Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) – our last capital in Central Asia

Bishkek became the final part of our Central Asian trip in 2014. The city was very different from Tashkent and was more like Dushanbe, but, as in other Central Asian capitals it has a special atmosphere and very tasty food.

Back to USSR.

Coming from Issyk-Kul we decided to stay near Osh Market which has lots of hotels and hostels of various prices, starting from 500 soms for two. After that we went to Osh Market itself, had some food, bought souvenirs and watched the vendors. For instance, this mattress vendor is obviously very tired of his work.
kyrgyz carpets

During the walk, we could not get rid of the feeling that we went back to the Soviet times. Minsk is often called Soviet, but Bishkek may certainly compete for this definition.
Soviet Bishkek


Many things long forgotten in other post-Soviet countries keep emerging in Bishkek. For instance, selling cigarettes apiece (not by packs) and vodka in shots.
old tradition

Souvenirs and shopping.

We started the next morning in the bazaar too.


The next important place for shopping in Bishkek is TSUM department store which sells expensive goods and souvenirs.

From TSUM we took a walk in the center.



On the way, we saw a fair which was selling everything from traditional head dresses to yurts.




We visited the Museum of Frunze: Bishkek had been named in his honor in the Soviet times (open 10.00-18.00 except for Monday, entrance fee 50 soms). The exposition is in Russian and Kyrgyz only, and it is also quite old.
Museum of Frunze

The circus which is more like a UFO according to Lonely Planet.
The circus

Art museum.
Art museum

Historical Museum.
Historical Museum


The parks in the center of Bishkek are very pleasant.
center of Bishkek

center of Bishkek

Bishkek also has fountains in which people swim.


Governmental building.
Governmental building

Bishkek Stadium

As you may notice, Bishkek may be hardly considered to be rich in sights, but there are many places to walk at. Among the most pleasant things, there are markets full of local bread, fruit, and vegetables; other important thing is the abundance of good food. We liked the Center of Plov a lot, offering all kinds of Central Asian dishes and all sorts of plov.

That is how nicely our trip in Central Asia ended. Probably, we mostly liked Muinak, Tashkent, Sary-Chalek and especially – Pamir! We hope to come back once.

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