Welcome to RCME International Mini Fellowship Tour
Silky Mountains, Kyrgy Meadows !
Dates: Tuesday, 1st May 2018 to Sunday, 6th May 2018
Rtn. U. Balashanmugham, Club Admin. Director 2017-18
The Kyrgyz Republic is a sovereign state in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan’s recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Since independence, Kyrgyzstan has officially been a unitary parliamentary republic, although it continues to endure ethnic conflicts, revolts, economic troubles transitional governments and political conflict. Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Turkic Council, the TÜRKSOY community and the United Nations.
Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country’s 5.7 million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyz is closely related to other Turkic languages, although Russian remains widely spoken and is an official language, a legacy of a century of Russification. The majority of the population are non-denominational Muslims. In addition to its Turkic origins, Kyrgyz culture bears elements of Persian, Mongolian, and Russian influence.
Climate & Weather Averages at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The climate in Bishkek during May can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.
May is in the spring in Bishkek and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 23°C (74°F), whilst at night 11°C (51°F) is normal.
|Daily sunshine||9.3 hrs|
|Avg rainfall||60 mm|
|Rainy days||11 days|
Climate & Weather Averages at Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
The climate in Cholpon-Ata during May can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.
May is in the spring in Cholpon-Ata and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 19°C (67°F), whilst at night 7°C (45°F) is normal.
|Daily sunshine||8.8 hrs|
|Avg rainfall||35 mm|
|Rainy days||14 days|
Bishkek – Hotel Golden Tulip (4 Star)
Issyk Kul – Akmaral Resort
Total package price per person:
Twin/Triple sharing: INR 75,000/
Child rate (under 12 – With Bed): INR xx,xxx/
Child rate (under 12 – W/o Bed): INR xx,xxx/
Single Room Supplement: INR 15,000/
NOTE: This Mini International Tour is open for RCME members and their immediate family only.
Hurry, confirm your seats with a registration amount of Rs.25,000/ per pax, ASAP.
Only 50 Seats available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Register early and get a Free Leather Vest, made to your size !!
- Paragliding near Bishkek : 250m , 7-10 mins @ USD 20 per person // 1000m, 40mins-1hr @ USD 55 per person
- River rafting at Boom Gorge on 03rd May en-route to Issyk-Kul from Bishkek: USD 30 per person or trekking to Red Canyon “Konorchek”: USD 10 per person
- Horse riding at Chon Kemin on 05th May en-route to Bishkek from Issyk Kul: USD 10 per person
- Local Dinner at traditional Yurt Restaurant , Bishkek on 05th May: USD 15 per person.
(5% govt. service tax extra for the above optional tours/services)
TOUR OPERATOR: Travel Masters India Pvt Ltd
Registration: Rs.25,000/ (To be paid now)
The Balance can be paid in two instalments:
Rs.25,000 before 15th February 2018 &
Rs.25,000 before 15th March 2018
Payments can be made by Cheque, NEFT, IMPS, Credit Card* or Cash.
* 2% Service Charge will apply for Credit Card payments.
Please make all payments to:
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Double Single Child with Bed Child without Bed Package Cost including Air fare, Hotel, Food, Insurance & Misc. Rs.75,000 Rs.90,000 Cancellation PenaltyUpto 31st Jan 2018 Nil Nil Nil Nil Cancellation Penalty1st Feb 2018 to 28th Feb 2018 Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Cancellation Penalty1st Mar 2018 to xxth Mar 2018 Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Cancellation Penaltyxxth Mar 2018 to 15th April 2018 Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Cancellation Penalty16th April 2018 to1st May 2018 Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs.
- Roundtrip airfare in economy class on Jet Airways and Pegasus / Asthana Airlines
- 5 Nights hotel accommodation with breakfast.
- English speaking guide.
