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Kazakhstan Travel


On the mouth of the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan is an ecologically diverse region of central Asia featuring glacial lakes, rugged mountains, and dry desert plains. Kazakhstan is largely Muslim and is the site of hundreds of historic mosques and shrines of indescribable beauty. Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is a glistening array of colorfully lighted streets amidst modern buildings and futuristic monuments. Most notably, Bayterek, depicts the “Tree of Life” in lights and is a revered city icon. Astana is experiencing a great renaissance and new construction is everywhere. New buildings, communications towers, and tourist attractions are going up in every corner of the city.

Kazakhstan Travel

Outside the city, winter sports are incredibly abundant. The grand Zaili Alatau Mountains is a mountain climber's paradise. The Medeu ice-skating rink is the largest speed-skating rink on the planet. More than 100 world records have been made here. Ice hockey games are a national pastime and the Ust-Kamenogorsk rink is a favorite destination. Chimbulak has the best skiing in the area.

The exquisite Naurzum Nature Reserve features salt lakes and ancient pine forests where indigenous eagles make their nests. Central Kazakhstan is the site of Lake Balkhash, one of the most expansive lakes in the world. Interestingly, it is half salt water, half fresh water. Kurgaldjino Nature Reserve is the home of the largest band of pink flamingos on the planet. The Baikonur Cosmodrome, situated near Leninsk, is where Uri Gagarin, the world's first cosmonaut, blasted off into space on April 12, 1961.

Kazakhstan travel

Outside the city, winter sports are incredibly abundant. The grand Zaili Alatau Mountains is a mountain climber's paradise. The Medeu ice-skating rink is the largest speed-skating rink on the planet. More than 100 world records have been made here. Ice hockey games are a national pastime and the Ust-Kamenogorsk rink is a favorite destination. Chimbulak has the best skiing in the area.

The exquisite Naurzum Nature Reserve features salt lakes and ancient pine forests where indigenous eagles make their nests. Central Kazakhstan is the site of Lake Balkhash, one of the most expansive lakes in the world. Interestingly, it is half salt water, half fresh water. Kurgaldjino Nature Reserve is the home of the largest band of pink flamingos on the planet. The Baikonur Cosmodrome, situated near Leninsk, is where Uri Gagarin, the world's first cosmonaut, blasted off into space on April 12, 1961.

Getting around is relatively easy with regular buses running between the cities, cheap taxis, car hires, and the TurkSib rail trains, which run between the major hubs. The weather is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer marked by excessive dryness. It is best to visit Kazakhstan in the spring or fall to avoid the extreme temperatures.

The official languages are Kazakh and Russian. Many service providers also speak English, which makes finding your way a bit easier. One of the core tenets of Kazakh culture is the genuine hospitality to visitors. The locals are welcoming to outsiders and incredibly willing to share their culture with you. Kazakhstan is a marvel of central Asian culture and embraces each new visitor with open arms.

 
 
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