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How not to get (completely) lost in Osh Bazaar

The bazaar was built around 1983. It is built in the structure typical for Central Asia: A roofed market is located in the center while indoor halls for selling surround it.

The original bazaar should remind of traditional buildings with arches, arcades and towers at the corners.

In addition to the so-called “Green Market”, there is the Kiyal building. Kiyal (Кыял) means fantasy/dream in Kyrgyz language. Here you can find traditional clothes and souvenirs.

   

Basically, you can find anything you need at the Osh Bazaar, you just have to take your time (-;

 

This map tries to help you find your way around the bazaar. However, the bazaar is constantly changing, so we cannot guarantee that you will find everything in the same spot!

  

Have fun and don’t hesitate to ask, the sellers are very friendly!

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Osh Bazaar Food Tour

Get amongst the local Kyrgyz people and discover Osh Bazaar! It is Bishkek’s busiest bazaars full of local and fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, bread, pastries, dried fruits and much more.

On this Osh Bazaar Food Tour, you have opportunities to try a number of famous Kyrgyz snacks, including kurut, various milks and wheat drinks, as well as Kyrgyz tobacco! All included within the tour which culminates with lunch, starting from Apple Hostel.

This tour is a great introduction to Kyrgyz culture and life of ordinary Bishkek citizens.

Duration: 3 hours | 

Price: 1000 som per person (minimum 2 ppl) 


To book the Osh Bazaar Food Tour please contact us:

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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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Boom Canyon Rafting

Are you after adrenaline-pumping adventure?!

Then Boom Canyon rafting is for you!

Located about 2 hours outside of Bishkek, Boom Canyon is a perfect spot for beginner to medium level rafters seeking a unique adventure that few tourists dare.

Duration: Rafting lasts for up to an hour

Price: 2,000 som

Transportation to the Canyon is not included.


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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:  3 hours

Price: 1,000 som per person (minimum 2 ppl) 


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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 city 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 hours

Price: 500 som per person (minimum 4 ppl) 


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Things to do in and around Bishkek

 

  1. Osh bazaar (Ошский базар)

Info: Osh bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in Bishkek, conveniently located 10 to 15 minutes away from the hostel. Here you can find everything from food to electronics, at low prices. Before you go make sure you leave your valuables at the guesthouse as there are many pickpockets at the bazaar. Also make sure to make a photocopy of your passport (main page and visa page) for identification in case you are approached by the police. The passport copy is enough to show, nothing else is required.

Location: Beishenalieva/Chui; 1.5 km from the hostel

Time Spent: 2-5 hours

Take marshrutka #132 from the western bus station; or walk down Jibek Jolu (across from the bus station) eastward until you reach the rosneft gas station, then take a right and continue until you reach the bazaar.

  1. Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Воскресенский собор)

Info: It was established in 1944 to replace one of the unfinished secretariat buildings. The building was designed by one of the prominent Soviet times architect Veryujskii. Today it is well taken care of and is often visited by catholic Russians.

Location: Jibek Jolu/Togolok Moldo; 2.5 km from the guesthouse.

Contact info:  0312325485; Entrance: Free

Office hours: from 7 am to 8 pm

Time spent: 1 -2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213, #214 from across the road on Jibek Jolu.

 

  1. State history museum (Исторический музей)

Info: The museum was established on 9th of December 1925. Today it has about 90 thousand museum objects. The pride of the museum is its archeological and ethnographic collections, materials that provide the information on state construction, development and achievements in economy, science and culture of the Soviet and sovereign Kyrgyzstan. It also has the materials about the prominent people of Kyrgyzstan.

Location: Kievskaya/Razzakov; 3.9 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312626097; Entrance: 30 som (adult); 10 som (kid)

Office hours: from 10 am to 5 pm (Mondays – closed)

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 on Jibek Jolu towards Fuchika and get off on Moskovskaya/Razzakova. Then walk down two blocks to get to Kievskaya.

 

  1. State museum of fine arts (Музей Михаила Фрунзе)

Info: Established in 1925 it is the first and only museum dedicated to life of Mikhail Frunze, one of the most famous Russian military. On the 1st of January 2001 there were about 6583 collections which include the personal clothes, dishes and library sent by the relatives of Mikhail Frunze. The whole atmosphere in the museum displays the life of Russians in Kyrgyzstan in 19th and 20th centuries.

Location: Logvinenko/Bokonbaevo; 4.5 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312660607; Entrance: 25 som (adult); 15 som (kids)

Office hours: from 9:30 to 5:30 pm (Mondays – closed)

Time spent: 1- 2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 on Jibek Jolu towards Fuchika and get off on Moskovskaya/Logvinenko. Walk up one block to get to Bokonbaevo.

