Cities in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek — the national capital and largest city by far.
Balykchy — the western gateway to Lake Issyk Kul.
Jalal-Abad — a good bet for visiting a Ferghana Valley town, as it is significantly safer and easier to get to than Osh or destinations further southwest.
Karakol — a gem at the remote east end of Issyk Kul.
Kochkor — just south of Balykchy, serves as a launch pad for treks up into the Tian Shan Mountains.
Naryn — right up in the Tian Shan, near Lake Song Kul, the gateway to the entire southeastern region, its ruins, mountains, and high alpine lakes.
Osh — Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, a fascinating, 3,000 years old, wildly diverse, Ferghana Valley market town home to Central Asia’s biggest and busiest outdoor market.
Talas — a northwestern town just north of Besh-Tash National Park
Tokmok — dwarfed by nearby Bishkek, but still large by Kyrgyzstani standards, Tokmok is right by the ancient Burana Tower and the ruins of an ancient Silk Road capital, Ak-Beshim.