Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia. It’s full of natural wonders: majestic mountains, alpine lakes, and meandering rivers. The country has over 2,000 years of history, with a wide variety of influences from its neighbors (and sometimes conquerors): its cultural and linguistic origins are Turkic, and have been largely shaped by Persian, Mongolian, and Russian forces. Historically, Kyrgyzstan has functioned as a sort of crossroad, serving as a major hub along the Great Silk Road and other ancient trade routes. Kyrgyzstan was a part of the former Soviet Union, and became an independent state following the breakup of the USSR in 1991; Russian is still widely spoken across the country, especially in larger cities, and Russian culture continues to show up in everything from food to literature to education. Roughly 5.7 million people currently live in Kyrgyzstan. In addition to its natural beauty, the country is known for its welcoming people; you can see glimpses of both in our slideshow below. The Nakta Designs team is proud to call Kyrgyzstan home!
WHERE IS KYRGYZSTAN?
Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia, south of Kazakhstan and west of China. Explore the map below!