persecution in the 1880s). Designed by a Chinese architect, the building is constructed entirely without nails and much of its imagery, including a wheel of fire, reflects the Dungans' pre-Islamic, Buddhist past. Instead of a minaret the mosque has a wooden pagoda. Despite being closed by the government from 1933-43, the mosque continues to be used as a place of worship. These days worshippers are not exclusively Dungan and include a large Kyrgyz contingent. The 'Dungan Mosque' has therefore become simply 'The Mosque' in local parlance. Women are not always allowed to enter, but the friendly caretaker, who lives in the grounds, will open its doors and allow you to peer inside. All colors represent different Dungan cultural concepts, red - protects from evil spirits, yellow - contributes to the accumulation of wealth and brings prosperity and green - symbolizes happiness. The History of Dungan Mosque in Karakol begins in the end of 19th and early 20th century. Due to the rebellion in 1877 about 300,000 Dungan, passing through the dangerous Torugart Passover fled from Chinese punitive squads. Many Dungan died of cold, died of starvation, but many of them have reached the Karakol town, where they were warmly received by representatives of Russian and Kyrgyz peoples. After visiting the Dungan Mosque, your guide will show the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Karakol. The story of the church goes back to July, 1869, when Karakol was basically a garrison town established as an outpost on the edges of the Tsarist Russian Empire. A chapel was established in the city centre to serve the Cossacks and other troops sent here, and a small brick building on stone foundations was erected.
Later in the day, explore the picturesque Jeti-Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometers to the south-west of the town of Karakol. Its name is translated from Kyrgyz language means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there is a 35 km long wall of seven huge red-brown cliffs resembling ranked furious bulls standing together. In front of the cliffs there are flat mountain slopes, thickly overgrown with grass and pine trees. Especially romantic look has the rock "Broken Heart" located at the entrance to the gorge. Jeti-Oguz is also famous for its hot springs with water enriched with radon and hydrogen sulfide. In the place they hit out of the ground, at the altitude of 2200 m, there is a resort. The water in springs is useful for the treatment of rheumatism, gastric and nervous diseases. Rising higher, you can reach the flower valley called Kok-Dzhayyk with wonderful views of the gorge, or the Valley of Flowers strewn with poppies. At the upper part of Jets-Oguz there are also mountain lakes and roaring waterfalls. Return back to the hotel and relax.
Explore a full day mountain ski base in Karakol which is located 400 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan and situated at altitude of 3040 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Tien Shan mountains. This is the highest ski resort in Central Asia. It is located approximately 30 min. and 7 km from Karakol city. There is also a helicopter platform. There are all chairlifts and rope lifts take you to some of the best runs. The base is located in the picturesque place, surrounded with coniferous wood. The climate of this region is soft in winter time because of favorable influence of nonfreezing Issyk-Kul lake. Average temperature is about -5 C. The ski season is open since December till March. From panorama top overlook the surrounding landscape and the nearest five thousand meters mountains and high-mountainous Issyk Kul lake. This mountain was used as a training base for Olympic athletes during Soviet times. The highest run in Karakol, often reached using special transportation, begins at 3,450 meters. All remaining trails stretch down to the resort's base, which sits at an altitude of 2,300 meters. The mountain provides tons of opportunities for intermediate and advanced skiers to enjoy off-piste runs and challenging trails. (Note: optional skiing depends on weather conditions & rent of equipment are not included).
Prepare for check out and the driver cum guide will drive you to the scenic southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake before arriving in Tokmok.