 

*Cost of transportation:

By marshrutka: 10 som per person; by bus: 8 som per person

By taxi: 40 som initially + 12 som for every km per taxi (call 154/send sms to 1236)

 

  1. Kyrgyz national museum of fine arts named after Aitiev (Кыргызский национальный музей изобразительных искусств имени Айтиева)

Info: It was established on the 1st of January in 1935. Its first collections include 72 works from the Tretiakov gallery created by Russian artists which were personally picked by the founder of museum – Chuikov. Today there are about 18 thousand collections that showcase all stages of development of professional visual arts.

Location: Abdrahmanova/Abdymomunova; 4.2 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312661544; Entrance: 30 som (adult); 10 som (kid)

Office hours: from 10 am to 6 pm (Modays –closed)

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 from across the road on Jibek Jolu and get off on Jibek Jolu/Abdrahmanova (also known as Sovetskaya) Walk up one block to Abdrahmanova.

 

  1. Ala Too Square (Площадь Ала Тоо)

Info: The square was built in 1984 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Kyrgyz SSR. In 2003 Erkindik statue (the statue of freedom) replaced the statue of Lenin that was here before. Here you can observe the guards changing; ride bikes; take pictures. It serves as a platform for celebrating national holidays/events.

Location: Kievskaya/Razzakova; 3,9 km from the guesthouse

Time spent: 2-3 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 on Jibek Jolu towards Fuchika and get off on Moskovskaya/Razzakova. Walk down two blocks to Kievskaya.

 

*Cost of transportation:

By marshrutka: 10 som per person; by bus: 8 som per person

By taxi: 40 som initially + 12 som for every km per taxi (call 154 or send sms to 1236)

 

  1. Central Mosque (Центральная Мечеть)

Info: This mosque has been built in 1995 with the financial support of a Kyrgyz entrepreneur, Arabic sheikh and an Islamic fund. The mosque has 3 halls, the main of which can fit up to 600 people. On Fridays the territory of the mosque can fit up to 5-6 thousand people.

Location: Moskovskaya/Gogolya; 5.9 km from the guesthouse

Contact: 0312486536

Office hours: Open 24 hours

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 on Jibek Jolu towards Fuchika

 

  1. Aaly Tokombaev house museum (Доммузей Аалы Токомбаева)

Info: The Aaly Tokombaev museum has a collection of well presented displays on the life and times of this Kyrgyz literary icon. Relatives of the author maintain the building and are often on hand to answer any questions. All displays are in Russian/Kyrgyz – no English.

Location: Chuikova 109; 3.4 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312300357

Office hours: from 10 am to 5 pm (Mondays – closed)

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #114, and get off on Moskovskaya/Umetalieva. Walk up to Bokonbaevo/Umetalieva and turn left to Chuikova.

*Cost of transportation:

By marshrutka: 10 som per person; by bus: 8 som per person

By taxi: 40 som initially + 12 som for every km per taxi (call 154 or send sms to 1236)

 

  1. Toktogul literary museum (Литературный музей имени Токтогула)

Info: The museum was established on the 5th of October 1989 for the 125th anniversary of Toktogul Satylganov,  a famous Kyrgyz akyn, composer and komuz player. There are about 5000 collections of his at this museum. All over Kyrgyzstan there are 10 branches of this museum.

Location: Toktogula/Orozbekova; 4,6 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312623830; Entrance: 15 som (adult)

Office hours: from 9 am to 5 pm (Sat, Sun – off)

Time spent: 1- 2 hours

Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 on Jibek Jolu towards Fuchika and get off on Moskovskaya/Orozbekova. Walk down one block to Toktogula.

 

  1. Zoological Museum (Зоологический музей)

Info: Zoological museum was established on 30th of May 1926. It has expositions of animals, plants, coins, minerals etc. About 3000 people visit the museum annually. Since 2014 there are many art exhibitions as well master classes held for children.

Location: Chui 265 (Chui/Umetalieva); 2 km from the guesthouse

Contact info: 0312641980   www.zm.kg; Entrance: 30 som (adult); 10 som (kids)

Office hours: from 9 am to 5 pm; from 9 am to 3 pm (Saturday); (Mondays – closed)

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #132 at the west bus station and get off on Chui/Umetalieva. Walk back a little bit it should be on the left side if you are standing with your back to Osh bazaar.

