Kyrgyzstan: A taste of ‘Switzerland’ in Asia

Located right on the ancient Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan is a relatively unfamiliar name to a lot of travellers but it is somewhat of a paradise that gathers some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Spend some time exploring Kyrgyzstan and you will certainly fall in love with this mysterious land.

The Republic of Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia, located within the continent and home to a vast range of towering mountains. It is said that Kyrgyzstan is akin to ‘Switzerland’ of Asia, but you will not expect to find Western beauty in this country until you arrive in Kyrgyzstan. This country has an abundance of snow-covered green mountains, yurts built on wild meadows of the steppe, pretty little houses with herds of cattle grazing leisurely and peaceful emerald lakes.

TASH RABAT VALLEY IN KYRGYZSTAN

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Located at an altitude of 4,000 metres and sharing its border with China, Kyrgyzstan will take you on an exhilarating journey across the country. Take a trip to the Tash Rabat Valley – a historical area where has welcomed many business delegations stopping between trade trips linking ancient China with Western countries. Known as a hotel built in the 13th century, the Tash Rabat Relic has been preserved to remind visitors of the fanciful historical anecdotes associated with the Silk Road.

EXPLORE THE CITY OF OSH, KYRGYZSTAN

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No Kyrgyzstan trip would be complete without visiting Osh – the second-largest city of Kyrgyzstan, known as ‘the capital of the South’. With a 3000-year-old history and has played an important role in the ‘Silk Road’, today this city has the characteristics of an old Soviet city combined with the glorious historical traces. Do not leave Osh without enjoying a piece of Kyrgyz kebab at a stream-sided restaurant, strolling through the buzzing streets or visiting the scenic statue of Kurmanjan Datka. Kurmanjan Datka is known as an extremely talented female leader of Osh City and is praised as the ‘Queen of the South’ by the local people. Her photo is also printed on the 50 Som note (the currency of Kyrgyzstan).

THE PEACEFUL CAPITAL OF BISHKEK

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Over the course of years, Bishkek has had a good reputation for the Soviet-era constructions and colourful life. Visiting the city museum, you can learn about the history of Kyrzgystan from the primitive age to the period of nomads. Additionally, you can find a lot of useful information and images about the nomadic life of the people living in the steppe, including the typical nomadic tents of the Kyrgyz people. Located a stone’s throw from the museum, Victory Square is an amazing place where was built to commemorate the Kyrgyz heroes during the great defense war.

MARVEL AT ISSYK KUL SALTWATER LAKE

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In terms of volume, Issyk Kul Lake is the 10th widest lake in the world and is also the second-largest saltwater lake after the Caspian Sea. If you want to catch the sunrise in the early morning and enjoy the peaceful views of Kyrgyzstan, staying overnight at a lakeside motel is a fantastic idea. This place also has many Russian descents, the nomadic Kyrgyz of the Turkic clan whose customs still retain the traits of ancestors originating from the Mongols. This quiet lake will allow you to make beautiful memories on your trip to Kyrgyzstan.

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