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Kyrgyzstan (official the Kyrgyz Republic) is a landlocked country in central central Asia. It is bordered by Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan,

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated as being 5,482,000. The country's capital and largest city is Bishkek, which, as of 2007, had an estimated population of about 1.25 million.

Kyrgyzstan Country Details


Country Name Kyrgyzstan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Principal Languages
  • Kyrgyz
  • Russian
  • Capital Bishkek


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    Kyrgyzstan (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Laurence Mitchell

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    One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Kyrgyzstan has it all: glorious mountain scenery, a rich nomadic tradition, Silk Road monuments and thrilling wildlife. Author and seasoned traveler Laurence Mitchell is an expert in the country and in this fully updated edition details all the services and experiences on offer, including trekking, mountaineering, horse riding, historical sites, festivals and Kyrgyz culture. Of all the Central Asian ex-Soviet states, Kyrgyzstan is widely considered to be the least expensive and offer the best value for money. It is also by far the easiest to enter as visas are no longer required for most passport holders.
    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Anna Kaminski & Jenny Walker

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2018-06-19
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet Central Asia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Enjoy booming Almaty’s cafes, clubs and shops, wind through rugged mountains past ancient tombs, hot springs, and remote Kyrgyz yurt camps on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway; and wonder at the architecture in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of central Asia and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Central Asia:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, art, literature, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, Islam in Central Asia, the Silk Road, Central Asia today
    • Covers Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Central Asia is our most comprehensive guide to the region, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat sights.

    Travelling further afield? Check out Lonely Planet’s Mongolia, China and Iran guides for a comprehensive look at all those countries have to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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    City Guide to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    By Stephen Stocks

    Independently published
    Paperback (65 pages)

    City Guide to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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    This guide unearths the treasures of Bishkek. It gives detailed cultural and historical insights on all points of interests, and includes practical easy-to-follow maps and walking tours. 

    Most guidebooks skip over Bishkek or only give the most rudimentary of overviews. This is a shame, as Bishkek has a lot to offer if you just scratch the surface. The reality is that Bishkek is a wonderfully green and leafy city, with a permanently snow-capped backdrop of the Ala-Too mountain range. With a strong Soviet flavour, and many buildings from that era lending an unforgettable atmosphere, the ravages of globalisation have passed the city by. 

    As in the time of the Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian region again lie at a global crossroads. There is no better time to get reacquainted and to experience Bishkek, one of its biggest cities; its unique blend of culture, history, religion, language and peoples will live with you forever, and this guide will help you get the most out of your visit.

    The book is organised into readily digestible chunks:

    • Getting to know Bishkek gives a brief history of the city and examines its history, geography and demographics.
    • Part 1 delves into the two landmark markets of Bishkek, if not the whole of Central Asia, the Osh and Dordoi bazaars.
    • Part 2 takes a close look at Chuy Avenue and its major sights, split into four short walking tours.
    • Part 3 investigates the religious scene in Bishkek and visits some of the most notable churches and mosques.
    • Part 4 takes a break from Bishkek and looks at some of the spectacular hikes on the city’s doorstep. It also explores the Burana Tower and the ancient site of Balasagun.
    • Part 5 gives you all the practical information you need to prepare for a trip to Kyrgyzstan.
    Roaming Kyrgyzstan: Beyond the Tourist Track
    By Jessica Jacobson

    Brand: iUniverse
    Paperback (216 pages)

    Roaming Kyrgyzstan: Beyond the Tourist Track
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    The small, mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan contains a surprising number of natural wonders, scenic beauty and cultural treasures. From the national pearl of Lake Issyk-Kul to world class skiing at bargain prices, horseback rides across vast empty plains, or a night in a shepherd's yurt, travelers will find ample opportunities for unforgettable experiences.Roaming Kyrgyzstan provides practical tips on travel, lodging, cuisine and activities for those who want to get an insider's view of the country. You'll find the best whitewater rafting, where to go for succulent lamb kebabs and how to get a peek at Kyrgyz weddings.Suitable for adventure traveler, the business visitor and the expatriate, the book guides visitors beyond the typical tourist destinations into the experience of Kyrgyz life and culture.In addition to travel tips, Roaming Kyrgyzstan contains a series of vignettes from the author's two and a half years living in Kyrgyzstan.She tells of her colleague who was kidnapped to become a wife, of a typical meal in a southern teahouse and of circumnavigating Lake Issyk-Kul solo by bike. These provide an inside view into the people, places, cultures and traditions of this magical, hospitable, and fascinating country.
    The Force of Custom: Law and the Ordering of Everyday Life in Kyrgyzstan (Central Eurasia in Context)
    By Judith Beyer

    University of Pittsburgh Press
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    The Force of Custom: Law and the Ordering of Everyday Life in Kyrgyzstan (Central Eurasia in Context)
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    The Force of Custom presents a finely textured ethnographic study that sheds new light on the legal and moral ordering of everyday life in northwestern Kyrgyzstan. Through her extensive fieldwork and firsthand experience, Judith Beyer reveals how Kyrgyz in Talas province negotiate proper behavior and regulate disputes by invoking custom, known to the locals as salt. While salt is presented as age-old tradition, its invocation is shown to be a highly developed and flexible rhetorical strategy that people adapt in order to meet the challenges of contemporary political, legal, economic, and religious environments. Officially, codified state law should take precedence when it comes to dispute resolution, yet the unwritten laws of salt and the increasing importance of Islamic law provide the standards for ordering everyday life. As Beyer further demonstrates, interpretations of both Islamic and state law are also intrinsically linked to salt.
                By interweaving case studies on kinship, legal negotiations, festive events, mourning rituals, and political and business dealings, Beyer shows how salt is the binding element in rural Kyrgyz social life and how it is used to explain and negotiate moral behavior and to postulate communal identity. In this way, salt provides a time-tested, sustainable source of authentication that defies changes in government and the shifting tides of religious movements.
    Life at the Edge of the Empire: Oral Histories of Soviet Kyrgyzstan
    By Sam Tranum

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    The 35 oral histories in this English-language anthology touch on events including: Urkun; World War I; sedentarization; collectivization; World War II; the post-war reconstruction period; Stalin s death; the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras; independence; and privatization. The interviewees talk about language, religion, the roles of men and women in society, their school days, their war experiences, migration issues, deported nationalities, agriculture, food, and entertainment. The first edition was published with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American University of Central Asia. This is the second edition.
    Kyrgyzstan: A Climber's Map & Guide
    By Garth Willis

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    Kyrgyzstan: A Climber s Map & Guide
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    Here lie unclimbed 5000-meter peaks, virgin granite walls, and thousand-foot smears of ice--enough to make a mountaineer's heart race.

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