Bishkek Tourism, Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek (in Kyrgyz and Russian: Бишкéк; IPA: [biʃˈkek] and [bʲiʂˈkʲɪk] respectively), formerly Pishpek and Frunze, is the capital and largest city of the Kyrgyz Republic. Bishkek is also the administrative center of the Chuy Province. The province surrounds the city, although the city itself is not part of the province, but rather a province-level unit of Kyrgyzstan. According to post-Soviet research, the name is thought to derive from a Kyrgyz word for a churn used to make fermented mare's milk (kumis), the Kyrgyz national drink, although not all sources agree on this.The city was founded in 1825 as the Khokand fortress of "Pishpek" in order to control local caravan routes and to collect tribute from Kyrgyz tribes. On September 4, 1860, the fortress was destroyed by Russian forces led by colonel Zimmermann, with the approval of the Kyrgyz. In 1868 a Russian settlement was founded on the fortress's spot, under its original name, Pishpek. It lay within the General Governorship of Russian Turkestan and its Semirechye Oblast. In 1925, the Kara-Kirghiz Autonomous Oblast was created in Russian Turkestan, promoting Pishpek to its capital. In 1926, the city was given the name Frunze, after the Bolshevik military leader Mikhail Frunze, who was born there. In 1936, the city of Frunze became the capital of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic, during the final stages of the national delimitation in the Soviet Union. In 1991, the Kyrgyz parliament changed the capital's name to Bishkek. Bishkek is situated at an altitude of about 800 meters (2,600 ft), just off the northern fringe of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, an extension of the Tian Shan mountain range. These mountains rise to a height of 4,855 meters (15,928 ft) and provide a spectacular backdrop to the city. North of the city, a fertile and gently undulating steppe extends far north into neighboring Kazakhstan. The Chui River drains most of the area. Bishkek is connected to the Turkestan-Siberia Railway by a spur line. Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards. Mostly outside the city center, there are also thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees that provide shade in the hot summers.

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Facts and Stats for Bishkek*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bishkek

    Know the pollution level of Bishkek before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 73.53 (High)
    • Water Pollution 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 64.71 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27.94 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 67.65 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 51.47 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.47 (Low)
  • Bishkek: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bishkek for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bishkek.

    • Burglary and Theft 61.46 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 56.52 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 86.36 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 63.64 (High)
    • Attacks 72.92 (High)
    • Drug offense 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 55.21 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 22.92 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 65.63 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 65.22 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60.87 (High)
  • Living in Bishkek - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 35.88 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 65.44 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 27.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 49.07 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.43 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 29.51 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bishkek

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bishkek

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.39 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44.71 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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