Kyrgyzstan Tour Packages
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Welcome to Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful nation where you will find natural beauty. Blissfully unspoilt mountains capes, stark rocky ridges and rolling jailoos (summer pastures) are brought to life by semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherds. Kyrgyzstan tourism is rapidly growing year on year because of visa-free travel, and it's easy to see why Kyrgyzstan, is the gateway of choice for many travellers planning for Central Asia tours. For more specific information on what to explore, what to eat, how to get there and around and other Kyrgyzstan travel tips be sure to read through our Kyrgyzstan travel guide.
While only few people left living a truly nomadic way of life, the yurt is still extremely symbolic, and if you are looking for different experience then you should spend at least a day in yurt. In Kyrgyzstan there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path destinations, treks and trails which surprises travellers, here the opportunities to explore are limitless.
Why you Should Visit Kyrgyzstan?
Kyrgyzstan is a country that will capture your imagination from the very first time you entered its border from Kazakhstan. It has magnificent unspoiled mountains, a fascinating culture, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and exciting traditions. You will be surprised to see so many horses there and nomads still living in yurts. Life in the countryside of Kyrgyzstan appeared so effortless and quiet and this is something that immediately mesmerize you. The sights of Kyrgyzstan have a wild untouched splendour that is rarely found anywhere else around the world.
Best Time to Visit Kyrgyzstan
Planning a Kyrgyzstan tour is good in warmer months if trekking is your goal. The ideal time to visit Kyrgyzstan is June to early September. However, even in June, you may find some routes closed especially if the preceding winters was a long and harsh one.
July and August are peak time to travel to Kyrgyzstan so whilst it may be somewhat riskier as per the weather to visit in June or early September you can expect to see some travellers and benefit from cheaper accommodation. If skiing is your choice of interest, March and April are remarkably good months for Kyrgyzstan travel.
Main Cities of Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek is the main and capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Chuy Province’s administrative province. Bishkek is primarily situated at an elevation of about 2,600 with a stunning backdrop of the Tian Shan mountain ranges. The area in and around the beautiful city of Bishkek is drain by the Chui River. Book Bishkek tour package now if you desire to experience something different. The city is known for its Soviet-style apartment blocks, wide boulevards, marble-faced public buildings, and many more things. The city has an agriculture-based economy and still at many outlying regions of the city the barter system of exchange is practiced. Downtown Bishkek has malls, stores, banks, and markets. Tourists visiting this city can shop for traditional hand-crafted items like paintings, statues, carvings, and more.
Kyrgyzstan’s second biggest city, Osh is located to the south of the country in the Fergana Valley, which is also known as the "capital of the south,”. Osh is the country’s oldest city and is likely to be as old as 3,000 years. Since 1939, Osh has worked as the administrative centre of the Osh Region and has a mixed population of Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Russians, and several smaller ethnic groups.
Karakol is the 4th biggest city in Kyrgyzstan and is situated near the Lake Issyk-Kul’s eastern tip. The city is around 150 km from the country's border with China and 380 km off from the city Bishkek. Karakol works as the Issyk-Kul Province’s administrative centre and is one of the major tourist destinations of the country. Many tourists on Karakol tour visit the city for skiing, mountaineering, and trekking. Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Karakol Historical Museum, Dungan mosque, Prjevalski Museum, Jeti-Ögüz, Bugu-Ene Zoo, are some of the tourist attractions in Karakol.
Best Activities to Do in Kyrgyzstan
You can stay for a few days with a nomadic family in their yurts, most of them are welcoming. You can participate in their daily activities and enjoy learning various skills that one should know to live as a nomad in the Kyrgyz mountains.
Understand about the traditional Kyrgyz handicrafts and you can practice making your own shyrdak. You can also meet the Golden Eagle Hunters of Kyrgyzstan.
Go to watch a national horse game which is Kok Boru, better known as Dead Goat Polo. Kok Boru is an ancient honoured tradition among the nomadic tribes and one of the most widespread sport in Central Asia. Enjoy listening Kyrgyz folk music and dance with them. Join a trekking tour and enjoy hiking or trekking and night camping in the mountains.
Relish bathing in natural hot springs and you can also follow the ancient Silk Road route.
What to Eat in Kyrgyzstan?
The cuisine finds here is a perfect blend of Central Asian (mutton!) and Russian, although Korean food is prevalent too. Plov (rice with lamb and vegetables or fruit), manty (mutton-filled dumpling), shashlyk (kebab), and laghman (stew with noodles) are the main dishes of Kyrgyzstan. Salads and vegetable dishes are usually available as starters. Flatbreads are ubiquitous and very good.
The major alcoholic drink is vodka (surprise, surprise). However, you will find the wine is surprisingly good. It is primarily from Moldova, although Georgian is available too. Carry your own alcoholic supplies and bottled water to yurt camps and guest houses.
Getting around in Kyrgyzstan
Buses run connecting the main centres but to reach anywhere else you need to hire a car and driver. Note that both the general standard of driving and the roads are poor. Although the size of country is equal to that of Great Britain, distances are huge between key sites. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Bishkek.