Where to stay
Hotels: Zhyldyz, KOK-ART Hotel Jalal-Abad, Jannat Regency Jalal-Abad
Guest houses: Guest House EtnoDom, Guest House Good Night
What to see
This is a specially protected natural territory of the country on the Chatkal and Atoinak ranges, in the Aksy district of Jalal-Abad region. In 1979, the reserve was included in the UNESCO International Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The Biosphere Reserve has become one of the most popular places in Kyrgyzstan for hiking among locals and tourists.
A resort in the Bazar-Korgon district. It is located 690 kilometers from Bishkek. The resort consists of five villages: Arstanbab, Gumkana, Belterek, Zhai-Terek, Zharadar.
This is a city next to which there is a reservoir formed by the Toktogul hydroelectric dam on the Naryn River. Here you can swim and fish.
Shah Fazil Mausoleum
The mausoleum included in the complex of religious buildings dating back to the Karakhanid era. This is a whole complex of the sacred mountain Archa-Mazar with the mausoleum of Alamberdar and the cave of the Holy hermit, the place of execution of 2700 soldiers of Islam, a mosque, a vertically installed stone, the mausoleum of Shah Fazil and the mausoleum of Safed-Boulon.
The complex has become a Muslim shrine, a place of worship for many pilgrims.
Juniper, spruce, wild blackberry and barberry grow on the slopes of the mountains surrounding the Chychkan Gorge. There flows a stormy river, which is also called Chychkan and flows into the Toktogul reservoir. There is also a hunting reserve in the gorge, where capricorn, roe deer, wild boar, argali and other wild animals are protected.
The canyon is notable for its stunning view of the blue and full-flowing Naryn.
What to try
Trout is praised in Toktogul — tasty, inexpensive and fast.
Local traditional homemade tandoor bread. Definitely worth a try.
Traditional soup with mash and rice.
Pilaf is a dish that is worth trying in every city and every country in Central Asia. After all, all recipes are different. Always satisfying and delicious.
You will find local manta rays in almost all establishments, one of the most popular dishes in the region.
What to do
Let the locals show you the unique cultural and gastronomic possibilities of Jalal-Abad. Here you can find both classic gastronomic tours and city tours, as well as visit interesting master classes.
Cover photo source: economist.kg