- Traditional Music Performance during dinner on 01st May’18
- Full day private guided tour of Bishkek and Ala Archa National Park on 02nd May’18
- Private transfer from Hotel to Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul and en-route guided tour of Burana Tower on 03rd May’18
- Full day private guided tour of Issyk Kul region visiting open air museums of Rukh Ordo and Petrogliphs followed by Guided Cruise along the lake on 04th May’18
- Private transfer from Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Hotel to Bishkek and en-route visit to Chon Kemin for National Horse Games Show on 05th May’18
- Bottled water during the tour
- Indian Lunches and Dinners in Bishkek
- Local Lunches and Dinners in Issyk Kul
- Indian Gala Dinner on 02nd May 2018
- Air-Conditioned Bus, 50 – seated
- Private transfer from Hotel to Airport for departure flight to Delhi on 06th May’18
- Visa support service and Visa fee
- International and Domestic Fare on Economy Class
- Health Insurance up to age 59 years
5% Govt. Service Tax
- Personal expenses
- Any other thing which are not mentioned on the package
- Hotel room services, viz. laundry, phone, mini bar and etc
- Tipping Guide & Driver
- Optional Tours / Activities
(5% govt. service tax extra for the optional tours/services)
FLIGHT DETAILS :-
Jet Airways (Domestic)
9W-822 01-MAY MAA – DEL 06:30 09:15
9W-845 06-MAY DEL – MAA 17:35 20:20
Air Manas (International)
ZM-1026 01-MAY DEL – FRU 13:10 17:30
ZM-1025 06-MAY FRU – DEL 09:20 12:10
ITINERARY (subject to minor changes)
Day 1: 1 MAY 2018, Tuesday: (Chennai – Bishkek)
05:15 Assemble at Chennai International Airport
Board flight to Delhi by Jet Airways at Chennai Domestic Terminal.
At Delhi, board Air Manas to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
17:30 Upon arrival at Manas International Airport, meet & greet by your Guide and Private Transfer to your hotel.
Immediate check-in & freshen up and for dinner at Indian Restaurant.
20:30 Transfer to the restaurant for Indian Dinner.
In the evening you’re invited to enjoy traditional Manas performance during your dinner at the lndian restaurant.
Return transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel
Day 2: 02 MAY 2018, Wednesday: (Bishkek)
07.00-09.00 : Breakfast at the Hotel.
09:00 Start your morning with City tour of Bishkek: visit to Manas Monument dedicated to the main national hero of Kyrgyzstan, the State History Museum, walking around the Ala Too Square to watch the ceremony of changing the Guard of Honor, Oak Park, Parliament House, Lenin’s Monument, Victory Square.
13:00 Lunch at Indian city restaurant.
14:00 After lunch drive to Ala Archa national nature park (40 km), a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering. The area is full of forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers.
20:00 In the evening enjoy your Gala Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel
Day 3: 03 MAY 2018, Thursday: (Bishkek – Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul)
07.00-08.00 : Breakfast at the Hotel.
09:00 This morning after breakfast start your day with a tour to Issyk Kul Lake (280 km, 3.5hrs-4hrs ), the second largest alpine lake in the world.
It means “the hot lake” in the Turkic languages and appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk Kul Lake and its surrounding are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.
On the way visit the Burana Tower (11th century) (80 km,1.5hrs) – there you will see the ruins of the Karakhanide city – Balasagun and the balbals (stone warriors), a collection of about VI-XI century. From the top of the tower (25 m high) you can see a beautiful view of this region.
Continue your drive to Issyk – Kul Lake and stop for adventurous activity like White Water Rafting at Boom Gorge (duration 1.20 hrs) or a visit to the Red Canyon “Konorchek” for a hiking (optional at extra cost).
14:00 En-route Lunch at local restaurant or packed Indian Lunch (Veg & Non Veg meal). *Depends on activities mentioned above.
15:00 On arrival, check-in the hotel. It’s time to freshen up and enjoy the facilities of the resort and beauty of Issyk-Kul Lake. Transparent water of the lake, fresh air of mountains and friendly faces of Kyrgyz people.
20:00 Dinner at local city restaurant (Veg & Non Veg meal).
Overnight stay at Ak Maral Resort hotel.
Day 4: 04 MAY 2018, Friday: (Issyk Kul)
07.00-08.30 : Breakfast at the Hotel.
09.00 : In the morning after breakfast we’ll start your day with a visit of a place called Petroglyphs where there are ancient pictures on the stones . These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. All these stones are still at the same place as they were at that ancient time. From this place you can see a panoramic view of the whole Issyk Kul Lake. In ancient times people thought that it was a middle of the world.
Continue the tour towards the cultural centre “Ruh-Ordo” (Spiritual Place) – the large, attractive, parkland incorporates Buddhist, Christian and Islamic places of worship.
13.30 : Lunch at Local Restaurant (Veg & Non Veg meal)
14.30 : Afterwards we welcome you on boat of the Cruise along Issyk –Kul Lake ( 45mins)
20:00 Dinner at local city restaurant (Veg & Non Veg meal).
Overnight stay at Ak Maral Resort hotel.
Day 5: 05 MAY 2018, Saturday: (Issyk Kul – Chon Kemin – Bishkek)
07.00-09.00 : Breakfast at the Hotel.
Enjoy your free time at the resort or other activities.
12:00 Check out from the resort
13:00 Lunch at local restaurant.
14:00 Proceed to Bishkek. On the way back to the capital we will drive via Chon Kemin.
