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Bishkek KG

Bishkek is one of the greenest cities in Central Asia. About 150 different kinds of trees and bushes are planted in the streets of the city. There are many cinemas, Opera House, Kyrgyz and Russian Drama Theater, Mosques and Orthodox churches, historical complex of the national hero - Manas- “The Manas Ailly”, zoological, geological art and other museums, exhibitions of decorative and applied art, colorful oriental bazaars are others interesting places you are invited to visit.

On bazaar one can see really traditional handiwork of Kyrgyz land and goods from all around the world at reasonable prices. There are remarkable parks and shadowy boulevards Erkindik and Molodaya Gvardia, pensioners like to walk there, sportsmen run along its alleys, kids play and young people date here.

Bishkek - capital, heart of the Kyrgyz Republic, its political, economic, scientific and cultural center, the main transport unit. Bishkek - the location of the supreme bodies of the government of republic, embassies and representations of the foreign states. Bishkek is located in the center of the Chuy valley, at bottom of snow-white mountains of Kyrgyz Ala-Too, at height of 750 m. above sea level.

The area of territory - 160 sq. km, the population - about 1 million person. The city residential areas which have arisen at various times, differ on the planning structure and a degree of an accomplishment. Last years are characterized by occurrence on adjoining to city of territory of some new buildings with the microstructure. The city on administrative-territorial division is broken into 4 areas: Leninsky, Pervomajsky, Sverdlovsky, Oktjabrsky.

In Bishkek the most part of all industry of Kyrghyzstan is located. Feature of planning structure of the city of Bishkek is development of industrial zones along the railway. In city two industrial zones are allocated: east and western. The system of transport and foot ways connects industrial and administrative areas among themselves. Gardening is submitted by squares, parkways, parks, adjoining to city the territory is planted by forest plantations, there are lakes and water pools.

The science and education are submitted by the National academy of sciences and a plenty of average special and higher educational institutions. Bishkek - the center of national culture of Kyrghyzstan. Here there are theatres, a philharmonic society, libraries, museums.

Intensively the information infrastructure of city develops: some Internet providers already work, a plenty of local, global, corporate computer networks is created. Two operators of cellular communication, some operators of a paging and trunk radio communication work.

Blue Mosque Harzat Ali Shrine  AF

The Blue Mosque is the center of all the social and religious life of the city. It would be built on the tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib, relative and companion of the prophet Mohamed. The Sultan of the Seljuq dynasty, Ahmed Sanjar (1118-1157), built the first known shrine at this location. It was destroyed during the invasion of Genghis Khan around 1220. In the 15th century, Timurid Sultan Husayn Bayqarah Mirza built the current Blue Mosque here. The shrine is surrounding by Rawza parks. 

Bokonbaeva KG

Bokonbaevo is the most important agglomeration on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. This place is not only famous for its beauty, but it is also a center of eco-tourism. The village is located 160 km from Karakol and 280 km from Bishkek. Tourists come here to experience the nomadic life of the Kyrgyz people, the fresh and pure mountain air and for the splendor of Issyk-Kul lake.

The inhabitants of the village live from agriculture and crafts. Once a year, the “Salburun” festival takes place here. Hunters compete with golden eagles and hawks for small and large game, with bow and dogs. Horse races are organized in particular.

Before the Russians, the village was called Kok-Kytan. In 1912, the Russians gave the name Kolsovka. The village took the name of Bokonbaevo, in 1944, in honor of the Kyrgyz poet Joomart Bokonbaev.

Bugu ene KG

Karakol Zoological Park was founded in 1987. It is the only zoo in Kyrgyzstan. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country's economy was severely eroded and in 2001 the zoo almost closed. Fortunately, partners and sponsors have been able to preserve the wildlife and keep the parks in relatively good condition.

Managed by NABU from 2003 to 2013, it is today managed by the Bugu-Enye Foundation. The aim of this park is not to increase the variety of animals, but to collect wild animals in difficulty.

The Bugu-Ene Foundation is a Kyrgyz non-governmental organization with its charter and its founders. The main subject of activity is the unification of the efforts of all interested parties in the organization of assistance in the implementation of specific actions for the conservation, respect, study and preservation of fauna and flora The activity of the “Bugu-Ene” Foundation is carried out in close cooperation with the Kyrgyz National Agency for the Protection of the Environment and Forests, the State Inspectorate for Ecology and the services veterinarians of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as with the police.

The main objectives of the Fund:

- Help save injured animals and birds that can no longer survive in the wild.

- Help wild animals caught in extreme situations, as well as protect wild animals and birds from poaching and unauthorized capture.

- Implementation of educational activities: conferences, animation of training seminars, conferences.

- Conduct special events and media campaigns aimed at raising public awareness of the responsible attitude towards animals.

- Guard of the Bugu-Ene zoo in Karakol

The work of the Fund also extends to the preservation of the unique flora of the Republic, the restoration of forests and respect for them, as well as the search for solutions to many other tasks of wildlife preservation .

The collection of the Bugu-Ene zoo includes 34 species of animals and birds, or around 140 individuals. Animal feeding is carried out in accordance with a scientifically based diet, based on the methods developed at the Moscow Zoo.

Why should you visit this zoo?

Nomad's Land encourages its travelers to visit this park because the park entrances are one of the most important revenues for the self-financing of the Foundation. This park is unique in Kyrgyzstan, its closure would be a disaster for the preservation of wildlife in Kyrgyzstan.

The Bugu Enye Public Foundation reminds all those who want to help save wild animals their bank details:

Optima Bank OJSC

BIC 109018


Account number 1091820239920161 (multicurrency)

TIN: 02806201310246

OKPO code: 27648901

Social Fund registration number 201-01-02-502


Money can be transferred to Elsom - 0553634238.

Burana Tower KG

Burana Tower is seven km. far from the city of Tokmok. It is an 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. The original height of minaret was 45 meters. Today the tower is 24.6 meters high, the remaining part came down during an earthquake in the 15th century. In the 10th to 12th centuries, Karakhanids khanate was a great feudal state of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

The founders, "karakhans", chigil tribes by birth, lived in the Tien-Shan and for a short time of the second half of the 10th century they conquered a large territory. One of the capitals of this state was Balasagun. In Karakhanids' time new towns and settlements were developing, the centers of big cities were improved and Moslem religious buildings were built in the town of Balasagun. Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archeological excavations are the witnesses of that build up. The town's life declined slowly, people left it, the buildings fell apart and finally in the 15th century it ceased to exit.

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