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Tourist Attractions in Kyrgyzstan

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in Kyrgyzstan

Photos, reviews, descriptions, and links to maps

About Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a state in Central Asia. The capital is Bishkek, the major cities are Osh, Karakol, Naryn. This is a country with oriental flavour, yurts of nomads, noisy bazaars, archeological monuments from the times of the Great Silk Road.

Nature is one of the main riches of the country. Kyrgyzstan surprises with its mountain rivers with waterfalls, unique mountain lakes and hot springs. Only here you can see the world’s only fruit and nut relict forests. Almost the whole territory of the country is occupied by mountains, the most outstanding peaks of Tien Shan and Pamir are located here. Mountaineering and trekking routes of varying difficulty are popular with tourists. Ski resorts are active in winter time.

The cuisine is rich in meat and dairy dishes, among which koumiss has a special place. Tea drinking is a traditional ceremony, local sweets and dried fruits are served to it. Handicrafts make excellent souvenirs: felted garments and carpets, jewellery and wood carvings.

Top-15 Tourist Attractions in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk Kul

2445 reviews
A very large and deep lake, the largest in the country. The maritime climate and comfortable beaches have made Issyk-Kul popular with tourists. The infrastructure on the coast is very well developed and offers various opportunities for recreation. The fauna of the reservoir is diverse, represented by many species of fish. The water is mineralised and has healing properties.

Tianshan Nanmai

1 reviews
A large mountain system, part of it is located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. On the border with China there is the most prominent peak – Pobeda, its height is more than 7000 metres. The landscape is represented by deserts, glaciers, mountain rivers and lakes.


393 reviews
A nature reserve in the mountains. Untouched forests, mountain rivers with waterfalls, glacial lake – the gorge is very beautiful at any time of the year. There are many hot healing springs in it. The water is mineralised, radon, hydrogen sulphide – the springs are all different in one area. You can take thermal baths all year round.

Sulejmanova planina

277 reviews
The mountain in the south of Kyrgyzstan is the country’s first UNESCO monument. The appearance of Suleiman-Too is unusual – it is an elongated five-domed massif of limestone rocks, more than a kilometre long. On the mountain and its elephants there are several historical objects and buildings belonging to different epochs. There is also a museum of its history.


The mountains are home to a village of the same name, a resort, a tract, waterfalls and a unique relict walnut forest. It is one of the most beautiful resorts in the south of the country. The area is picturesque and unique in its own way. Tourists at the resort are offered both hiking routes and excursion trips in off-road vehicles.

Ala Archa National Park

2149 reviews
A natural park in a river valley. Located near Bishkek and is its main attraction. All climatic zones of Kyrgyzstan can be found in the gorge. Vegetation and fauna are very diverse, many rare representatives. A popular place for hiking and mountaineering.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Jeti Oguz

A picturesque gorge on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. The long wooded valley is famous for its thermal springs (Jety Oguz resort) and picturesque red rocks. The Seven Bulls Ridge and the Broken Heart Rock attract many tourists.

Burana Tower

2007 reviews
Archaeological and architectural complex, including an ancient minaret – the only surviving structure of the ancient settlement. The height of the tower was about 40 metres, now only half of it is preserved. The building consists of several levels, all made of red brick. Nearby there is a collection of stone tombstones and statues.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tash Rabat Caravan Palace

312 reviews
A structure built in the 15th century on the site of an even older monastery. It is located in a secluded valley, among the mountains, near the border with China. A monument of medieval architecture. Later it was used as a caravanserai for merchants travelling along the Great Silk Road.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Dome of Manas

827 reviews
The oldest monument of the republic, a unique architectural structure of the XIV century. The building is the tomb of one of the daughters of the local ruler Amir Abuk. The mausoleum is made of brick and terracotta, decorated with carvings and inscriptions.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saimaluu Tash

21 reviews
In the Saimaly-Tash tract, deep in the Fergana Range, there is an ancient sanctuary of fire worshippers. Many stones are decorated with ancient drawings-petroglyphs, their age is estimated at several thousand years. In total, there are about 20 thousand stones with images in the valley.

Engilchek Glacier

10 reviews
One of the glaciers of the Tien Shan, the largest of all. Its outline resembles a tree, the crown of which is formed by about 70 other glaciers, large and small. The area of Inylchek is about 500 km², and the length of its “tongue” is almost 50 kilometres.


284 reviews
A large high-altitude lake located between the Tien Shan ridges. It is a popular place of ecological tourism. Part of the lake’s shore is part of the state reserve. There are many fish in the lake, various birds nest on the shore.


309 reviews
A deep and long freshwater lake, the second largest in Kyrgyzstan. It is located high in the mountains, on the territory of the biosphere reserve. It was formed about 10 thousand years ago. The shores are wooded, very picturesque. It is a popular route for ecological tourism.

Jayma Bazaar

1172 reviews
A real oriental bazaar with a lot of goods and sellers not only local but also from neighbouring countries. There is more choice here than anywhere else in Central Asia. The market is the same age as the Great Silk Road, which used to pass through this place. The bazaar is more than 2000 years old and it has not changed its place during this time. It is very big, almost a kilometre long. It works every day, without weekends.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM