As the ninth largest country in the world, Kazakhstan has many things to offer tourists. Our list showcases Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage, natural wonders and rapid modern development.
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of 1.7 million people. It has myriad sightseeing opportunities, with plenty of parks and a variety of places of entertainment. It’s easy to take a day trip to Shymbulak ski resort, Medeu outdoor skating rink or Big Almaty Lake. Almaty’s international airport is well connected, making it the perfect starting point for your Kazakhstan or Central Asia Tour.
# 2 Astana
Astana is a glorious modern city, planned and built by globally-renowned architects. It is unique in Central Asia and you can be forgiven for thinking that you are in a modern western city with huge malls, modern skyscrapers and broad avenues. Astana hosts World Expo 2017 dedicated to the theme of “Future Energy” which will be definitely worth checking out.
# 3 Turkistan city & Yassawi Mausoleum
Turkistan is an important city with a rich cultural and historical heritage. The blue domed mausoleum was built in the XIVth century and dedicated to Sufi philosopher and poet Khoja Ahmed Yassawi.
# 4 Altyn Emel National Park & Charyn Canyon
Altyn Emel was established as a National Park in 1996. It covers an area of 4600 square kilometers – the size of Luxembourg and Mauritius combined. One of the highlights of the park is the singing dune.
Charyn Canyon looks like a sister of Grand Canyon in the USA, plunging to 300 metres in places. It has an impressive size of 80 kilometres in length as well.
# 5 Kolsai Lakes & Kaindy
Kolsai is one of the most beautiful places for recreation, hiking and horse riding in Kazakhstan. There are three lakes situated at an altitude of 1800 to 2700 meters above sea level. Kolsai’s lakes are situated around 300 km from Almaty.
On the way, make a stop at Kaindy. This magical lake with birch trees is the result of an earthquake in 1911 that flooded the forest.