Talas is the administrative center of Talas region of Kyrgyzstan. It is located in the north-east of the country, at the altitude of 1280 m, 360 km from Bishkek. The town's population is just over 33,000 people. The town stands on the river of the same name. You may get to the town in two ways: through the neighboring Republic of Kazakhstan, or on the road through the pass Otmok at the border of Chuy and Talas valleys.
Although Talas is a relatively small town, it has won great fame because, according to the legend, this is where the famous hero Manas was born and lived.
A few kilometers from the town is the Mausoleum (Gumbez) of Manas. Not far from the town there are the gallery of petroglyphs and cave paintings and the site of ancient humans.