Things to do in & around Cholpon Ata

  1. Historical Museum (across the road from Apple hostel)

Entrance ticket: 50 som per person ~ 2 hours.
Open: From 9 am to 5 pm.

  1. Cultural Center Ruh Ordo (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Entrance ticket: 400 som per person ~2 hours

Within 10 min walking distance from the hostel towards Karakol.
Open: 9 am to 5 pm.

  1. Issyk Kul beach shore (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Free entrance for unlimited time. Always open.

Within 10 min walking distance from Apple hostel

  1. Petroglyphs (saimaluu tash – directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata) Entrance ticket: 50 som per person ~ 2 hours. Guided tour is extra 50 som (for a group) Always open.

Taxi round trip: 300 som (waiting period at the museum: up to 1 hour)

Within 1-hour walking distance from Apple hostel (30 min by the main road, 30 min up to the mountain) (walk towards Bishkek and turn right after the BP gas station towards the mountains)

  1. Cholpon Ata bazaar (by the Bishkek Petroleum gas station)

Free entrance. Marshrutka: 10 som. Open: 8 am to 6 pm.

Within 30 min walking towards Bishkek from Apple hostel, on your left.

  1. Weekly Yarmarka in Bosteri village. The fair takes place every Saturday & Sunday. Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 10 km. Marshrutka: 10 som.
  2. Horseback-riding  at hippodrome. 300 som per hour

Taxi round trip: 200 som. Open: after 5 pm.

Within 45 min walking towards Karakol.

  1. Eagle Hunting. A professional demonstration can be organized, ask the receptionist.

6000 som for a group of 3. Duration: ~2 hours. Always open.

  1. Yacht Club (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Boat ride ticket: 300 som per person for 2 hours

Taxi round trip: 300 som

Within 20 min walking towards Bishkek from the hostel, and 30 min walking towards the beach. Open: 9 am to 6 pm.

  1. Shyrdak making master class in Tamchy (ask reception) distance from the hostel: 36 km

1500 som per group (1-5). Duration: ~2 hours

  1. Visit a famous local artist Orozbai aba, who created 30 kyrgyz traditional instruments and can play on 15 of them – (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata) distance from the hostel: 40 km. Free entrance.

Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som per person

  1. Grigorevskoe gorge (Take a marshrutka towards Karakol for 30 min, ask the driver to be dropped off at Grigorevskoe ushele, follow the mountainous path up) Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 33 km. Always open.

Marshrutka cost: 50-70 som

  1. Semenovskoe gorge (Take a marshrutka towards Karakol for 40 min, ask the driver to be dropped off at Semenovskoe ushele, follow the mountainous path up) Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 40 km. Always open.

Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som

  1. Snow Leopard Rehabilitation Center. There are 5 snow leopards that are being cared at the centre. The centre is located right at the entrance to Ananevo village up in the mountains. Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 50 km. Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som. Open: after 6 pm.
    * you need permission to get in
  2. Hot springs in Chon Oruktuu (10 min drive from Semenovskoe gorge towards Karakol) Distance from the hostel: 50 km

Entrance ticket: 200 som per person for 2 hours

Taxi for a round trip: 1500 som for a group (1-4)

Open: 8 am to 8 pm.

 

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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