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Osh to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

By Sonyaandtravis

From Osh we headed to Bishkek, the road was described to be scenically spectacular so we hired a private driver for $100 which allowed us to stop along the way to take photos and enjoy the scenery.

Highlights along the route were Toktogul Lake and the two passes, Ala-Bel Pass at 3184m and Tor-Ashuu Pass at 3586m, both were snowing at the time and the valleys were white-washed with snow. It was quite surreal having come from lush green vegetation with poppy sprinkled meadows only a few hours before.

In Bishkek stayed at a very local guesthouse – the Bishkek Guesthouse – run by a pair of Uzbek brothers who are barely out of their teens. The guesthouse was basically a three bed, one bathroom apartment on the seventh floor. It was cosy, to say the least, as the place also doubled as some form of student accommodation.

There wasn’t too much to do in Bishkek, the usual monuments of Lenin, the Osh Bazaar and museums. We wandered around observing the locals (which were comprised of Kyrgyz, Russians, and Ukrainians).  The city itself did not present anything particularly memorable, except for a local scammer who imitated a police officer requesting my passport at the bustling Osh Bazaar – if I had handed it to him I suspect I would have had to pay to get it back.

Toktogul Reservoir
Toktogul Reservoir
Driving through goats, a normal Kyrgyz day
Toktogul Reservoir
Local Kyrgyz man happy to see us
Picturesque mountain scenery along the Naryn River
Picturesque mountain scenery along the Naryn River
Picturesque mountain scenery along the Naryn River
Goats grazing on the mountains
Green turning into white in Kyrgyzstan
Travis at the snow covered Ala-Bel Pass
Ala-Bel Pass Kyrgyzstan
Ala-Bel Pass Kyrgyzstan


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