Chui OblastTokmok and Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan

Closest trips to Bishkek.

Tokmok was close by and also on our way to Issyk Kul and Naryn. Tokmok is well known for the Burana Tower, an ancient minaret.

Tokmok

Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan.
Tokmok. We had one testing here.
Tokmok and Burana Tower, Kyrgyzstan.
Here is the Burana Tower.
Tokmok and Burana Tower, Kyrgyzstan.
Remnants of an old castle.

Kara Balta

Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
When you think Kara Balta, think Soviet secret city. Kara Balta did not exist on maps until the fall of the Soviet Union. This town was well built with good streets.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
Parts were more beautiful then in Bishkek.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
Great paved streets.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
No idea what this is.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
Government building in Kara Balta.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
More great paved streets.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
Best behaved students in all of Kyrgyzstan.
Kara Balta, Kyrgyzstan.
Smile! These "kids" must be in their early 30s now.

Reflection

Not much I remember about these two trips. They were too close to Bishkek. In Kara Balta, I remember that we hurried so we could make it back to Bishkek before it got dark.