One thing I really enjoy about Bishkek is the presence of so much nature and so many quirky trips within the Chuy Valley where the city is located.
One of these highlights is the old Soviet-Era health resort at Issyk-Ata.
There are certainly plenty of reminder of the halcyon days of the USSR, with Lenin on lookout and a number of hammer/sickle combinations celebrating the union of Soviet states.
For a Kyrgyz twist, though, Kumiz is also a popular focus of time spent at the Issyk-Ata Sanatoria. The fermented milk of a mother horse, this stuff is said to be good for the skin and stomach and restorative towards all sorts of bodily ailments.
Bring your map, too, as there are a number of good hikes to be done from the health resort.
I’m hoping to get back up there sometime soon in order to hike what looks to be a beautiful path over the Alamuddin Pass and down to a DIFFERENT Soviet-era Sanatoria a couple of valleys over.
That sounds like alot of work, though. For now, a Soviet-era beer?