Toktogul is a beautiful village of Jalalabad's province in Kyrgyzstan. Its population is rising with approximately 17,000 inhabitants today. The village is one of the most sought-after destinations by travellers during their stay in Kyrgyzstan as it appears to be the ideal hub for adventure sports. Toktogul also attracts visitors for its large dam.
A bit history
Toktogul obtained the status of city in 2012. It is also the place of birth of the famous musician Toktogul Satilganov.
Toktogul has preserved its Soviet charm with its large and calm avenues. Visit the Toktogul market to pick up various items and to find restaurants offering delicious local dishes. One of Toktogul's specialties resembles ice cream, offering a simple, milky and pure flavor which is typically local.
However, it is not usually the city itself that attracts tourists, but rather the exceptional landscapes that surround it. A true small paradise for hiking or horseback riding with its mountains and lakes, and with exceptional views.
Toktogul is known for its very large tank. A very lovely example of Soviet engineering, the tank reveals itself with an imposing concrete construction that contrasts sharply with the natural surroundings.
However, this does not ruin the view, which is a little more surprising. It is possible to visit the interior of the building but it does require several permits. The lake shores of Toktogul's tank are a great place to rest during a picnic for instance.
How to get there?
Toktogul is several hours from the capital of Kyrgyzstan. In winter, the road seems difficult to cross and obstructs access to the village. To get there, take a taxi or a bus from Bishkek.