Emerald water reservoirs in the valleys and snow-white rugged peaks, magical lakes and desert landscapes, places that hold evidence of historical eras. Check the full guide: https://tripsteer.co/roadtrip-western-kyrgyzstan/
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All of Kyrgyzstan is located in mountainous terrain, and even the capital Bishkek is 800 meters above sea level. And literally in 120 kilometers after leaving the city to the southwest toward Osh is a three thousand-meter pass To-Ashu. The Bishkek-Osh highway connects the two largest cities of the country – the official capital in the north and the southern capital. The road is of good quality, although there are small gravel sections in places. But the views on the route are delightful. Around you will find snow-white mountain peaks over 4,000 meters and many places where you want to stop for pictures (for example, here – 42.365433, 73.816756, with a particularly spectacular view from the top of the pass to the serpentine).
Kyrgyzstan is a country not only of beautiful Tien Shan mountains, but also of incredible scenic lakes. One of the most spectacular is in the north of the Jalal-Abad region. From Kara-Kul we continue along the road to the south. The highway leads along the Naryn River, which for about 40 kilometers to the town of Kyzyl Beit is quite wide and of an unusual blue color.
The high-mountain village of Arslanbob (1600 meters) is located in a dead end, there is no through road through it. It is known first of all for its walnut forests, with which a curious legend is connected. Alexander the Great visited these places during his expeditions to Bactria. He liked the walnuts and took them with him to his homeland, where they began to grow. The walnut forests growing around Arslanbob are very old indeed – some of the trees are about 1,000 years old.
On the way to Osh you can stop in Uzgen. Despite its small size, it is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia with a history of more than 2,000 years. Uzgen was one of the capitals of ancient dynasty of Karakhanids – Turkic state of 10-12 centuries. From those ancient times a beautiful mausoleum of the Karakhanid dynasty and a minaret more than 40 meters high, left from a mosque of the same era, have been preserved in the center of the city.
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