What to do and see in Osh, Kyrgyzstan: The Best Places and Tips

September 1, 2017 Terina Blouin

Osh (Kyrgyz: Ош, Russian: Ош, Uzbek: O'sh) is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". It is the oldest city in the country (estimated to be more than 3000 years old), and has served as the administrative center of Osh Region since 1939. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 255,800 in 2012, comprising Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, Tajiks, and other smaller ethnic groups. It is about 5 km away from the Uzbekistan border.
Restaurants in Osh

1. Mountain Sulaiman-Too

In the center of Osh, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Mountain Sulaiman-Too

Reviewed By Ivo D - Bratislava, Slovakia

It is a small park - steep climb up the hill, from which you can see the whole city and surroundings. It is nothing special, but still the best you can do in Osh on a sunny day. It provides nice panoramic views of the city and nearby Mountains. The museum shows some examples how they lived here in the past, but nothing special - but 15 min excursion with English speaking guide for 2 EUR per person I found worth trying.

2. Lenin Peak

Osh, Kyrgyzstan +996 3222 26548
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Lenin Peak

Reviewed By ColoradoMtTraveler - Aspen, Colorado

The drive from Osh to Akchik Tash base camp at Peak Lenin has changed dramatically. Once a road that was mostly pot holes that could swallow a car, it is now, a new paved highway all the way to Kashka Suu. Peak Lenin has been described as the easiest 7000 M peak. with altitude, avalanches, crevasses and unpredictable weather, it belies that description. 2 people died on the mountain during the 2015 climbing season. Having said all that, for a fit, experienced climber it is more an endurance test than a challenge. My outfitter, TourAsia, handled all the logistics of getting to and from the mountain and provided base and advance base camps, with great food.

3. Jayma Bazaar Osh

Zainabetdinova, Osh 714000, Kyrgyzstan
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4 based on 55 reviews

Jayma Bazaar Osh

Reviewed By The-Awkward-Asian - Taiping, Malaysia

An interesting market where you can get your Kalpak, dried goods, and a varieties of russian sweets. Remember to bargain to get the best deal if u want to get your souvenirs there. Worth a stroll and but remember to be careful with your belongings as there will always be a crowd!

4. Visit Alay Tours

Kurmanjan Datka 280, Kurmanjan Datka 280, Osh 723500, Kyrgyzstan
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Visit Alay Tours

Reviewed By AlicjaM244 - Osh, Kyrgyzstan

I stayed in a CBT yurt in the Saryoi yurtcamp, but I did the trek alone, without a guide. The path from the main road to the yurtcamp takes approximately 3h and it's very easy to follow. Saryoi valley surrounded by green hills and rocky Mountains is a great place to rest after a day of hiking or horse riding. The CBT yurt, but you can also pitch your own tent on the grass.
The yurtstay was a pleasant surprise for me. I was expecting some typical "tourist trap", but the family of Aipery and Bekish was an authentic, traditional Kyrgyz family. Although they didn't speak English and even their Russian was not perfect, they were really welcoming and nice to me :) I've seen them using some things I was only Reading about before i.e. traditional Kyrgyz cradle "beshik" or made of goat's skin sacks for storing their national drink - "kymyz". And their "kaymak" - homemede cream was awesome! Needless to say I enjoyed the visit a lot.
The way back was more complicated for me. I have decided to walk to the Chyyrchyck pass, but since I didn't have a good map and local people were pointing me different directions I finally got lost. I'd say it's quite easy to lose the way there. Otherwise quite an easy trek turned out to be truly exhausting for me. Still, I have to admit that the views were beautiful :)

Kurmanzhan-Datka St., 244, Osh 714000, Kyrgyzstan +996 550 826 050
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5 based on 10 reviews

SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery

The souvenir store where you can find handmade goods from all over Kyrgyzstan, from souvenirs to artworks of a local master hands. The Art Gallery itself produces hand embroidered wall carpets, patchwork panels for interior decoration. Using old, traditional methods and technics of execution we deliver new looking accessories with new design, consisting a yore authenticity of kyrgyz art.

Reviewed By DestinationOsh - Osh, Kyrgyzstan

It`s a really NICE ART GALERY and souvenir store where you can find handmade goods from all over Kyrgyzstan, from souvenirs to artworks of a local master hands. The Art Gallery itself produces hand embroidered wall carpets, patchwork panels for interior decoration. Using old, traditional methods and techniques of execution we deliver new looking accessories with new design, consisting a yore authenticity of kyrgyz art.

6. Museum Sulaiman Too

Mountain Sulaiman Too, Osh 714000, Kyrgyzstan +996 3222 22968
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3.5 based on 52 reviews

Museum Sulaiman Too

Reviewed By Tinde_K - Moscow, Russia

The best feature of the museum was the fact that it provided an escape from the heat of the day. I didn't understand its arrangement, the information provided was partial. Sure, visit as a part of walk around Sulaiman Too, but don't expect much from it.

7. Alay Valley

Between China and Tajikistan, Osh, Kyrgyzstan +996 773 001 996
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Alay Valley

Reviewed By Tinde_K - Moscow, Russia

The Alay Valley has lovely nature and lots of opportunities for hiking or just generally enjoying the fantastic views of the Mountains. Sary Tash is a major crossroad, if you're about to pass the Kyzylart Pass, it's a good idea to spend a night there to accustom yourself to the high altitude (Sary Tash is 3170 metres above sea level).

8. Biy Ordo

Salieva St., 39, Osh 714000, Kyrgyzstan
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5 based on 8 reviews

Biy Ordo

Reviewed By Munar I - Osh

It is a new Travel Company in Osh that provides 4x4 Off-Road tours through Kyrgyzstan & Pamir Mountains. Guests can also rent a 4x4 SUV's for travelling by themselves. Trekking, Horse-riding tours are available.

9. Osh New Mosque

Osh, Kyrgyzstan +996 3222 26548
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4 based on 16 reviews

Osh New Mosque

Reviewed By HappyEstray - Moscow, Russia

The mosque is located just between the two entrances to the mountain, at the bottom of it. It is really nice and beautiful outside, but inside is dull and ordinary. You can take several pictures of exterior, and really nothing else to do here.

10. Abshir Ata Falls

70 km from Osh, Osh, Kyrgyzstan +996 3222 26548
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Abshir Ata Falls

Reviewed By tamara b - Providence, Rhode Island

It was quite a cool looking water fall; appears to be much bigger in the photos. Took near 2 hours of driving from Osh city center after searching for a taxi who knew the location of the waterfall. If you plan on getting to the fall by yourself, the taxi stand in front of the Osh City Philharmonia is where to you must go. The drive to the fall was beautiful and interesting; traveling through several villages to reach Abshir Ata Falls. There is a run down 3 little spots where locals sell Chinese souvenirs (nothing special). If you walk beyond the fall (and have more time to spend- which I suggest if you go here is to take a few hours to trek through the beautiful park to get some great photos).

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