official_name = Tamchi
native_name = Тамчы
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
Issyk Kul Province
timezone =UTC +5
latd=42 |latm=33 |lats=36 |latNS=N
longd=76|longm= 39|longs=0 |longEW=E
elevation_m = 1601
Tamchy ( _ky. Тамчы; _ru. Тамчы, earlier Тамчи) is a village in the
Issyk Kul Districtof the Issyk Kul Provinceof Kyrgyzstan. The name used to be transcribed into English as Tamchi, and some local road signs have it, surprisingly, as Tamczy.
Tamchy is located on the north shore of Lake
Issyk Kul, between Balykchyand Cholpon Ata.
The village stretches for a couple kilometers along the shore of a bay formed by promonotories at
Kosh Kol(to the west) and Choktal(to the east). A gently raising desert plain stretches for more than ten kilometers north of the village, towards the foothills of the mountain range that separates Issyk Kul basin from the KeminValley farther north. Remote snow-covered mountain tops can be seen from the village, and, on a clear day, one can see the Tian Shanmountains across the like to the south.
A creek flows from the mountains to the shore, bringing fresh water to the village. Along much of its course, the creek is artificially rerouted (and thus locally known as an "
aryk") to run not along the bottom of ravines and gulches, but on a high ground, so that it is possible to divert water from it for irrigation. However, as the amount of water in the creek is quite limited, only a few square kilometers of land around the village is actually irrigated. Village houses are often surrounded by orchards, apples and walnuts being local favorites.
Tamchy is one of the popular family beach vacation destinations on Issyk Kul's north shore. Much less developed and more low-key than
Cholpon Ata, it is popular with both the Bishkekmiddle class and budget travellers from as far away as central Russia and Siberia. Unlike its western neighbor, Kosh Kol, Tamchy was spared the large-scale resort development during the Soviet era, and its hospitality industry consists mostly of smaller, family-run guesthouses.
Tamchy is located on the highway that runs along the north shore of
Issyk Kul, and is served by passenger vans and buses operating on Bishkek-Balykchy-Cholpon Ata- Karakolroute.
Tamchy airportairport is located approximately 5 kilometers to the east of the village.
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