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Bishkek (Бишкек), the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is also the country's largest city with 900,000 inhabitants. It is located near the border with Kazakhstan. Although the city is relatively young (founded in 1878, it became the capital of the Sovjet Republic Kyrgyzstan in 1926) and has its origins in the Soviet period, it is one of the more pleasant urban destinations in the region.
Note: currently (mid 2010) the safety situation in Bishkek (and Kyrgyzstan in general) is not good and people are advised to avoid travelling to the country/city. If you must be here, at least avoid mass gatherings.
Bishkek has a bitter climate, with harsh conditions, especially during the long and cold wintermonths of November to March. Rain or snow is possible year round but on average it is a dry country. Spring and autumn are wetter than the rest of the year when sunny and dry conditions rule the country. In the lower parts of Kyrgyzstan, summers are around 27 °C maximum, and around 15 °C at night. During winter, temperatures are between -5 °C and -15 °C but also here temperatures can drop well below -30 °C sometimes.
|Avg Max||2.7 °C||3.3 °C||10.1 °C||18.1 °C||23.1 °C||28.4 °C||31.4 °C||29.9 °C||24.8 °C||17.1 °C||10.1 °C||4.8 °C|
|Avg Min||-8.6 °C||-7.3 °C||-0.3 °C||6.3 °C||10.9 °C||15.1 °C||17.5 °C||15.7 °C||10.6 °C||4.5 °C||-1.1 °C||-5.4 °C|
|Rainfall||26 mm||31 mm||47 mm||76 mm||64 mm||35 mm||19 mm||12 mm||17 mm||43 mm||44 mm||28 mm|
Manas International Airport (FRU) is serviced by flights from London, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Moscow, as well as Delhi and Ürümqi. In addition, the airport offers flights to a number of smaller regional destinations.
Bishkek has direct connections to nearby Almaty (Kazakhstan), and to Astana (either via Almaty or directly through Russia. Although both are not too far away geographically, the train ride takes a very long time, and service is frequently interrupted. There is also a direct train to Moscow.
|Backpackers Hostel Free & Easy in Bishkek||47, Ulitsa Kara-Koo Archa-Beshik Jal||Hostel||-|
|Castle Hotel Bishkek||Cholpon Ata, Lake Issyk Kul Bishkek||Hotel||-|
|Crocus||Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek city, st. Komsomolskaya 5.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rodem House||109,Umetalieva st.||HOSTEL||-|
|Interhouse Bishkek||Topograficheskiy,9 Sovetskaya Cross Skryabina||HOSTEL||-|
|Silk Road Backpackers||8, Isanova Str. Apt. 49||HOSTEL||-|
|Baikhan||VIP, Ala- Archa 1 Leshoz street||HOTEL||-|
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