Top 10 Things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Just at the northern edge of the Ala Too mountain range lies Kyrgyzstan's lively northern capital, Bishkek. With numerous green spaces, parks and gardens alongside Soviet-era buildings and monuments, the city retains its former Soviet Asian flavor. The city is home to many monuments and cultural institutions, including the National Historical Museum and Ala Too Square, where the changing of the guard takes place daily. The Dordoy Bazaar provides ample shopping, especially for Chinese exports.

1. Ala-Archa Gorge

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations, National Parks
Excellent
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4.5 based on 646 reviews

Ala-Archa Gorge

Reviewed By MirzaMM - SarajevoSarajevo

Lovely place for a day in nature

Less than 30 Km away from Bishkek, this natural park is great place to enjoy silence and nature. Don't be surprised to see horses walking around.

2. Bishkek-City

Suyumbayeva, 142/2, Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan Shopping, Shopping Malls
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27%
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4 based on 29 reviews

Bishkek-City

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The Netherlands

More like a covered market

Bishkek city is the name of a shopping center on Suyumbayeva street. It does not look attractive from the outside, but inside there is a cosy atmosphere especially on the ground floor where food is sold. Many stalls and outlets are run by female entrepene

3. Bishkek Park

Kiyevskaya St., 148, Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
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4 based on 84 reviews

Bishkek Park

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The Netherlands

Shopping as good as it gets in Bishkek

4 floors with shops + one called 'fun city' for entertainment. All connected by rolling staircases. Brightly illuminated and lala music to encourage people buying. Quite modern shops selling fashionable clothes, hand bags, cosmetics, gadgets etc.Bishkek d

4. Issyk-Ata Gorge

| 77 km from Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Mountains, Hiking Trails, Geologic Formations, Canyons, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Issyk-Ata Gorge

Reviewed By GoranWembley

On an organised trip from Bishkek

Issyk Ata is famous for the Soviet built sanatorium. Still busy as the place is renowned for being able to cure many illnesses. But Bishkek residents come to hot springs (nice!) as well as for the strolls further into the valley.I visited this as a part o

5. Museum of Fine Arts

196, Sovietskaya Str., Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan Museums, Art Museums
Excellent
32%
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4 based on 105 reviews

Museum of Fine Arts

Reviewed By IdealTravelmate - Hong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China

Quite a variety of art works

This museum has a variety of collections in paintings, carpets, jewellery, ceramics, metal works, scriptures and some other handy crafts. Most of them are quite primitive, not sophisticated.There are temporary exhibits of modern art and works from other c

6. Dordoi Bazaar

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
Excellent
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4 based on 79 reviews

Dordoi Bazaar

Reviewed By JGDynamo - CanadaCanada

Enormous

The Dordoi Bazaar in Bishkek is enormous and has pretty much any textile you may need or even that you think you may ever need in your life. They have so many stalls selling everything from socks to hats and everything in between that you feel you may nev

7. Osh Bazaar

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
Excellent
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3.5 based on 300 reviews

Osh Bazaar

Reviewed By Vandieman111 - Adelaide, AustraliaAdelaide, Australia

A great market - a must to see in Bishkek

I went early on Sunday morning and it was very uncrowded. It has the usual bustle of an interesting market with great rows of produce and spices. The locals are very obliging about photographs if you ask first. There are no really interesting old rugs or

8. Monument to Manas the Great

| Ala-Too Square, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
Excellent
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4 based on 92 reviews

Monument to Manas the Great

Reviewed By Carol A S - Marietta, GeorgiaMarietta, Georgia

Heroic statue to the mythical founder of the Kyrgyz nation

The 17m tall statue depicts Aikol Manas riding his magical horse, Ak-kula, and holding a sheathed sword. Manas is a mythical hero first immortalized in 1792 in an epic Persian poem of some 500,000 lines, although the events described allegedly took place

9. Alamedin Gorge

| 25 km from Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations, Mountains, Hiking Trails, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Alamedin Gorge

Reviewed By VIVPAT - Perth, AustraliaPerth, Australia

GLACIER and GORGE

A lovely trek along a beautiful gorge to visit a glacier. Scenery is beautiful and if you don't want to trek just stay be the water and admire the horses who come to drink - horses welcoming each other and mares feeding foals.

10. Panfilov Park

368 Frunze Street, Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks
Excellent
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4 based on 180 reviews

Panfilov Park

Reviewed By FTMDave - Adria, ItalyAdria, Italy

Lots to do

Immediately to the east of the main Ala-Too square there is Oak Park, the place to go for leisurely strolls, flower-admiring and relaxation.Immediately to the west of the main square there is instead Panfilov Park which is completely different. It's packe

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