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Bishkek Architecture Tour

The following article will introduce 10 architectural sights in Bishkek. It is designed as a walking tour which is supposed to take about two to three hours. Most of the information was taken from the book ‘Architekturführer Bischkek’ by Henning Hraban Ramm and Benedikt Viertelhaus. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the buildings and history of Bishkek. Unfortunately, it is not yet translated into English or Russian. This leaflet only highlights 10 sights from more than 130 mentioned in the book, though I hope to bring any reader a bit closer to the architecture of this exciting city.

  1. Holy Ressurection Cathedral (1984)

The bright blue spires of this Russian Orthodox cathedral, opened in 1947, stand out along Jibek Jolu. On the facade you can find various forms of crosses and circles, which is most impressive on the portal with its oculuses. The spartan interior, decorated with icons and studded with candles, is open to visitors.

 

  1. National Library 1981-1984

The official Library of Kyrgyzstan was founded in 1934, but the building that houses the collection opened in 1984. To get further into the library, you will need to do what everyone else does and buy a day access pass which is only 10 som.

  1. Wedding Palace 1987

In almost every former-soviet city in Central Asia there are elaborate wedding palaces. They are community based facilities, built to give the administrative act of a wedding a celebratory glamour. The wedding palace in Bishkek is a distinctive building and is similar to sacral building in many views. 

  1. Circus 1976

The stationary circus is part of Russian culture since the late 19th century. The one in Bishkek is formed after the archetype of the circus in Moscow. Similar circus buildings can be found in Tashkent, Dushanbe, Almaty and Donezk.

 

  1. Victory Square 1985

The Victory Square was opened on 9th of May 1985, the 40th anniversary of the victory against the fascist Germany. It emphasizes the importance of the “Great Patriotic War”.

  1. Museum of Fine Arts 1974

Together with the State Theater and the Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts forms a cultural centre around the oak park. Due to several renovations, some original attributes disappeared, such as the skylights and the intersections between the different rooms.

 

  1. State History Museum 1984

The former Lenin Museum used to be a branch of the Moscow-based Lenin Museum until the Kyrgyz independence. Right now (2018) the museum is closed due to renovations.

  1. Ala-Too Square 1984

Ala-Too Square is Kyrgyzstan’s main square, located in the center of Bishkek. Ala-Too in Kyrgyz means “great mountain”, symbolizing the mountainous terrain and nature of the country.

  1. White House 1985

The White House is the official presidential office building of the President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. This building is one of the Soviet era buildings which are very interesting to see when in Bishkek, which is definitely one of the country’s landmarks as well.

  1. Sport Palace Koschomkul 1974

The Sport Palace Koschomkul (former W.I. Lenin) is part of a bigger sport area with the Stadium Spartak on the opposite of the street. The function room takes 3,000 visitors. The entrance is at grade. To reach the function room you have to go one floor down.

To book this tour, please contact us :

E-mail: applehostelbishkek@gmail.com
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Discover Tajikistan with a local driver

Apple Hostel collaborates with local drivers to offer our guests the best way to experience the beautiful landscapes of Tajikistan by driving through it. Guests can choose between different packages, depending on their time schedule and budget.

PAMIR HIGHWAY

Osh — Dushanbe  // +- 1300 kilometers (gravel until Korugh).          Don’t miss Murghab’s container bazaar!


Tajikistan has more to offer than just the Pamir Highway. Some of the popular side tracks are:

ZORKUL NATURE RESERVE

Murghab — Khargush // +- 250 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the Ak Bura meteor crater.


WAKHAN VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway – Khorugh // +- 350 kilometers (mostly gravel). Don’t miss the Bibi Fatimi hot springs near the Yamchun Fort.


SHAKDARA VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway — Khorugh / +- 160 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the view of Pik Marx.


FAN MOUNTAINS

Dushanbe — Iskanderkul — Alaudin Lakes –Haftkul // +- 400 kilometers (mostly gravel when leaving main road). Don’t forget to park your car and hike through these beautiful mountains to lakes and passes you can only reach on foot.