On the way to Tokmok, visit the Skazka canyon. Moving along the south coast of Issyk-Kul lake from Karakol town, before you reach the small village named Kadji-Sai, you have an opportunity to get into the most beautiful mountain landscapes. Turning after Tosor village towards Terskey Ala-Too mountains and after passing about 4 km, we will notice how mountains part, and immediately, as if by the wave of a magic stick we will find ourselves in this valley of fairytales. In Russian, the word Skazka means “Fairy Tale” and the place is certainly a magical place, full of mystery and mysticism, sufficuent to stimulate the imagination of those with the inclination to stand, and stare, and wonder. Legends have it that, at one time, the Issyk Kul basin wasn’t filled with a lake, but was home to a number of rich and powerful cities. There is probably some truth in this because under the lake archaeologists have discovered the ruins of several settlements. According to one legend in particular, in one of the cities lived a beautiful girl and a seven headed dragon fell in love with her and pursued her, asking her to marry him. She, however, declined saying that she loved another. The dragon was distraught and cursed the valley, saying that one a month, on the occasion of the full moon, the water in one of the wells would rise and flood the valley, until such time as she changed her mind. He then went into a deep sleep. The citizens decided to cover the well with a golden lid whenever the Full Moon approached, and agreed to take turns to make sure it was in place. At first, everything went well, but when it was her turn, she “forgot” and the waters duly rose and burst from the well, flooding the basic and drowning the cities. The dragon awoke from his sleep and when he stood on the slopes of the hills above the newly formed lake and saw what had happened, went into a state of shock and turned into stone. The place where he stood was Skazka, and, although the legend tells of only one dragon, it is said that in the sandstone rock formations here it is possible to see the petrified bodies of several, all mingled one with another so that it is difficult to tell one from the other, where the heads meet the tails, and so forth, along with gigantic tortoises, herons, and camels. Amongst the weird rock formations there is a ridge which resembles two walls of fortification, something like the Great Wall of China, rising vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. Looking around and applying your imagination, it is also to see formations which resemble other structures with arches and columns. They are not manmade, however, and neither are they petrified fossils, but creations carved out of the rock by the effect of the weather, ice, wind and water. It’s a dry valley, there is no stream flowing through it down to the lake. The rocks vary in colour from a sandy yellow to red and orange, and there are also colourful striations visible in places which show the different chemical composition of the rocks. With sand underfoot, there is little plant cover, just the occasional tree, and mainly gorse and alpine ferns.
Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek, with a population of 53,231 in 2009. Its geographical location is 42°50′N 75°17′E; its altitude is 816 m above sea level. From 2004 to 2006, it was the administrative seat of Chuy Region.
Overnight in Tokmok.
Prepare for check out and the driver cum guide will drive you back to the capital city Bishkek.
On the way to Bishkek, your driver cum guide will be passing the town of Kegeti is considered by some to be the most beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan. It’s about 90 km (55 miles) from Bishkek, on the northern side of the Kyrgyz Range. The bottom of the gorge holds a valley and a river of the same name, and the slopes are famous for their meadows and alpine woods. There are not only berries, such as strawberries, stone brambles, and blackberries, but also rare and unique medicinal herbs. Kegeti is also famous for its waterfall, dropping 20m (65 feet) into the gorge. The waterfall is easy to reach, which means that both places are frequently visited by tourists. It is also an excellent place for horseback riding, another reason why tourists frequent Kegeti. Nearby are other famous sites, including Kel-Tor Gorge, with a small “dead sea” and Burana Tower, one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous archeological sites. Visitors can also travel to Bel-Saz, which is a summer pasture, or jailoo. Dozens of various mammals live in Kegeti, as well as birds, like falcons, golden eagles, and gyrfalcons.
Day is free, for you to explore more of the natural beauty in the nearby surroundings of Bishkek.
There are variety of OPTIONAL TOURS that you can choose from & book with us.
Kol Tor Lake
Kol Tor lake is located not far from Bishkek, 80km to drive to Kegeti gorge and 6km to trek to the lake, approximately take 2-3 hour to get to the lake from 1850m above sea level and hike up to 2720m. 900m. Its surounded by the Tien Shan ranges make THE LAKE MORE BEAUTIFUL! Trekking through the green meadows and on a trial. Morning pick you up from your hotel at around 9am (flexible upon your request and timing) and drive to Kegeti gorge (takes about 2 hours). And start the trek to the lake. 4 to 6 hours in a trail including a rest at the top at the lake. And drive back to Bishkek. arrive in Bishkek around 7pm. Looking forward to see you in one of my tours in Kyrgyzstan! Let's rock and enjoy the pure nature with its wonders!
Cost per person AED 950.00
Bishkek City Tour
Get a comprehensive overview of Kyrgyzstan on a private sightseeing tour of Biskek. Visit parks, museums, and city squares and listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the history of Kyrgyzstan. Then visit the Osh Market to learn about the traditional cuisine of the country and sample national dishes, local tea, and sweets. Leave the tour with a full belly and new information about Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan.
Cost per person AED 350.00
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 6,690/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Destinations: Bishkek, Karakol & Tokmok.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
If you are interested in going ahead with this booking, we would require deposits or payments as follows either in the form of cash or cheque:
Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class, Dubai / Bishkek / Dubai.
4 nights in Bishkek based on twin sharing basis.
3 nights in Karakol based on twin sharing basis.
1 night in Tokmok based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport transfers in Bishkek on private car.
