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Cities and Villages

Bishkek

The capital of Kyrgyzstan lies in the valley of the Chui river, on a plateau 800 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Kyrgyz Ala-Tau mountain chain. The mountains are within a distance of 30 km from Bishkek, the famous National Park and Ala-Artsja Alamedin have peaks up to 5000 meters altitude.


Bishkek is a big city, most of the sights are in the center of town, not far from the hotels / guesthouses and even parks where people can have a stroll. Bishkek has about one million inhabitants and is not an old city like other cities in Central Asia, it was founded in 1878. The statue of Lenin still stands on her pedestal (it's recently moved), although the images of Manas, and many Kurmandjan Datka local musicians, poets and writers are more important.

The city grew around the fort Pishpek, built to protect the Silk Road caravans between Tashkent and Kashgar. In 1826 the Russians captured the fort and eventually built the town Frunze around the fortress . In 1991, after the privatization the country was renamed Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Kazakh translation of the ancient name Pishkek. A "Bishkek" or "pisjkek 'is a' barrel 'to make koemis(which is fermented horse milk).

Bishkek is the seat of the city's public service, it is the center for industry and the factories produce half of all products of the country. The climate of the city is continental, with hot summers and cold winters, dry air and the rain falls mainly in April. The city is said to be the greenest city in Central Asia, with more trees and flowers than other cities.

Osh

Osh is the second largest city and the oldest. In the year 2000 it celebrated its 3000-year existence, the total population is around 300,000 people. Osh is the regional center of the south and located only a few kilometers from the Uzbek border, it is said that the Osh bazaar has been situated for over 2000 years in the same place along the river to-Akboeoera. Osh is located 1000 meters above sea level, and it is a green city, with lots of flowers and trees. Osh was an important hub along the ancient Silk Road and the city's life span can also be derived from the antiquity of the rock carvings and drawings on the slopes of the Solomons throne.

Around this throne, a mountain town located in the city, settlements were also found in the city which were also present a long time ago. Osh was a safe place for caravans along the Silk Road, which survived travels over the high passes of the Pamir Alai (south) and the central parts of the Tien Shan (East). The legends tell stories about famous visitors, Solomon and Alexander the Great. Solomon mountain is at the heart of the city of Osh, it takes the form of a reclining woman who is pregnant.
Many travels through Osh continue to Uzbekistan, Sari Chelek Nature, and the valleys of Özgön Arslanbob and for hiking and climbing to the Pamir Alai mountain range.

Caracul

Caracul lies between the eastern shore of the Issyk cool lake and high mountain ranges of the Tien Shan. It is a peaceful, green and low-built town, with tall white poplars and the Tien Shan spruce. It is the administrative center of Issyk Cool province and the best starting place for exploring the lake, the mountains and central Terskey Alatoo parts of the Tien Shan. The Sunday market is worth a visit.
Kara Cooling was founded on July 1, 1869, because of its mild climate, the Russians decided to settle their garrison. Przhevalsky was named after the Russian explorer, whose last expedition ended in this area. His tomb, memorial and museum are located nearby Caracul. Kara Cool, the current name of the village, situated 1770 meters above sea level and has 75,000 inhabitants nowadays. Caracul means "black hand", this probably refers to the black hands of the Russian peasants and black for its rich black soil of the region (coal). The attractiveness of the region and Caracul are the mountains, starting just outside the village and all offer all sorts of forms of tourism (biking, climbing, horse riding, skiing and hiking).

Naryn

Is a long village, nestled between red sandstone cliffs on one side and rolling green hills on the other, stretching 15 km along the Naryn River at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. it has a population of around 45,000 inhabitants.
Naryn is known as the coldest town in Kyrgyzstan. The temperature in the winter night is up to minus 40 and the average annual temperature is minus 6. In the summer it is hot and dusty, it was a Russian garrison town since 1868, after its independence in 1991, nearly all Russians left. The statue of Lenin still stands in the street. Naryn is mostly used by tourists as the last sleeping place on the road Bishkek - Torugart before they travel to China, and is located 175 km from the border.