Some general information

Tours to and around Tajikistan range from 3 days to 2 weeks. For price quote please contact the tour manager via WhatsApp: +996 553280881

Tours booked with food and accommodation start with lunch on the First day and end with lunch on the last day.  

Bookings can be done via Aigul (+996 553 280 881). 


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4 day tour: Karakol National Park – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

 Kyrgyzstan is full of beautiful national parks and Karakol National Park is one of them, full of tranquility and pristine beauty.
 
With Apple Hostel tours, you will have an opportunity to trek and be surrounded by natural grandeur with amazing highlights such as Akakol, Keldike Gorge and Altyn Arashan.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Karakol town to Karakol National park entrance by car. Hike to Sirota camp, 12 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents. 

Day 2: Sirota camp – Keldike Gorge, 10 km, 5-6 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 3: Keldike gorge – Altyn Arashan, 10 km, 4 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 4: Altyn arashan – Aksuu village, 15 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch. Transfer from Aksuu village back to Karakol town.
 
 Price for 1 person: 28560 som
2 persons: 38870 som
3 persons: 54680 som
4 persons: 66470 som
 
The cost includes a tour guide service,  one porter for 1 each person in the tour; one cook, meals as per itinerary, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mat),transfer from Karakol to the National park and from Aksuu village back to Karakol, park entrance fee, tent set up fee, hot springs fee. If there is 1 person in the tour the cook acts like a cook/porter. 
 
Pick up from Karakol to the site and drop off in Karakol is included.

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3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Altyn-Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hike near Karakol in the north-east of the country. The hike is relatively strenuous but certainly not impossible, with some lovely gorge viewsafforded on the way and there are rich rewards once you have reached the snow glistening mountain valley.

Furthermore, the site is famous for its several hot-springs where natural sulphur infused water flows into concrete pools housed in wooden sheds. The water is hot, around 50oC and is the perfect antidote to weary bodies.

Altyn Arashan is located 20km south-east of Karakol and near Issyk-kul Lake, in an alpine valley dominated at its southern end by the 4260m tall Pik Palatka (‘Tent Peak’).  The valley forms part of the Arashan State Nature Reserve which is famous for its unique wildlife, including snow leopards and a few wild bears. Don’t worry though, it’s very unlikely they will make an appearance and the only animals you are likely to see are the horses and sheep owned by local families.

Ala-Kol is on several popular trekking routes between Altyn-Arashan and the Karakol Gorge, and lies at an altitude of 3,532 m (11,588 feet) above sea level. Ala-Kol is set in a barren, rocky depression, and is surrounded by the peaks of the Terskey Ala Too range. Rocky paths and scree slopes are used to approach the lake.


3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Day 1: Transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu village. Hike from Aksu to Altyn Arashan valley, 2600 m. Lunch. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 2: Breakfast. Hike to Alakol lake (3600 m) and back ( 26 km both ways). Lunchbox is provided. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 3: Breakfast. Hike back to Aksuu village. Transfer from Aksu to Karakol. Lunch on your own.

Price for 1 person: 17400 som / 2 ppl: 21300 som / 3 ppl: 25200 som/ 4 ppl: 29700 som 

The cost includes a tour guide service, accommodation and meals as per itinerary, transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu and back, hot springs fee. 


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Paragliding near Bishkek

Fly among magnificent Kyrgyz landscapes nearby Ala-Archa National Park and get your personal footage of this unique experience !

Transportation to the departure spot and video are included. 

5-15 minutes fly: 2,000 som

30-60 minutes fly: 45,00 som


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Bishkek Bike Tour

Join us for a tour of Bishkek by bike! Ride the city in style and see the major sights, including the Philharmonia, the Orthodox Slavic Church, Oak & Panfilov Parks, Ala-too Square, the Gallery of Arts, Circus, and Victory Square. After the tour, feel free to continue exploring the city by bike! 

