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Kazakhstan – a great diversity of the biggest country of Central Asia! 

Kazakhstan is the land of a great climatic, geographical and cultural diversity. The famous high-altitude rink Medeo, the grandiose Charyn canyon, the unique Sufi monuments, the ancient cities of Taraz, Shymkent and Turkestan, steppes, deserts, yurts and healing horse milk, called kumis. The picturesque nomadic culture will open its treasury before those who wish to explore the tourism opportunities of Kazakhstan.

Trekking, climbing at various difficulty levels, hiking tours, skiing, safari, fishing and hunting – Kazakhstan tourism includes everything for active travelers and sportsmen.

If you are going to make a trip to Kazakhstan in winter, don’t miss the chance to visit ski resorts such as Chimbulak, Akbulak, Elyk-Sai and Medeo.

Chimbulak ski resort is located on the hillside of Zailiyskiy Ala Tau, near Almaty city (the former capital of Kazakhstan). It was built during the Soviet era. Here there is a track with a length of more than 20 km for those who love skiing and snowboarding. You can take some lessons with experienced trainers in the ski resort.

There are many different attractions and activities for those who like active leisure or even paragliding for extreme lovers. The flight begins at 3200 m and lasts  20 minutes.  A professional instructor will accompany you during the whole flight, so you don’t have to worry about your safety. There are viewing platforms at all heights, where they sell hot tea, coffee, snacks and even shish kebab. You can also find spa-salons and saunas there.

As for the ski complex Medeo, it is necessary to underline that it is a legendary ski resort since Soviet times. It is located among the mountains at a height of 1691 m. There is an ice rink where you can rent all necessary equipment and skate while enjoying the majestic view of snow-capped peaks.

Kazakhstan tourism also offers an introduction to Kazakh nomadic traditions, cuisine and traditional handicrafts.

Tourists can take part in horseback ridings and hiking tours or enjoy a falconry show.

The largest nature reserve of Kazakhstan is Altyn-Emel National Reserve located 182 km from Almaty. It will impress you by the diversity of its natural and archaeological monuments and the unique natural phenomena – the singing dunes.  Many legends are connected to these dunes. According to one of these legends, when the dunes sing, the Shaitan (Satan) sings his song. Nevertheless, scientists explain this phenomenon by the vibrations of the sand caused by the dry winds that blow in this region.

Perhaps, you would like to see a real cosmodrome? It is possible in Kazakhstan! 

At the famous spaceport Baikonur tourists can learn a lot about the history of space exploration; see layouts of real rockets and spaceships and communicate with people whose profession is related to the space. Baikonur cosmodrome is located in the same name city in the south-west of Kazakhstan, in a desert steppe.

You can get to the cosmodrome by the night train departing from Almaty and Shymkent cities. It is noteworthy that the cosmodrome is leased until 2050 by the Russian Federation. As a result, the territory of the city is subject to the Russian legislation and Russian rubles are used as an exclusive currency.

Finally, you can buy a unique souvenir here in order to remember this extraordinary experience: a special uniform of the cosmoderome employee, flags, coins, clocks with special symbols, copies of rockets and other memorabilia.

Kazakhstan has 2 capitals!

The former capital of Kazakhstan –  Almaty was built during the Soviet era and nowadays it is the major commercial and cultural centre of Kazakhstan and the most cosmopolitan city. The current capital of Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan (previously Astana) was constructed after the collapse of the USSR and became the capital city in 1997.

In Almaty tourists can visit museums, theaters, bazaars, churches and mosques. Besides, there is a beautiful mountain lake in the surroundings of the city. Visitors say that it is a perfect place to contemplate the beauty of the area. You can also climb the Kok-Tobe mountain, from where you can observe the whole city.

If you visit Nur-Sultan (former Astana) you will be surprised by the contrast with the former capital. The architecture of the new capital is modern and differs from the typical soviet construction. There are skyscrapers and innovative buildings. For example, Khan-Shatyr stylized as a Kazakh yurt in a form of a huge transparent tent, 150 m in height. It includes a huge complex of trade and entertainment objects.

The monument Astana-Baiterek is the heart and symbol of Nur-Sultan. Its total height is 97 m and it became a visit card of new Kazakhstan. It symbolizes a new era in the country’s development. Another must-see sight of the Kazakh capital is the Khasret-Sultan mosque, opened in 2012. It was named in honor of Khoja Ahmed Yassavi. It occupies 11 hectares and can fit up to 10000 parishioners.

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Kazakhstan is the biggest and the richest country of Central Asia with great cultural and historical heritage, vast territory and natural resources.
Cultural tourism
Discover the ancient cities of Kazakhstan, such as Turkestan, Otrar and Taraz that represent rich cultural and historical heritage of this Central Asian country!
Urban tourism
Don't miss the chance to visit both capitals of Kazakhstan: the former capital - Almaty and the current capital of Kazakhstan - Nur-Sultan (previously Astana)!
Baikonur cosmodrome
Would you like to see a real cosmodrome? Don't miss the extraordinary experience of visiting Baykonour spaceport and get to know more about space exploration!
Nature based and ethno-tourism
Feel the nature! Take part in horseback ridings and hiking tours or enjoy a falconry show! Get to know more about Kazakh nomadic traditions, cuisine and traditional handicrafts.
Active leisure and adventure tourism
Enjoy trekking, climbing at various difficulty levels, safari tours, fishing, hunting and even paragliding for extreme lovers! Explore Altyn-Emel National Reserve and its singing dunes!
Winter sports
Don’t miss the chance to visit ski resorts such as Chimbulak, Akbulak, Elyk-Sai and Medeo, where you can ski or skate while enjoying the majestic view of snow-capped peaks. .

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Kazakhstan tourism also offers a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The cities of Turkestan, Otrar and Taraz represent monuments of ancient civilizations and routes.  A trip to the city of Turkestan situated in the south of Kazakhstan will let you get to know more about Muslim architectural monuments. This ancient city once was the capital of the Kazakh khanate and has treasures such as the majestic mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassavi, one of the most honorary Islamic Sufis and poets.

The city of Turkestan (earlier known as Yassi) was located on one of the ways of the Great Silk Road – on the trade route between Khorezm, Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. Turkestan was visited daily by caravans of 500 and more camels. There is a belief that the monument to Khoja Ahmed Yassavi in Turkestan was set by the order of the great conqueror Tamerlan.

Another ancient city of Kazakhstan is Otrar. All travelers, who were heading from the East to the West used to visit this place. These ancient travelers and explorers described Otrar as a trade center with great palaces and mosques. One of the greatest philosophers of the Orient – Abu-Nasra al-Farabi was born and raised in Otrar.

Besides, in this city there is a majestic mausoleum named Arystan-baba that was built by order of Tamerlan in honor of the Central Asian Saint – Arystan Baba. The mausoleum was ruined because of an earthquake in the XVIII century, but it was reconstructed later.

In the third largest city of Kazakhstan –  Shymkent you will find a great number of architectural pearls and holy places as well. There is the Karashash-Ana mausoleum, built in honor of the mother of the great poet Khoja Ahmed Yassavi. She was a very educated and literate woman of those times. She is considered as a symbol of motherhood and noblesse. The mausoleum of the father of Khoja Ahmed Yassavi also exists. It is the Ibrahim-Ata mausoleum. He was a spiritual guide and a teacher, who propagated the Islamic religion.  Many other attractions located in Shymkent and its surroundings will surprise you by their majesty and spirituality.

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