Talas

In history, the Battle of Talas "in 751 was described as the turning point of Chinese expansionism in the region, the battle was won by the Arabs and heralded the growth of Islam in the region.Talas is also home to the legendary folk hero 'Khan' (king), Manas. Described in the Manas epic, and still performed, the 'Manaschi' (interpreter of the performance) tell in long monologues about the battles of the King Manas and his armies, and the construction of the country Kyrgyzstan.
Talas was an insignificant village in 1864 when the Russians occupied the village, now is the regional center of the province and looks appealing. South-west of the Talas stands the complex in honor of Manas, including a mausoluem (gumbez). from Talas it is possible to walk to the hills and valleys of Talas Alatau , especially the Besh Tash valley with a picturesque lake on the mountain.

Kochkor

Kochkor is located just off the busy road from Bishkek to Naryn, it's a small town and a nice place for tourists to stop before proceeding to Bishkek, Naryn, the valleys of Soesamyr, jailoo or Son Cool.
Kochkor was named after a former minister Stolypin, the promoter of Russian colonization of Central Asia and fight against the October Revolution. After the Revolution Bolshevik renamed the village Kochkor.
In Kochkor its fun to visit the Museum for an interesting exhibition of local handicrafts. whats also nice is the woman's project Altyn Kol (Golden hand) where it is possible to buy tapestry or something, all made in the local style (Shyrdak, AlaKyiz, pillowcases, bags, etc.), where you directly support the project to which many women in the region work on. The region is known for its good wool and hence the project is popular, the women have an interesting tradition of making carpets.

Dzjalal-Abad

Jalal-Abad is a small town with wide streets and many tea houses. It is the starting point for a visit to the walnut forests and the mountain village Arslanbob Uzbek (anno 2006: Arstanbab). Jalal-Abad is situated at the foot of the mountain range Ajoebtau, where the rivers and Kara Darya Cook Art come together, and it is also the capital of the province of the same name, it has 80.000 inhabitants.
The city has a long history of travelers and traders who came through on the Silk Road. In 1878, the Russians built a garrison and a miliary hospital. Jalal-Abad was later developed as an agro-industrial center, where cotton, wheat, walnuts, fruit, vegetables, corn and silk worms were produced and exported to Russia. It is a resort with the peaceful and healthy Jalal-Abad sanatorium, wich has mud and mineral baths, massage, sauna and where you can drink mineral water. As in many places in southern Kyrgyzstan two thirds of the population is Uzbek, many others are Kyrgyz.

Özgön

Özgön is a small village located on the right bank of the Kara-Darya river, about 50 km from Osh. It is also an old settlement, originated somewhere in the eighth and ninth centuries, in the period of Turkish Khanates along the Silk Road. Some excavations show that there was a large fort in the 10th and 12th centuries, but in the 13th century, everything was destroyed by Dzjengiz Khan. The Minaret and the three mausoleums are remnants from the heyday.
The population of Özgön takes up 85% of Uzbeks.

In Buran, about a 90 km drive from the capital Bishkek, stands the minaret of Boerana. Many historians and archaeologists indicate that this area was once called the capital, Balasagoen, which was the realm of Karachaniden, and was founded in the mid 10th century. The word "Boerana 'comes from Turkish, meaning" minaret "or" munara.
The minaret, the tower is the central monument to the architectural complex, it is a tower built in the 11th century and its function was, as all the minarets, the call for believers to come to the mosque. However, no remains are found of the mosque the tower was once 45 meters high and the highest point was a dome, with light coming in to four sides. Today it is only 24.5 meters high, was destroyed by earthquakes in the 15th century and has recently been restored in 1974.
The grounds also feature 80 tombstones ('Balbal'), dating from an earlier peroide and found throughout the region.

Food for Thought

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