Located in the north of Kyrgyzstan, just 15km from the border to Kazakhstan, Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan which with over 900000 inhabitants is home to one sixth of the population of Kyrgyzstan. The city is relatively unimpressive, but is interesting because it contains a large number of Soviet era buildings and one of the last still existing Lenin statues. Due to the abundance of water, Bishkek is one of the greener cities in Central Asia and in the summers relatively pleasant. There is not too much to see in Bishkek, but Bishkek is a good place where to organise trips across Kyrgyzstan. Near Bishkek lies the Ala Archa national park, which can be easily visited as a day trip from Bishkek. Bishkek has an international airport with direct flights to Istanbul, Astana and Ulan Bator. Bishkek is a relatively young city, having been founded in 1878 on the site of a Russian garrison.

01 Statue of Manas 02 Statue of Manas 03 Ala-Too square and Manas statue 04 National historical museum and fountain
05 National historical museum and fountain 06 Flag of Kyrgyzstan 07 Ala-Too square
08 Ala-Too square 09 Ala-Too square
10 Fountain on Ala-Too square 11 National historical museum 12 Communist bill 13 Statue of Lenin 14 Statue of Lenin
15 Government of the republic of Kyrgyzstan 16 Girls on bicycles in Panfilov park 17 Panfilov park 18 Monument
19 Parliament 20 Parliament
21 Parliament 22 Unions house 23 Unions house 24 Technical college
25 Philharmonic hall 26 Philharmonic hall 27 Spire 28 Bishkek city hall
29 Statue of Manas 01 Soldier monument 02 Soldier monument 03 Lamp in Faiza restaurant 04 Faiza restaurant
05 Ata-Beyit memorial 06 Ata-Beyit memorial 07 Statue in Ata-Beyit memorial 08 Chinghiz Aitmatov Memorial
09 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov 10 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov 11 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov
12 Ata-Beyit memorial 13 Ata-Beyit memorial 14 Tandem bicycles
15 Girls playing at fountain 16 Cinema 17 Small girl and fountain 18 University
19 Bishkek airport
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