Imagine you wake up in a yurt. You step outside your humble shelter to an unspoiled landscape of mountains and lakes waiting to be explored. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan – one of the most beautiful natural treasures in the world.
Kyrgyzstan is a progressive landlocked country, almost entirely covered with mountainous landscapes. The Tien Shan mountain range is the main attraction and provides plenty of hiking opportunities. Summer is the ideal season for exploring the country as most of the rural roads get closed during the winter season. Apart from hiking, a motorbike trip to Issyk Kol is another popular activity you can do. Kyrgyzstan is known for its nomadic culture and traditions; experiencing it can be once in a lifetime opportunity. Speaking of Nomads, Son Kol is the perfect place to start your nomadic adventure, which includes horseback riding and staying in a yurt. Visiting the high-altitude lakes like Kol Tor, Ala Kul and Kol Suu is mesmerizing. The UNESCO certified nature reserve of Sary-Chelek is also worth adding to your itinerary.
The country’s capital Bishkek is a charming city with lots of greenery. You can relish art galleries and nightclubs when in town. Also, try mouthwatering Kyrgyz food, which will do perfect justice to your tastebuds. However, most of the dishes are meat-based, so vegans and vegetarians should check the menu carefully before ordering anything.
As a travel destination, Kyrgyzstan’s sole purpose seems to be to lure nature lovers with its abundance of natural beauty. So far it has been a win-win for both the Kyrgyz as well as the tourists.