Kyrgyzstan is quickly establishing a reputation for itself as Central Asia's outdoor capital. Over 90 percent of the country consists of steep mountains, deep gorges, glaciers, and lakes. Kyrgyzstan is an ideal location for trekking on horseback, much as the merchants did who traveled these landscapes a thousand years ago on the Silk Road. There are many Kyrgyzstan hotels in Bishkek, the country's capital. Expedia can help you find Kyrgyzstan hotel packages with special discount rates that will allow you to visit other locations within this fascinating land.
The city of Osh in the Ferghana Valley has a history that dates back 3,000 years. In Silk Road times, Osh was a famous stopover point between the western Alay Mountains and eastern Kashgar. Today, Osh retains its reputation as a center for commerce as the site of Central Asia's largest and busiest outdoor market. Thousands of people sell goods here, including Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Russians, Chinese, and even an American or two. As you might expect in a market town, you will find many cheap hotel deals in Kyrgyzstan around Osh.
Just outside Osh stands the Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain, which UNESCO has designated a World Heritage Site. The tradition of the sacred mountain is one that is pivotal to traditional Central Asian beliefs. Local people venerated this mountain as a sacred place since long before their conversion to Islam, and the mountain's numerous caves contain petroglyphs that date back to prehistoric times. There are also two 16th-century mosques on the mountain. Travelers who want to explore this fascinating place are advised to use Osh hotels in Kyrgyzstan as their base, and make day trips to the site.
Kyrgyzstan's best tourism attraction is Lake Issyk-Köl, the second largest alpine lake in the world. Lake Issyk-Köl lies in a valley of the Tian Shan Mountains, close to the town of Karakol. Travelers should have no trouble if they'd like to book a cheap Kyrgyzstan hotel deal in Karakol. During the era of Soviet domination, Karakol was a major health resort where elderly Russians would come to take the waters. There are several hot springs within easy hiking distance of Karakol, as well as numerous banyas and saunas around town.
Lake Issyk-Köl itself features many beaches, which are popular places for sunning and swimming. Be advised, however, that there are no lifeguards on duty at Lake Issyk-Köl's beaches. Lake Issyk-Köl's north shore has many towns where you'll be able to book reservations for cheap hotel deals in Kyrgyzstan, offering comfortable rooms at top prices.