Set in the heart of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan has few historical sites, thanks partly to a nomadic culture, Kyrgyzstan has a lot of mountains. Kyrgyzstan is the haven for walkers, trekkers, climbers, riders and any individual who cherishes the epic view.
The climate is continental and varies with altitude. In summers, temperatures in Bishkek can average in the mid/high-30°Cs, snow and rain can be falling in the mountains . You can see the primary cultural sights with decent climate, in the mid-year – visit the acclaimed Issyk-Kul Lake, and in winter - travel to the ski-resorts close Bishkek and Karakol.
In summer, you can also visit one of the ethnic-fests where you can learn more about Nomad customs and traditions of Kyrgyz people. Some of the mountain passes are inaccessible between October and the end of May. Average temperatures in the winter are 5°C in the lowlands and -30°C in the mountains.
Marshrutka are restored minibuses that are used for both inter-city and inner-city transportation. Shared taxis are mostly used for long-distance routes. Buses run between the main centres. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Bishkek.
The fastest and the most comfortable way to get to Kyrgyzstan is to fly to the Manas Airport in Bishkek that receives daily flights from the largest cities of Europe and Asia. Driving to Kyrgyzstan is conceivable from China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. You can likewise go to Bishkek via train from Moscow and different urban areas in Russia, yet it would be a long and inconvenient way.
Accommodation in Kyrgyzstan is Soviet in style. High-end yurt camps also have flush toilets, and a high standard of cuisine.
Kyrgyz cuisine is a mixture of Russian and Central Asian tastes with a touch of Korean hands and essence. The most popular dishes across different parts of the country include rice cooked with lamb and vegetables known as plov. Shashlyk, stewed noodles and manty which is a mutton filled dumpling. Salads and vegetable dishes are usually available as starters. Flatbreads are ubiquitous and very good.
Tea, the most common drink is served in small bowls. Cherry and other fruit juices are widely available all across the country.
The main alcoholic drink is vodka (surprise, surprise). However, the wine is surprisingly good.
Kyrgyzstan people exchange in cash and the country has more of a cash-based economy than accepting credit and debit cards. Major currencies like Euros, US Dollars, British pounds, Russian rubles Chinese yuan and Kazakh tenge is accepted in the country at banks and exchange centers. However, old and chipped notes and bills are unacceptable. Visitors can easily withdraw cash from ATMs using their respective foreign cards at most cubicles across the country.
In the remote areas of the country, travelers are recommended to carry money in the form of Kyrgyz som in case they are stuck at a place without foreign exchange centers.
The country takes its travellers through a plethora of shopping malls, archaeological wonders, wildlife sanctuaries, bars and pubs. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Kyrgyzstan. Call us or visit our website to learn all about Kyrgyzstan travels and to book your tickets now.