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Jul/14

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Fantastic landscapes of Katautau Mountains

“Altyn Emel” is a state national park located in the Ili River valley in Almaty region of Kazakhstan.

The park was established to preserve the unique natural environment, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Development of eco-tourism is also one of the main objectives.

Katautau Mountains, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

real miracle of nature

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Aktolagay is a limestone plateau located on the border of Atyrau and Aktobe regions; in the past this plateau was the seabed. That is why, now, you can find an abundance of various fossils here – shellfish, corals and other marine life lived millions of years ago.

The plateau impresses travelers with its deserted scenery and amazing white cliffs. Unfortunately, not many people know about this magnificent place. Aktolagay on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Aktolagay limestone plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the place where dreamscapes come true

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Magnificent view of Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park located about 190 km east of Almaty.

Landscape diversity of the canyon causes diversity of the local flora and fauna. This lovely place is definitely worth a visit. Photo by Anna Anikina

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

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Jun/14

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Alien landscapes around Mount Shergala

Shergala (Sherkala) is a lonely standing mountain of unusual shape, located about 170 km from Aktau, a popular tourist destination. On the one hand it resembles a huge white tent, on the other – a sleeping lion.

“Shergala” means “Lion Mountain” in Turkmen language. There are a lot of various legends related to this unique place. Sometimes local landscapes look as if you are on another planet. Around Shergala you can see a scattering of spherical boulders. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Alien landscapes around Mount Shergala, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very unusual place

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Jun/14

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Picturesque view of Big Almaty Lake

Big Almaty Lake is a body of water located in the Ile Alatau at a height of 2510 meters above sea level, 15 km south of Almaty. Photo by Vitaliy Rage

Big Almaty Lake, Kazakhstan

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Jun/14

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South-East Kazakhstan – aerial views

Kazakhstan is known as the land of steppes and semi-deserts but there are regions where natural diversity is amazing.

Take a look at the following beautiful photos of southeastern Kazakhstan landscapes. Photos by Grigoriy Bedenko

South-East Kazakhstan - aerial view, photo 1

beautiful sceneries of Kazakhstan nature

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Jun/14

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Beautiful time-lapse video of Mangyshlak

Mangyshlak Peninsula is located on the east coast of the Caspian Sea. It is a unique natural reserve having the entire arsenal of different manifestations of nature of the desert.

Mangystau region of Kazakhstan is located on the peninsula. Video by Denis Frantsouzov

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May/14

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Moonlit Night on Lake Issyk

Lake Issyk is located about 70 km east of Almaty at an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level. The lake was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago in a landslide. Photo by Vitaliy Rage

Moonlit Night on Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan

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Charyn Canyon (Kazakh spelling “Sharyn”), located 195 km east of Almaty, near the border with China, stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River.

The canyon is a natural monument consisting of sedimentary rocks formed about 12 million years ago. The slopes height is about 150-300 meters. Charyn Canyon location on Google Maps. Photo by Eduard Kim

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

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Apr/14

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Tuzkol Lake – the Dead Sea of Kazakhstan

There is hardly any person who has not heard about the Dead Sea – very salty lake in Israel.

But few people know that there is a similar lake in Almaty region, approximately 310 km from Almaty city. Its name “Tuzkol” is translated as “Salt Lake.” Photo by Nikolai Zinoviev

Tuzkol Lake - the Dead Sea of Kazakhstan

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