In 2016, it was exciting to see a celebration of two cultures – Indian and Kyrgyzstani, which was a move to strengthen the relationship between two countries. It was discovered then, that the destination has a huge potential for tourists and can turn out to be a great travel hub. Traveling to Kyrgyzstan is a remarkable experience – well defined by an incredible natural beauty and rich nomadic traditions. This land-locked country bordering China and three neighboring ‘Stans‘ is proud today, because of its vast landscapes, celestial mountains and resilient people, which can instantly make you, fall in love.
So, what’s it like to backpack for a good reason? The scenery is breathtaking, the people are welcoming, the adventure gives you an adrenaline rush and most of all, there is no visa required to enter the country. For tourists traveling on a fixed budget, Kyrgyzstan also offers some great budget tours with interesting sightseeing from locations; Bishkek, Karakol, Jety-Oguz, Bokombaevo, Kochkor to Song-Kol.
Here are top 5 reasons what will wow and astound you at every turn!
1. Mesmerizing Scenic Beauty:
Kyrgyzstan’s natural beauty and countryside is a pleasure to satiate yourself, as it offers exactly what you need. The celestial mountain ranges, the hike trails of breathtaking scenery, tall peaks and high altitude lakes, will not disappoint you. You can witness some of the highest peaks – Pobeda and Khan Tengri or experience a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges from Lake Issyk-Kul. You can also visit one of the historic Silk Road destinations: Tash Rabat, Burana Tower and Osh Bazaar for a perfect scenic experience and cherish what you see.
2.The Adventurous Outdoors:
If you’re the one who loves outdoor adventures, trekking, horse trekking, and scenic drives – Kyrgyzstan is a jackpot. It offers numerous and challenging treks, hikes waiting to be discovered, such as Jyrgalan, Issyk-Kul lake, Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Song Kol and more. These locations are perfect spots for camping and swimming as well. In Kyrgyzstan, driving-with-a-view is an adventure in itself. People cruise over mountain passes, past alpine lakes and through rock tunnels for a thrilling affair. So, step outside to explore!
3.Sumptuous Ethnic Cuisine:
You can easily find really good food with a variety of continental cuisines and local dishes. Mutton, horse meat and beef are the substantive part of traditional and modern Kyrgyz cuisine, and can be found at every local restaurant. One of the most traditional dish eaten by the locals is Beshbarmak and you’ll notice that a lot of their dishes are cooked with flavor and seasoning. Other than Beshbarmak, a few other delicious local meals include Shashlik (Shish Kabab), Plov and Kuurdak (Roast Fried).
4.Rich Cultural Heritage:
Influenced by the nomadic heritage, home owners decorate their homes with beautiful items. The masterpiece of folk creation is the Yurta (tent) which is easy to assemble and is always surrounded by cosy carpets, embroidered covers, blankets and pillows. More often, people in Kyrgyzstan try and use bright colours for the decor. When it comes to traditional music, the popular festivals such as Kyrgyz Kochu, Felt, Cuisine & Folklore will leave you spellbound. Attending one of the national festivals is the best way to enjoy the environment of the Kyrgyz old traditions.
5.Charming People of Kyrgyzstan
It is said that some of the most memorable experiences revolve around people. The culture in Kyrgyzstan values hospitality proudly and you will not find locals being rude or disrespectful, instead they will be warm, friendly and will ensure that you get the best hospitality while you’re amongst them. If you choose to be at a homestay, then families will even cook some delicious home-made food and offer you chai (tea).
So, do these reasons inspire you enough to get right off your track, ride mountain ponies, sightseeing across breathtaking sceneries, stay in yurts with the mountain people and swim in alpine lakes? Write to us with your tale. We’re all ears!
How to Travel within Kyrgyzstan
The local transports such as buses are relatively cheap, but if you want to experience the best views, opt for a taxi. If you prefer self-driving, rent an appropriate car to see the places you want to explore.