Firstly, the beautiful scenery of the Tien Shan and Alay mountain ranges that take up most of the country is a joy to behold. Secondly, the semi-nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan’s shepherds has managed to survive the onslaught of 70 years of Soviet rule. Visiting a yurt and learning about the Kyrgyz traditional lifestyle should be a highlight of any visit to Kyrgyzstan