|Combo meal at McDonalds
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre
|1 Summer dress in a chain store
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)
Bishkek is the largest city of Kyrgyztan and is also its capital. Its name is derived from Kumis, a Kyrgyz word for a container used to ferment mare's milk which is also the national drink. Bishkek is a city that has Soviet-influenced apartment blocks and it has wide boulevards and buildings mostly having its facade created in marble.
Compared to its neighboring countries, Bishkek is relatively young. When touring the city, you would notice that it has a rectangular plan compared to other cities in the west that have different orientations. Accommodation in the city is easy. Hotels in Bishkek are located at the city center which is very accessible to public transport.
Visiting the different attractions in Bishkek is not at all difficult because most of them are found at the city center. As you step foot at the center of the city, you can find a number of museums. This is where you can have an encounter with Bishkek’s rich cultural heritage. Some of the museums that you can visit are the Frunze House Museum, State Historical Museum and State Museum of Applied Arts.
Bishkek boasts a number of their famous tourist spots such as their very own ‘White House’, Statue of Ivan Panfilov and Independence Monument and Equestrian statue of Mikhail of Frunze. All these are easy to find as they stand close to each other at the center of the city.
Traveling to Bishkek is easy and comfortable. You can book cheap flights to Bishkek through your local travel guide or via online. The point of entry would be through Manas International Airport which is located approximately 25 kilometers northwest of the city center and could be reached by taxi. Public transportation is also available in Bishkek: buses, public vans, taxicabs and electric trolley buses. To date, the city has no subway and it is considering to build a light rail system to provide additional transportation. Additional attractions in Bishkek would also include the Kyrgyz Ala Too mountain range which exhibits a spectacular background of the city. The distance of the city from the mountain range is 40 kilometers. It takes 30 to 45 minutes by private car to reach the area if you are coming from Ala Archa National Park.
If you would want to experience a province-type of city in Central Asia, then Bishkek is the best place to go to. Bishkek is a mix of province life and city life. People usually travel to this city for a great historical experience. Many online travel sites offer cheap flights to Bishkek on a regular basis. So, when in Bishkek, you could find affordable restaurants which offer great delicacies that would let you experience the rich culture of the city through their food. So start planning your travel to this city now and experience the rich culture of Central Asia.