Bishkek is the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. It is situated on the north of the country, in the Chuy valley. Bishkek is the largest city of Kyrgyzstan: its population is over 1 million people.
During the heyday of trade on the Silk Road through the place where present Bishkek is situated, ran its eastern branch. The city was founded as a fortress in 1825 on the orders of Kokand Khan Madali. Bishkek is located at the altitude of 750-900 m and surrounded by mountains that can be seen from almost every point of the city. There is a sharp contrast in the architectural appearance of the capital: modern buildings, business and shopping centers are combined with architectural masterpieces of the Soviet period. Bishkek is extremely green city, almost every street is tree-lined that helps the city to breathe.
In Bishkek, as in any metropolis, there are a lot of places making your stay in the city comfortable and interesting: hotels, museums and theaters, restaurants and cafes, modern entertainment centers, parks and gardens.
Transport system in the city is quite developed. There is a number of roads leading from Bishkek to any town or village of the country. At the distance of 23 km from the city there is Manas International Airport.