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The Republic of Kazakhstan is a true open-air museum. the most beautiful natural wonders described in the legends of Burabaj lake, alpine meadows Zailiiyskogo Tau, Charyn river’s unique canyon, the so-called “little brother” of the American Grand Canyon are waiting for you. Canyon is also known relict ash grove.
Almaty is located near the mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau, here are mixed elements of traditional style with the latest contemporary building. Almaty means “father of apples” city, founded in the mid-19th century on the site of the destroyed by enemy’s raids and wars settlement of Almaty, and was the official capital of Kazakhstan until 1998. Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains rise just as wall along the southern border of Almaty.
Everyone who arrives in Almaty, admires with its beauty, green attire, mountain peaks, numerous fountains, majestic streets, buildings and architectural structures. The city has many parks, despite the Soviet period, the buildings look harmonious. Theaters, museums, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. in large quantities are presented here. Famous Panfilov Park – the right rectangle of lush greenery, located near the Cathedral Zenkovskaya-miraculously survived the earthquake of 1911.
The Cathedral is built entirely of wood and without the use of nails. In the west part of the park there are Arasan Baths including the Turkish, Russian and Finnish departments. The state Museum will open to you its excellent exposition of country’s history and a copy of the “Golden Man” statue, which is a military armor created with 4000 gold plates and which is the main archeological treasure of the country.
Kazakhstan has huge reserves of minerals, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, uranium ore, oil, gas, coal and other coal country holds leading positions in the world economy on the deposits of zinc, lead, tungsten, silver, chromium, and so on. It should be noted that not all deposits are fully understood.
Crossing Kazakhstan you will go through one climatic zone to another, each of which has an unique flora and fauna.
Underground mosque Becket in Aktau is associated with the Kazakh preacher of the 18th century Becket-Ata. Underground mosque Shakpak-ata was built in 10 – 13 centuries. The mosque is built in the shape of a Latin cross and carved into the hillside between two ravines, descending to the foot of the mountain Ungazy.
1,500-years old city of Turkestan, where Khoja Ahmed Yassavi founded a theological school, so the city became the most important education center of Kazakhstan.
In the XIV century the city was created by a complex of buildings near the mausoleum, created by the great Timur. In the Muslim world, the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed is the second Mecca. Tourists can take a walk on the well-known Turkestan fair and admire Buddhist Bronze Age petroglyphs Tamgali-Tas.
Babaji Khatun Mausoleum, Aisha-Bibi Mausoleum, submitted to the heritage of UNESCO, Taraz city – along the Great Silk Road – all the famous sights of the country.
Astana became the modern capital of Kazakhstan. There is a cozy, middle size city, with small landscaped streets.
There are a lot of universities and art institutions in the city: the University of Eurasia, museums, two dramatic theaters. Trans-Ili Alatay and Keng-Alatay are the real haven for travelers at an altitude of 4000 m Peak Khan-Tengri – beautiful mountain northern Tien Shan and the climber’s dream of conquering peak-seventhousander . During sunrise and sunset Khan-Tengri gets painted in bright red, and became the source of ancient tales and legends.
Aktau placed where human life seems almost impossible because of the influence of the desert. The city was built after the discovery of uranium veins.
Lake Balkhash, huge, but very shallow, the eastern part of the lake contains salt water, and the western part – almost fresh, so even species of fish that live in different parts of the lake, strikingly different from each other. Total in the country there are about 7 million natural lakes.
Kazakhs wedding is one of the most interesting and colorful ceremonies, with numerous gifts, rituals and traditional competitions. Nowruz holiday dates back to the pre-Islamic history of the peoples of Central Asia. It means for Kazakhs people celebration of spring coming, coupled with the vernal equinox. Boys born on this day usually are called Nowrisbuy or Nowrisbek and girls Nowruz or Nowriszgul. Before the feast of the vernal equinox it taken to tidy/clean up the house, to pay debts, to forgive everyone, because, as argued elders, during Nowruz holidays all disease and failure should get rid the houses.
Festive table called Dastarkham is full of dishes. Celebrating Nowruz is always accompanied by folk games, traditional races, entertainment, as well as a horse in the Kazakh tradition occupies a special place. Kazakhs were nomads and thus the horse has played an important role in their lives.
Generous and diverse Kazakhstan is waiting for you! Come each time of the year, travel with a group or by your own with renting a car, and be sure that this trip forever occupies a special place in your memories.