Drive to Karakol via Balasagun. Visit Burana Tower and Prejvalsky Museum.
En-route stop to see the conically shaped 13th Century Burana Tower. The tower was originally 45 metres high, however a number of earthquakes have caused significant damage to the structure, and it is now only 25 metres high. There is a small building on the site that containes historical information as well as artefacts found at the site and in the surrounding region.
Drive from Bishkek to Karakol via Burana Tower and Prezhevalsky Museum
Depart Bishkek and travel to the Burana Tower, around 90 minutes away.
This 11th century minaret is all that remains of a former Karakhanid city called Balasgun. Meaning 'Black Khans', the Karakhanids ruled a large swathe of Central Asia for over 200 years.
Continue to the Przhevalsky Museum, which is a five hour drive away and situated near the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. It was built to commemorate the famous Russian traveller and scientist Nikolai Przhevalsky, who became a 'Great Game' icon.
Drive on to Karakol, a short distance away.
Formerly known as Przhevalsk, after the Russian explorer, Karakol is a peaceful, low-rise town. Shaded by rows of white poplars, its winding backstreets hide Russian timbered gingerbread cottages.
Sitting at over 1800 metres, the town is slightly inland from the enormous Issyk Kul Lake, pressed up against the foothills of the Tien Shan. The area is famous for its apple orchards which can be found around the town.
You will be staying at Green Yard Hotel, Bed & Breakfast