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.
This is the fourth largest city of Kyrgyzstan, located at the mouth of the river of the same name and in a surprisingly picturesque area - on one side it is surrounded by snowy peaks of Terskey-Alatau, and on the other side of the azure Issyk-Kul.
It is known for its wonderful sandy beaches, high mountain resorts and thermal springs. But not only natural beauty beckons tourists here, Karakol is rich in its history, extraordinary sights and even a couple of very real wonders!
From its very inception, the city was a place where scientific and technological progress was concentrated in the country: the country's first meteorological station and scientific library were opened, research expeditions were formed. Its main attraction is the memorial of the great scientist N.M. Przewalski, located on a hill with a stunning view of the coast.
You can feel the breath of antiquity in the area of Chon-Koisu. Seven centuries ago, a medieval city stood here, but the lake was advancing and now only the remains of ancient buildings can be seen on the shore. Another miracle of Karakol is the Dungan Mosque, dating from the beginning of the last century - it was built without a single nail in the style of a Buddhist temple.
Finally, the most unusual place that attracts tourists like a magnet is the building of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. Here is the legendary Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God with bleeding wounds, attacked by invaders.