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Tsarskii Dvor

This big ski-lodge–style log chalet has heavy wooden throne seats, a rear beer terrace and a range of barbecues, fish dishes and sausages. The shashlyk is excellent, but really everything on the menu seems reliable.…
Lake in Jalal-Abad Oblast

Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve

Though the full Unesco Biosphere Reserve includes seven mountain lakes and numerous rare flora and fauna, the star attraction for most visitors is the massive Sary-Chelek lake itself. Over 2km at its widest and over…
Market in Osh

Jayma Bazaar

Osh Bazaar is one of Central Asia’s biggest markets dealing in everything from traditional hats and knives to seasonal fruit to horseshoes forged at the smithies in the bazaar. Many stalls are crafted from old conta…
Mountain in Osh

Suleiman Too

This five-peaked rocky crag seems to loom above the city wherever you go. It has been a Muslim place of pilgrimage for centuries, supposedly because the Prophet Mohammed once prayed here. Its slopes are indented wit…
National Park in Osh Oblast

Kyrgyz-Ata National Park

Long a favourite of local day-trippers, Kyrgyz-Ata National Park is slowly becoming popular with international travellers as well. Though just under 12 sq km, it packs in a diverse arrange of scenery along the valle…
Lake in Alay Valley

Kolduk Lakes

Above a hilly jailoo ringed by yurts, the larger Kolduk lake is backed by a craggy mountain gorge. Families that take residence here from May to September are insistent in their offers of fresh dairy products from t…
Rock Art in Kazarman

Saimaluu Tash

Spread over two remote valleys high in the mountains at an altitude of up to 3400m, this massive petroglyph site encompasses over 10,000 individual works dating from the 2nd to 8th centuries. Believed to have been a…
Lake in Toktogul

Toktogul Reservoir

Views out over the Toktogul reservoir are sublime in the right light, and the first glimpse of it descending from the mountains on the Bishkek highway are quite memorable. There's no beach as such, but the shoreline…
Lake in Sary-Mogol

Tulpar Köl

The largest of a string of 42 small lakes, Tulpar Köl stretches for nearly a kilometre in between the final small foothills and the first major ridge of the Trans-Alay range. Strolling the quiet lake shore or search…
Park in Osh

Navoi Park

Stretching south along the river from where the bazaar ends, leafy Navoi Park is a favourite local hang-out. Highlights inside include a gaming area where ak-sakal (white-beard) elders play chess, and a Yak 40 airpl…