Experience the Culture & Cuisine
of the Great Silk Road.
Located in Southern Kyrgyzstan's fertile Fergana Valley, Osh has served for three millennia as a pivotal city in Central Asia welcoming travelers from across the world. Sacred Sulaiman-Too Mountain rises from the center of the city and once served as a beacon for Silk Road travelers and traders as they descended from the stunning Pamir-Alay Mountains nearby. From its time as a Silk Road trading hub, Osh has grown into a vibrant, multicultural city with over 80 ethnicities whose fascinating history lives on in the city's bustling bazaars, culinary traditions, and most notably its people. Osh is so much more than a name, it's a byword for hospitality and welcome. Having hosted travelers for millennia, Osh offers a respite from your journey. No matter how far or long you've traveled to get here, Osh awaits with immersive experiences that you'll find nowhere else.
Here in Osh, travelers are more than tourists, they're friends.
Discover the history. Sample the flavors. Experience the welcome.
Most noted for its ancient Silk Road history, Osh is a city defined by the genuine and open welcome locals extend to travelers. As Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, Osh offers an incredible range of things to do, places to eat, and nearby adventures. Many independent travelers venture to the region for world-class trekking in the nearby Pamir-Alay Mountains or to plan a trip along the epic Pamir Highway into Tajikistan. Along the way, they end up fascinated by the region's ancient history, captivated by the nuanced flavors in the local cuisine, and taken by the friendly smiles greeting their every curious question.
Osh is a city that will surprise you at every turn. If you come to Osh and fill your days with food, we won't blame you — the Osh Foodie Tour and Plov Journey stand among the city's most memorable food experiences. Or perhaps you planned to stay for a day but end up leaving days later, after diving into the Fergana Valley's rich ancient history — well, we won't tell a soul. The fact is, getting lost in Osh's historic bazaar, taking a sunrise hike to Sulaiman-Too, playing chess with elders in one of our green parks, or trekking into the mountains are activities as popular with locals as they are with tourists. So who are we to say anything more than "Welcome!" We look forward to helping you discover Osh.
WALKING AND FOOD TOURS
Engage in markets and bazaars. Take in mosques and our sacred Sulaiman-Too mountain. Immerse yourself in cultures and cuisines with friendly, knowledgeable guides who will connect you to local life and infuse you with an understanding and appreciation of modern day Osh. These tours are a great first stop.
HISTORICAL SITES AND ATTRACTIONS
Located in the Fergana Valley and at the approach to the Pamir-Alay Mountains, Osh was a Silk Road trading center, and remains a Central Asian crossroads. Its colorful history is one of vibrant cultures and ambitious traders, many of whom left their mark. To wander through Osh is to wander through this living history.
Osh is located near the foot of the Pamir-Alay Mountains — a stunning landscape of snow-covered peaks, alpine lakes, glistening glaciers, and green jailoos (high pastures) filled with local shepherds. Treks near Osh offer a remarkable array of outdoor adventures for everyone.
Travelers can enjoy a range of easy day trips from Osh, including ancient towns, petroglyphs, museums, and a national park. Each one highlights the rich history and natural beauty of the Fergana Valley and the Alay region. Let us help you discover more of this fascinating and beautiful region.
The same diversity and history that makes Osh a fascinating center of cultures also makes it an ideal place for foodies. As a crossroads and trading city for millennia, Osh's culinary traditions have evolved to combine some of the best flavors of Central Asia and beyond. You'll be surprised by what you find ... and taste.