The largest and oldest walnut forests on earth are located in the Arslanbob Valley in Kyrgyzstan. Returning from a campaign to the East, Alexander the Great, took nuts and fruits from the local forests. Thus, Kyrgyz nuts got to Greece, where they began to be called "Greek".
The astronauts who returned from the flight say that the most unexpected object seen from space on the Earth’s surface for them was not the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Cheops, but the high-mountainous Kyrgyz lake Issyk-Kul.
Not many people know that under the Ala-Too Square in Bishkek there is a real underground bunker, created in Soviet times for party leaders. Now art exhibitions are held in this room sometimes.
Kyrgyz “Big Ben” - the tower is recognizable to any resident of the capital. Chimes - a gift from the Armenian SSR. The watch mechanism of impressive size was delivered from Yerevan to Bishkek by a special plane.
The famous Peak of Victory - the highest mountain of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is called the most inaccessible and formidable seven thousand meters peak in the world.
Buddhists of the whole world and just curious tourists come to the southern coast of Issyk-Kul to the Tamga-Tash stones with Tibetan inscriptions and Buddhist prayers carved on them.
Issyk-Kul - a lake that keeps a lot of secrets and legends. According to legend, at the bottom of this ancient lake rests the relics of the Apostle Matthew, one of the authors of Scripture.
Lake Merzbacher is one of the famous “disappearing” lakes in the world. The lake is formed every summer and approximately in August it flows into the river Inylchek.
At an altitude of almost a kilometer above sea level, at the foot of the majestic Kyrgyz Alatau, stretched the main city of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. Most of the year the sun is warm and bright, and in numerous parks lush greenery is blooming.
Despite the fact that Bishkek is quite young and does not have old historical sights, there is something to see here - numerous sculptures, museums, parks, galleries, theaters and tourist complexes.
The surroundings of the capital will delight you with incredibly beautiful nature and breathtaking mountain landscapes. In the upper reaches of the Alamedin River, the picturesque Chunkurchak Gorge, where the eponymous ski resort is located. And the largest botanical reserve Chon-Aryk, striking a variety of endemic species of flora and fauna, is located in the Besh-Kungei valley. You can make amazing pictures on the background of waterfalls in the Kegety gorge, and treat your health at the geothermal sources of the Ak-Suu field.
Literally 20 minutes from the capital, in the depths of the juniper forests, on the banks of the Chon-Tash River there is another ski resort, which is popular among tourists and locals in winter and summer. The Koguchken-Sugat waterfall rumbles nearby, the most beautiful tracts of Kara-Bulak, Ooru-Sai, Bir-Bulak and other amazing places attract with its landscapes.
Not so far from the city, you can stumble upon the real antiquities, for example, the ruins of the ancient city Balasagun (XI century) with the legendary Buran tower, rock paintings in the Chumysh citadel, the Buddha image in the Issyk-Ata petroglyphs and much more.