City tour in Bishkek & Karakol on private standard car.
Explore Ala Archa National Park & Kashka Suu Resort on private standard car.
Visit Burana Tower, Skazka canyon & Kegeti waterfalls on private standard ca.
Excursion to Jeti-Oguz gorge & Ski Base Mountain on private standard car.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Kyrgyzstan -officially the Kyrgyz Republic, also known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It is bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan's history spans a variety of cultures and empires.
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Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the Kazakhstan consulate website: www.kyrgyzconsuae.org
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Bishkek- the capital of Kyrgyzstan, borders Central Asia's Tian Shan range. It’s a gateway to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains and Ala Archa National Park, with glaciers and wildlife trails. The city’s arts scene encompasses the monumental State Museum of Fine Arts and the colonnaded Opera and Ballet Theater. The vast, central Ala-Too Square features the Manas monument, honoring the hero of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas.
Karakol- formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, near the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, about 150 kilometres from the Kyrgyzstan–China border and 380 kilometres from the capital Bishkek. It is the administrative capital of Issyk-Kul Region.
Tokmok - is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. Its geographical location is 42°50′N 75°17′E; its altitude is 816 m above sea level. From 2004 to 2006, it was the administrative seat of Chuy Region.
Balykchy - is a town at the western end of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, at an elevation of about 1,900 metres. Its area is 38 square kilometres.
Kara-Balta is a city and municipality on the Kara-Balta River, in Chuy Region, Kyrgyzstan, the capital of Jayyl District. It was founded in 1825 under the Kokand.
Jalal-Abad - is the administrative and economic centre of Jalal-Abad Region in southwestern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 88 square kilometres, and its resident population was 97,172 in 2009 and is officially estimated at 109,200 in January 2019.
Cholpon-Ata - is a resort town on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan with a population of 10,525. It is the administrative center of the Issyk Kul District of Issyk-Kul Region; this district occupies most of the lake's north shore. To the west along highway A363 is Tamchy and to the east, Bosteri.
Naryn - Traditional Mongolian is the regional administrative center of Naryn Region in central Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi), and its estimated population was 40,000 as of January 2019. The town was established as a fortress on the caravan route in 1868.It is situated on both banks of the Naryn River (one of the main head waters of the Syr Darya), which cuts a picturesque gorge through the town. The city has two regional museums and some hotels, but is otherwise residential.
Talas - is a town in northwestern Kyrgyzstan, located in the Talas River valley between two mountain ranges. Its area is 13 square kilometres. It is the administrative headquarters of Talas Region. The town was founded by East Slavic settlers in 1877.
Kant - is a town in the Chuy Valley of northern Kyrgyzstan, some 20 kilometres east of Bishkek. It is the administrative center of the Ysyk-Ata District. Kant was established in 1928. The Kyrgyz word for sugar is "kant", and the city received its name when a sugar plant was built there in the 1930s.
Batken - is a small town in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, on the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley. It is the capital of Batken Region. Its area is 205 square kilometres, and its resident population was 19,718 in 2009.
Toktogul - is a city in Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. It is named after its most famous son - the musician Toktogul Satilganov. It is located on the northern shore of the Toktogul reservoir.
Uzgen- is a town in Osh Region, Kyrgyzstan. It is the capital of Uzgen District.
Kyzyl-Kiya is a city in Batken Region, in southwestern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 78 square kilometres, and its resident population was 44,144 in 2009. It is situated on the southern edge of the Fergana Valley, 32 km southeast of Fergana, and 65 km southwest of Osh.
Tash-Komur - is one of the five largest towns of Jalal-Abad Region in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 47 square kilometres, and its resident population was 34,756 in 2009. It is located along the West bank of the Naryn River, opposite the main Osh - Bishkek road.
Isfana - is a small town in the extreme western end of Batken Region in southern Kyrgyzstan. Isfana is on the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley in a region surrounded on three sides by Tajikistan.
Kerben - is a town in Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. It is the administrative centre of Aksy District.
Kemin - is a city in northeastern Kyrgyzstan, the administrative headquarters of Kemin District in Chuy Region. It is located about 95 km eastward of Bishkek on the left bank of the Chu River in the Chuy Valley. Kemin was established in 1912. Kemin received city right in 2012.
Nookat - also Eski-Nookat, Iski-Naukat or Naukat, is a city in Osh Region of Kyrgyzstan. It is the seat of Nookat District.
Sulukta or Sülüktü - is a small town located at the extreme western end of Batken Region in southern Kyrgyzstan. Sulukta is situated at the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley in a region surrounded on three sides by Tajikistan.
