Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful landlocked country defined by its raw beauty of nature defined by its unspoilt mountainscapes, pristine valleys, celestial lakes, rare flora and fauna and so much more. What further adds to the rich rural essence of the country are the welcoming homestays, guest houses run by the happy locals and the nomadic yurt-dwellings and, therefore, you will find it easier to see why the Kyrgyzstan attractions are unlike any other in entire Central Asia. Ranging from the never freezing Lake Issyk-Köl, the most spectacular horse treks and yurt-lodging near the Song Kol Lake to the lesser-explored gems like Altyn Arashan and Ala Archa with Bishkek at an easy escaping distance, the Places to visit in Kyrgyzstan are filled with nothing but a sense of bewilderment.
While many may choose the capital city as their base to start the Kyrgyzstan journey, others interested in history and hiking will find plenty of interesting Places to visit in Bishkek to keep themselves hooked in the city for a longer time. The city has very well reserved the essence of Kyrgyz culture and Soviet architecture and the same is well reflected in its variety of museums, priceless statues, the rows of buzzing bazaars and many other unmissable Bishkek attractions.
Unquestionably, due to favourable factors, Kyrgyzstan’s tourism is dramatically growing year on year. What is stopping you from exploring the spectacular country? Whether you want to hike, camp and horse trek through the country’s eye-catching scenery or discover new experiences in the uncharted areas, Kyrgyzstan has a way to steal your hearts the moment you step down on its land. Read through our compiled list of Kyrgyzstan tourist attractions and spots below and start planning your tour before the crowds amass this under-explored gem of Central Asia.
Top Tourist Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan and Bishkek:
Kashka Suu Ski Resort
Kashka-suu ski resort is located 2100 meters above sea level 35 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek.Fresh air stunning panorama of the the Great Kyrgyz Range and the Chuy valley great tracks and the quality of service contribute to a good winter holiday in Kyrgyzstan. There is one aerial ropeway chairlift and ropeway trackback lift. The ro..
Coordinates: 42.6425696 N, 74.5203495 E
Osh Bazaar Bishkek
If you want to feel the culture of a place then visiting Bazaar over there is the easiest and appropriate way. There are many old Bazaars in the world. One of them is Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is the oldest city of Kyrgyzstan and so Osh Bazaar is oldest Bazaar of Kyrgyzstan and entire Central Asia region. It is one of the largest B..
Coordinates: 42.8749675 N, 74.5701494 E
Bishkek Park is the up-market mall in Bishkek with luxury stores and fine restaurants - not as fancy as other malls in larger cities but nonetheless one of the better places to shop in Bishkek.
Coordinates: 42.8746392 N, 74.5904465 E
The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chuy Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country's capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The tower, along with grave markers has the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums. The tower was originally 45 m and a series of earthquake damaged it and now its about 25m tall..
Visiting Hours: Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM,Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Coordinates: 42.7463898 N, 75.25042979999999 E
Phone: +996 554 224 697
Coordinates: 40.0829617 N, 70.7986769 E
Phone: +996 777 566 440
Ala-Too Square is the central square in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan.
Coordinates: 42.8754332 N, 74.60380789999999 E
Philarmonic Hall Named Toktogul Satylganov
Visiting Hours: Monday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Thursday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Friday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Saturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM,Sunday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Coordinates: 42.8779773 N, 74.58762469999999 E
Phone: +996 312 614 672
Ala Archa National Park
Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan and located 40 km south of Bishkek. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for cha..
Coordinates: 42.5630120 N, 74.4830010 E
A new landmark for the Central Asian nations capital the mosque has 7500 square meters of closed space that allows 9000 people to pray at the same time. In both the open and closed spaces the mosque can accommodate 30000 people at once. Along with prayer areas the mosque has a large parking lot classrooms a conference hall for Islamic studies and a..
Coordinates: 42.8693843 N, 74.6215440 E
Kyrgyzstan National Drama Theater
This is the State National Academic Drama Theater.A theater or music performance is a great way to experience Bishkeks culture for yourself and to get to know Kyrgyzstan a little better.
