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For million years, in the mountains of Central Asia, a lot of caves were formed, each of which is unique in its own way. They differ from each other by their size and depth, geological resources, in which they are formed, braided by many kilometers of labyrinths, bottomless abysses and the miraculous beauty of the underground halls. Caves are usually formed in readily soluble geological rocks (limestone, gypsum, chalk, salt). Rain and snow waters, penetrating through barely noticeable cracks deep into the earth, micron per micron dissolve the rock, sometimes forming colossal underground hal..
Grigorievsk Gorge (Kyrgyz name Chon Ak-Suu) is located on the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon-Ata city near the village of Grigorievka. The valley of Chon-Ak-Suu descends to Issyk-Kul from the Kungei Ala-Too mountain range. The length of the gorge is 35 km Grigorievsk Gorge is considered as one of the most famous part of Issyk-Kul. Healing and saturated air, green mountain slopes covered with Tien-Shan firs, noise of mountain rivers, high-mountain lakes, alpine meadows, picturesque mountain landscapes are the reason of attraction of tourists to Issyk-Kul. Here y..
The most beautiful and picturesque lake of West Kyrgyzstan is the high-mountain Sarychelek lake - one of the main sights of Chatkal ridge. Sarychelek name literally means and is interpreted sometimes as “yellow vessel”, “yellow barrel” or “yellow bucket”. But that is the truth in autumn only. The lake is stretched from northwest to southeast on 7.5 kms, having filled by water the 507 hectares area and is situated on 1940 m height above the sea level. It was formed as a result of earthquake when the monstrous rocky landslide dam blocked Khodja Ata – one of inflows of Kara-Suu river. Dozens o..
Karakol – the biggest city and administrative centre of Issyk-Kul region is located on the foothills of Terskey-Alatoo ridge in the creek of Karakol river (in 13 kms from east coast of Issyk-Kul lake). This unique city is hidden from the outside glance among Central Tien-Shan ridges on 1770 m height above the sea level in the neighborhood with such majestic summits as Pobeda Peak (7439 m) and Khan Tengri Peak (6995 m). The area of the city is 48 sq. km with population about 70 thousand people. "Karakol", that in translation means "the Black hand" was named after the same name of the river o..
The contrast Naryn region with the area located in the southeast part of the country at 1500-2500 m height above the sea level occupies the ? part of territory of the country. Mountain ridges, interchanged with deep intermountain cavities, large forest massifs, deserts, steppes and water reservoirs occupy more than 70 percent of territory of the region. Naryn region has unique tourist resources: picturesque passes, deep gorges, the rapid mountain rivers, tremendous lakes and water falls, eternal snows and glaciers, and also ancient original culture – all this makes the area unique. Naryn..
Bishkek (former Frunze) is the largest city and the capital of Kyrgyzstan with a population about 1 million people. It is situated on Kyrgyz Ala-Too snow covered mountains foothills on the altitude 750-900 m above the sea level. There are a lot of legends about the name of the city. One version says that it was the name local athlete, which made a lot of deeds for ordinary people. "Bishkek" translated from Kyrgyz language means the stirring rod for beating the "kumis"- delicious and healing beverage, prepared from mare milk. For tourists Bishkek is only trans-shipment point and the rest..
The Issyk-Kul lake is nonfreezing mountain miracle of tectonic origin located in the deep intermountain hollow between Kungey Ala-Too spurs and Terskey-Ala-Too ridge on the 1609 m altitude above the sea level. Mountain ridges protect the lake from cold air from the north and from hot breath of desert from the south. Therefore the local climate is warm and soft – here exhausting heat and strong frosts don’t happen. Issyk Kul is one of the biggest and most beautiful high-mountain lakes of the world (it has 170 km length and 70 km width, being the second-largest mountain lake in the world afte..
Osh is the second-largest city of Kyrgyzstan – the "southern capital", the city located in the east of Ferghana valley, at the height of more than 1000 m above the sea level. Today this ancient city is an administrative centre of the Osh area. It is a large economic and cultural centre with the population approximately 250 thousand people who has kept unique charm of the ancient East. From three sides Osh is surrounded with hills and low rocky spurs of Alay ridge. But the main testimony of thei presence is, certainly, the five-domed Suleiman mountain (Suleiman-Too) towering in the city cent..
Chil-Ustun Cave is located on the south-west of Kyrgyzstan in Osh Mountains, in 3,5 km from Aravan settlement. A huge entrance in the cave in the form of arc with a height of 15 m and a length of basement ~ 25 m is located in the rocky group on almost plumb wall (the height under the say’s bottom) at the altitude of 1100 m.a.s.l. It’s necessary to have a definite knack and alpinist insurance is preferable to get the entrance along the steep oblique rock. The cave has been known since ancient times, Arabian inscriptions on the walls are evidence of it. The cave consists of 3 halls of d..
