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Travel Guide for Kyrgyzstan

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Kyrgyzstan that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Kyrgyzstan Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Кыргызстан (Кыргыз Республикасы)
Capital: Bishkek
Population: 4 892 808
Telephone Code: +996
Time Zone:KGT (UTC+5), summer KGST (UTC+6)
Area:198 500 sq km
Language(s):Kyrgyz, Russian
Ethnic Groups:Kyrgyz 69.5% Russians (9.0%), Uzbeks (14.5%), Tatars (1.9), Uyghurs (1 ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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We recently visited Kyrgystan and spent time with Hospitalityclub member and Servas co-ordinator Devendra.His club name is Himalaya. He is an excellent person to visit, interesting and fun.His group is very active and have a lot of dinners and parties. They helped me travel, meet people. We met a mebers' 14yr old boy on school break who spoke great english. He came with us and we hired his uncle to drive us around Lake Issycul. Its a beautiful lake with interesting petrogliffs, lovely mountain ... more


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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


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AIR: there are regular flight to Bishkek from Istanbul (Turkish Air), London (British Air), Erevan (British Air), Moscow (Aeroflot), St. Peterburg (Pulkovo Airlines), Dehli (Kyrgyz Air), Frankfurt (Kyrgyz Air), Dubai (Kyrgyz Air), China (Zin Ziang Air)

AIRPORT-BISHKEK: Only taxi transportation is available as most of international flights arrive at night. reasonable fare for Airport-Bishkek is 400 KG Som which is about $10 U.S.

GROUND: Most common ground transport in Bishk ... more


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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants: a very nice cuisine may be found at Four Seasons and Navigator Restaurants (a meal would cost for about $5 to $15).

Breakfast: A nice place that offers continental breakfast is Fat Boys Cafe (not recommended for dinners though).

Fancy but sweet: Tokio sushi bar is one of m ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Events and Holidays

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Climate and When to Go

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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I would like to warn hitch-hickers about way of getting a free transport here. In nothern part of country - Bishkek, usually people ask for money for a ride, and if somebody is ready to take you in his car, please ask for how much first. Because you can be unpleasantly surprisi after you will want to get off the car, people can be nice to you but after ride they usually ask for money and for big money. Foreigners tought local people to recieve money for every help, so for many kirgis people it ... more

Tourist Traps

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Government and Politics

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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The main religion in Kirgistan is Islam, for now different denominations have their churches: catholics, protestants, ortodox. You can find your church without problem. But last referendum was about to decide to have only to religions in a country as legal: Islam and ortodox.

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyrgyzstand (L)

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
Disclaimer: The Hospitality Club has no control over the information above and accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this website. Please correct false information or send us feedback about it.
Copyright: Feel free to use the text on your website as long as you notify us and include a clearly visible link to above the text.

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