The Cholpon-Ata Town
The small city of Cholpon-Ata is located on the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, 265 km (165 miles) from Bishkek. Cholpon-Ata is famous for its petroglyphs, resorts, sandy beaches, and underground mineral springs. Cholpon-Ata’s history stretches back to the first millennium BCE, since the city’s location between the lake and the mountains makes it an ideal stopping place. The city, whose name means “father of the stars”, grew as caravanserais were built, and in Soviet times, the many resorts made Cholpon-Ata a summer destination. Nowadays, the city still draws crowds in the summer. Visitors can rent rooms, stay in hotels, or even find apartments to stay in. There are also plenty of beaches, some public, some private, and spa treatments for those looking for an extra-relaxing vacation. There’s no shortage of things to do in Cholpon-Ata: ride the Ferris wheel, or go on a boat ride.