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The Ustyurt Plateau is a desert and a plateau located in the west of Central Asia on the territory of Kazakhstan (Mangystau region), Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, between Mangyshlak and the Gulf of Kara-Bogaz-Gol in the west, the Aral Sea and the Amu Darya River delta in the east.
What a stunningly beautiful place! Photo by Ne Horoshiy
Tekes is a relatively small village (population – about 4,000 people) located in Raiymbek district of Almaty region of Kazakhstan.
The village is standing at an altitude of 1766 meters above sea level, close to the border with China. What a stunningly beautiful place! Photos by Sergey Terekhov
Bektau-Ata is an unusual natural monument located about 70 kilometers north of the town of Balkhash in Karaganda region. This is a meeting place of two different landscapes – granite mountain is surrounded by a flat steppe.
The mountain rises above the steppe more than a thousand meters. Pink granite rocks of Bektau-Ata consist of granite lava solidified on the surface and in the cracks of the earth.
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
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Kaindy is a mountain lake located in one of the gorges of Kungei Alatau to the east of Almaty. It is a popular tourist destination.
In 1910, landslides blocked the gorge and soon it was filled with mountain river water. Coniferous forest that grew here was flooded and since then this place is called “sunken forest.”
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The Ustyurt Plateau is located between the Aral Sea and the Caspian Sea on the territory of Kazakhstan (Mangystau region) and Uzbekistan.
With an average elevation of 150 meters, it consists primarily of stony desert but there are some exceptions like this one. Photo by Ne Horoshiy
Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range in the north-west of Tien Shan (on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) extending for 360 km with the prevailing heights – 4000-4600 meters.
Almaty, also known as the southern capital of Kazakhstan, is located in the northern foothills of Trans-Ili Alatau. Here you can find famous sports complex Medeo and alpine ski resort Chimbulak. Photos by SkorovS
The Big Almaty Lake is located in one of the gorges originating from the southern outskirts of Almaty. On the way to the lake, you will drive a winding road passing mudflow areas and two “ecological” posts. To pass them, you need to pay a small amount of money.
At an altitude of 2500 meters, you will find the lake itself. Actually, it doesn’t look big. The lake is not filled with water because of the possible dam failure and mudflow that may hit the city. The Big Almaty Lake location on Google Maps. Photos by Vladimir Varfolomeev