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Kazakhstan sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

A country of great steeps, Kazakhstan never ceases to amaze its guests with numerous wonders of nature, fascinating places and unique culture. When describing the most interesting places in Kazakhstan, the city of Almaty should be mentioned first. The city is widely known for its spectacular architecture, spacious parks and modern entertainment centres. Panfilov Park is a favourite place of rest for both citizens and guests of Almaty. The park is also the location of an architectural landmark – Zenkov Cathedral. Almost all buildings of the Russian Empire period were destroyed by a devastating earthquake that happened in 1911. The cathedral was one of a few surviving buildings and it’s a true miracle given that the fragile building is made of wood. The Central State Museum is considered the largest cultural centre in the country. The museum exhibits collections of archaeological and historical findings.
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The modern capital of the country, Astana, is no less beautiful. The city is home to several important landmarks, such as one of the oldest universities in Kazakhstan, which was named after L. Gumilev. The university is surrounded by a big park, two theatres and several museums.
The ancient city of Turkistan is an important tourist destination because of one prominent landmark. This is Mausoleum of Khwaja Ahmad Yasavi, which is famous far beyond the borders of the country. There are several important sights in the piedmont region of the country, such as Tanbaly famous for the ancient art on the rocks. The drawings made during the prehistoric era feature animals, hunting scenes and newer drawings depict Buddhist symbols. Tanbaly is also famous for its picturesque fairs, where tourists can buy various goods, from national pastries to souvenirs. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Fans of nature landmarks should consider visiting Trans-Ili Alatau. This is a unique national park with magnificent mountains, giant glaciers, beautiful valleys and lakes. Popular excursion routes were made on mountain slopes, across fast streams and flower fields. Alpinists will be pleased to conquer Khan Tengri Peak that was named one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Khan Tengri was chosen the location of an annual sports festival that gathers extreme sports masters from all over the world. Kolsay Lakes feature a truly breath-taking view. These three crystal clear lakes are filled with water from glaciers. The lakes are surrounded by dense forest and can be reached by foot. Travellers can also see the lakes from the bird’s eye view and make an excursion in a helicopter.
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History and Entertainment

Kazakhstan is a country with a rich and multifaceted history. The first large settlements were formed here in the 8th century BC. In the ancient times, there were several independent countries formed by the Hun, Kanl and Celtuce tribes in the territory of the present country. Some old countries had survived until the 5th century AD but them they saw multiple wars of conquest. Consequently, several countries were unified into the Turkic Khaganate. One of the most powerful medieval countries was the Golden Horde.
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In the second half of the 15th century, the Kazakh Khanate was formed and existed until 1847. This period is one of the most favorable and most productive for the country. In the 16th-19th centuries, science and culture flourished too. At the end of the 17th century, the Kazakh Khanate lost its independence and became a part of the Russian Empire. Even after the Russian Revolution in 1917, Kazakhstan was under Russia. It gained independence only in 1991, after the collapse of the USSR.
Central Asia games coming to Almaty Despite the fact that Kazakhstan is not one of the most popular tourist countries in the world, it has the all prospects for offering tourists exciting holidays. The peculiarity of Kazakhstan is eco and ethnic tours. The latter implies that travelers visit the extraordinary natives’ settlements and learn about their way of living. In some settlements of Kazakhstan, the way of living has not been changing for several hundred years. The acquaintance with age-old traditions of the natives promises to be really exciting.
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Eco tours “cover” unique nature regions of the country. Today, the hunting and fishing are officially permitted in some regions. It also should be noted that submontane districts of Kazakhstan are very popular with mountaineers. During the year, a lot of interesting national holidays are celebrated in Kazakhstan. The most interesting one for tourists is Nauryz-meymary, the beginning of the new year in accordance with the Star Almanack. It is celebrated on 21 March and lasts for 2-3 days. Outdoor festive parades and music concerts, a plenty of traditional sweets, interesting sports competitions and games - these are just a small part of all entertainments on this important public holiday.
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Semipalatinsk Testing Ground

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Semipalatinsk Testing Ground is the most known on the territory of ex-USSR. It has received its popularity thanks to negative afterwards of the tests. A great territory of Kazakhstan and Russia were polluted by the numerous explosions. Until now locals suffer from afterwards of the destroying tests. Nowadays the test site is thrown far away and doesn’t have any protection. There were saved several signs that alert about the high level of radiation.

People live here, among large craters and semi-destroyed buildings of the military infrastructure. Even more, they are engaged in farming. The soil, which has a high level of radiation, is used for planting fruit and vegetables. Locals don’t have another way out; their lives were prescribed by the military forces of USSR. Once their native … Read all

Semipalatinsk Test Site

From the series “The Most Radioactive Zones on the Planet”
The Semipalatinsk test site is located in Kazakhstan. It was the first place in the Soviet Union for the nuclear bombs tryout. That significant event happened in August, 1949. Since then, the area of ​​18 500 square meters was a regular place of the testing nuclear weapons. Today, the landfill is a true champion of the world in the number of nuclear explosions per unit of area. Roughly estimated, numerous tests have affected about 200 000 people.

Various interesting stories are associated with this landfill. During the Soviet era, there was a secret city of Moscow-400, which was later renamed in Kurchatov. Today, this city is closed, but people lived there up to the 90s of the last century. The bulk of the population were soldiers and scientists, who were involved in the development … Read all

Duman Oceanarium

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Surprisingly, one of the most incredible aquariums of the planet can be found among the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The Duman Oceanarium, which was opened in 2003, presents to the visitors a rich collection of marine life featuring about 2.5 thousand representatives. The volume of the central aquarium is 3.5 million liters. A project of oceanarium was developed by the best specialists of the Chinese company Asiocean International, as well as specialists from Russia. Actually, Duman is a huge entertainment complex, which in addition to the huge aquariums with marine life and traditional acrylic tunnel, has lots of amazing surprises.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Kazakhstan

Almaty
Among the prominent religious sites, of special note is the central mosque, one of the largest in Kazakhstan. The primary building material used in the construction of the mosque is white marble and its dome is lined with beautiful azure tiles. This mosque has no further luxurious décor, however, it still surprises with its size and restrained harmonious view. The mosque is able to accommodate up 7000 believers at once, and in its courtyard lies an incredibly beautiful park with lots of … Read more
Astana
The world-known Hazrat Sultan mosque is also based in Astana - the largest mosque in Central Asia. It was built in 2012, and it is hard to find another mosque that would look as beautiful. Snow-white building of the mosque is built in accordance with all national traditions, and on the inside the mosque is decorated with plush turquoise carpets, huge crystal chandeliers and gold leaf finish. This attraction is also interesting to observe after dark, as it is decorated with spectacular … Read more

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