Kyrgyzstan, or the Kyrgyz Republic, as it’s officially called, is a mountainous country in Central Asia. The various lakes and mountains in the area make it an attractive destination, although, due to little investment in the sector, the tourist industry has not been developed to its full potential.
So what can the Kyrgyz Republic offer to the world traveller? First and foremost, that’s the unique culture. Just like any other country in the world, Kyrgyzstan appeals tourists with its own distinctive cultural traits. Based on ancient nomadic traditions, even today, it’s possible to observe natives living in yurts with their domesticated animals. Several yurt camps, such as the one in Tash Rabat, offer food and drinks to tourists passing through the area. All this contributes to creating a memorable experience for the visitors. Speaking of food, another notable cultural attraction is the specific Kyrgyz cuisine, which resembles a little the one of the neighbouring countries. Most of the meals offered include mutton, horse meat, beef, and various dairy products. Traditional dishes are “beshbarmak”, and one called “paloo”, which is a localized version of pilaf. The last noteworthy aspect of Kyrgyz culture is the textile craft. Women in Kyrgyzstan produce various textiles, using the felt from the sheep. Particular carpets, called “shirdaks”, are present in most yurts and houses. Many wall hangings are decorated with ancient patterns that impress the guests.
But the rich culture is far not the only reason to enjoy a trip through the Kyrgyz Republic. The clean natural environment is probably the most appealing property of the country. In recent years, efforts are made to create eco-friendly kyrgyzstan tourist attractions and hiking trails, so that visitors can fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the natural landmarks in the region. Additionally, many locations provide outstanding photo opportunities and breathtaking views. One such place is the Tengir-Too (Heavenly Mountains). Near the country’s border with China, this mountain range is a popular destination for climbers, photographers, or explorers worldwide. The Issyk Kul, or “Hot Lake” is also a relatively popular vacation resort with long history, dating back to the Soviet era.
A journey in Kyrgyzstan would be complete if it’s made during one (or some) of the national holidays in kyrgyzstan. It’s no secret that the former Soviet Union has had some influence on the country, as some of the holidays are carried over from there. Such dates include the “Defender of the Fatherland Day” (February 23rd), and the “Great Patriotic War Victory Day” (May 9th). Also, several international holidays are celebrated in Kyrgyzstan aswell, like the “New Year’s Day” (January 1st), or the “Women’s Day” (March 8th). Of course, there are national holidays that are country-specific. These are the most important for tourists, as they present the traditions and history of the Kyrgyz people. Determined by the lunar calendar, the country celebrates Orozo Ait (Feast of Fast-breaking), and, respectively, Kurman Ait (Feast of Sacrifice), 70 days later, as influenced by the Islamic culture in the region. The Kyrgyz language day is on September 23rd, when the national language, written and spoken, is being honored. The country celebrates independence from USSR (since 1991) on August 31st. The constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic is respected on May 5th. And after the Kyrgyz revolution of 2010, the country adopted the day of its beginning, April 7th, as a national holiday.
Kyrgyzstan is truly a curious location with plenty of points of interests for tourists. Be it for the national culture, or the landscape diversity, that country in the heart of Asia offers an unique travel experience, accompanied by preserved nature and welcoming people.