Vacation in Kyrgyzstan: Top 10 Things to Do in Kyrgyzstan

1. Swim in Central Asian pearl Lake Issyk-Kul.   Issyk-Kul is the pinnacle of every holiday in Kyrgyzstan, which is flanked by snowcapped peaks of Tersky Ala-Too and Kungey. Strands and resorts offer the ideal way to relax, with spa treatments and hot baths. Taking a plunge into Issyk-turquoise Kul’s waters, to swim or sit in the sunny, wet beaches. The petroglyphs around Issyk-Kul should not be overlooked for those interested in history. Cholpon-Ata is home to Cyrgyzstan’s finest outdoor petroglyph museum full of beautiful pictures of mountain dogs, wild deer, tubers and horses.

2. Trek to Altyn Arashan and Jeti Oguz. Treks from Karakol to Jeti Oguz, to Altyn Arashan and beyond would surely please all those who want to take their Kyrgyzstan holidays with a bit of adventure. Jeti Oguz is one of the most renowned red sandstone figures in Kyrgyzstan and its name (six bulls, in Kyrgyz) represents the legend of the rocks. Altyn Arashan is a picturesque gorge with thermal baths, and the walkers’ poor muscles will be comfortable. More skilled hikers can hire a guide to the Khan Tengri and Pobeda Hill, two of the highest peaks of kyrizstan and much further into the mountains and glaciers.

3. Ascend Tower of Burana. No other building landmark is more prominent than the Burana Tower in Kyrgyzstan. The Burana Tower is a shrine to ancient architecture all that remains of Balasagun, the Karakhanid capital. Climb to the top of the tower to see the valley and mountains around and see the contours of the houses that Balasagun once built. The nearby museum exhibits local objects, including ancient coins from numerous civilizations, on the Silk Road. And take a shot of the balbals, graved stones like people who used to name tombs.

4. Listen to Arslanbob’s roar of waterfalls. Any travel to Jalal-Abad would be incomplete if Arslanbob did not pause to see the cascades and try the noodles. Arslanbob is the largest and most diverse walnut plantation in the world, harvesting 1,500 tons each year. The walnut that Alexander the Great had brought back to Greece was probably Kyrgyzstan’s first export to Europe (this is why walnuts in Russian are called Greek nuts). Many visitors come in the mountains or caves near the two smaller cascades to the holy sites. In the village, the smaller waterfall, which drops 23 m, is 80 m (260 ft) high, with the larger waterfall.

5. See in Sary-depths Chelek’s the reflection. When Issik-Kul is Kyrgyzstan’s most prominent pool, Sary-Chelek is the most secret and pictorial. Located on the southern side of the Chatkal Range in the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, Sary-access Chelek’s to the other lakes is more challenging and thus far from the trail. It occupies 23,868 hectares and is home to bears, wolves, lynxes, foxes, horseback riders, boars, porcupines and even some snow leopards. Sary Chelek is therefore the best place to go for a while away from the world and enjoy the peace of the countryside or go for some mountain walks.

6. Return to Tash Rabat on Silk Road in time. Throughout Eurasia hundreds of years ago, merchants and traders were constructing the original globetrotter from East to West. These travelers may find a safe spot to go to sleep and encourage their animals to relax in their caravanserais before the hotels. Though from the 15th century, Tash Rabat is one of those caravanserai and is surprisingly complete. Walk around the halls and imagine what the Fergana valley must have been like on the way to Kashgar, and at the end of a long day you can see this stone house on a meadow full of sheep and horses.

7. Sun Kul Lake touch the horizon. Son Kul is a holiday at the tip of the world with little but you and the sky, at a height of 9,895 m above sea-level, surrounded by high mountain pastures and mountainous peaks. Son Kul is only reachable from June to September, because snow leaves the path unmovable for the remainder of the year. This means there is no development, just yurts, goats, and the clean, blue waters of the lake on the meadows and on the plains. Travelers can go on horseback rides or walks from the lake for a little fun, or even swim in the cool water.

8. In the basar of Osh, buy Uzgen corn. Long before malls existed, Central Asia’s bazaars were the cheapest places to buy something from afar. Osh’s principal bazaar is one of the oldest in the world – at its present site, stretching more than 2,000 years along the Ak-Bura River in the town of Osh. Osh was the hub of the Silk Road for many years and this basin presented traders with the ability to market their merchandise to those who traveled through the continent. This was the place to come for thousands of years if you wanted something. Here are all you can find food, equipment, art, materials, scents, jewellers, hot bread, even cattle. Make sure you look for plov-making Uzgen rice.

9. Follow Sulaiman Too in pilgrim moves. Legends attribute the mountain to several religious and historical characteristics in Osh, and speak of the powers of the various cellars and sanctuaries. Go up to the top of Babur’s mosque, constructed in 1510 on his way from Fergana to India, where the Mughal dynasty had been established. Study the long tale about the sacred places of Sulaiman Too, including cellars and shrines (and the massive cave museum cannot miss). Experience the only UNESCO site in the Kyrgyzstan in full at the two mosques and the cemetery at the bottom of the mountain.

10. World Nomad Gaming experience. The riches of the nomadic community is no better way to learn than to tour the World Nomad Games. And if the Nomad Games take place every two years, they’re worth a visit. Modern activities such as archery, boxing, intellectual games and horse races come from all over the world. Cheer your favorite team in kok-boru, a game of teams of men on horses who want to score points by hitting a dead pig. Community activities include concerts, runway shows and culinary contests for those who are not lovers of sport.