Osh is one of Kyrgyzstan’s biggest cities with plenty of see and do (and eat!). Here are our top recommendations on what to see and do in Osh.
One of the Central Asia’s biggest market, you can basically find everything in there. Some of the stands are in containers, which can be surprising, but everything is well organized. From food to traditional hats, huge woolen socks to pencils and notebooks, don’t miss this interesting and colourful experience !
Open every day
One of the nicest place of the city, Navoi Park is located all along the river, at the end of the bazaar. Here you can hang out with your new local friends, watch some chess tournament or play billard, win a giant teddy bear after shootig some balloons… Not only a good amusement park with old fashioned merry-go-round, but also a pleasant area to stroll around.
Open every day
In Kyrgyz «Solomon’s Throne». This little hill dominates the city and is its best view point. After 20 minutes of climbing, you will be able to see the whole Osh city. On the way, have a stop to one of the caves, they supposedly have different kind of miraculous powers. It’s also a muslim pilgrimage place because the prophet Mohammed once prayed there.
Open from 9 am to 8 pm
Ticket : 20 soms
Osh regional museum
It displays lots of acheological, geological and ethographic items, pictures, historical documents and traditional handicrafts. Unfortunately, not everything is translated in english.
Open from 9 am to 6 pm (lunch break from 12 to 1 pm)
Ticket : 50 soms
Fine arts museum
Nice museum with collections from the soviet area to contemporary arts. Next to it, you can see a 11th/12th century hammam.
Open from 9 am to 5 pm
Ticket : 25 soms
If you are traveling since a while in Central Asia, it’s probably not your first Lenin statue. This one is one of the most impressive of the region though, and it’s facing the city hall with its massive kyrgyz flag.
- If you are going to travel next in the Pamir/if you arrive from Tajikistan or Uzbekistan and still have some local currencies with you, go to the so-called black market street, it will be the only place in the region where you would be able to exchange them. They accept even small bills. The rates are not so bad and you can also exchange euros and dollars at a better rate than in regular banks.