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Would you believe me if I told you there is a magical, faraway land, full of mountains and fields of flowers, of legendary princesses and men who hunt with eagles the size of children? Would you believe me if I told you this place is untouched by mass tourism, with a richness and culture so complex it’s hard to articulate.
A last minute change to my Kyrgyzstan itinerary added an entire city to my schedule, a change that would absolutely transform my journey around Kyrgyzstan. Osh may not be a household name, but it probably should be.
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country in Central Asia (one of the least touristy areas in the world) It’s a beautiful country with amazing people and (unlike some of the other countries in this region where it’s difficult to get a visa) its easy, affordable and safe to visit, even for solo female travellers. Check out the Discover Kyrgyzstan website to find out more.
Kyrgyzstan is a small, mountainous country in Central Asia. Its landlocked territory is home to the semi-nomadic Kyrgyz people as well as other ethnic groups. Summers here are hot and dry and winters can be cold and snowy, especially in the high elevation.
Bishkek is an interesting city and one that, by all accounts, is filled with a vibrant way of life for residents. For tourists, though, it doesn’t have a huge amount of famous sites to visit.
In the centre of the city, though, you’ll quickly notice that the streets are lined with architecture that offers a way to explore Bishkek through its modern history. As a former member of the USSR, Kyrgyzstan’s capital is full of intriguing Soviet-style buildings that can be used as a roadmap for discovery.
I really don’t want to sound trite writing this post. I don’t want to sound like one of those annoying travelers who visits a new place and says they were changed forever after just a week of travel. No, Kyrgyzstan didn’t change me forever, but it did open my eyes a bit more...
I had certain expectations before first visiting Kyrgyzstan and, honestly, being won over by the cuisine wasn’t high on the list. And yet, looking back at my ten days exploring the country, I now realize not only how important the food was to my experience, but how very much I also enjoyed trying new things...