Kara-Suu - is a town in Osh Region, Kyrgyzstan, in the Fergana Valley. The town is 23 km northeast of Osh and is the capital of Kara-Suu District. It is a major industrial and trade center, on the border with Uzbekistan. On the other side of the border is the town Qorasuv.
Khaidarkan - is a city in Batken Region of Kyrgyzstan. The population of Khaidarkan amounted to 10,331.
Kochkor-Ata - is a Kyrgyz town located northwest of the major city Jalal-Abad in Kyrgyzstan. The town is located along the major Bishkek-Osh route, approximately 3 miles from the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border.
Karaköl - is a city in Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 1,050 square kilometres, and its resident population was 22,502 in 2009. Located on the Naryn River, downstream of the Toktogul Dam, the city was built in the 1960s to house the construction workers for the dam, and granted city status in 1977.
Ak-Suu - is a raion of Issyk-Kul Region in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The administrative center lies at the village Ak-Suu. Its area is 9,917 square kilometres, and its resident population was 63,686 in 2009.
Tüp - is a raion of Issyk-Kul Region in north-eastern Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Tyup. Its area is 2,121 square kilometres. It borders Issyk Kul District to the west, Ak-Suu District to the east and south-east, Kazakhstan to the north, and Issyk Kul to the south.
Kaindy - is a city in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan. It became a city in 2012. Its population was 7,526 in 2009. It is the capital of Panfilov District, Kyrgyzstan.
At-Bashy - is a raion of Naryn Region in Kyrgyzstan. The administrative center is at At-Bashy. Its area is 15,354 square kilometres.
Kök-Janggak - is a town in the Suzak District of Jalal-Abad Region in western Kyrgyzstan, located at a distance of about 29 km from the regional centre city Jalal-Abad.
Uzgen or Özgön - is a raion of Osh Region in south-western Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 3,308 square kilometres. The capital lies at Uzgen.
Jeti-Ögüz or Jeti-Oguz - is a raion of Issyk-Kul Region in north-eastern Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Kyzyl-Suu, Its area is 14,499 square kilometres, and its resident population was 82,085 in 2009. and the province comprises much of the eastern end of the Teskey Ala-Too Range.
Mailuusuu - is a mining town in Jalal-Abad Region of southern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 120 square kilometres. It has been economically depressed since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Naryn District' is a raion of Naryn Region in central-southern Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Naryn. Naryn District was established in its borders in 1930.
Manas is a raion of Talas Region in north-western Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 1,198 square kilometres. The capital lies at Pokrovka. The district is named after the mythical Kyrgyz national hero, Manas, who is said to have been born in the Alatau mountains in the raion.
Kara-Suu is a raion of Osh Region in south-western Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 3,616 square kilometres. The capital lies at Kara-Suu.
Shopokov is a town in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan. Although geographically located within Sokuluk District of that region and being the de facto economic and cultural center of the district, Shopokov is administered separately from the district.
Bazar-Korgon is a town in Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. Its population was 33,359 in 2009. The majority of its inhabitants are ethnic Kyrgyzs and the remaining 20% are predominantly ethnic Uzbek. The town has a large open air market. Shared taxis to the regional capital Jalal-Abad depart every 15 to 20 minutes.
Kochkor is a large village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. It is the administrative centre of Kochkor District. Former names were Stolypin and Kochkorka. Altitude 1,800 m. It is on the main A365 highway from Torugart Pass north to Bishkek.
Kyzyl-Suu -is a village in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. About 10km inland from Lake Issyk Kul on the A363 highway between Jeti-Ögüz resort and Barskoon, it is the capital of Jeti-Ögüz District.
Kochkor - is a raion of Naryn Region in northern-central Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Kochkor. Its area is 5,868 square km., and its resident population was 58,267 in 2009.
Tong is a raion of Issyk-Kul Region in north-eastern Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Bokonbayevo. Its area is 7,230 square km.
Jayyl - is a raion of Chuy Region in northern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 3,453 square km., and its resident population was 92,645 in 2009. The capital lies at Kara-Balta. It also administers an exclave in the southwestern heel of Chuy Region, separated from the rest of the Jayyl District by the Panfilov District.
Batken - is a raion of Batken Region in south-western Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 5,948 square kilometres, and its resident population was 69,591 in 2009. The capital lies at Batken.
