sure you have a window seat because as you descend towards Bishkek
Airport, your can take in the entire essence of Kyrgyz natural beautify
in one sweep. White mountain tops, green valleys and the capital just
below you. As you taxi to the dock, you are most likely to catch a
glimps of modern US army planes. No, this is not a US airbase, should
the question arise, but the US is a good friend and alley.
is about a 40min. Drive from the center of Bishkek and it's best to
catch a taxi. The fair is US$10. Better still, organize airport pick up
with you r Travel Agent or hotel. That's the smooth way to your
destination. There are regular minibus shuttles to bus stops in town as
The choice of hotels covers
every need. You have an option to stay in luxury at the "HAYATT
REGENCY" (****) or at Hotel "AK - KEME" (****) the 11 SILKROAD
LODGE"(****), or at a B&B such as the "Asia Mountains" Hotel.
With the rich
tradition of arts and crafts, beautiful give aways and souvenirs can be
bought and there's a good choice. Throughout the year, crafts fairs
offer an ideal opportunity to shop for handmade items from Kyrgyzstan.
Designers create stunning accessories and pret a porter with a very
modern edge and are staring to make a name for themselves also abroad.
Osh Bazaar is the biggest within the city limits and is the main bazzar
in the town. It was built in 1983 on the site of a smaller local
market, to replace what was then the town's central market (which was
located on what is now Victory Square where it had stood since the
Osh Bazaar is located at the
Western end of Kievskaya and streches South upto Moskovskaya. It mainly
sells food and produce although there are kiosks surrounding the
complex - and shops built into the building surrounding the main area.
A walk amongst the Fruit and Vegetable stalls is interesting to see
what is available (much of it is local produce), as is a visit to the
Meat and Dairy halls at the Western end of the main market. Behind the
open air market are a number of market halls.
It is usually a crowded and
lively place, so watch you pockets, bags, wallets and purses.
entertainment, Bishkek's famous venue is the "Dasmya" center. If "rien
ne va plus" is your order of the night, perfect, since Bishkek is p
roba b ly the с ham p ion in Ce ntralAsiaforcasin os. On a balmy night,
join the locals sitting on the steps of the Central Square, get
yourself and ice cream and start a conversation with your neighbor who
will be delightedto practice his English,German, French.
The information infrastructure of the city develops rapidly: There are
Internet-providers and internet cafes a plenty. Your hotel too has the
entire communication infrastructure you need to stay in touch with the
world, global and corporate computer networks operate here. 3 cell
phone providers are at your disposal (standards TDMA and CDMA).
The banking system includes 21
banks with link to banks abroad. The majority of Bishkek banks handle
international transfers electronically through SWIFT,REUTERS,SPRINTand
Some banks are part of the VISA network and the EUROPAY international
payment systems. Cashless payment can be done through the local ALAY
CARD debit card system.
There is no
shortage of cafes, snack food places for something on the go. Or you
may opt for Fine Dining at the Hyatt or Italian Cuisine. For those
interested to taste some of the many national dishes, Kyrgyz, Uyghur,
Dzungan cuisine, we recommend a tasty Laghman or Ashlyafa served with
koumiss and shoro beverages.
"Street Food" - It is possible to find at many places
throughout the city street vendors selling local dishes, plof, samsy,
piroshki ... but like "street food" anywhere - you should only really
decide to try it if you are sure of yourstomach!!!