Kyrgyzstan (Bradt Travel Guide)

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One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Kyrgyzstan has it all: glorious mountain scenery, a rich nomadic tradition, Silk Road monuments and thrilling wildlife. Author and seasoned traveler Laurence Mitchell is an expert in the country and in this fully updated edition details all the services and experiences on offer, including trekking, mountaineering, horse riding, historical sites, festivals and Kyrgyz culture. Of all the Central Asian ex-Soviet states, Kyrgyzstan is widely considered to be the least expensive and offer the best value for money. It is also by far the easiest to enter as visas are no longer required for most passport holders.

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Laurence Mitchell is a freelance travel writer and photographer who has travelled widely in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus region, Central Asia and the ex-Soviet world. He has been interested in Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz culture since his first contact with Kyrgyz nomads at a yurt in northwestern China whilst en route to Pakistan.

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One story relates that Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, takes its name from the plunger of the wooden churn (bishkek) used to make kumys, the popular Kyrgyz tipple that is conjured from fermented mare’s milk. This is far from certain, however, as there are several quite plausible alternatives. Another possible derivation might be from besh kek, which translates literally as five chiefs’, or even besh bik, which is Kazakh for five peaks’. The name Bishkek may even have a more ancient etymology and derive from pishagakh, an ancient Sogdian term that translates as place beneath the mountains’.

Whatever the name’s origin, all of these appellations are of central Asian derivation, a fact which is at odds with the reality that Bishkek is clearly a Soviet city with a Russian or, at the very least, the ghost of a Russian soul. Like a scaled-down version of its Kazakh rival, Almaty, Bishkek is a Russian city displaced several thousand kilometres to the east by the geography of empire: a purpose-built capital with buildings and monuments resonant of Europe west of the Urals.

Also like the Kazakh capital, Bishkek also has a remarkable amount of green space, with swathes of parks and woodland dotted about the city to soften the traffic noise and freshen the air (the city is said to have more trees per population than anywhere else in central Asia).

The streets a textbook example of Soviet planning are arranged on a grid system, and as in many provincial Russian or ex-Soviet cities the boulevards and avenues that criss-cross the city are a tad wider than they realistically need to be to contain the traffic.

This is no urban jungle; in many aspects the city is almost village-like, with local communities focused around small markets and convenience stores. This village effect if heightened by the constant reminder of the alpine landscape that lies just beyond the city limits as, from virtually anywhere in Bishkek, the near-5000m, snow-clad ridge of the Ala-Too is visible rising beguilingly to the south.

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