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Delve into the scenic heart of Kyrgyzstan enjoying the magnificent scenery around Lake Issy Kul , the Tien Shan mountains and Son Kul. Stay in a traditional Yurt and discover Kyrgyzstan's nomadic way of life.
A comprehensive tour of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan’s fascinating south. Ala Archa and Aksu Djabagly National Parks offer the chance to journey deep into the beautiful Tien Shan, while the ruins of Otrar and the profusion of ancient monuments scattered throughout Kazakhstan speak of its importance along the Silk Road. The vast landscapes of this remote region mean that long journeys are inevitable, but the scenery and sights along the way make the travel worthwhile, and the overnight train from Turkistan to Almaty allows you to experience a slice of local life.
Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.
The Silk Road Lodge is a small, privately owned hotel built in 2000 in the centre of Bishkek. The 28 rooms are large and all have private bathrooms. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant for breakfast only though there are many restaurants nearby. Its central location and friendly service make it a popular choice for visitors to Bishkek.View Images
Kyrgyzstan is central to the story of the Silk Road. When Chinese general Chang Chien arrived here from China in 138 BC in search of horses ‘that sweated blood’, he discovered the Sogdian people’s love of silk and thus the Silk Road was born. The vast majority of goods that entered or left China on the newly founded ‘road’ did so over the Torugart and Irkestam passes through the Tien Shan (Heavenly) mountains.
Although the Mongols put paid to many of its Silk Road-era sites, Kyrgyzstan offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and was aptly named the ‘Jewel of Turkestan’. The semi-nomadic roots of the Kyrgyz people are very much in evidence today, and temporary yurt camps appear in the high pastures and on the shores of high altitude lakes from summer through to early winter. This traditional culture extends to the warm hospitality shown to visitors, who are viewed as honoured guests in this friendly and beautiful country.
Time Zone – GMT + 6
Best Times to Visit – Late May to September
Visas – No longer required for UK passport holders.
Currency – Kyrgyzstan Sum (KGS) obtainable on arrival
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