Highlights of Kyrgyzstan
There are many places of interest in Kyrgyzstan. You can find there highlights according to your taste. There are amazing mountain gorges where you can meet nomads or you can find old mosques and churches that are also worth to be visited. Many people prefer to combine different highlights during their tour in order to have the best possible program. In fact, Kyrgyzstan has few real manmade 'sights' but plenty of delightful locations. The first two listed below are the exceptions that prove the rule.
TASH RABAT An extraordinary Silk Road caravanserai high in a hidden valley close to the Chinese frontier.
SAIMALUU-TASH An enormous gallery of 5,000-year-old petroglyphs spread across the top of a mountain in a particularly hard-to-reach location.
LAKE ISSYK-KUL The world's second largest alpine lake, which has bathing beaches thousands of miles from the nearest ocean and great hiking in the valleys near Karakol.
LAKE SONG-KOL Quintessentially central Asia: a picture-perfect place to ride horses and stay in a yurt.
LAKE SARY-CHELEK A jewel-like mountain lake surrounded by lush forest.
ARSLANBOB Observe a traditional Uzbek community in a breath-taking setting amidst the world's largest walnut forest.
CENTRAL TIEN SHAN Serious hiking, enormous glaciers and disappearing lakes among 7,000m peaks.
Kyrgyzstan has 7 regions and each of them has its individuality. Below are the major sights to visit when in one of those regions.
Chui region: Bishkek, Ala-Archa, Issik-Ata, Burana, Balbals, Fine Arts Museum, Historical Museum
Issyk Kul region: Issyk Kul Lake, Petrogliphs, Museum in Cholpon Ata, Karakol Town, Prezhevalsky Museum, Dungan mosque, Orthodox Church, Cattle market, Altin Arashan gorge, Djeti Oguz gorge, Oguz Bashi glacier, Kyzyl Suu gorge, Barskoon gorge
Naryn region: Kochkor town, Son Kul Lake, Naryn town, Tash Rabat - Caravanserai, Torugart pass
Osh region: Osh city, Irkeshtam pass, Uzgen town
Djalal-Abad region: Djalal Abad town, Arslan Bob forest, Saimaly Tash, Talas region, Talas town
Batken region: Batken town