Happy Nomads Village is a unique village with kyrgyz yurts that provides bed and breaksfast, shower, WiFi, Kyrgyz language courses in Karakol, Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Village is run by english speaking family.
At the moment our village owns three kyrgyz yurts with 20 beds. Also we will be happy to have you with your own tents in our village.
Karakol 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 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.
Dungan Mosque This is one of the few mosques that dodged Soviet destruction. It was built in 1910 by the local Dungan community (Muslim people from north-east China, who in the 19th century had escaped from oppression by the Chinese government on account of their religion) as a house of worship. Completely of wood without nails, it is painted in numerous colors. It is still used as a Muslim house of worship, and tourists are gladly welcomed.
Holy Trinity Cathedral This traditional Russian wooden cathedral with an onion dome has recently undergone extensive restoration work, paid for by the local Slavic community.
Regional Museum This museum hosts numerous archeological bits from the Scythian era and many stuffed animals, culled from the mountains. While there is much to see, little of the information available is in English, and the staff do not speak English. Still, the place is worth a visit.
Przewalski/Przhevalskiy Museum and Memorial Set a few miles outside the city, the museum hosts the life story of one of the world's great explorers, who died in Karakol in 1888. It is a true testimonial to Russian colonization of Central Asia. The staff here speak English. To the rear of his resting place lies the remnants of a Soviet torpedo testing facility. The museum can be reached by taxi, or by the very old-looking buses (often orange) that line up near the small park with the statue on Toktogula st.
Zoo, Near stadium. The Karakol zoo has many native species native to Kyrgyzstan such as bears, wolves, camels, and various hoofed creatures. edit
Victory Park (Park Pobedi), Telmana/Abdrakhmanova (Go all the way up Abdrakhmanova until it dead ends.). Classic soviet style park and monument. Nice trees and paths. edit
Animal Bazaar, (south of the city, along lenina). Mentioned in most guidebooks, this can be a very interesting affair. Starts early Sunday mornings. Regional herders/shepherds and farmers gather in Karakol to sell sheep, horses, dogs, goats, and other animals. edit
Slavyonski Bazar. This is a local flea market where one can find all sorts of household goods and soviet treasures.