Cheap Flights to Bishkek
The capital of Kyrgyzstan and centre of the Chuy Region, Bishkek is becoming an increasingly popular choice for tourists looking to journey off the beaten track. Once a caravan stop on the Silk Road, Bishkek only really began to develop into the city it is today in the late 1800s and was only given its current name in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, the city has prospered and developed into a contemporary capital that still preserves plenty of its old school charm.
Served by nearby Manas International Airport, Bishkek is easily accessible for those travelling from far-flung places. From the arrivals gate, the heart of the city is only 16 miles away. After a quick taxi transfer, you'll be surrounded by iconic sights like Ala-Too Square and the State Historical Museum along with Osh Bazaar: one of the largest produce markets in the city. Further out is Dordoy Bazaar, itself one of the largest public markets in all of Asia. This eclectic city is also the venue for many a festival, from modern music events to traditional springtime celebrations.
After you're done exploring the hidden treasures of the inner city, there's plenty of natural wonders to explore. The Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range is only 25 miles away and serves a gateway to the Tian Shan mountain region. Here, you'll find the Ala Archa National Park -- a 75 square mile stretch of stunning natural scenery.
Things to do
You'll never be short of things to keep you occupied in Bishkek. This vibrant corner of Kyrgyzstan is host to many museums, a wide variety of historic architecture and some of the most breath-taking natural scenery in Central Asia.
- Soak Up Some Local History
Uncover the rich history of this city and the Chuy Region when you visit one of the many museums in the area. Clear some time in your schedule for visits to the State History Museum, M V Frunze Museum and the Gapar Aitiev Fine Arts Museum.
Alongside high street stores and boutiques, there's some brilliant bazaars to explore here. Savour local flavours and cheap eats at Osh Bazaar, or bag a bargain at Dordoy Bazaar.
Ala Archa National Park is only a drive away from the city limits, with beautiful mountain trails and lush scenery providing the perfect place for picnics or an ideal environment for hiking, mountain climbing and even skiing.
Calendar of Events
Like many countries in this part of the world, Bishkek boasts a busy schedule of seasonal events and festivals. Whatever time of the year you visit, get set to experience a slice of local life and culture.
Nooruz. This springtime festival is common throughout Central Asia, kicking off on the last day of March. Enjoy live music, dancing and traditional foods in the Kyrgyzstan capital as spring sets in.
Bishkek Jazz Festival. Held annually every April, this lively jazz event brings together a host of musicians from across Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, Europe and the United States.
Independence Day. Join locals as they commemorate their independence with this colourful public holiday. Look forward to delicious Kyrgyzstan cuisine, musical performances and a traditional game of kokpar at the hippodrome racecourse.