The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic (also known as Kyrgyzstan) is a vibrant and exciting city with a buzzing atmosphere and a warm, friendly welcome for visitors. It sits in the Tien Shan Mountain range, so this is a perfect destination for anyone looking for a city break combined with some serious adventure trekking!
The alpine lakes of the Tien Shans beckon invitingly, but if you pause a while in the city itself you’ll find grand, sweeping boulevards, and a real feeling of space that’s often lacking in other locations. The city is laid out in a grid system, so it’s incredibly easy to find your way around, with everything focused around the huge Ala-Too Square. Use this as your landmark and you’ll never get lost in Bishkek.
With a charming and welcoming feel to it and a lively nightlife scene, holidays to Bishkek are popular with younger travellers, who will also love the plentiful activities on offer throughout the whole of the nearby Chui Valley. For a more relaxed time, explore the boutiques and shops, or check out some of the city’s best restaurants. It may not be the oldest city in the world, but it’s certainly one of the most interesting.