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      Karakol (Каракол) is a city in Kyrgyzstan to the east of Lake Issyk Kul.

      Karakol is a true gem in the rough, just awaiting a master jeweler to polish it up. It holds great potential as a future tourism destination, offering year-round trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and spaaing opportunities, set in a picture-perfect setting of traditional Russian homes.

      This town was formerly called Przhevalsk (Пржевалск) during the Tsarist and Soviet era. It is located at the far end of the Issyk Kul, nestled in the Tian Shan mountains, and is the capital of the Issyk Kul Oblast (province).


      Mountain view near Karakol
      The city was originally founded by Russian Tsarist troops as a military outpost, and it is the resting place of Nikolai Przewalski (Przhevalskiy), the famed Polish-Russian explorer and naturalist. It is a city of traditional Russian houses, nestled between the Tian Shan mountains and Lake Issyk Kul.

      Karakol was originally a Russian settlement, and it's still one of the few remaining large Slavic communities in Central Asia. Unfortunately, unemployment and the resulting alcoholism have left a toll, as many young people have left, and the soaring crime rate has made it rather dangerous at night.

      Taxis cost 70 som per stop (November 2015) within the city. From Bus station 100som.

      There are also local mini-buses (marshrutkas) that ply planned routes 10 SOM.

      Ski vans collect every morning in the winter on the main streets Toktogul/Lenin near the Turkish fast food place 150 SOM.

      For summer trekkings start and day excursion all transportation types and prices can be found in Bailanysh Internet cafe, 130 Lenin Street.
      AKA: Przhevalsk, Каракол
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