It’s time to leave the crowds behind and take the path less travelled. We are talking about the landlocked, raw and almost completely undiscovered country of Kyrgyzstan. By Amitha Ameen
While planning for an international trip from India we always look at USA, the European countries, or Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and etc. If like us, you too love travelling to these countries but want to take things up a notch and detach yourself from the mundane, then we’ve got just the place for you.
Kyrgyzstan is a tiny landlocked country with mountainous terrains on all sides. But this tiny country packs so much for the enthusiastic traveller in you. We give you three reasons that will compel you to book your next travel tickets to the visa-free Kyrgyz Republic.
1. A Trekker’s Paradise
Apart from feeling like the only people in the world to hike through these remote and pristine landscapes, the Kyrgyz mountains offers unparalleled and majestic beauty. Since the country is completely covered by mountains, there is no dearth of trails you can hike up or climb. And trust us when we say that the landscapes are unlike any other you would have seen during your travels.
What not to miss: Trekking through the largely abandoned picturesque town of Jyrgalan valley or hiking to the turquoise blue glacier lake of Ala Kul.
2. An adventure awaits in every corner
Would you believe us if we told you that Kyrgyzstan has roughly 2,000 lakes and more than 40,000 rivers. But the best part are the hot springs! Most of them are believed to have a lot of health benefits, thanks to abundance of natural minerals in the area.
What not to miss: White-water rafting, kayaking and a refreshing dip in the boiling hot springs of Altyn Arashan valley.
3. Stay like a local
To truly soak up the culture you need to stay like the Kyrgyz people do! Kyrgyz nomads and shepherd families stay in portable houses called Yurts! Similar to a round tent, these tents can be set up in a matter of four to five hours. Kyrgyz people are known for their hospitality and you can be sure to receive a warm welcome and a comfortable stay, better than most high-priced hotels.
What not to miss: Yurt stay and experiencing the Spring festival–Nowruz.