Karakol

Karakol (population 75,000) is situated at the east end of Lake Issyk Kul. It has its origins in 1869 as a Russian garrison town and was later, due to its inaccessibility to prying eyes, a Soviet research base for torpedoes. It is now a centre for people visiting the nearby mountains, a major asset to Kyrgyzstan's growing tourist industry. Like other
places in the country the town benefited from levels of Russian investment in Soviet times which the newly independent state is unable to maintain.

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Hotel Amir

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Guard dog

Merchant's house

Main street

Bus station

Lenin statue

Lidless manhole

Square

Pushkin Park

Street scene

Street scene

Street scene

Mountains

Irrigation

Building work

Mud

Building work

Mud bricks

Mud bricks

Przhevalsky

Issyk Kul

Issyk Kul

Mosque

Mosque

Mosque

Sunday Bazaar

Sunday Bazaar

Sunday Market

Sunday Market

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