Asian Borderlands Research Network

Conference excursions

We would like to offer our conference participants three optional excursions to explore more of Bishkek and its surrounding.
Please note: The excursion costs are not included in the conference registration fee.

If you would like to join, please register via the registration form available from our website before 1 August 2018 (exenteded deadline).
See https://asianborderlands.net/excursion-registration-form

Please note: You should notify Ms Martina van den Haak (m.c.van.den.haak@iias.nl) before 1 August 2018 at the latest if for some reason you cannot participate in the excursion. Otherwise the excursion costs will be charged to you.

Sunday 12 August, afternoon
Guided Tour: Erkindik Avenue (by Bishkek Walks)

Price: Group tour $15 per person (payment should be made to the guide)
Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours (please, consider wearing comfortable footwear)

Erkindik Avenue or better known by its Soviet name “Dzhejinka”, which is located right at the heart of Bishkek. Here perhaps is the highest number of historical monuments and buildings per square km. With its numerous trees and pleasant shades in hot summers, this avenue attracts locals as well as visiting tourists. The tour will include numerous stops along the Erkindik Avenue revealing its history (architecture, people) that stretches almost one hundred years.

Thursday 16 August, morning
Guided Tour: Revolution Walk (by Bishkek Walks)

Price: Group tour $15 per person (payment should be made to the guide)
Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours (please, consider wearing comfortable footwear)

This walk is specifically designed to learn the history of Soviet revolutionary discourse in Frunze (Bishkek). The years between 1960s all the way to the 80s were especially rich for construction of monuments. However political symbolism of some of these constructions such as "The fighters of the Revolution" depicted on the front-page transcended overtime the official Party line acquiring a new meaning. 
The walk starts from the monument of The fighters of the Revolution, to the monument for a poet writer Toktogul Satylganov and further continuing to the fraternal grave of Red Guards. We will cross the entire central square up to the Monument of Friendship of Peoples ending at a monument to the memory of those who died during the April events of 2010.

Thursday 16 August, full day
One-day tour to Ala-Archa Gorge (by Advantour)

Ala-Archa is the most visited gorge and national park in Kyrgyzstan located 35 km away from Bishkek. 200 square kilometers are covered by coniferous forests and crystal river framed with mighty mountains. The gorge is flanked by tall, snow-covered peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes.
Tour itinerary:
•    Transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park after breakfast.
•    Hiking in the gorge.
•    Return back to the alpine camp.
•    Transfer to Bishkek.

Group tour: 1000 Kyrgyz soms. Payment for this trip should be made in cash in local currency onsite at the conference registration desk, no later than Monday 13 August.

Standard tour price includes:
1.    Transportation throughout the whole trip.
2.    English speaking guide;
3.    Entrance fee to the national park.

Tour price does not include personal insurance, meals and items not mentioned above.

Please note that first two walking tours by STAB were published on this page as excursion option. They have however stopped organising tours. Bishkek Walks is therefore offered as alternative.