Kyrgyzstan Map – Political shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries with names, the national capital, and provincial capitals.
Kyrgyzstan, the country in Central Asia is bordered by Kazakhstan in the North and the Northwest; by China on the South and the East; by Tajikistan on the south and by and Uzbekistan on the West. Bishkek, the present-day capital city of Kyrgyzstan was called Pishpek from 1862 to 1926 and Frunze from 1926 to 1991. Earlier a constituency (union) republic of the USSR, Kyrgyzstan pronounced its liberation on August 31, 1991. The majority of the country’s borders run along the mountain crests.
Demography of Kyrgyzstan
The total population of Kyrgyzstan as per the UN data is approx. 6,540, 744 as of Aug 2020, equal to 0.08% of the overall population of the world. The density of the population is 34/SqKm on the overall land area of 191,800SqKm. Around 35.6% of Kyrgyzstan’s population is urban. Life expectancy at birth is 71.95 years for both males and females. The infant mortality rate is 13.2deaths/1000 births and the death rate under age 5 is 15.6 deaths/1000 births.
Culture of Kyrgyzstan
The culture of Kyrgyzstan dates back to the historic period; being a part of the Silk Road, the culture can be seen influenced by Iran, China, Middle East, later Russia, and the Western world; thus, Kyrgyzstan is the homeland to several ethnic groups with varied culture. This is also because the country is inhabited by several minority groups of Uzbeks; Russians; Germans; Ukrainians; Tatars; Kazakhs, Chinese Muslims; Tajiks; and Uighurs, along with the native Kyrgyz. Russian is the official language in Kyrgyzstan; while the majority of the people speak Kyrgyz and Turkic language of the northeastern part and some speak Uzbek, a Turkic language of the southeastern part.
The culture of Kyrgyzstan is highly inspired by the principles of nomadic people. The love for nature reflects in their housing, music, clothing; and it shows their love for nature. Horsemanship is greatly regarded in Kyrgyz culture; in fact, sports are the ways to cultivate both horses and riders and to make prepare them for hunting and war. Kyrgyzstan is a mixed country and people of different religions coexist peacefully here; while 83% of the country’s population consists of Sunni Muslims.
Best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, the capital city is also one of the most spectacular places for holidaying in Kyrgyzstan. Popularly known as the entryway to Kyrgyz Ala-Too Mountains and Ala Archa National Park, Bishkek proudly displays the art museums, state museums, ballet and opera theatre, art galleries, and many more.
Situated in the center of Bishkek, Ala-Too Square has the Manas Monument, built to pay tribute to the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas. Bishkek is always thrilled and crowded with tourists visiting from across the world.
Ala Archa National Park
Situated in the Tian Shan Mountains, the National Park is enclosed by mountainous vegetation, making the terrain spectacular. Accessible throughout the year, Archa Park has situated only 40km from the capital city and the must-visit place in Kyrgyzstan. Ideal for picnicking, wildlife trailing; mountain trekking; nature walking, and hiking, the national park is full of tourists and visitors around the year.
Issyk Kul Lake
Situated in the Northern Tian Shan Mountains, Issyk Lake is popular for its serenity and mesmerizing beauty. It is the 2nd largest lake after the Caspian Sea and displays the mesmerizing beauty of the Tian Shan ranges. Issyk Kul Lake, estimated to be around 25 million years old, is one of the very few historic lakes across the World that are worth visiting. You would love rafting, swimming, horse riding, and kayaking on the bank of the lake.
The best time to visit Kyrgyzstan is during July and August as summers are the best time for trekking, hiking, and other activities here.