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City Guide : BishkekBishkek is both the capital and the biggest city of Kyrgyz Republic. Although it does not have any direct connection to Chuy region, the management of this region is also under Bishkek’s control. In the Soviet Union period the city was being called as Frunze in the memory of a Bolshevik leader soldier Mikhail Frunze. Bishkek is a city of wide roads, marble governmental buildings and Soviet style tall blocks. The city was designed almost like a chess board with its narrow waterways to water the trees stand on the both sides of the street. The trees which were watered by this way also make the city look more beautiful along with their shading duty.
Tourist AttractionsBishkek which was one of the new cities in Chui Valley does not have very important history. Bishkek is very suitable for mountain tracking journeys cover Issyk Kul and other areas in the south.
The main square of the city often hosts the political demonstrations and festivals. Between the Square and the Parliament building stands The National Museum. The statue of Lenin which is situated on the north side of the building was on the south side during Soviet Regime. Kyrgyz history is on the first and second floor and the materials lighten the unchanged improvements since Soviet regime are being exhibited. Also Governmental History Museum situated at the square. Panfilova, the park of entertainment, is in between the Parliament Building and White House. White House, the main governmental building, is a very posing building covered with 7 layers of marble. There is Ivan Panfilov statue in the park close to that building.
Bishkek train station was built in 1946 by war convicts and stood with no renewals since then. Its historical structure is quite impressive. Mikhail Frunze’s on horse statue, which situated on the Erkindik Boulevard right opposite to the station, also worth seeing.
Culture & EntertainmentBishkek has a population mainly of young people who also find the night life so lively. Both Russian and Middle Easian life styles mixes to each other so perfectly.
For the ones who want to observe the culture of Kirghiz, the Government Applied Art Museum is a good choice. There the Kirghiz handcrafts are being exhibited.
Food & DrinkA typical Kirghiz menu generally contains bread, rice and potato. Generally lamb or beef is used. Shashlyk is made of fried and pickled lamb or beef. It was very popular in Soviet period. Samsi, which is again a traditional dish, is very common among local people. Samsi, which has cooked …. With beef or chicken and fried onion, is one of the favourites for lunch.
The number of restaurants is raising everyday in Bishkek. “Gamburger” which is a local modification of American hamburgers is also very famous. It is made of sliced doner, lettuce, cucumber, parsley and ketchup served in two slices of round bread.
ShoppingThe Osh Bazaar is the liveliest bazaar located on the Westside of the city. It is a bazaar where you can find more than hundred types of food. If you are looking for a souvenir or a gift, the best choice is the traditional hat made of goat hair special to Kyrgyz Republic. You should also see fairly expensive Kyrgyz carpets which have traditional patterns.
The Silk Road by Bicycle
When I cross from Iran into Turkmenistan I have a tough road ahead of me: 500 km of asphalt into Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert. Temperatures are above 55 C. The headwind is terrible: it brings in it much sand and this week it has been stronger than usual. I make good progress in the early hours, but at midmorning the wind starts to be unbearable. I decide to ride at night. I try to see it as the epitome of adventure traveling and I think of Alexandra David-Néel and my fascination with her journey to Lasha in 1927, traveling only by night in order not to be discovered and be able to progress across mystical Tibet, at the time forbidden to foreigners.
Near the Oxus the desert ends, and Uzbekistan, with its historical cities begins. Bukhara stuns me; it goes beyond my expectations developed on several years of daydreaming through exotic readings. The myriad mosques and madrassahs, the archways of the bazaars, the backstreets of the old city retain the charm of an epoch now gone. There are few cars, few noises, no shops with neon lights. There is harmony; even hearing the different languages from tourist groups is a reminder of how cosmopolitan this place was, full of Jews, Afghans, Armenians, Russians, Persians, Chinese and Hindus. I leave Bukhara with anticipation as I am setting off to meet what I have been idealizing for years: the city of Samarkand. My Ancient Rome ancestors used to say: “Nomen est omen”, it is all in the name. Samarkand is the ultimate destination for lovers of epic journeys; for anyone who spent nights awake reading Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Emilio Salgari, and dreaming of exotic countries. It is because how it sounds. Just say it: Sa-mar-kand. It awakes the imagination and the lust for travels. Timbuctu, Maracaibo, Zanzibar have magic in their name too, putting a spell on travelers to attract them for life. To make the journey to Samarkand is to graduate as a seasoned traveler.
Leaving Samarkand marks the beginning of the mountains. After much desert, the road will start ascending, with much ups and downs. I will cross the Pamirs, the roof of the world, where the mighty mountain ranges of Asia generate: over 40,000m of positive elevations trough Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, before I reach Kashgar in China, roughly five times ascending Mt Everest.
The most memorable moments in this trip has been my night in local households . Every day, at around six in the afternoon, when men are heading back home after working in the fields or taking care of their small business ventures in the villages, I start my search for food and shelter. I call it generating benevolence: it entails finding a human being and having him willing to draw on the basic human values of hospitality and assistance by way of sympathy, necessity and interest. Abdullo, in a cotton-field village near the border between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, cut grapes from his vine as soon as I arrive, Dr Shadman, the pharmacist in the mountain village of Boysun, south of Samarkand, went to the bazaar to buy meat, Pisando, near the summit of the Kabukabot pass in Tajikistan, walked to the house of his neighbor to get a watermelon, Najiba, at the Pamiri village across the river from Afghanistan, opened the home made syrup of apricot and strawberry reserved for special occasions. Often my host calls his relatives or friends to parade me as a subject of exotic interest, proud of me staying in his home. Women would prepare a special meal, sometimes very simple and modest but still out of the ordinary for my host. At down breakfast is prepared with tea, bread and biscuits. I leave some money which is promptly refused at first but later accepted and the family sees me off after giving me something for the road such as few tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts or the dried fruits of the mulberry tree. Generating benevolence results in comfort, the warmth feeling of being given intimacy and the intellectual satisfaction of seeing something more than the surface.
Andrea Oschetti, is an Italian living in Hong Kong. In 2008 he crowned his management consulting career by finding the strength to leave the corporate world, follow his passions and re-invent himself as a private chef, a photographer and an explorer. His journeys can be followed at www.fioreblu.com
Ticket Sales Offices : Bishkek
|THY Sales Office - Bishkek|
|Address||720040 Abdrahmanova str.136|
|Phone||+996 (312) 301600/301700/301800|
|Fax||+996 (312) 301993|
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|Address||MANAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/2ND FLOOR BISHKEK|
|Phone||+996 (312) 693563|
|Fax||+996 (312) 693477|
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|Address||Manas İnternational Airport THY office 2nd floor|
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|Address||Kievskaya Str. No:107 Bişkek 720001, KYRGYZSTAN /// Manas İntl. Airport, Cargo Terminal, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|Phone||+996 (312) 611116 /// +996 (312) 69 33 82|
|Fax||+996 312 61 11 13|
Bishkek : Airport Information
Address : Joint Stock Company "Manas International Airport” Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, 720062 Phone : +996 312 693109
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