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Founded in the 7th century, Bishkek is surprisingly distinguished by lively boulevards, a riot of colors and an abundance of fun places. Ancient buildings not only stand out, but organically complement the architectural ensemble of the capital. When traveling in a rented car, inspect the Manas sculptural complex, the Parliament building, runic inscriptions of Talas, rock paintings of the ancient city of Saimaluu-Tash in the Historical Museum. In the central Ala-Too square and on Erkindik Avenue life is in full swing - these are popular places among locals for pleasant meetings and walks. In between excursions, be sure to taste beshbarmak, kebab, samsa, shoro, chicken kebab, koumiss. TSUM and Osh Bazaar are the most popular and colorful places where you can safely go in search of stylish things, souvenirs and outlandish goods.
- Car rental at Bishkek Airport
- What to see in Bishkek: interesting sights of the city
- In the vicinity of Bishkek: the best car routes
- Food: atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars
- Where to live: comfortable hotels in Bishkek
- Where to park a rented car in Bishkek
Car rental at Bishkek Airport
Chingiz Aitmatov Manas International Airport ( Bishkek Manas International Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: FRU
Location: 23 km from Bishkek
Official website: www.airport.kg
Information: +996 312 693 109
The following car rental companies operate at Bishkek Airport: Alamo, National, Dollar, Evropcar, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Enterprise, Sixt. Dispensing racks are located in the arrivals hall. There are 3 parking zones near the airport, parking in zone A is free.
What to see in Bishkek: interesting sights of the city
Ave Zhibek Zholu
The main sanctuary of the Orthodox community is considered the Resurrection Cathedral, consecrated in honor of the Resurrection of Christ. Despite some traditional elements of Central Asia, the temple has a classic Russian appearance with a blue roof and domes in the form of onions, a tented bell tower and a three-tier iconostasis. Construction began a little less than a century ago, and a few decades later it was reconstructed. Then, by decree of the president, the territory of the temple was significantly expanded and landscaped. Today, every believer has the opportunity to walk around the shrine, go inside, pray, become a participant in the Sunday service.
Gapar Aitiev National Museum of Art
St. Yusup Abdrakhmanova, 196
Having rented a car, go on an excursion to one of the main cultural shrines of Bishkek - the National Museum of Art named after Gapar Aitiev. The collection has about 18,000 exhibits. During the tour, you will be able to see objects of national decorative and applied art (Kyrgyz carpets, yurts, jewelry, national clothes, Greek and Egyptian reproductions). Of particular note is the golden fund of the museum, which includes works of art by classics: A. Mikhalev, G. Aitiev, L. Ilyina, T. Sadykov, A. Asrankulov and others.
The favorite place for locals to walk, which is often called the “Bishkek Arbat”, is Erkindik Gallery. This is the place where you can buy various souvenirs, works of local artisans, artists. In addition, the creator you like will be able to order a portrait and observe aside the work of the master. Get ready for a variety of colors, a riot of imagination and different opinions. Seen creativity will certainly be remembered for a long time.
Bishkek State Circus
St. Ivanitsina, 119
You can diversify your leisure time traveling around Bishkek by attending a performance at the Bishkek State Circus. During the first performance, the best of the best participated here. After the reconstruction carried out several years ago, the circus still “holds the mark”. New instruments for the orchestra, a stage were installed here, and performances are held with the participation of world stars. A visit to the circus remains the most popular activity for families.
One of those places where you can relax your body and soul and escape from the bustle of the city - Oak Park. Its territory is divided into two zones: garden and cultural. Interestingly, the improvement of the park was marked by a significant event: the first trees were planted by students of one of the local schools. Walking around the picturesque territory, you will be able to see a whole open-air sculpture museum, in addition, take a picture against the backdrop of the 12 Bowls fountain and pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the eternal flame. It’s more convenient to get to the park by renting a car.
In the vicinity of Bishkek: the best car routes
Uzgen historical and architectural complex
The Uzgen historical and architectural complex, located on an ancient shahristan hill near the Kara-Darya river, was built in the 11th century. It is conditionally divided into three mausoleums with the South (XII century), Middle (XI century) and Northern (XII century) minarets. They are made of burnt brick of the Karakhanid era in clay-ganch solution. The monuments of Karakhanid culture located here are called a kind of “encyclopedia”, looking at which you can trace the development, change of architectural forms. Interestingly, not a single lesson in art criticism in schools and universities of the country is complete without mentioning this legendary monument. Soon it is planned to organize a tourist center here, so that guests of the city will be able to visit the landmark with a guide and not only explore the ancient buildings, but also learn the most incredible facts from history.
In 38 kilometers from Bishkek, the remains of the ancient city of Navekat, through which the Silk Road passed, were discovered. The city actively flourished from the VI century until the XII century. During the excavations, water wells, ceramic water pipes, a Buddha statue and elements of Buddhist sculpture and painting were discovered. The attraction was named “Krasnorechenskoe settlement” and it is believed that this is the first national object that has been studied by the science of Kyrgyzstan. Subsequently, many more amazing exhibits were discovered: household items, jewelry, wineries, coins. Of particular interest were the discovered Christian crosses, Zoroastrian burials, Buddhist temples. To date, the historical monument is considered the largest in Central Asia and is taken under the protection of UNESCO.
Ala Archa National Park
When traveling by rental car, be sure to take the time to visit the Ala-Archa National Park (translated as “motley juniper”), opened in the second half of the last century. Foothill steppes, landscape mountain forests extend over more than 2,000 hectares. On this huge territory, who you can’t see: Siberian roe deer, partridge, porcupine, wild boar, badger, snow leopard, argali. About 600 species of plants are found here: medicinal and coniferous, shrubs.
