Daily Life Tour of Bishkek, Bishkek (Self Guided)

To better understand the daily life of Bishkek residents, visit the locals' favorite spots. Explore the bars, shops, churches, and cinemas where locals spend most of their time when not at home. Take this self-guided tour to discover the more personal side of Bishkek.
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Daily Life Tour of Bishkek Map

Guide Name: Daily Life Tour of Bishkek
Guide Location: Kyrgyzstan » Bishkek (See other walking tours in Bishkek)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: vickyc
Gogol Street Mosque

1) Gogol Street Mosque

Kyrgyzstan is predominantly a Muslim country, although religion was oppressed during the Communist era. However, today there are still many Muslims in Bishkek who worship at the few remaining mosques in the city. Gogol Street Mosque is a large, beautiful and impressively decorated Islamic mosque where you can observe Bishkek Muslims practicing their faith.
School 12

2) School 12

Schools are perfect places to observe the daily life of locals. School 12 is one of the most centrally located schools in Bishkek. The school building is typical of schools built during the Soviet era.
Erkindik Boulevard

3) Erkindik Boulevard

Erkindik Boulevard is a large and beautiful street that resembles a park. Young mothers with their babies often come here to walk, as it is a shady, cool place even on hot summer days. There are many benches where you can sit and people-watch while enjoying some ice cream.
Cinema Russia

4) Cinema Russia

Cinema Russia is located in the center of the city. Many locals like to catch a film or just meet up here in the evening. In addition to screening movies, the cinema features a modern bowling center that locals like to visit after or before the show.
Jalal-Abad Restaurant

5) Jalal-Abad Restaurant

Jalal-Abad Restaurant and Cafe is a very popular place among locals. They come here to enjoy a delicious, inexpensive dinner or to have a cup of tea. The restaurant serves local dishes. It is crowded at midday and in the evening when locals finish work.

6) Kolobok

Kolobok is where many locals go to buy delicacies prepared according to traditional recipes, such as pastries, baked goods and more. The cakes prepared here are always fresh, and you buy them hot out of the oven.

Walking Tours in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bishkek is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Bishkek is the cultural center of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a wide variety of theaters, operas, cinemas and libraries. Russia had a profound impact on Kyrgyzstan's culture, which you will notice on this tour. Come explore the rich culture of Bishkek and the Kyrgyz people.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Monuments Tour of Bishkek

Monuments Tour of Bishkek

There are many monuments in Bishkek dedicated to important people who have played a significant role in shaping the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan. A number of these monuments are dedicated to Soviet leaders. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bishkek's most famous monuments.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Kid's Entertainment Tour of Bishkek

Kid's Entertainment Tour of Bishkek

There are a variety of fun attractions in Bishkek that will entertain and engage your children. You can take them to the circus, visit the planetarium or go for a walk in a beautiful park with a merry-go-round. Take this self-guided tour to visit the best places in Bishkek for kids.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

There are several art galleries in Bishkek, most of which are gallery-shops so you can buy the art that you like. These galleries display traditional and contemporary Kyrgyz art: paintings, pottery, ceramics and more. Take this self-guided tour to gain a better understanding of Kyrgyz art.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Set against the backdrop of Central Asia's Tian Shan mountains at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, abounds in spacious squares, wide boulevards, marble-faced public buildings and multiple monuments reflecting the country's history including, primarily, the Soviet period. These and other prominent sights make up this tour and allow visitors to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

There are many interesting museums in Bishkek, the largest city in the former Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. Visit the history museum, which teaches about the city and country's fascinating past. Also be sure to see the unusual open air museum that features sculptures by masters from all over the former Soviet Union. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bishkek for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bishkek has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bishkek, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.