Karakol may be called the capital of tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic. The majority of tourist coming to Kyrgyzstan visit or pass this city and it has a lot to offer during the whole year. Summer visitors enjoy the unique atmosphere of local bazaars, the temples of religions and picturesque valleys above the city. During the winter, the town attracts visitors to its famous ski resort. The town is the great base for the trips around the south bank of Issyk Kul.