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Bradt Travel Guide: Kyrgyzstan

Travel Guide

Series: Bradt Travel Guides

By: Laurence Mitchell (Author)

320 pages, 13 pages with colour photos, 1 colour map, b/w map

Bradt Travel Guides

Paperback | Feb 2015 | Edition: 3 | #220707 | ISBN-13: 9781841628561
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€20 approx

About this book

Following the break-up of the USSR, Kyrgyzstan soon earned a reputation as the most hospitable and least repressive of the newly emerged central Asian republics. Unlike some of its neighbours, it has actively encouraged foreign tourism and has pursued a policy of supporting community projects with an emphasis on adventure tourism. The Bradt guide details all the services and experiences the country offers including trekking, mountaineering, horseriding and wildlife-watching. Historical sites, cultural activities and background on the Kyrgystan people are all covered by this definitive guide.

"Bradt Guides are expertly written and longer on local detail than any others."
- Michael Palin


Contents

Introduction vi

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1
Chapter 1 Background Information 3
- Geography 3
- Climate 4
- Natural history and conservation 5
- History 9
- Government and politics 21
- Economy 23
- People 25
- Language 29
- Religion 30
- Education 32
- Culture 33

Chapter 2 Practical Information 49
- When to visit 49
- Highlights 50
- Suggested itineraries 50
- Tour operators 51
- Red tape 56
- Getting there and away 59
- Health 62
- Safety 65
- Women travellers 66
- Travellers with a disability 67
- LGBT travellers 67
- Travelling with a family 67
- What to take 68
- Money and banking 69
- Budgeting 70
- Getting around 70
- Accommodation 73
- Eating and drinking 75
- Public holidays and festivals 77
- Shopping 78
- Arts and entertainment 79
- Photography 79
- Media and communications 80
- Business 81
- Cultural etiquette 82
- Travelling positively 83

PART TWO THE GUIDE 85
Chapter 3 Bishkek 87
- History 88
- Getting there and away 89
- Getting around 91
- Safety 93
- Tourist information 97
- Where to stay 97
- Where to eat and drink 101
- Entertainment and nightlife 107
- Shopping 108
- Sports 110
- Other practicalities 111
- What to see and do 114

Chapter 4 Chui Province 123
- Valleys south of Bishkek 123
- Chui Valley 129
- Chong- Kemin Valley 135
- Boom Gorge 137
- Kara-Balta 138
- Suusamyr Valley 139

Chapter 5 Lake Issyk-Kul - North Shore 145
- Lake Issyk-Kul 145
- Balykchy 149
- Tamchy 154
- Cholpon- Ata 156
- East of Cholpon-Ata 161
- Karkara Valley 164

Chapter 6 Lake Issyk-Kul South and the Central Tien Shan 171
- Karakol 171
- Around Karakol 180
- Trekking south of Karakol 187
- Th e Central Tien Shan 189
- Lake Issyk- Kul's southern shore 193
- Barskoon 195
- Tamga 198
- Bokonbaevo 200
- The southwest shore 205

Chapter 7 Talas Province 207
- Talas 207
- South of Talas 212
- West of Talas 213
- East of Talas 213

Chapter 8 Naryn Province 215
- Kochkor 215
- Excursions from Kochkor 219
- West to the Suusamyr Valley 221
- Lake Song-Kol 224
- Naryn 226
- East of Naryn 231
- Naryn to the Torugart Pass 233
- Th e Torugart Pass 238
- Naryn to Kazarman 241

Chapter 9 Jalal-Abad Province 243
- Jalal-Abad 243
- Kazarman to Jalal-Abad 247
- Kazarman 248
- Saimaluu-Tash 249
- Ortok 250
- Arslanbob 251
- The road to Bishkek 259
- Western Jalal- Abad Province 261
- Lake Sary-Chelek 263
- Arkyt 265
- West to the Chatkal Valley 266

Chapter 10 Southern Kyrgyzstan 269
- Osh 269
- Around Osh 277
- Ozgon 280
- The Alay Valley 282
- The Irkeshtam crossing to China 284
- The road south to Tajikistan 286
- Batken Province 288

Appendix 1 Language 291
Appendix 2 Glossary of Kyrgyz Terms 298
Appendix 3 Further Information 300
Index 305
Index of advertisers 312


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Biography

Laurence Mitchell is a freelance travel writer and photographer and has travelled widely in Central Asia and the ex-Soviet world. He is the author of three other Bradt guides: Serbia, Belgrade and Slow Norfolk & Suffolk.

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