Duration: 2-3 hours

Price: 1,000 som per person – Includes bike and quide


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Bishkek City Tour

“Stirrer for whipping kumys” – so translated Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz call their city “green” not only because of the abundance of ancient oaks and poplars, a thick shadow shading the busy boulevards, but also because of the soaring young spirit and optimism of the Kyrgyz capital.

Come join us for a free tip-based tour of Bishkek! Learn about the history of the city and visit its significant sights, including:

  • the Philharmonia;
  • Panfilov Park;
  • Oak Park;
  • Ala-Too Square;
  • the Gallery of Arts;
  • the White House;
  • the Lenin Statue;
  • and Victory Square!

Duration: 3-4 hours


To find out more information / book a tour, please contact us:

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5 Day Sary-Chelek National Park Tour

Located in the Jalal-Adad region, Sary-Chelek spans an area of 240 km² and is the perfect location for a longer expedition. The reserve contains 7 lakes with an abundance of wild life and vegetation, with innumerable possibilities to explore the surrounding areas. 

Itinerary for 5 days horseriding/trekking tour:

Day 1: Arrival to Arkyt village. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 2: Arkyt village – Sary chelek lake. Camping. 

Day 3: Reacg Kara Kamysh lake via Makmal pass. Camping

Day 4: Reach Iiri kol via Kotormo pass. Camping

Day 5: Baka lake, camping. 

Day 6: Trek back to Arkyt village. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 7: Departure

Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat and warm clothes – it gets really cold at night!

Best season: mid June – mid September 

Prices: 5 day horse trek 

  • 1 person: 45,500 som 
  • 2 people: 59,500 som for 2 people
  • 3 people: 78m500 som for 3 people

Price includes : 2 nights stay in a guesthouse with dinner, meals during the trek, horses, horse guide, entrance fee to the park, tent set up fee, and camping equipment. Horse guide is non-English speaking.

Prices: 5 day trekking on foot (around 15 km per day)

  • 1 person: 35500 som
  • 2 ppl: 44500 som 
  • 3 ppl: 53500 som 

Price includes : 2 nights stay in a guesthouse with dinner, meals during the trek, horse-porter, trekking guide, entrance fee to the park, tent set up fee, and camping equipment. Trekking guide is non english speaking.

* transportation not included (marshrutka to Kerben. Get off at Kara Jygach and hitchhike to Arkyt)


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Daytrip: Kol Tor Lake

Kol-Tor is one of the most wonderful lakes of the Northern Tien Shan. The lake is located in the fascinating gorge of the same name in the intermountain cavity of the Kungei Ala-Too Range at an altitude of 2725 meters above sea level.

The lake is famous for its unusually beautiful turquoise color. While glacier starts melting, it washes away the soil and grinds stones  and rocks into dust, that’s why the lake sparkles in bright sunlight with a green-blue color. From time to time the bowl of the lake overflows, then excess water flows out, and the stream goes to the ground. The area around the lake is distinguished by a variety of forest berries and medicinal herbs, which grow here in large numbers. According to many travelers, the pristine beauty of the lake captivates them at first glance and makes you come back again and again.

 


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Daytrip: Issyk Ata Waterfall and Hot Springs

Issyk Ata Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful place and well- known for its natural hot springs that you can lounge in and the beautiful mountain scenery. It also contains a waterfall that can be reached via a light hike into the mountains. A small pass will lead you to the waterfall where you can have a nice break.

Funny fact, there are several legends surround the hot springs in Issyk Ata Gorge. It said that there was once a young woman that bathed in the springs every day and while her friends grew old, she remained young thanks to the water’s miraculous powers.

What should you bring:

Good walking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, sunscreen, hat/cap, a to- wel, swimsuit, flip flops. Price: 750 Som per person. Minimum 4 persons

Extra option: Visit the Burana tower for an additional 1000 som per group.


To book this tour please contact us:

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