Kadamjay - is a city located in Kadamjay District of Batken Region of Kyrgyzstan. Kadamjay is located between the towns of Khaidarkan and Kyzyl-Kiya. In the Soviet period, the town was officially known as "Frunze", and the village adjacent to it from the north, as "Frunzenskoe".
Bazar-Korgon - is a raion of Jalal-Abad Region in western Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Bazar-Korgon. Its area is 1,965 square kilometres, and its resident population was 142,951 in 2009.
Orlovka - is a city in Kemin District of Chuy Region. Its population was 6,260 in 2009. It is the center of Orlovka municipal council that also includes Podgornoye village. Orlovka was established in 1910. It became a city in 2012.
Chong-Alay District - is a raion of Osh Region in far south-western Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Daroot-Korgon. Its area is 4,857 square kilometres, and its resident population was 25,039 in 2009. The Chong-Alay District include 3 rural communities: Chong-Alay, Kashka-Suu, and Jekendi.
Issyk-Kul District - is a raion of Issyk-Kul Region in north-eastern Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Cholpon-Ata. Its area is 3,603 square kilometres.
Panfilov - is a raion of Chuy Region in northern Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 2,606 square kilometres. The capital lies at Kayyngdy.
Ak-Talaa - is a raion of Naryn Region in Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Baetov. Its area is 7,266 square kilometres.
Ala Archa National Park - is one of the few national parks that is easily accessible and fun to visit no matter what time of the year it is. It’s an Alpine National Park in the Tian Shan mountains, about 40km south of Bishkek.
Burana Tower - This 25m high tower is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, a once flourishing city that welcomed thousands of Silk Road caravans.
Issyk-Kul Lake - is the seventh deepest lake in the world, the tenth largest lake by volume, and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. The southern shore of the lake is wilder than the northern side and there are so many cool ethnocultural activities to see and do there.
Song Kol Lake - is the second largest lake of Kyrgyzstan and lies at an altitude of 3000m (9895 feet). The lake is surrounded by mountains and lush meadows.
Ala Kul - when it comes to describing the beauty of this turquoise lake. It’s so beautiful that the locals often refer to it as the ‘pristine diamond of the Karakol Canyon’. The water of this glacier lake changes hourly from azure to violet, depending on the weather conditions and the time of the year.
Altyn Arashan - which means ”Golden Spa” in Kyrgyz, is a lush green valley near Karakol and Lake Ala Kul. The place is famous for its pristine untouched landscapes and natural hot springs.
Jeti Oguz - is the name of a valley but also of a stunning sandstone rock formation about 25 km southwest of Karakol. This sandstone crag used to resemble 7 bulls and that’s where its name comes from.
Jyrgalan Valley - This gorgeous valley is located to the east of Lake Issyk Kul. If you’re a lover of simplicity, quietness, and untouched natural surroundings, then Jyrgalan valley is the place for you.
Kel Suu - most beautiful and spectacular mountain lakes in the Kyrgyz Republic and it’s also one of the highest lakes in the world. It’s located in a valley called Kok-Kiya at about 3,520 meters of altitude and not too far from the Chinese border. The lake is really high but the air there is so pure and crisp. You can occasionally see wild eagles flying over the mountains and herds of wild yaks grazing in the distance.
Tash Rabat - was a very important place during the period when the Silk Road was used actively by Asian traders and merchants. It’s a place known as a Caravanserai, a roadside inn where the merchants could stop and rest for a few days. Caravanserais were scattered all along the silk road and were providing shelter in isolated regions from the hostile environment and from bandits.
Osh - is a melting pot of so many things. It’s a place where you can taste traditional food, listen to music and admire clothes from many different traditions. It’s a mix of Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Tajik cultures. While Bishkek is the official capital of Kyrgyzstan, Osh is very often considered the cultural capital of the country. This city has such a vibrant underground art culture that it’s often called “The Berlin of Central Asia”.
Peak Lenin - peak Lenin is a bit like the Kyrgyz version of the Everest. This mountain is one of the highest climbable peaks in Kyrgyzstan. It’s sometimes called ”the easiest 7,000m mountain in the world”.
Arslanbob (during the harvest of the walnuts) - 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.
Kol-Tor lake - is located at an altitude of 2700m above the village of Kegeti, around 92 km outside of Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan has some of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the whole world and Kol-Tor lake is pretty high on that list.
Ala Bel Mountain pass - This very high pass (3,175 m) is on the mountainous road connecting Bishkek to Osh. Ala Bel is located above two gorgeous valleys. From one side of the pass you can admire Chichkan Valley and from the other side, you can see the Susamir Valley.