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From the road, Bishkek is almost obscured by trees. It is one of the world’s greenest capitals and has a reputation for being laid-back and welcoming to visitors.

Though there are plentiful signs of the city's Soviet past - including a giant statue of Lenin pointing towards the Parliament - the general feel is of a regional, agricultural industrial centre that has, quite unexpectedly, had political status thrust upon it.

Accommodation in Bishkek

The best hotels in Kyrgyzstan can be found here, a welcome respite after the long road from China, as well as some interesting sights including the atmospheric Russian Orthodox Church and the sprawling Osh Bazaar.

The city’s backdrop of spectacular snow-capped mountains hints at the wonderful outdoor opportunities that lie beyond, and less than an hour away at Ala Archa anything from gentle riverside strolls to glacier treks await.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Bishkek

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bishkek, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Bishkek

    Accommodation choices for Bishkek

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bishkek. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Silk Road Lodge, Bishkek

      Silk Road Lodge


      Located in a suburb of Bishkek, within walking distance of the National Parliament, the Silk Road Lodge offers nice rooms and facilities with plenty of space.

    • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bishkek

      Hyatt Regency Hotel

      First Class

      For luxury in Kyrgyzstan, nowhere beats the Hyatt. The location is second to none, right in the heart of the city, close to Lenin's statue and the Parliament building and within 5 minutes of most places of interest.

    Ideas for experiencing Bishkek

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bishkek, and which use the best local guides.

    • Bishkek City Tour
      Market spices, Bishkek

      Bishkek City Tour

      Bishkek City Tour

      A tour of this congenial capital makes for an interesting and relaxing day. The city can offer a poignant National History Museum, with exhibits on Kyrgyz victims of Stalin, as well as some interesting displays on Kyrgyz applied arts.

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    • Ala Archa National Park
      Ala Archa National Park

      Ala Archa National Park

      Ala Archa National Park

      Towering over the park are the highest peaks of the Kyrgyz Alatau Range, including Peak Korona (4860m) and Semenov Tianshanskii (4895m), both higher than anything Europe has to offer.

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