We had been to Siem Reap before ... but this trip was truly one-of-a-kind, an insiders look into the life and culture of the Cambodian people, truly a trip of a lifetime.
For a truly unique experience, visitors ought to take a trip to Jalal-Abad, a city in southwestern Kyrgyzstan at the north-eastern end of the Fergana valley. The city sits in the foothills of the Babash Ata mountains, close to Uzbekistan border, and was once a main stop on the Silk Road.
Known for its natural mineral springs, the water around the city was once rumored to be able to cure leprosy; today, it is bottled and sold all around the country and the rest of the world. An excellent example of how old meets new in this ancient town, Jalal-Abad is reinventing itself as a tourist destination of the 21st Century.
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Victoria was struck by the stunning landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, as well as the fresh, clean air and the amazing hospitality of its people.
Jalal-Abad is famous for its mineral springs, so visitors should take advantage! There are plenty of excellent “Kurorts” (spas) in town where guests can spend their day relaxing in natural mineral spring baths.
Cafe with a View
Beside one of the main Kurorts is a cafe located more than 3,000 feet above the town. Enjoy the view as well as the nearby craft hall, where visitors can pick up some locally-bottled water and little trinkets.
The main street of Jalal-Abad is called Lenin Street, just like many others former Soviet towns. This central area of town features fountains and statues of Vladimir Illych, a historical and cultural museum, and shops where visitors can purchase local goods.
Near the city center of Jalal-Abad is Arslanbob, one of the only wild walnut forests in the world - the nut said to have originally spread to this part of the world by Alexander the Great. Walking through this large forested area, visitors are bound to see many different types of trees, including wild apple, pear, and cherry, as well as wild animals.
To see an architectural marvel, visitors should take a trip to Toktogul Dam, the largest reservoir of water along the Naryn River. If guests are looking for a spot to eat afterwards, they can visit Toktogul town, just north of the reservoir.
This large biosphere reserve lies in the western Tien Shan Mountains and consists of forests, meadows, and a mountain lake located 1.2 miles above sea level. Home to 160 different types of birds, 34 species of mammals, and 1,000 different plants, the Sary-Chelek reserve is the perfect place for a hike, picnic, or bird-watching expedition.
Roadtrippers with a sense of adventure and a love of culture are enchanted by the sights and delights along the M41, the highway that cuts right through the Pamir Mountains. One of Tajikistan’s most beloved destinations, explorers on the Pamir highway will be delighted by the local lifestyle, the pretty mountain towns and the breathtaking scenery.
From picturesque valleys to traditional villages, this eight-day tour will bring you through some of the most beautiful spots Kyrgyzstan. You will explore modern Osh, historical Uzgen, and the charming small towns of Jalal-Abad and Sary-Tash, while enjoying picnics and hikes against sweeping panoramas.
A popular stop on the Silk Road, in Kyrgyzstan's beautiful Fergana Valley, Jalal-Abad is a typical Kyrgyz town surrounded by beautiful countryside. Explorers and travelers looking for somewhere to stop in Jalal-Abad will be delighted by the warm welcome at Roza Park Hotel. The plain and simple exterior belies the friendly atmosphere within. With double, twin superior and deluxe rooms available, there’s sure to be a configuration to suit all guests in need of comfortable and cozy accommodation. The rooms are pleasantly decorated with local style and all feature high-speed internet and en-suite bathrooms. There are conference facilities for business guests and a shuttle service to the city’s airport for total convenience. Breakfast is served for all guests in the quaint dining room every day and lunch and dinner are also available upon request.