Coordinates: 42.8793055 N, 74.6242261 E
Kyrgyz State Medical Academy bishkek
The Kyrgyz State Medical Academy full name I.K. Akhunbaev Kyrgyz State Medical Academy was opened on 1 September 1939 in the city of Bishkek Kyrgyzstan with the recruitment of 200 students. The establishment of the institute was contributed to by the First Moscow Medical Institute high medical schools of Saint-Petersburg Almaty Tashkent and other ..
Type: Medical Center
Coordinates: 42.8423453 N, 74.6072585 E
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 24 hours
Coordinates: 42.879387 N, 74.61619 E
Manas International Airport
Manas International Airport is the main international airport in Kyrgyzstan located 25 kilometres north-northwest of the capital Bishkek. The airport was constructed as a replacement for the old Bishkek airport that was located to the south of the city and named after the Kyrgyz epic hero Manas at the suggestion of writer and intellectual Chinghiz..
Coordinates: 43.0542394 N, 74.4695079 E
Manas Complex is said to be the final resting place of Kyrgyz epic hero Manas. Manas is a quite loved hero in the history of Kyrgyzstan along with his wife and together they are said to have strong influence on Kyrgyzstan over 1000 years ago. Manas is also called Manas the Generous. Manas complex attracts visitors in quite a good number because it ..
Type: Community Center
Coordinates: 42.8775389 N, 74.5875897 E
Osh Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. It is located on the west side of town and is not far from the Western Bus Station. At Osh Bazaar one can buy food products almost any common household good clothes souvenirs and even musical instruments. Kyrgyz national clothes are sold in the national goods section called Kyyal and m..
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Coordinates: 42.875 N, 74.57 E
Phone: +996 551 998 990
Panfilov Park Bishkek
Panfilov Park is a city memorial located near Old Square and Manas Square in Bishkek the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. The park bears the name of Hero of the Soviet Union and the chairman of the Military Committee of the Kirghiz SSR Ivan Panfilov. The park was made in the shape of a star when it was built.
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 am to 11:30 pm
Coordinates: 42.8796 N, 74.6002 E
Phone: +996 771 513 599
Coordinates: 42.87797 N, 74.6071 E
Bishkek City Tour
Bishkek, often referred to as the 'Green City' has over 20 parks and a botanical garden. A city tour takes you through some beautiful places like Ala Too Square, which is in the heart of the city and a recreational point of the locals especially during festivals; Monuments of Bishkek, Osh Bazar, Theatres and Concert Halls in Bishkek, Bishkek Park M...
Issyk Kul Lake
Issyk Kul is a beautiful lake in the Tien Shan mountains and it happens to be the tenth largest lake and the second largest saline water lake in the world. Looking across its waters to the other side, it seems like an ocean. However, what will boggle your mind is that while you feel like you are looking out over an ocean, you can see snowcapped mou...
Jeti-Oguz Gorge in the Issyk Kul Region, is located 28 kilometers to the south-west of the town of Karakol. Its name in the Kyrgyz language means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there is a 35 km long wall of seven huge red-brown cliffs resembling furious bulls standing together. In front of the cliffs there are flat mountain slopes, th...
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort
Kashka-Suu is a beautiful sight seeing spot in the Osho mountains. It is located about 35 kms from Bishkek and at an altitude of 2,100 meters. Its one of the best ski resorts in Kyrgyzstan in winters and offers a stunning view of Great Kyrgyz Range and the Chuy valley. The resort facilities include a restaurant, bar, sauna, open air cafe, two confe...
Falcon hunting and Horse riding show: The Kyrgyz have preserved rich and diverse cultural heritage for centuries. Hunting has been an ancient method of surviving the extremities of harsh climate and terrains over centuries. Witness the awesome maneuvers of hunting falcons trained by Kyrgyz nomads and watch the thrilling horse riding stunts of nomad...
Kegety Gorge in Chuy Region
Kegety Gorge stretches for 30 km along the northern slope of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Mountain range, 75 km from the city of Bishkek. A rough stream with many tributaries flows at the bottom of the gorge. The gorge is rich in flora and fauna. Green meadows give way to thickets of small shrubs of barberry, ash and hips, followed by spruce forest standing ...
Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon in Issyk Kul Region
On the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, about 4 km from the village of Tosor there is an unusual place - Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. The canyon was named due to its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into fabulous sculptures and formations. Some formations in "Skazka" have been named for their similarity to ...
Naryn Canyon in Jalal-Abad Region
Naryn Canyon is located south to the Toktogul reservoir over Kok-Bel Pass at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. It bears the name of the eponymous river, which flows in this place and is the longest river in Kyrgyzstan. Travelers can enjoy the scenery of the canyon driving on the highway Bishkek-Osh. Huge river framed by rocky mountainous ...
Ala Too Square
Ala too square is the central place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It is a place where you can spend time, take pictures and in the evening you can enjoy musical fountain show as well. Ala too square was built in 1984 to celebrate 60th anniversary of Kyrgyz SSR. At that point of time a huge statue of Lenin was placed in the center of the square. This stat...
State History Museum
State history museum is located at the Ala too square. This museum was earlier called the Lenin Museum. The museum has quite a few attractions to offer to visitors. You get the opportunity to see some exhibits of rock paintings, the Bronze Age household items, nomad jewelry as old as dating from the 1st century to the 5th century AD, Turkic stone c...
Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve
The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve has the best environmental elements of Kyrgyzstan in one place, with a series of forests, meadows and lakes. Central to this large biosphere reserve which is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and 160 species of bird, is the beautiful cobalt-blue lake of Sary-Chelek. The lake is surrounded by forest that tur...
Konorchek canyon is one of the beautiful landscapes in Kyrgyzstan. Located 125 KM away from the capital city Bishkek, Konorchek reside in the boom gorge. Konorchek is full of red stones that you can see for miles, so you may find your walk never ending if you walk to the end of these stones. But one thing you need to be aware of and you may enjoy a...
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to Kyrgyz Fold and applied arts and Russian art of Soviet times. Initially the museum was located in St. Nicholas Church in Oak Park and in the beginning it was state picture gallery. Today Museum of Fine Arts houses the gallery of Soviet Artist’s union. The modern museum’s building was built in 1974 as a part of ov...
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum
Nikolai Mikhaylovoch Przhevalsky was a Russian geographer and explorer. He explored Central and East Asia and made this part known to the western world. From 1870 to 1883 he made four journeys to Central Asia. In his name was made this Nikolai Przhevalsky museum which is 12 KM away from north of Karakol on the Mikhaylovka inlet along with his grave...
Song Kol Lake
Song Kol Lake is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. With fresh water Song Kol Lake sits at the height of 3016m. Another high altitude alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, Song Kol is surrounded by 3500m peaks and yurts which belong to herders from the nearby villages. The alpine lake in the Tien Shan mountains is a perfect destinatio...
The Dordoy Bazaar near Bishkek happens to be the largest public market place and shopping centre in Central Asia. Dordoy Bazaar opened up in 1992 as wholesale market across the country and since then the bazaar’s popularity kept rising transforming it in the monument of raw commerce today. It stretches for more than a kilometre on the north-eastern...
Mountain Sulaiman Too
Mountain Sulaiman Too was the first object in Kyrgyzstan which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan and it rises to 175m above it. Since old times this place has been sacred especially for Muslims and now it is considered a place of pilgrimage thus attracts a lot of pilgrims. Sulaiman is a prophet as m...
Tash Rabat is a well preserved stone caravanserai sitting at the height of 3200 meters. Tash Rabat is said to be constructed in 15th century, on the old trade route from Central Asia to China. Tash Rabat is largest stone structure of its time and is still noted for its size, building material and its layout which is example of great symmetry. This ...
Lenin Peak also known as Ibn Sina Peak, rises to 7,134 metres in Gorno-Badakhshan on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and is the second-highest point of both countries. This peak is probably one of the highest yet easiest peak to climb in the world, that's why it attracts hundreds of visitors every year. It was discovered in 1871. It was th...
Kayaking in Kyrgyzstan
Kayaking – Kyrgyzstan surrounded by rivers and lakes, hence kayaking is much popular. In July and August glaciers melt, so the water level rises making it the best season for kayaking