Osh & The Ferghana Valley

The sprawling yet low-rise city of Osh lies in the south of Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Uzbekistan. Dubbed Kyrgyzstan’s ‘second city’, Osh was a major hub on the ancient Silk Road and has a history dating back to the 5th century BC. Today, Osh is home to the Jayma Bazaar and the fascinating and sacred Suleiman Too, an important site of Muslim pilgrimage.

The southern city of Osh lies at the mouth of the fertile Ferghana Valley, making this an economically prosperous corner of Kyrgyzstan for thousands of years. With a large Uzbek population, Osh is multicultural and embraces its Soviet roots alongside a strong Muslim faith. Mosques can be found peppered across the city, and the five-peaked Suleiman Too, a cavernous mountain in the heart of the city, houses multiple places of worship and its own museum. Visit the bustling Jayma Bazaar and weekly animal market, before heading out of the city to discover the ancient citadels and minarets of Uzgen, a Karakhanid city dating back thousands of years.

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