Karakol lies between the eastern end of the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, the Issyk-Kul, and the Tian Shan mountain range.
The city was founded in 1860 as a Russian military outpost. Yet, Karakol did only develop when research travelers started to investigate the region between China and Kyrgyzstan.
In 1888, Russian military and geographer Przhevalsky died of typhus during preparations for a trip to Tibet. His grave and a museum are now in a nearby memorial park.
The most important sights in the city are the Dungan Mosque from 1910 and the wooden Orthodox church from 1895.
As we have some free time, we make a short flight with the drone. We take off from the large square in front of the building No. 1, which houses the city administration and a Kickboxing Club. West of it is the Municipal Theater and to the east a Lenin monument.
By means of the drone, we recognize the Kungej-Alatau Mountains to the north. It lies beyond the Issyk-Kul and rises up to 4771 m. In the south, you can see the Tian Shan Mountains.
Here you see already, that Karakol is an ideal starting point for trekking and cycle tours.
You can also clearly see the Russian Orthodox Church, west of the square.
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