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Naryn

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Naryn is a city in southeastern Kyrgyzstan in the region of the same name.

Understand[edit]

Naryn River

Naryn has a population of 52,300 people.

Get in[edit]

Map of Naryn

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Bus Station. If you go anywhere far from Naryn, leave early in the morning. After 12:00 shared taxis will likely be your only option. How to get transport: 1) Say to any driver (marshrutka or taxi depending on your preference) your destination. 2) Let them quote a price on a piece on a piece of paper or dusty windshield. 3) Wait for other passengers to arrive, and enjoy the ride.

There are marshrutkas available from Bishkek for about 200 som, leaving 08:00-10:00. Also, they leave from Kazarman and At-Bashy.

By taxi[edit]

A shared taxi from Balykchy costs 500 som (2015). The journey takes roughly 4½ hr.

Get around[edit]

Shared taxis are a convenient way to get around. On the main road, taxis are treated like marshrutkas, meaning people get on and off. As of August 2015, the fare for a ride is a mere 10 som, but can be 20 som if you want to go all the way back to the bridge. Do not pay more!

See[edit]

  • Unique from other cities with its red mountains, you can get a great view of the city if you climbs its hills.
  • A few statues are visible from the main road, including a Lenin statue.

Do[edit]

  • Koshoi Korgon - ruins of a castle/fortress from the 10–12th centuries. All that remains are the walls. Supposedly a friend of the legendary Manas was buried here. Roughly an hour's drive from Naryn, it's on the same road to Tash Rabat and easily visited. A small museum is located nearby. Make sure your driver stops here on the way to or from Tash Rabat.
  • National Park Salkyn-Tor occupies 4,228 ha. Locals love this place for picnic areas. Nice hicking to the alpine lake, a pretty moderate hike with a gentle incline and incredible views throughout. Bargain with a taxi, road is fine to the entrance of the park (20 soms per person)
  • 1 Forest swastika (Tash-Bashat). The mirror-image fir tree swastika is about 200 m across. Myths and legends abound about how and when the swastika came to be planted in Soviet territory. The entrance of the road leads to the forest 500 m farther. Taxi drivers pretend that this is a bad road in order to charge extra fees, but the gravel road is flat and nice.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Restaurants are north of the street where the guesthouses are located. Just walk up the street and follow the music.

  • 1 Shashlik Place, Lenin Street. An interesting eatery, being a collection of tents with tables in them. Popular with locals, they have a menu which lists every single Kyrgyz dish. Just don't expect they have even half of it. Whatever they do have that day is quite tasty, and of course affordable.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

The CBT (Community Based Tourism) office is located 200 m from the marshrutka/taxi station. A board in English tells you where it is. The office is essential to helping set you up with a guesthouse, as there are no signs for guesthouses. Arrive in Naryn before the CBT office closes at 17:00 or 18:00 so you can have a place to stay for the night. CBT's official price list quotes 600 som per person per night for any B&B.

Cope[edit]

  • Community Based Tourism office (CBT), Lenin St. 8/33, +996 352250865, +996 779567685, . The CBT office is essential in staying at a guesthouse or helping travelers share a taxi to a common destination, i.e. Tash Rabat.

Go next[edit]

  • Tash Rabat – Naryn is the gateway to visiting this 500 year old pitstop on the Silk Road, one of the highlights of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Jalal-Abad – Instead of heading back to Bishkek and from there to Osh, you might choose to go directly to Jalal-Abad, a convenient transport hub. This can be much faster but certainly not cheaper.


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