Issyk Kul & Burana

Issyk Kul & Burana

Issyk Kul & Burana


The IssykKullake, the second largest saline lake and the tenth largest lake in the world by volume offers a panoramic view to its visitors midst the Tian Shan mountains. Issyk-Kul in the Kyrgyz language means "warm lake". This is kind of ironical as IssykKul is surrounded by snow-capped peaks on three sides. However, the lake never freezes.

Issyk Kul & Burana

The Beach around IssykKul

The admirable lake view with its snow-capped mountains on the backdrop complements the warm IsyykKul beach.

There are a number of accessible beaches along the shoreline of the city of Cholpon-Ata. The scenic lakeside setting around the circular headlands goes in hands with people watching. Issyk-Kul Provincial State Historical-Cultural Museum-Reserve

The plains on the rolling hills above the IsyykKul Lake, the provincial State Historical-Cultural Museum is a government-protected nature reserve.

Also known as the Petroglyphs Nature Reserve, the plain fields are beautified with stone petroglyphs. The low, lichen-covered boulders scattered in the plain area are truly photogenic.


A small village in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan, Burana with a population of 428 people. The place is known for the Burana Tower and the associated ruins of Balasagun that lies not far from the tower.

The ruins of Balasagun

The Burana Zone is located at the edge of the city of Tokmok and about 6 km away from the village of Balasagun. The remains include a field of stoned petroglyphs, the bal-bals and the Burana Tower. Built in the 11th century, the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun was further destroyed by several earthquakes. The damage is being repaired since 1970.

Burana Tower

A large minaret in the Chuy Valley of Kyrgyzstan, the Burana Tower stands 80km to the east of Bishkek. The tower with grave markers, earthworks and remains of a castle that contains three huge mausoleums. An external, steep, winding stairway helps its tourists to reach up to the top.

The 45 meter-high tower withstood a number of earthquakes. The damages can be clearly seen in the tower structure.

The winding stairway inside the Burana Tower

The site along with the mausoleums, grave markers and the castle ruins are now redesigned into a museum that contains artifacts and historical information about the surrounding region.

Pottery, coins and other artifacts tell us about the diverse region and the untold stories of Burana.

The lake and the remains of the Balasagun city complement each other for a day trip. While the lake offers beautiful scenic beauty, the remains tell its visitors a lot about the Kyrgyz history and culture. Book your day tour to IssykKul and Burana for your family vacation. Call us or visit our website to learn more about the day tour to IssykKul and Burana.