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Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts. The city itself boasts traditional Russian architecture along its leafy grid of streets; in the Soviet era, it bore the name of Przewalski, after the celebrated explorer buried here. A number of historic buildings and museums make up the attractions in Karakol, and as a famous ski base it draws winter sport enthusiasts from all over Central Asia. On a tour of Karakol, don't forget to check out interesting handicrafts, souvenirs, and the city's signature dish, a type of cold noodles served in a spicy sauce. Karakol is in Issyk Kul Province. When using our Kyrgyzstan trip tool to make an itinerary online, Karakol holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.
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