Take a bus ride to Issuk Kul
Lake Issuk Kul is one of the biggest lakes in Central Asia. It is 200 km long and the bus drives along the lake for almost 3 hours if you go to Karakol.
A bus ticket to Karakol was 200 som for 6 hours ride.
You see lot of interesting things along the road.
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Hike in Tyoplye Klyuchi (Alamedin Canyon)
South of Bishkek and about 30km away is the Alamedin Canyon, which offers some lovely hiking, and is apparently quieter than Ala Archa, although I must admit that neither were very busy when we were there. The hiking is beautiful, and the fields of flowers were the perfect place for a picnic. The canyon also offers some hot springs, in a pool (hence the name Tyoplye Kluchi or Teplye Klyuche which means "hot springs"). The ambience is very Soviet, and although you could see that the carpets were once plush and beautiful, they are now very grubby, damp and coming up at the edges. The spring water contains radon, and the guidebooks advise no more than 10 minutes in the water.
Although the pool is in a concrete structure, and the place is run down, the people swimming in the pool are happy, and the experience is great fun.
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- Hiking and Walking
On the road- Aurora on Lake Issyk Kul to Bishkek
As we traveled back to Bishkek we passed several "road side stands" selling, produce and what I thought looked like dried fish plus other items I could not see well enough to identify, they may have been handicrafts either wooden toys or children's clothes etc.
My driver stopped at one that had baskets of apples for sale. He bought several in a bag, slipped them into the back seat and we continued our trip.
Later he gestured to them and made motions like eating an apple, them pointer to his watch nodded his head while saying "later". I responded "Da spaceba" and nodded, he smiled. As we where passing through the gorge about 10 minutes down the road there was pipe with water running from it. He stopped, grabbed a cup and the apples, filled the cup and took a drink,. Then he washed the apples, came back to the car and handed me one. Again I replied "Da, spaceba" (yes thank you) and we proceed to eat two of his half dozen or so that he bought., the rest where headed to his home for his family to enjoy.
The Kyrgyz people could be very warm and pleasant as long as they realized you where pleasant and accepting of them, their ways and their situation. The moment they sensed that someone was patronizing them, you could not have found anyone colder! They were polite even then but stern and crisp does not even set the stage for their response!
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Lenin is not "off the beaten path" here
Bishkek looks a bit more Soviet than the other Central Asian Capitals Almaty and Tashkent. A clear indicator for it are the still not so few Lenin statues and many street names
Don't just visit the city...
Don't just visit the city center, but take a walk through the outskirts as well. As you can see the mountains rise up on the south-side of the city, quite a contrast to the flat horizon in the north.
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