The nature in Kemin (150km, 2.30hrs) is unique by its own beauty, rich with thermal and mineral springs. We would be glad to welcome you at the land of brave Shabdan Baatyr (Shabdan Hero).
Experienced guides can show you track through passes to the azure coasts of Issyk-Kul. During the tour one can see rare species of flora and fauna of Central Tien-Shan, learn more about local inhabitant’s culture and take part in many other interesting activities. You can also enjoy a horse riding with experienced instructor (extra cost).
Enjoy National Horse Games Show (1hr)
In life of nomads there were lots of holidays and entertainments.
National games were closely connected to the nomadic way of life. They improved their qualities and the necessary for their everyday life strength, endurance, horse riding skills. The main national horse games are: Ulak-Tartysh (pulling a goat carcass), Tyiyn Engmei (picking up the coin at a full gallop), Er-Enish or Oodarysh (wrestling on a horse), Kyz-Kuumai (run down the girl).
There are a lot of interesting national games as chuke, toguz- korgool, arkan-tartmai, tebetei-tepmei, kez-tanmai, ak-chelmok, etc.
After enjoying the National Horse games , you have an option of Local Dinner at traditional *Yurt Restaurant at Chon-Kemin, an ancient home of Kyrgyz people at extra cost. (the group will dine in two yurts close to each other)
*Yurts are the traditional dwellings of the Kyrgyz people, made of boiled wool, or felt, and tarpaulins strapped on a round frame. Hidden in a small valley and protected from the elements you’ll find Tash Rabat, a beautifully preserved 15th-century caravanserai. You can rent a horse (at extra cost) and take the ride in the great outdoors. Enjoy the hospitality of your local hosts with good Kyrgyz food, mainly mutton, chicken and soupy, with vegetables that are small and flavourful.
20:00 Come back to Bishkek for the evening dinner at Indian restaurant. (Veg & Non-Veg)
After dinner at Indian Restaurant transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel. Check in to the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 6: 06 MAY 2018, Sunday:
05:15 Private transfer with your local guide towards Manas International Airport for your very early morning flight to Delhi by Air Manas
Arrive Chennai Domestic Airport by late evening.
TRAVEL ADVICE, DOs & DONT’s
Climate: Although Indonesia is hot and humid throughout the year, the official we The climate in Kyrgyzstan is continental with very cold winters and particularly hot summers. There are an average of 247 sunny days a year but being a mountainous region there is snow the year round on the high peaks. During summer, in the mountains, the mornings are generally fine and the afternoons hazy with occasional rain. Once you leave the mountains the temperature becomes much warmer. Kyrgyzstan has relatively little rainfall most of which falls in Bishkek from September to Mid-October. Overall the best time to visit is between May and October.
Customs and Local Laws : On entry to Kyrgyzstan, each adult is allowed to bring in tax-free a maximum of two litres of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco.
There is no restriction on the movement of foreign currencies in and out of the country. On entry or departure, however, you may only carry a maximum of 10,000 USD , the amount which is more than this should be declared.
Kyrgyzstan has a secular constitution. Most Kyrgyz people are Muslims. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.In 2018, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on 15 May and finish on 14 June.
Possession and use of drugs is illegal. If you are found guilty, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in basic conditions.
Taking photos of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with the authorities.
You must carry your passport, or a notarised copy of it, at all times. The police can arrest you if you do not carry ID.
Food and drink: The influences of nomadic life flavour Kyrgyz food heavily. Mutton is a staple, as are bread, milk products and noodles. Food can have a Russian twist, particularly in the north, but Bishkek has the global variety expected in a capital. Traditional dishes include besh barmak, meat with noodles, shashlyk, skewered chunks of mutton barbecued over charcoal, and lipioshka, round unleavened bread – all of which can be found sold on the streets in markets. Plov, rice fried with shredded turnip and scraps of mutton, served with bread, is a Central Asian staple and laghman, a noodle soup with mutton and vegetables, was originally imported from Chinese Turkestan. Koumys, fermented mares’ milk, which is slightly alcoholic, tea, beer and vodka are all popular.
Holidays, festivals and celebrations: Like the country’s cuisine, festivals also reflect the Kyrgyz nomadic lifestyle. The Navroz Spring Festival is an ancient event that celebrates post-winter renewal around the spring equinox. Expect markets, traditional games, music and a lot of fun. The National Horse Festival, held in late July and August, features competitions ranging from straightforward races to wrestling on horseback whilst the Kyrgyz Kochu Festival, marking the annual migration of nomadic herders from summer pastures, has featuring horse racing, folk music, food and drink. Also worth experiencing in August are the Birds of Prey Festival and Independence Day parade.
