Bishkek

Welcome to Bishkek, the largest city and capital of Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked country in Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. The city - once a stop along the ancient Silk Road - sits at the foot of the Tien Shan mountain range, in the Chui Valley, and despite being a relatively new city founded in the 1800s, it is a popular tourist destination on a trip through the mountains or continuing on through Asia.

For visitors making a stop in Bishkek, there are several Soviet-era monuments to see on a walk through town, and the city's nightlife will provide much entertainment after dark. The city's main draw, however, is a comfortable stop on a trek throughout Asia, and one of the best places to pick up tourist visas for surrounding countries. While here, visitors can enjoy a couple of days' worth of sightseeing and activities.

Welcome to Bishkek, the largest city and capital of Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked country in Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. The city - once a stop along the ancient Silk Road - sits at the foot of the Tien Shan mountain range, in the Chui Valley, and despite being a relatively new city founded in the 1800s, it is a popular tourist destination on a trip through the mountains or continuing on through Asia.

For visitors making a stop in Bishkek, there are several Soviet-era monuments to see on a walk through town, and the city's nightlife will provide much entertainment after dark. The city's main draw, however, is a comfortable stop on a trek throughout Asia, and one of the best places to pick up tourist visas for surrounding countries. While here, visitors can enjoy a couple of days' worth of sightseeing and activities.

Experiences

Ala-Too Square

By day, a collective gathering spot, and the site of a military monument with a changing of the guards once an hour; by night, an open-air karaoke bar with a light and sound fountain show: this city’s center is alive and well at all hours, though visitors should make sure they are travelling in pairs or groups after dark.

M Frunze Museum

For a look back at the early Bishkek days when the city was mostly Slavic, visitors can check out the M Frunze Museum. Located in the former home of General Mikhail Frunze, a World War I and civil war general born in Bishkek, the museum showcases many photographs and displays of old Bishkek.

Osh Bazaar

Visitors can head to Osh Bazaar, the city’s best food bazaar, for a true taste of Kyrgyzstan cuisine, such as locally-made Korean pickled salad or shashlik. To pick up some local crafts and clothes, there are smaller markets open just south of the main location.

State Historical Museum

Visitors may learn about the communist era in Kyrgyzstan with the permanent display of Soviet artifacts in the State Historical Museum. The museum also showcases the culture of the Kyrgyz people, as well as housing three seasonal exhibits at any given time.

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