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.
Even if you are a sophisticated traveler and have been to various parts of the world, this small resort town will still be able to surprise you very pleasantly.
“European-style” comfortable service combined with low prices, ideal climate, stunningly beautiful mountain landscapes, golden beaches, warm Oriental hospitality and the generosity of local residents instantly fall in love tourists with this place.
The location of Cholpon-Ata at a height of almost 2000 meters above sea level in the foothill trail of the Kungei Alatau ridge explains the presence of a special mild climate, without exhausting heat and bad weather, and the air is filled with aromas of pine needles, grasses and coastal breeze. The holiday season begins in May and lasts until October, delighting tourists with perfect weather throughout the 14 weeks.
In addition to the classic beach holiday, the city and its surroundings are able to offer a lot of equally enjoyable and even more interesting entertainment. For example, you can go on horseback to explore the beauty of the Chon-Koy-Suu and Cholpon-Ata gorges, with their stunning alpine meadows and rattling waterfalls.
Diving enthusiasts in Issyk-Kul Bay will face a meeting with the ruins of ancient cities that have gone underwater hundreds of years ago. You can touch history in a rather mystical and sacred place, which is called the Stone Garden. Here, on the territory of 42 hectares, ancient monuments of history and archeology, as well as rock paintings and petroglyphs dating back to the 2nd century BC, are collected.