Bazaar bargaining in ancient Osh
Small, sleepy cities with continuous three thousand year-old histories are rare, but often ideally suited to back street wandering and bazaar bartering. Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, is no exception. Beneath the steep cone of Suleiman’s Mountain, where the Islamic Prophet is buried, Osh lies peaceful and green; the ideal spot to relax at a chaikhana and drink tea, eat watermelon and watch the world go by. Afterwards, bargaining at the bazaar is a diverse cultural experience. The market is a true melting pot of Central Asian people, and you’ll find everything for sale from Uzbek, Tajik, Kyrgyz, and Russian traditional handicrafts to mobile phones and medicines - a fun and interesting place to engage and laugh with the locals. And everyone else.