Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Kyrgyz people have taken to calling it “the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan” because the country is split in the middle by a large mountain range and Osh dominates the south as the largest city. The history of the city is saturated with legends and stories and the city is home to the famous sacred mountain of Suleiman-Too, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
During the times of the Great Silk Road, Osh was a famous stop along the ancient trade routes because of its bazaars and caravanserai. Remarkably, the largest Silk Road bazaar in Osh is still located on the left bank of the Ak-Bura River. Of course it has been expanded since those times and new buildings have been added, but the location of the bazaar has not changed. You can still go shopping in the Osh bazaar to this day.
In Osh you’ll find a lot of remnants of Soviet times: old buildings, monuments, and plants to name a few. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good places for a little rest and relaxation. Small, cozy cafes are available all around the city, each with their own unique atmosphere. There are also plenty of hotels to make your stay in Osh a comfortable one. Available accommodations in Osh range from the more expensive, European-style hotels to budget friendly hostels.
As for the people of the city, you’ll find that most people are very friendly, hospitable, and willing to help you find your way around the city. If you have questions about where to go or would like recommendations, all you have to do is stop someone and ask. Osh is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind city and certainly won’t disappoint!
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