peaks scraping the sky. Alpine meadows abundant in flowers and steppes
permeated with the smell of wormwood. Rough mountain rivers, winding
between the slopes, and lakes that lie motionless amid the summits,
like mirrors dropped by a playing beauty... All these are Kyrgyzstan,
the country with ancient history and virginal nature. The country that
can present you with the best travel in your life.
Kyrgyzstan is a small country, but it has become
the peak of the Eurasian continent and separated the East and West: on
the one side there lies Christian European Russia, on the other side
Islamic Asia and Buddhistic China. This is one of the highest places on
the planet: in its small territory there are three seven-thousanders.
In order to experience the alternation of climatic zones of the
Eurasian continent, it is just enough to climb the mountains. You can
find coniferous forests here, as well as tundra, and even "the Arctic"
plateaus with unearthly landscapes, troubled only by freezing winds.
Kyrgyzstan is a paradise for those who cannot live
without mountains. The mountains make Kyrgyzstan a unique place for
vigorous sports. Apart from tracking and mountaineering, it is
certainly worth coming here for rafting: traveling down the rushing
mountain rivers on inflatable rafts. It is quite justified that the
rivers of Kirghizia along with intractable rapids of the Himalayas and
Altai are considered to be one of the principal places in the world for
this sport. Moreover, you can master mountain skiing or snowboarding.
In the foothills you can have a go at mountain-biking and
mountain-boarding popular kinds of extreme sports requiring remarkable
courage. As for the most brave there are gliders, hang-gliders, and
parachutes. All these sports are well-developed in the country and have
a lot of fans. To those who like a quiet rest, contemplators seeking a
shelter from the civilization, Kyrgyzstan is no less pleasant. There
are nearly two thousand lakes here that are to be remembered for the
whole life. Sometimes it is possible to meet here only yurtas of the
nomad-shepherds who bring the horses and yaks to these banks in summer.
Here, with the mysterious and primeval landscapes, you feel the first
and the sole man on the planet, as if you were transferred through the
time, and appeared at the starting point of the Earth history.
But the main treasure of the country is certainly
the Issyk Kul, one of the largest mountain lakes, second only to the
famous South American Titicaca, and one of the deepest on the globe.
Because of its salt water the Issyk Kul is frequently called a sea. It
captivates you with its beauty. The northern shore of the lake has been
colonized by tourists since olden days: there are a set of good
boarding houses, sanatoriums, and holiday centers. The principal resort
of the country is Cholpon-Ata, and on arriving here, you can spend a
couple of unforgettable weeks on the sand beach. Modern Kyrgyzstan lies
in a very ancient land. Scientists say that here there was one of the
centers of the human civilization origin. But the golden age of this
land started, when the legendary Silk Road was established; it passed
here, connecting China and the capital of the Roman Empire. And still,
thousands of tourists come to Kyrgyzstan to travel by the Silk Road,
the legendary way that bridged civilizations of East and West.
And when you want to return from the antiquity to
the present, simply come to Bishkek, capital of the country, the
cultural center, a young garden city surrounded by a ring of beautiful
mountains. During the recent years, Bishkek has become one of the
Central Asian centers of congress-tourism; and it has a lot to offer
its well-to-do guests and business partners first of all, convenient
conference halls and several modern hotels. And if you have arrived to
Kyrgyzstan not only for settling business issues, you can take off your
jacket and tie, put on tracking boots, and go to the mountains: to
look, breathe, explore this ancient land, divine expanses of Kyrgyzstan.
best regards, Tourism Destination Marketing Association of the Kyrgyz