Flights to Kyrgyzstan – The Switzerland of Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country, largely covered by the mountainous Tien-Shan (heavenly mountains) region. Hence, it is also dubbed ‘The Switzerland of Central
Asia’. The country is located in Central Asia, bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, with Bishkek being the capital. It has three UNESCO World
Heritage Sites, which include The Tien-Shan mountain range, Sulaiman Mountain, and the routes that formed the historic Silk Road. Kyrgyzstan is the rocky ridges, green
pastures, unspoiled mountains, the never-freezing Lake ‘Issyk-Köl’, and vast walnut-fruit forests. Spend some nights in yurts (circular tents of the ‘Kyrgyz’ or
nomads) with the traditional families, for a truly wonderful, rustic experience.
Best time to visit
Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate, with dry, hot summers, and extremely cold winters. The summer season from June to October is best for holidaying in Kyrgyzstan.
It is ideal for hiking up the mountains, horse-riding, cycling, rafting, and exploring major attractions, unlike in the winters when traveling to major areas is
hindered by heavy snowfall. Participate in events like Sabantui, Tash Bashat Carpet Festival, Horse Games Festival, Independence Day, and At Chabysh Festival, held in
summer. If you are keen on going for eagle-hunting and skiing, then the bitter winter season from November to March is ideal. Nooruz and Bishkek Jazz Festival also
take place during winter.
How to reach Kyrgyzstan
Manas International Airport is Kyrgyzstan’s main airport, located at about 25 km from Bishkek, with very good connectivity to and from different countries. Getting
around the city is inexpensive via mini-buses, called ‘Marshrutki’, trolleybuses, and taxis. Have a safe flight via top domestic and international airlines, such as
Malaysia Airlines, Air Astana, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Vistara, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Air India, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, etc. They provide
several direct and connecting flights from India to Bishkek every week. You can find the lowest fare via our Lowest Fare Finder while booking.
Places to stay
Various accommodation options are available in Kyrgyzstan, such as budget hotels, five-star hotels, campsites, homestays, Bed and Breakfasts, guesthouses, Community
Based Tourism (CBT), eco-lodges, hostels, etc. Frunze Street, Ibraimova Street, Baitik Baatyr Street, Abdrahmanov Street, Orozbekova Street, and Mederova Street are
the areas in Bishkek with good tourist accommodation. The hotel tariff for one night ranges from INR 8,000 to INR 16,000, approximately.
Visit the top attractions in Bishkek, such as the Ala Archa National Park, Burana Tower, Erkindik Statue, Panfilov Park, State History Museum, Osh Bazaar, Ala-Too
Square, Gapar Aitiev Fine Arts Museum, Manas Statue, Bishkek Park, Konorchek Canyons, Issyk-Ata Gorge, and M V Frunze Museum. Do not miss the UNESCO World Heritage
Sites of Sulaiman Mountain, The Tien-Shan mountain range, and the ancient routes that formed the historic Silk Road.
Issyk-Kul Lake in Karakol, known as the ‘Pearl of Tien-Shan’, is one of the world's largest mountain lakes. The name means ‘warm sea’ because it never freezes.
Mountain Sulaiman-Too in Osh is a sacred place with historic remains. Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) in the Issyk-Kul Province, is truly a scenic retreat. The
Sary Chelek Reserve features seven alpine lakes and myriad bird species and wild animals.
Altyn Arashan, Karakol Ski Base, Ala Kul Lake, Monument N.M. Przhevalsky, Lenin Peak, and Tash Rabat offer breathtaking scenery, as well as opportunities for trekking,
skiing, and horse-riding.
Shopping in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan offers various unique handicraft items for you to buy. Traditional costumes, pottery, Kyrgyz shyr-daks (heavy rugs), silver scabbards for daggers, Kamchis
(traditional Kyrgyz whip), tea bowls, homemade honey and jam, tushuks (decorative Kyrgyz sleeping mats), and Central Asian Chess Sets make great gifts and souvenirs.
Alamedin and Osh bazaars, Chui and Manas Avenue, Tumar Art Salon, Tsum Center, Bishkek Park, as well as Asahi Ecological Art and Handicraft Shop are the best shopping
areas in Bishkek.
Traditional foods of Kyrgyzstan involve beef, mutton, horse meat, and dairy products, influenced by the nomadic way of life. You must savor their delectable dishes
such as Besh Barmak (shaved lamb dish), Oromo (meat dish), Ashlyam Fu (a spicy, cold soup made of meat), Paloo (rice with meat), Laghman (Kyrgyzstan noodles), and
shashlik (mutton skewer). Try the popular beverages like Kumis (made by fermenting mare’s milk) and Maksym (fizzy drink by grain fermentation).
•Which are the budget airlines to Kyrgyzstan?
Air Astana is the budget airline to Kyrgyzstan
•What is the time difference between India and Kyrgyzstan?
Kyrgyzstan is 30 minutes ahead of India.
•What is the average flight duration from major Indian metros to Bishkek?
Delhi to Bishkek – 6 hours
Bangalore to Bishkek – 11 hours
Chennai to Bishkek – 12 hours and 15 minutes
Surat to Bishkek – 20 hours and 20 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Kyrgyzstan?
Tashkent, Dubai, Amritsar, and Istanbul are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Kyrgyzstan.
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