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The Katon-Karagay district occupies the north-eastern part of the territory of East Kazakhstan Oblast. It is the easternmost part of the country bordering China and Russia.

The Katon-Karagay State National Natural Park located here is the largest national park in Kazakhstan and is included in the UNESCO list of specially protected heritage. This territory is remote, inaccessible, and very picturesque. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Beautiful landscapes of Katon-Karagay, the very east of Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Dec/20

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Winter in Bayanaul National Park

Bayanaul State National Natural Park is located in the south of Pavlodar Oblast of Kazakhstan, about 100 km from the city of Ekibastuz. It is one of the specially protected natural areas of the country.

The park was founded in 1985 and became the first national park in Kazakhstan. It was done to preserve and restore the flora and fauna of the Bayanaul mountain range. The total area of ​​the park is 684 square km. Bayanaul National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Vasily Kosivtsov.

Winter in Bayanaul National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful winter landscapes

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Karkaraly State National Natural Park is an amazing natural attraction located in Karaganda Oblast, about 220 km southeast of the city of Karaganda. It is one of the specially protected natural areas of Kazakhstan.

The nature conservation value of this region in Central Kazakhstan is due to its unique landscape diversity. There are several hiking trails that pass through the main sights of the park. Karkaraly National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Evgeniy Drobotenko.

Landscapes of Karkaraly National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful natural scenery

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The Fayzulins family houses are located in the microdistrict of Podgora from where the city of Petropavl originates. The terrain here has a large slope.

The head of the family, Anvar Galimovich Fayzulin, explains how he came up with such an unusual idea – to build castles literally in the air. He says: “I just did not want to live in a garbage dump.” Photos by: Vitaly Rezunov for voxpopuli.kz

Fairytale castles on a hillside in Petropavl, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful miniature castles

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Apr/20

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Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan

Cape Dzhigalgan (“collapsed land” in the Kazakh language) is the main attraction of the Tub-Karagan peninsula located on the Mangyshlak peninsula on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in the west of the Mangystau region.

This is a mountain range with a giant hollow of almost perfect round shape littered with numerous rocks. Some boulders reach the size of a small village house. The rocks are scattered so chaotically that there is a feeling that the collapse has occurred recently. Cape Dzhigalgan on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan, Mangystau Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque place

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Jan/20

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Picturesque Mountain Plateau of Asy

Asy (Assy), a mountain plateau located at an altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level about 100 kilometers east of Almaty, is one of the largest intermountain valleys of the Northern Tien Shan. The length of the plateau is more than 20 km, the width – up to 15 km.

In summer, this area is used as a huge pasture. The best time to visit the plateau is the end of May – the beginning of June, when numerous herbs bloom here. Asy Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing place

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Oct/19

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Mysterious Stone Eggs of Mangyshlak

The Valley of Balls is one of the most interesting and unusual sights of Mangystau Oblast and Western Kazakhstan. Stones of almost perfect spherical shape are scattered along the plateau and its slopes. The height of some stones reaches 1.5 meters or more.

The origin of these stone spheres is still not clear. Their shapes are gradually changing and the landscape becomes more and more mysterious. The Valley of Balls on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

The Valley of Balls, Mangystau Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

unique geological formations

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Aug/19

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Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains

The chalk mountains of Aktau (literally “white mountains”), located about 260 km northeast of Almaty, is a unique natural monument that is part of the Altyn Emel National Park.

These multi-colored hills formed from bluish-gray sandstone and red clay, interspersed with yellow and pink cornelian, jasper, and white quartz, look like a layer cake. The height of the geological deposits reaches hundreds of meters. The Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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The following beautiful photos were taken on the top of Mount Akkogyt (3,009 m) located in the south-east of the Almaty region and belonging to the mountain range of Terskey Alatau (Terskey Ala-Too).

Most of this mountain range is situated in Kyrgyzstan, but there is a small part of it on the territory of Kazakhstan. Mount Akkogyt on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Magnificent views from the top of Mount Akkogyt, Kazakhstan, photo 1

great hiking place

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Tuzkol is a picturesque salty mountain lake located at an altitude of about 1,950 meters above sea level in the southeast of the Almaty region. In clear weather, in the south, you can see the majestic peaks of the Tien Shan.

Salinity of Lake Tuzkol varies by seasons and can reach almost the same levels as in the Dead Sea in Israel or the Great Salt Lake in the USA. Lake Tuzkol on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Tuzkol - the Saltiest Mountain Lake in Kazakhstan, photo 1

very scenic spot

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