 

  1. Dordoi Bazaar (Дордой базаар)

Info: It is a large wholesale and retail market in BishkekKyrgyzstan. It is one of Asia’s greatest public market places, comparable to Bangkok‘s Chatuchak weekend market orTehran’s Grand Bazaar. It’s been described by a Western journalist as “a modern monument to the power of raw commerce”

Location: Out of town ; 10 km from the guesthouse

Time spent: 3-4 hours

Take marshrutka # …   from the west bus station to get there. On the way take the marshrutka #252 to get to GOIN (Jibek Jolu/Sovetskaya), and catch another marshrutka #113,#114,#213,#214 to get to the west bus station.

 

  1. Ala Archa National Park (Национальный Парк Ала Арча)

Info: It  is an alpine national park in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, established in 1976, located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnicershikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well asmountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. The park is open year round, although the most popular season is late summer and early fall. Every May 1, the Alpinada festival sees hundreds of people camp out in the valley and climb Mount Komsomolets.

Location: Out of town; 40 km from the guesthouse

Entrance: 450 som per car

Time spent: 5-6 hours (by taxi) 7-8 hours (by marshrutka)

Take marshrutka #265 from Toktogul/Beishenalieva to Kashka Suu. From there walk for about an hour or hitchhike to the gates of the park. Then walk 12 km to the alplager.

*You can get a taxi at the reception.

One way is 1000 som + 450 som park entrance fee

Round trip is 2000 som + 450 som park entrance fee (taxi waiting period is 4-5 hours)

 

  1. Raritet Bookstore + Museum (Книжный магазин Раритет + Музей)

Info: At Raritet you can find English literature for sale/postcards/maps. In addition to the bookstore, there is a museum inside which has expositions of all the people that live in Kyrgyzstan. It is unique for its diversity.

Location: Pushkina 78 (Chui/Razzakova); 1 km from the guesthouse

Office hours: from 9 am to 6pm (Mon to Fri);from 10 am 6 pm(Sat);from 10am to 5 pm (Sun)

Contact info: 0312663302; 0312664524 Entrance: Free

Time spent: 1-2 hours

Take marshrutka #132 and get off on Chui/Razzakova.

 

  1. Panfilov park (Панфилов парк)

Info: It is a small recreation park where it is nice to walk around, ride some roller coasters, eat ice cream and just enjoy the atmosphere. You can ride a devil’s eye here to get an eagle view of the town.

Location: Frunze/Panfilova; 3,3 km from the guesthouse

Time spent: 2-3 hours; Entrance: Free

Take marshrutka # 113, #114, ,#213,#214 from across the road on Jibek Jolu and get off on Jibek Jolu/Panfilova and then walk up the block to Frunze.

 

Check out ApplehostelKG on social media for the update on the latest events/concerts in town!

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Bishkek

Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the center of fashion, politics and a»better» life for locals. There is a steady internal migration from rural areas to Bishkek during the past decade. However, since May 2015, Kyrgyzstan has become a part of the Customs Union. The good side of it is that it stimulates domestic production. As a result, some people are moving back to villages to work on agricultural projects. You can read about it more @https://www.opendemocracy.net/anna-yalovkina/as-kyrgyzstan-joins-customs-union-business-finds-itself-in-standby-mode

For tourists, Bishkek is a small town quite developed and influenced by the international public that we have here (French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Turkish among others). Yet it still has some remnants of the Soviet Union (a statue of Lenin in the city center close to Panfilov park and several other statues dedicated to the Soviet army soldiers)  It is quite small considering that it takes only 40 minutes by a mini-bus to move from one side of town to another. Transportation is well developed and could take you anywhere in town for just a little over 10 cents. The main attractions include Osh bazaar, White House, Ala Too square, Cum (the first shopping mall), a Russian orthodox church and a Central mosque, Panfilov and Victory Parks all of which are located within a walking distance to each other.

As for a traveller, Bishkek is a great place to stop in Central Asia. There are plenty of coffee shops and cafes with free wifi and a good speed. The atmosphere is quite relaxing, people are friendly, it is easy to move around and everything is pretty cheap ($3 for a meal on average; a bottle of beer is less than $1) In Bishkek you can sort out most of your visas (to India, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, with the hardest ones to get to China and Russia); get some work done (not crowded with tourists yet) and just enjoy life including its night clubs and entertainment centers.

Here is an article from Jonny, a travel blogger from Don’t Stop Living, about why he has spent more than a month in Bishkek @http://dontstopliving.net/why-im-spending-at-least-a-month-in-bishkek-magnetic-kyrgyzstan/

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