One of the least visited tourist spots in the landlocked Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is a wild adventure waiting for you. Until very recently, Kyrgyzstan opened their doors to tourism and is visa free for residents of U.A.E who holds a valid Emirati residence visa. If you are into rugged, yet painting-like scenery, and are looking for some yurt-dwelling shepherds on a budget, then Kyrgyzstan is a must-visit for you. Here are some reasons why you should visit Kyrgyzstan.
1. Visa – Free for U.A.E Residents
Starting August this year, UAE residents can visit Kyrgyzstan visa-free for a stretch of 30 days. All you need is a valid UAE residence visa and you can obtain a one month tourist visa to the Kyrgyzstan Republic. Click here to know more visa related details.
2. Highly Accessible Stunning Landscapes
Kyrgyzstan has some of the most stunning landscapes that one can come across – The Issyk Kul Lake with turquoise blue water that is rich in minerals, the mighty Ala Archa National park that is 4895 meters in height with 50 mountain peaks, the once flourishing ancient Silk Route in Burana and the vast freshwater Song Kul Lake . With wildflowers and high altitudes, you will be drawn more into the wilderness and lush valleys of this country. Not to mention it is extremely accessible to tourists as there are ample of options of transportation like shared cabs, long-distance buses and rented vans.
3. Most Accessible Nomad Culture
The ethnic population of Kyrgyzstan are the nomadic people who are on constant move with their pastures. Yurts are portable, sturdy tents covered in felts and are the traditional dwelling places of pastoral nomads here. During summers they settle along the hiking trails with their yurts. The nomads of Kyrgyzstan are extremely welcoming and hospitable to tourists and you are welcome to spend a night with them in their yurt and enjoy a hot meal with the family. Taking a closer peak to their culture is one of the top things to do in Kyrgyzstan.
4. A Hiker’s Paradise
The mountains and altitudes are one of the tourist attractions in Kyrgyzstan. Hence the mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan offers not only a scenic view but also endless trekking opportunities to all the hiking enthusiasts. The trails are for everyone, whether you are a beginner or a pro and not to forget the nomads in their yurt are always there to welcome you if you wish to take a break and your breath.
5. The Silk Route Heritage Sites
Unlike its neighbors, Kyrgyzstan’s Silk Route isn’t very well known. But the sites are stunning and epic as they are located as high as 3000 mts above sea level and in the middle of no where. It is almost impossible to believe that thousands of traders must have traveled through all these greenery, mountains and trails with their camels and horses for centuries! This is by far one of the most unusual things to do in Kyrgyzstan.
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6. Kyrgyzstan is Still Untouched by Tourism
Since Kyrgyzstan has recently opened up its gates to the world and has been made visa free for a lot of countries including the UAE, the tourist impact here isn’t too much. The roads are not crowded, the streets are clean, the crime rate is still one of the lowest, there are no tourist-traps and the cost of souvenirs and gifts don’t change as per tourists.
7. Kyrgyzstan Offers Tasty, Halal-friendly Food
Wondering what to eat in Kyrgyzstan? The food is a beautiful fusion with delightful inspiration from Asia, Turkey and Russia with a lot of bread, meat, rice, potatoes, hot soups and their version of dumplings. Most of the eateries and street food have halal-friendly options making it a Muslim- friendly country as well. If you want to know more information about restaurants, cafes and nightlife, then go through our Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide.
8. Hunting with the Eagles
Eagles are the national bird of Kyrgyzstan. You will come across a lot of nomads holding up their eagles for demonstration in summers but the real eagle-hunting (traditionally known as Salbuurun in Kyrgyzstan) happens in winters. Tourists can watch these majestic eagles hunting for their masters. An obvious Kyrgyzstan attraction, this particular skill, even though not practiced anymore for survival is still taught to every passing generation and is an integral part of the Kyrgyzstan culture.
9. Home Stay Options
When you visit Kyrgyzstan, you will realize that the locals are extremely charming and welcoming. If you are wondering where to stay in Kyrgyzstan, then worry not, a lot of locals offer accommodation in their yurts, guest houses, family homes at affordable rates. Staying with the locals is the best way to experience this nation.
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