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Karakol

Trip Planner Asia  /  Kyrgyzstan  /  Issyk Kul Province  /  Karakol
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Things to do: nature, sightseeing, historic sites
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts. The city itself boasts traditional Russian architecture along its leafy grid of streets; in the Soviet era, it bore the name of Przewalski, after the celebrated explorer buried here. A number of historic buildings and museums make up the attractions in Karakol, and as a famous ski base it draws winter sport enthusiasts from all over Central Asia. On a tour of Karakol, don't forget to check out interesting handicrafts, souvenirs, and the city's signature dish, a type of cold noodles served in a spicy sauce. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Karakol and add them to your vacation plans using our Kyrgyzstan vacation trip planner.
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Karakol offers visitors a range of options for overnight stay, scattered all around the city's gridded layout. You can find several rustic guesthouses, some centrally located and some on the outskirts, often with scenic views and offering complimentary breakfast. Upscale, Western-style hotels and mid-range establishments provide more amenities, while the budget-conscious tourist can consider staying in one of the yurt campsites dotting the mountain foothills.
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