ABOUT Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan is an amazingly beautiful country, enclosed by very popular mountain ranges, glaciers and lakes of the world. The country's culture is most adorably painted in the colors of the nation's nomadic heritage that has been carried on from generation to generation and is existing. The culture is a blend of about eighty different cultures of the world that are associated with Kyrgyztan's amazing history. The country is of great historical importance too as its history is linked with several great historical events of the world including, building of Great Wall of China, Spread of Islam in Asia, fall of the great Soviet Union Kyrgyzstan is situated in Central Asia, its neighbouring countries are Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tadjikistan to the south and China to its East and South-East. The former Republic of the Soviet Union became independent in the year 1991 and since then is a democratic Presidential Republic. Bishkek, formerly called Frunze, is the capital with about 1 million inhabitants. Bishkek, cannot claim to be one of the major cities of the world, like London, Paris or New York. It is, however, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan and does have a number of important and interesting buildings, monuments, parks, museums, galleries, theatres and other places worth seeing or visiting.

CLIMATE In July the average temperature in the lowlands ranges from +17 to +27 degrees C the highest temperature can be more than +40 degrees C. It usually rains and snows in autumn, winter and spring, sometimes it snows in May. The summer is usually dry. The best time to visit Kyrgyzstan is between May and October as getting around outside this period can be difficult. Trekking is best between June and September, although July and August are the busiest times for foreign visitors. The south of the country, and even Bishkek, can be uncomfortably warm at this time of year.

BEWARE There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There has been some terrorist activity and armed violence, particularly south and west of Osh. Muggings (sometimes violent) and theft occur regularly. Foreigners can be targeted. Take care if you go out after dark. Keep large amounts of money hidden at all times and be wary of strangers offering help or being over-friendly. Be particularly aware of your surroundings when using currency exchange offices. There have been reports of thefts carried out by uniformed police officers and gangs. Avoid walking alone at night and don’t travel in unofficial taxis. Passenger lists on aircraft are not always kept confidential. There have been cases of people being met by name from an aircraft and subsequently robbed.