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5 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan

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Situated between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China, Kyrgyzstan gained independence from Russia in 1991. A mountainous, landlocked country with spectacular scenery and proud nomadic traditions it is a unique travel destination, well off the beaten track.

If you are looking for chic, cosmopolitan bars to sip cocktails in and cool city culture Kyrgyzstan is probably not the destination for you. However, if it’s incredible natural beauty and proud, nomadic traditions that inspire you, Kyrgyzstan is the destination for you.

Here are 5 Reasons we think it’s a great place to visit in 2018:

  1. Spectacular Scenery: Described as the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, 90% of Kyrgyzstan lies above 1500m and the Tien Shan mountain range extends across approximately 95% of the whole country. Alpine lakes, fast-flowing rivers, arid steppe , snow-capped peaks and endless grassy rolling plains , valleys and basins cover the country. With a population of only 6 million people, there are only 29.5 residents for each kilometre of land, making it one of the least crowded countries in the world. Although the country is land-locked the large, clear, high altitude lakes are magnificent!

2. Unique Culture : The beauty of Kyrgyzstan for visitors is that it has something of everything: nomadic traditions, central Asian mystique, Soviet-era trappings,  spectacular and prehistoric Silk Road sites and a unique culture influenced by shamanism, Zoroastrianism,  Sufism,  and communism.

3. Value for Money: Kyrgyzstan is a very good value destination. Expect to eat out for a few dollars.

4. Food: Kyrgyz food  has influences from Russia, Turkey and Asia. There’s Plov from Osh, a savory rice, yellow carrot, and meat (optional) dish that’s as hearty as it is tasty. Or Ashlan-fu, a flavourful, spicy soup in Karakol ; a range of dumpling dishes called Manti; Lagman – meat, vegetables and noodles served in a broth and Kymyz-a drink made from fermented mare’s milk!

5. Visa Free: For the vast majority of nationalities visas are free on arrival in Kyrgyzstan.  In a region where most other countries have expensive visas that require complex letters of invitation this is a real bonus!

 

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