On a one-day tour you can go to a picturesque place - Alamedin gorge. Here, you will be able to fully enjoy unforgettable panoramas, stroll through the birch forest, swim in the fountain, pick berries, mushrooms. Those who want to stay near the gorge for several days in good weather can grab a tent and overcome one of the routes leading to the mountains. By the way, Sanatorium “Teply Klyuchi” is located 9 kilometers away, in which a pool with natural hot radon water is equipped for healing.
The Burana Tower, erected in the 11th century, is considered a significant building. This is one of the first such structures in Central Asia, its height reached 45 meters. During the earthquake of the 15th century, part of the minaret was destroyed. Nevertheless, today, tourists traveling in Kyrgyzstan have the opportunity to see for certain evidence of the former greatness of the city of Balasagun (the former capital of the Karakhanid state). In the course of numerous excavations, other significant exhibits were found: mausoleums, Muslim temples, ancient buildings.
Food: atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars
Sierra tash rabat
St. Gorky | st. Zhukeyeva-Pudovkina www.sierra.kg
For breakfast in Bishkek, go to the cozy Sierra Tash Rabat, which opens its doors to visitors from 7:30 in the morning. The stylish interior with traditional European elements and an extensive library offers a pleasant pastime. It is worth trying pastries, omelets, cocktails, coffee. The conference hall hosts various events: business meetings, birthdays. The overall positive impression is reinforced by the competent work of the staff. In order to quickly get to the restaurant, rent a car.
St. A. Tokombaeva, 78 barashek.kg
“Lamb” is a popular steak house in the city with Asian and European cuisine. For large companies or in case of celebrating an important event, special rooms are equipped, for children - a playroom with nannies. Steaks, meat snacks, salads, fish dishes, soups, barbecue - all invariably tasty and made from the freshest ingredients. Polite staff will help you get comfortable, give recommendations on the account of certain dishes, drinks.
St. Kievskaya, 71 www.facebook.com/burgerhousekg
If you are too hungry or intend to pass half an hour for delicious food, head to Burger House. The place is popular for its fast cooking and serving. It is located in the central square, looking out the window after a hearty snack, you can slowly watch the life of the capital. Chicken, beef, classic burger, fries with rosemary, business lunches - here every tourist will find something to eat.
St. Togolok Moldo, 7/1 arzu.kg
Fans of Asian cuisine and stylish interiors with national motives, having rented a car, should look into Arzu. Mampar, fried manti, pilaf, mastava, kaymak, boorsoki, tiramisu - especially favorite dishes among visitors to the institution. In the choice of drinks, you can trust the waiter who can tell you something based on your preferences. The skill of the cooks and excellent service are doomed to make this place a favorite.
Manas Ave. 57/1 www.facebook.com/Sierra.Coffee.KG
To spend the evening leisure with a cup of coffee in the bite with fresh pastries will turn out in Sierra Manas. For any occasion, whether it is a meeting with friends or a family trip for sweets, the menu will surely have something special. Fresh panini, cool smoothie, sweet muffin, fragrant cinnabons - here you want to try everything at once. The atmosphere in the coffee shop is cozy and friendly, by the way, a separate room is equipped for smokers.
Where to live: comfortable hotels in Bishkek
St. Ibraimova 70
+996 312 979 070 evropa.kg double room - from € 76
For business trips or family trips, the cozy Evropa Hotel is located in the heart of the city. Central Department Store and Central Avenue can be reached in minutes. It offers small, cozy rooms with comfortable beds, a minibar and all the necessary accessories for a comfortable stay. For tourists who lead a healthy lifestyle, equipped with a fitness center, in case of important events - a banquet hall.
Golden Dragon Hotel
St. Elebaeva 60/1
+996 312 902 771 www.goldendragon.kg double room - from € 96
For tourists on rental cars who prefer comfort in every detail, Golden Dragon Hotel is suitable. This is one of the best accommodation in the price / quality category. The stylish interior, spacious apartments, first-class service make the hotel a popular place to stay in Bishkek. The rooms on the upper floors have a sauna and a jacuzzi. The restaurant serves gourmet Korean cuisine. It offers a fitness center, spa area, pool, free parking, room-service.
Per. Orenburg, 31
+996 312 563 333 discoveryhotel.kg double room - from € 47
For those looking for a budget place to stay for a few days, the Discovery Hotel is the place to go. The hotel is in a quiet location, so neither a noisy track, nor a crowded establishment will disturb the peace of guests. The rooms are small while clean and comfortable, with beautiful views of the mountains. There is a terrace on the roof for leisure travelers. The hotel staff competently performs its work and is attentive to each guest.
Smart hotel bishkek
St. Yusupa Abdrakhmanova, 204
+996 312 976 161 www.smarthotel.kg double room - from € 114
The main advantage of Smart Hotel Bishkek is its convenient location. The hotel is located in the center of the capital, near Oak Park, Opera House, Museum of Fine Arts, circus. Tourists are offered a wide variety of additional services: rental of iPad, bicycles, fitness center, spa, pool, room-service. Whatever the purpose of the trip, you will definitely not get bored here. The staff will tell you some interesting places for fun, and if you do not want to go anywhere, you can pass the evening in the hotel bar.
St. Mederova 115
+996 770 978 880 gardenhotel.kg double room - from € 52
Garden Hotel is a great option for a reasonable price. It impresses not only the cozy apartments, but also the helpful staff, ready to come to the rescue in any matter. Breakfast is organized in a buffet format, for any other meal you can look into the restaurant at the hotel and try something special. If you plan to rent a car, Garden Hotel offers free parking.
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