Communications: Long-distance telephone calls within Kyrgyzstan are by direct dialing. International direct dialing (IDD) is available throughout the country. For the business traveler facsimile and telex services are available in most hotels and at service outlets.
Sim Card: “O” is a recommended operator.
The cost for Sim Card is INR 460 /-, it is including internet package. You can call by WhatsApp with this. This mobile company offers deals for both internet data and calls. They has street stalls all over the country.If you need, kindly let us know in advance
Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS) Currency Exchange Rate:
INR 1 = KGS 1.09 (approx)
USD 1 = KGS 69.5 (approx)
Time Difference: 30 minutes ahead of India
Electricity: 50 Hz at 220 volts (2 Pin European Type Plug)
|Check In Baggage||Cabin Baggage|
|Jet Airways (Domestic)||15 Kg||7 Kg|
|Air Asthana (international)||20 Kg||7 Kg|
Essential Things to Carry:
- Airline ticket
- Passport (Original + Copies of first & last page of the passport)
- Change of clothes for a day in hand baggage
- Carry onboard a limited quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels in containers that do not exceed the capacity of 100 ml each
- Personal medication and emergency medication with prescription preferably
- Neck pillow, sleeping mask, & earplugs
- GoodWwalking shoes / Trek Shoes
- Swim suits
- Flip flops
- Chargers, Adapter or converter for electrical appliances
- Camera with accessories / Selfie stick
- Dry and Wet tissues
- Carry bags to wrap wet clothes
Items NOT to be carried in Carry–on Bags in the Flights:
- Knives of any sharp kind, Types, shape or size
- Razor Blades
- Laser Pointers
- Hypodermic needles and Syringes
- Tradesmen’s Tool
Shopping: Bishkek offers interesting shopping options. It is possible to find a range of products around the capital, such as quirguiz’s patterns rugs, ceramic, jewelry and local handcrafted products like the typical felt fabric hat – Kalpak – initially worn by the nomads.
Handicrafts abound in Kyrgyzstan with a range of embroidered costumes, leather goods, rugs and pottery. In Bishkek, it is also worth visiting the state-run department store, ZUM, a remnant of the Soviet era, and full of postcards and other souvenirs. All cities in Kyrgyzstan have markets and bazaars. Particularly popular are embroidered Kyrgyz felt hats, or kalpak, felt carpets and chess sets with traditional Kyrgyz figures.
If you want to go shopping in Bishkek, check it out the list that we prepared for you:
Tumar Art Salon:
This beautiful store in the centre of Bishkek is a “must go” for those looking for refined handcraft. It is possible to find bracelets, rings, handcraft clothes, dolls and puppets. The prices can be higher sometimes, but the store is worth the visit.
36-2, Togoloka Moldo St. / Chui Av.intersection
Tel.: (+996 312) 21 26 53
Zum Department Store
A huge department store, which sells from electronics to souvenirs – on the last floor. The store accepts credit cards and have a good food court.
Address: 155 Chuy Ave, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm
Phone: +996 312 909 279
One of the best souvenir shops in Bishkek. You can find a lot of handcrafted art, traditional costumes and soviet medal in this shop located in Chui Street.
128, Chui Av.
Tel.: (+996 312) 21 24 05
Asahi Ecological Art and Handicraft
Located in the centre of Bishkek, this shop offers you a lot of rugs option with very typical quirguiz patterns and embroidery.
9am-9pm in summer, 9 am-8pm year-round
136, Chui Prospect
Tel./fax: (+996 312) 66 57 10
Kyrgystan is not the ideal country for shopping european fashion, but if you are looking for western shops, Bishkek Park is the place. With a lot of international stores, for example Mango, it’s a good place to refresh you wardrobe.
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
Address: Kiyevskaya St.,
148, Bishkek 720000,
Tel: +996 312 312 012
EMERGENCY CONTACT IN KYRGYZSTAN:
Ms. Irina Maleeva: +996 772 875 670
- Shop around for the best money exchange rates.
- Wear lots of sunscreen when travelling around or swimming.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Take care of your belongings at all times. It is better to leave your valuables in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulder.
- Avoid stepping on ceremonial offerings in the street.
- Bargain when shopping except on fixed price tagged goods.
- Make sure that you have personal or travel insurance that will cover any accidents.
- Swim outside of the designated areas as undercurrents can be very strong.
- Take a photo after asking an individual’s permission and respect their answer. In general people like it and they even ask you to take a photo of them.
- Wear shoes when you go inside a Yurt or a house.
- Don’t refuse If somebody invites you to eat with them, at least take a piece of something from the plate, so that you don’t insult them.
- Enter a church or a mosque without covering heads -for Women