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With its Soviet-era buildings, delectable food and scenic beauty, Bishkek should be on every traveller’s bucket list. In this cultural hub of Central Asia, impressive architecture and jagged mountains define the skyline, providing relief from the usual monotony of common cityscapes.
Navigating through the city’s streets and squares there’s a sense of timelessness, with fascinating Soviet buildings and quaint shops standing side by side amidst the ever-present backdrop of the Ala-Too mountain range. The Ala Archa National Park, just outside the city limits, complements the city life and makes this the perfect destination for trekkers and nature lovers.
From culinary diversions and art scenes to post-Soviet anachronisms and lush green surroundings, you will be delighted by the vibrancy that the Bishkek radiates.
Current weather in Bishkek
Bishkek tourism essentials
Weather in Bishkek:
In July and August, the peak of summer, temperatures tend to hover around 20°C to 30°C. In the winter months from November to February, temperatures fluctuate between -8°C and 11°C.
Best time to visit Bishkek:
To make the most of your Bishkek trip, you should plan your travel any time from May to September. The pleasant climate will allow you to walk around and enjoy the view from the mountains with ease. But, if you would like to enjoy some skiing, plan your travel in January.
Things to do in Bishkek:
● Take a leisurely walk around Dubovy Park to enjoy the sprawling greenery and to purchase souvenirs from local artists.
● Revisit history at the Sadykov Sculpture Museum where you can learn about the country’s fabled legends.
● Spend a few moments in silence at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox Cathedral built in 1947, which is known for its sparse interiors and magnificent icons.
● Head to the mountains in the south to thrill the adventurer in you. A mountain bike ride down the winding slopes will make for a beautiful experience in Bishkek.
● Visit to the State Museum of Fine Arts, where you can view beautiful traditional Kyrgyz embroideries and paintings on display.
Food specialities in Bishkek:
In Bishkek, a delicious meal is just around the corner. Treat yourself to some delicious samsas at the city’s street-side stalls or head to a stolovaya (canteen) for a substantial serving of manty (dumplings) and shashlik (mutton skewers). Do yourself a favour and book a table at the basement café, Aria, for a delicious helping of plov that is second to none.