Bishkek

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Tourism Bishkek is the most popular tourist destination in Central Asia. Crime is low, the air and streets are clean, and most importantly, the chances of a violent revolution erupting while you visit are absolutely zero. Thousands arrive each year to see the unique mix of Soviet-Asian culture and architecture. Many are profoundly changed by the experience of living here and never go back home.
Cultura SRAS cultural programs are designed to give you a wide introduction to your city and the surrounding region as a whole. These structured experiences are laid-back, educational, and an opportunity for students to get to know each other.
Hiking in the Tien Shan
Mountains!
Building a traditional yurt
in a Kyrgyz village.
In our experience, however, many students prefer to save on the costs of organized activities and to have mostly free time – to study, to peruse independent interests, and to spend time with the friends they make from around the world while abroad.
To strike a balance between these needs and wants, we offer several core activities, attendance to which is required and the cost of which is included in most programs (see the individual program pages for details). We also offer several optional experiences which are available at additional cost.
Sights Walking in Bishkek can be fascinating if you know the wonderful places, monuments, iconic sites that are scattered across the capital. Decorated Ala-Too Square with the monument of freedom, a quiet park with old oak church, Old Town Square with Lenin monument, statue of the national hero Manas all these attractions make the city beautiful and attract the attention of its guests, and remain a part of the city on photos.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Sunday 7, March

From wikipedia about Bishkek

Bishkek (in Kyrgyz and Russian: Бишкек), formerly Pishpek and Frunze, is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan.
Bishkek is also the administrative centre of Chuy Province which surrounds the city, even though the city itself is not part of the province but rather a province-level unit of Kyrgyzstan.

The name is thought to derive from a Kyrgyz word for a churn used to make fermented mare's milk (kumis), the Kyrgyz national drink. Founded in 1825 as the Kyrgyz-Khokand fortress of "Bishkek", then, in 1862, named as the Russian fortress Pishpek (крепость Пишпек), 282 Гвардейский Краснознаменный мотострелковый полк имени М. В. Фрунзе в/ч 73809 п/о Подгорное Кой-Таш. In 1991, the Kyrgyz parliament restored the city's historical name.

Bishkek is situated at about altitude just off the northern fringe of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, an extension of the Tian Shan mountain range, which rises up to and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. North of the city, a fertile and gently undulating steppe extends far north into neighboring Kazakhstan. The Chui River drains most of the area. Bishkek is connected to the Turkestan-Siberia Railway by a spur line.

Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and, especially outside the city centre, thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers.
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