Well Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997 and then got replaced by Nur-Sultan. This new capital got few name changes in last 2 decades :)Kazakhstan is a beautiful country which is based in Central Asia which shares it borders with China and Russia. People usually are seen asking the best time to visit Almaty and other places to see in Kazakhstan and we are writing to give answer to these questions only.
Kazakhstan is more popular because of Almaty than any other thing. It is one of the top charming places of the region . Almaty is the hub of trade activities which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and awesome tourists:)
Almaty temperature and climate behaves more similar to Asian countries . March – May is the most wettest time of Almaty and is not recommended for tourists . From June to October the climate is pleasant and not harsh .Nov- Jan it will be chillest and might leave an opportunity for hikers to test their skills 🙂
Well , Kazakhstan is not expensive if compared to European destinations and might give a good travel experience in budgeted prices.
The currency of Kazakhstan is called tenge 🙂 1 USD to Approx. 420 Tenge
Yes , It is absolutely very easy to get vegetarian food in Almaty 🙂 Fortunately there are lot of Indian Gujarati people residing in the city ! Gujarati Indian community is know for their vegetarian pre-fences.
Well , Compared to European destinations of the world Almaty is fortunately far behind if we talk about Covid cases .
The country’s medical infrastructure is good enough to tackle with surge in number of cases as per the Almaty’s administration.
We Almaty ,Kazakhstan is safe enough if you want to tie your shoes to travel .
Not to forget , social distancing measures should always be followed .
Detailed description of Places to visit in Almaty
It is almost a 400ms extended lake which is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This lakes depth is of almost 30 ms. It is situated 131 kms east of the Almaty and also is around 2000 ms above sea level.
It is feasible to visit Lake Kaindy and Kolsai Lakes which is also found in the region of Almaty both by a planned tour and one can also use public transport.
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It is a canyon( a deep gorge with a river flowing through it) on the Sharyn River in Kazakhstan almost 180 kms of Almaty.
It is said tp be close to the Chinese border. This canyon is almost 88 Kms extended. It is located within the territory of Uygur District and is also a part of Charyn National Park .
It consists of a formation along with the banks of the Charyn River of roughly 78 kms .
The are is easily reachable from Almaty as there is a well connected highway to it .
Altyn-Emel National Park
This park was built back in 1996 . It has an area of around 4500 Kms surrounded by LLi river and Aku Tau mountains.
It consists of various landscapes like deserted sand land ,mountains , rivers and forests .
This park has preserved 1800 plan species and almost around 70 animal species which has significant value to the eco system.
Turgen is an easy 3kms hike on the mountains with river flowing just next to you .People usually visit here for camping and hiking .
Its around 92 kms from Almaty and is a place where you will see tourists hanging around.
Mostly youngsters like to visit the place as one needs to be fit to hike up and come down 🙂
Sanctuary of Tamgaly-Tas
Here on rock carvings and paintings of Buddha, bodhisattvas and different styles of Tibetan scripture can be seen on different cliffs and boulders.
No one really knows who were the architect of this but yeah is the most famous tourist point around Almaty 🙂
Italian archaeologist Renato Sala narrated Tamgaly Tas as an exceptionally scarce monument and a holy sanctuary of Buddhists which was used for prayers and meditation.
Big Almaty Lake
The bowl of the big Almaty lake has tectonic beginning with complicated structure and extensive slope to the north. The lake is 1.66 km in length and is 0.75 to 1 km in width.
Like many other lakes in the Tien Shan mountains, the Big Almaty lake came up as a result from various earthquakes.
There are three main pinnacles that can be watched from the northern end of the dam which is at the peak of Councils (4317 m) .
The lake provides drinking water to lakhs of people around the region . Big almaty lake is easily accessible from Almaty.
This lake is judged to be formed in about 8-10 millennia due to catastrophic earthquake that forced the collapse of the slope of the gorge. When the collapse happened, the gorge was chunked by a dam with a height of approx 289 m.
The earliest researcher who was the geographer named Semenov Tien-Shansky mentioned this lake in his diaries.
Ile-Alatau National Park
This park is located in the mountains of Almaty having Gorge Turgen in the eastern side of it . You can easily find snow leopards, Central Asian lynx, Tian Shan brown bears, golden eagle and many other species of fauna .
There are few significant bird species in this park like Himalayan snowcock and Ibisbil.
Other places to see in Kazakhstan
Astana (Nur Sultan)
This is the capital city of Kazakhstan from 1997 until now . This place has got few name changes and the latest name of the city is Nur Sultan.
The city is based on the banks of the Ishim River . It stands second in the list of coldest capitals of any country .
It ranges between 35 degrees in summers and -35 degrees in December winters .
Islam is the primary religion in the region ! There are lots of tourist places to visit.
Well , the population of the city stands on 4th number in the country with around 4.5 million.
This city has got an influence of Germany as in 1940’s 70 % population in the city was of Germans .
Karaganda city is more industrial was coal mines are near by and those needs to be exploited .
It was founded by Russian settlers in 1879 ! The city’s most circulating significant industry is food processing . It was granted city status in 1893.
Students from around the region and from other neighbouring countries visit here for degrees as there are 5 high institutions and 22 high schools .
It has got an awesome historical-cultural heritage. It showcases almost around 170 heritage monuments .
It was previously a fishing port and harbour city on the edge of the Aral Sea, and was a greatest supplier of fish to the neigh-boring region.
There was a village around the Aral city that is presently a railway passing-track in the south of the city.
This city was previously known as Leninsk. The city has population of around 44k people .
It has the Cosmodrome(Launching site of spacecraft) is the world’s first spaceport for launches and the biggest running space launch facility.
It is located in the east shore of Caspian sea.It was also known as Shevchenko. It was a site of Nuclear power station which was closed in 1999.
Few attractions in the city are –
- World War II Eternal Flame Memorial in a shape reminiscent of a traditional yurt
- Monuments of Famous people of the past: Kashagan, Zhalau Mynbayev and Taras Shevchenko
- Yntymak Square
- The Drama Theatre
- MiG Monument at the Victory Mall
- Regional Studies and History Museum
It is a Kazakh cities which have the standing equal to that of a region. It is the 3rd most populated city in Kazakhstan just back of Almaty and Nur-Sultan. It has an population of almost Rs 110000.
It has its 2200 year history and went under influence of many civilisations .
The history of it is third millennium old. When it was the capital city, a huge number of Kazakh khans, batyrs, generals, and well-known statesmen of the Kazakh Khanate were buried there in Turkestan.
Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve
It is located in the province of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The name is obtained from the biggest river in the area. Here are 40 above mammal species in the Reserve that are highly vulnerable as per the red book of Kazakhstan.
Arystan Bab Mausoleum
The mausoleum is 14th century Old and is constructed over Arystan Bab’s 12th-century grave, but was rebuild many times .
The effect of high groundwater levels led to the mosque being demolished and rebuilt in 1971.
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