Osh & The Fergana Valley
Daily flights link the city to Bishkek and other parts of the north, making it quite easily accessible to visitors. On top of that, the recent improvements on the road that winds its way through the mountains from Osh to Bishkek has made Osh much easier to access by car. Visitors will enjoy visiting the expansive bazaar, checking out local sites like monuments and mosques, and no visit would be complete without a trip to the UNESCO-listed Sulayman Mountain, complete with its cavernous museum.
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Day-Trip to Chong Alai
At the foot of the Alai mountains lies the vast expanse that is Chong-Alai valley. The famed home of Queen of the South Kurmanjan Datka, who lived in the early 20th century, this is a scenic spot to enjoy some horseback riding and perhaps a picnic, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Pamir mountains and Lenin peak.
A wonderful spot to learn about the history of the Mogul Dynasty, Dom Babura is a reconstruction of a historic prayer room built in the late 15th century, by the 14-year-old Zahiruddin Babur, known for being the ancestor of the Mogul Dynasty. He built the single-room prayer retreat as a private place of worship, and is now a popular pilgrimage spot.
Great Silk Road Bazaar
Osh is home to Central Asia’s largest and most crowded outdoor market - the Great Silk Road Bazaar. Here, visitors will find everything from traditional hats, to knives, to horseshoes. Expect it to be busy - especially on Sunday morning - with makeshift stalls stretching for nearly a mile along the river
Lenin Peak Base Camp
Open in the summer months, Lenin Peak Base Camp has 50 to 60 two-man tents and basic facilities (there is, however, 24-hour electricity). It is popular with true mountaineers looking to challenge themselves with the steep ascent to the peak. The views from here can be absolutely breathtaking, particularly during an early morning clear sky.
Osh is home to several statues that are worth seeing, including on to the southern Kyrgyz queen, and a few statues of Lenin.
Rabat Abdul Khan Mosque
Built in the 16th century, Rabat Abdul Khan Mosque is the largest in the country. Conveniently located beside the bazaar, this makes a great spot to visit after or before a bit of shopping.
Kyrgyzstan’s sole World Heritage Site is Sulayaman Mountain. High up near its peak, visitors can catch spectacular panoramas of Osh and its surrounding areas. Housed in a cave inside the mountain is the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Salayaman, which contains a variety of artifacts, as well as information on local flora and fauna.
Kygyzstan’s portion of the Fergana Valley boasts some of the the largest intact stands of the planet’s walnut trees. These walnut forests contain as many as 300 species of plants and trees, including ancient strains of apples, plums, and pears, as well as walnut and pistachio trees, amidst mystical babbling brooks.
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Enjoy this week-long trek through Kyrgyzstan, as you explore the sights and sounds of capital city Bishkek, the natural beauty of the Suusamyr valley and Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, and the exciting traditions of Jalal-Abad and Osh. For an awakening of your senses, this trip combines adventure with culture.
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $5,500
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.
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $5,500
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.
- 13 days / 12 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $3,200
Barak Ata Guesthouse
After a busy day of sightseeing in Osh, tuck away in the quiet tranquility of the Barak Ata Guesthouse. Here, enjoying a soothing break from the hustle and bustle of the second-largest city in Kyrgyzstan, guests can enjoy the comforts of home, from satellite TV and private bathrooms for each of the single and double rooms and suites to a business center complete with internet access and international calling options. Add in some first-class amenities, such as 24-hour room service and a sauna with dry steam and pool, and visitors have all they need for an urban retreat in one of the world’s oldest cities.
Enjoy a visit to Osh – the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan – with a stay at the Sunrise Guesthouse. Located in the heart of the city, this guesthouse gives visitors quick and easy access to many of the city’s best landmarks, including Solomon’s throne and the Great Silk Road Bazaar, one of the largest outdoor markets in Central Asia. Mixing national décor with sleek and modern furniture, the Sunrise Guest House blends tradition with all the best amenities, including WiFi, a conference hall and a restaurant featuring delicious European and Asian cuisine. To dive even deeper into traditional Kyrgyz culture, guests can opt to stay at the guest house’s yurt camp.
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