Kazakhstan is a beautiful country that is fascinating to explore in-depth. Many exciting and interesting sites to discover during your stay. Here are some of the most important moments you would like to see during your stay in Kazakhstan: from the most beautiful landscapes and wonders of nature to the best cities and the most remarkable historical sites.
Almaty was once the centre of Kazakhstan and the biggest city in the country. It is the gateway to many travellers who start their journey in the country. Almaty is an amazing modern city. It is the scientific, cultural, historical, industrial and financial centre of the country and, as soon as the number of banks, shopping malls and modern building designs appear, you can see that money has been invested in this city.
The contraction of Lake Aral is one of the major environmental disasters of the 20th century: in the 1960s, it was one of the four largest lakes in the world, but it is only a fraction of its original size. The poorly designed irrigation systems of the Soviet Union have resulted in drainage of water and drying up of Lake Aral. However, it is an important place to observe the potentially devastating impact of human intervention in nature. The skeletons of ships in the sand, now miles away from the open waters where they can sail, are a moving reminder of the past.
The ski resort of Shymbulak
You may not think of Kazakhstan as a winter sports centre, but the Shimbulak ski area is only a 30-minute drive from Almaty, organized the Asian Winter Games in 2011 and offered unsuccessfully) at the 2014 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games. You can ski in Shymbulak from November to May, and the ski lifts serve the Talgar Pass at 3,200 meters. In total, there is about 20 km of trails, as well as a number of excellent affordable opportunities for heliskiing. The ski jump from the resort overlooks Almaty and the view at the top is spectacular, even if you do not intend to jump.
Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center
Khan Shatyr is the most famous building in the Astana skyline and is recognized as the largest tent in the world. This iconic structure was designed by Norman Foster and houses an indoor seaside resort, a river with boats, a shopping centre and a concert hall. It is temperature-controlled, so it is always soft inside, even if the mercury falls outside at -40 degrees Celsius. Andrea Bocelli sang at the inauguration of Khan Shatyr, in front of the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia and Byelorussia. You are the last of a long list of international visitors.
Hidden in the mountains of Tien Shan, Lake Kaindy is a newcomer in the landscape created by a landslide in 1911. The water passing from turquoise to emerald green, depending on the light, it is particularly picturesque to s’ take a walk, whether on a day trip to Almaty or on a longer trek. Siberian deer graze on the shores of the lake, there is a large number of birds and the lake is also good for trout fishing. This is a place where you want to retire and spend some time watching the reflections and ripples on the water.
Kazakhstan was on the Fiber Road and there was already a considerable trading centre in Turkestan in the 4th century CE. An important Sufi saint, Khodja Ahmed Yassawi, addressed and was immersed here. Its medieval mausoleum remains an important Holy expenditure site, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Nomad’s Land is an area in the middle of the Kazakh steppe along the Ili River. On the basis of photos and at first glance, it is possible that people do not know what it is because it looks like a historical discovery in the midst of an arid landscape, but it is actually a film set that was abandoned compared to the French / Kazakh film “Nomad”.
Shymkent is a metropolis in the Republic of Kazakhstan, located near the edge with Uzbekistan. It is one of three Kazakh cities that have the same status as a region. Shymkent reaches the heart of the outside world of Kazakhstan