Kyrgyzstan Tours

Travelers to Kyrgyzstan do not need to be vaccinated however they must have the latest Typhoid and Tetanus vaccines. We recommend that you seek out guidance from your local GP or travel specialist on the proper vaccinations and preventative treatment.

Drinks and food

Kyrgyzstan’s food is primarily based on meat and rice. However, there are many other options for salads and vegetable choices. If you travel around, you’ll have a chance to experience local specialities of the region that often cross-pollinate with the cultures that have lived and migrated through the years.

In the case of alcohol, your options are generally limited to vodka or beer. Those who want something different like Scotch or Gin for instance – must purchase it duty-free and take it home. Be aware that mixers, which include tonic water, are incredibly difficult to find in Central Asia!

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will often meet local people, each with their own distinct traditions and customs. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to show them respect. You can always rely on your tour-leaders or guides to assist you.

The first thing to say about travelling in Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, are characterized by a more laid-back approach to Islam than their neighbours to the south in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. In areas like Bishkek you won’t believe the length of women’s skirts! It is a Muslim area so it is essential to be careful in certain places. Both sexes can wear shorts and T-shirts. But, when going to mosques, women should cover their shoulders by wearing trousers or skirts. The males should avoid wearing shorts.

With only a little over 15% of the population following Islam, over 80% of the people are Islamic.

Russian Orthodoxy

Language & Religion

Kyrgyzstan is among the two former Soviet Republics in Central Asia to retain Russian as an official language. Kyrgyzstan was made an official bilingual country in the 1990’sand was able to add Kyrgyz to the official language. Due to Soviet policies, it is possible to see ethnic Uzbeks or Tajiks in certain parts of Kyrgyzstan.

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