One more fantastic high-mountain Sonkul lake is located in the huge cavity between Sonkultau and Moldotau ridges on 3016 m height above the sea level. The lake stretches on 29 kms in length and on 18 kms in width, reaching 22 m depth. This is one of the largest high-mountain lakes and largest natural fresh-water reservoir of Kyrgyzstan with 278 km2 area. Sonkul lake has a tectonic origin. It is fed by small rivers flowing down from neighboring mountains. Sonkul river runs out from the lake and then flows into rapid Naryn river. The transparent sparkling surface of Sonkul lake is visible fro..
Arslanbob is unique creation of the nature, a blossoming oasis at height of 1600 m above the sea level and one of the most beautiful resorts which is situated in the south of Kyrgyzstan. The Arslanbob area is located in the tract of Babash-Ata ridge, on the western and southern slopes of Ferhana and Chatkal ridges and first of all it is well-known for its tremendous relic nut-fruit woods occupying 608,5 thousand hectares in total. These are the largest nut-fruit forest tracts on our planet. Up to 130 kinds of trees and bushes among which there are walnut, pistachio, almonds, pear, apple tre..
"Tash-Rabat" (XV c.) caravanserai is unique architectural monument of the early Middle Ages and one of the main archeological sights of Kyrgyzstan, being a symbol of Tenir-Too mountain architecture. It is situated in tash Rabat picturesque canyon-gorge (Naryn region) on 3200 m height. In times of the Great Silk road Renaissance "Tash-Rabat" served as a caravanserai, in our understanding an original "hotel", coaching inn for merchants and travelers on ancient caravan roads from Transoxiana to Kashgar. Tash-Rabat is excellently entered in surrounding landscape. It looks like symmetric, almost..
Aksu is located in the Turkestan ridge (Pamir-Alai), on the west side of Matcha mountain knot, and is located about 120 km to the south of Khujand city. Administratively Aksu refers to the Aksay district (Batken region, Kyrgyz Republic). The area is characterized by the beauty of untouched nature and unusual rock peaks, whose height often exceeds 5000 meters, such as Aksu (5355m), Block (5239m), Iskander (5120m) and many others. These mountains are made of dense granite, and the walls have a height difference of up to 1500 m. Rarely visited beautiful gorges, peaks and passes of the region crea..
To travel in Kyrgyzstan you should have a travel visa. Travel visa is to be issued by Kyrgyzstan embassy after receiving of invitation letter made by request of travel agency on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (MFA). Below listed are the countries whose citizens do not need entry visas to enter KR: Azerbaijan Republic, Albania, Republic of Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hertzegovina, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, People"s Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Cuba, Macedonia, Malaysia (tourist- and business trips up to a month long), Republic of Moldova, Mon..
Eternal snow and glaciers occupy approximately 4 % of the territory of Kyrgyzstan which is about 8 thousand km2. Inylchek is considered as the largest (60 kms) and fastest glacier of Kyrgyzstan having two sleeves named Northern and Southern Inylchek. It is located to the east of Issyk-Kul lake on Khan-Tengry massif, the most high and remote part of all Tien-Shan. The area is characterized by powerful glaciations. There are many above 6000 m summits (Khan-Tengry Peak (6995 m) is the highest among them) and Pobeda Peak (7439 m) here. Southern Inylchek is the largest glacier of Tien-Shan ..
The history of Kyrgyzstan goes back to the depth of ancient times. Numerous archaeological findings such as household items and tools, caves and site of the Stone Age, petroglyphs and other traces of material culture made it possible to compose quite a comprehensive and complete picture of life that primitive people lived at the territory of today"s Kyrgyzstan. The first traces of a man presence here refer to early Palaeolith-Ashel epoch (400-100 thousand years ago). There are archaeological findings and relics belonging to Moostjer epoch (100-40 thousand years ago), upper Palaeolith (..
Embassies & consulate offices of Kyrgyzstan abroad # Country Address Code Phone Fax 1 Russia Moscow, Bolshaya Ordinka str., 64 +7 095 2374481, 2373364 - 2 Ukraine Kiev, Institutskaya str., 4 +38 044 2290308, 2290307 - 3 Belurussia Minsk, Starovilenskaya str., 57 +37 0172 349117, 344038 - 4 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Samatova str., 30 +998 71 1339841 1360534 - 5 Turkmenistan Ashgabad, Kerogli str., 14 +993 12 255506 - 6 Tadjikistan Dushanbe city +992 372 211932 - 7 Malaysia Kuala ..
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