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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

7

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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May/14

16

The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is a mausoleum on the grave of poet and preacher Khoja Ahmed Yasawi located in the town of Turkestan in South Kazakhstan region.

In Central Asia, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is revered as a saint, and his mausoleum is included in the UNESCO register as one of the greatest monuments of Islamic architecture. Photo by Grigory Bedenko

Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, 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

18

Sunken Forest – Kaindy Lake

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.”

Sunken Forest, Kaindy Lake, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very scenic lake

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Mar/14

23

Alpine Lake Issyk near Almaty

Issyk is a lake located at an altitude of 1756 meters in Issyk gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau, about 70 km east of Almaty. The lake was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago in a landslide.

Originally, Issyk length was 1850 meters, width – 500 meters, depth – 50-79 meters. In 1959, the park with hotel and restaurant was opened here. Lake Issyk on Google Maps. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Alpine Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque mountain lake

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Beautiful photos of Southern Kazakhstan (Almaty region) taken by Denis Frantsouzov

Walking along the mountain passes of Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque nature views

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A lot of people think that Kazakhstan is one huge flat steppe, but there are places in the country that are true natural wonders, for example, the tract of Boszhira, a mountain range located on the Ustyurt plateau in south-western Kazakhstan.

So far, this place is little known and inaccessible to tourists. Everything is white here – canyons, peaks, mountains. Distance from Zhanaozen to Boszhira – 148 km, from Aktau to Boszhira – 298 km. Boszhira location on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Boszhira - white chalk landscape, Kazakhstan, photo 1

great nature views

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Jan/14

31

Magnificent views of Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is a beautiful natural monument located in Almaty region, to the east of Almaty. It is often compared to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. Surprisingly, from all the sides the canyon is surrounded by the usual steppe.

The most interesting place to visit is the Castle Valley (about 2 km length, width – 20-80 meters). Bizarre shapes of the rocks resembling castles attract tourists from all over the world. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Jan/14

23

The Big Almaty Lake and surroundings

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

The Big Almaty Lake and surroundings, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful mountain landscapes

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