Regions in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan may also be split into northern and southern areas due to the presence of numerous mountain ranges. Chui, Issyk-Kul, Talas, and Naryn oblasts make up the northern (and colder) area. Jalalabad, Osh, and Batken are located in the southern (and warmer) area. The Fergana Valley, a rich agricultural area shared by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, runs across the southern half of Kyrgyzstan.
Bishkek and the Northwest
The region around Bishkek is home to the majority of the nation’s population, as well as the magnificent Ala Archa National Park, while the western portion of the country is less frequented and poorly inhabited.
Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan
The magnificent high alpine, saline lake Issyk Kul and the towering Tian Shan, Heavenly Cloud, Mountains are certainly on the minds of any brave visitors going to this isolated area.
The Ferghana Valley is both unique and unstable, culturally lively and varied, hotter and lower lying than the rest of the nation.
Cities in Kyrgyzstan
- Bishkek — Bishkek is the country’s capital and biggest city.
- Balykchy — Balykchy is the western entrance of Issyk Kul Lake.
- Jalal-Abad — Jalal-Abad is an excellent choice for a Ferghana Valley visit since it is more safer and simpler to get than Osh or places farther southwest.
- Karakol — Karakol is a hidden treasure in Issyk Kul’s distant east end.
- Kochkor — Kochkor, located immediately south of Balykchy, is a popular starting point for hikes into the Tian Shan Mountains.
- Naryn — Naryn is located in the Tian Shan Mountains, near Lake Song Kul, and serves as a gateway to the whole southeastern area, including its ruins, mountains, and high alpine lakes.
- Osh — Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city and home to Central Asia’s largest and busiest outdoor market. It is a fascinating, 3,000-year-old, radically diversified Ferghana Valley market town.
- Talas — Talas is a town in the northwest of the country, located north of Besh-Tash National Park.
- Tokmok — overshadowed by Bishkek but still substantial by Kyrgyzstani standards, Tokmok is located near the historic Burana Tower and the remains of Ak-Beshim, an ancient Silk Road city.
Other destinations in Kyrgyzstan
- Lake Issyk Kul — pearl of Central Asia, an enormous, crystal blue high alpine lake up in the Tian Shan Mountains.
- Lake Song Kul — Issyk Kul’s little cousin, far more remote, and many would say more beautiful as well.
- Lake Kul Ukuk
- The caravanserai of Tash Rabat — a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai near Naryn.
- Burana Tower — all that remains of the ancient Silk Road capital of Balasagun, a massive minaret standing alone on the step.
- Ala Archa National Park — gorgeous Tian Shan high alpine landscapes within easy striking distance of Bishkek.