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Kazakhstan features, attractions, places of interest

Jan/14

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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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Jan/14

12

Scenic Landscapes of Almaty Region

Beautiful series of photos depicting the scenic areas located in the eastern part of Almaty region.

In particular, you can see Boguty – unusually bright red rocks. It looks like you are standing on another planet, for example on Mars at a time when it still had water on the surface. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Scenic Landscapes of Almaty Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

magnificent nature views

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Dec/13

31

Happy New Year 2014!

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2014!

In the coming year, we wish you a lot of happy days and good luck in all your endeavors!

Happy New Year 2014

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Dec/13

15

The Land of Tengri – the Eternal Sky

Before the adoption of Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, medieval Turkic peoples, ancestors of Kazakhs, had their ancient religion – Tengrism. It is a religion based on a belief in the Creator, presumably originated in the late 2nd – early 1st millennium BC.

The cult of Tengri is the cult of blue sky – the Eternal Sky, a place of permanent habitation of the Creator. Blue color of Kazakhstan flag meaning infinite sky over the earth and the people is the reference to this religion.

This video can help you to become imbued with the idea of the Eternal Sky that inspired the ancestors of Kazakhs.

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Kazakhstan has an amazing and unique pristine nature area – the land of blue mountains and lakes known as Borovoe (Burabai) nature resort located in Akmola region.

After two hundred kilometers trip across boundless steppes, suddenly you can see majestic mountains, forests and rock piles. These beautiful places are a favorite destination for tourists. Photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

Borovoe resort, Akmola region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

unusual nature views

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In October 2013, the Kazakh Geographic Society organized a historical and archaeological, ethnographic expedition to Kyzylorda region located in the southern part of the country. During the six-day expedition, the participants drove about 3.5 thousand kilometers.

The region has a vast historical and cultural heritage, beautiful nature. Here are some photos taken during the expedition by Damir Otegen and Vasily Mihailin, voxpopuli.kz.

Expedition to Kyzylorda Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque landscapes

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Yazovoe Lake is located in the East Kazakhstan region, near the border with Russia.

The area around the lake is extremely picturesque: waterfalls, mists, distant mountains and primeval forests. Yazovoe Lake location on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Lake Yazovoe - the Pearl of Altai, East Kazakhstan photo 1

beautiful views

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This summer (July 6), Astana celebrated the Day of the City. 15 years ago, the city officially became the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At this festive day, people living in the city and numerous guests enjoyed two main shows. Photos by Petr Ushanov

Astana - 15th anniversary celebration, photo 1

more colorful photos

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Oct/13

28

Nomads – Eternal Wanderers

In this short movie you can see some fragments of the Kazakh national game “Kokpar”. It was the training of mounted warriors that helped to improve fighting skills in a real fight.

The shooting took place in southern Kazakhstan, near the cities of Turkestan and Sauran. The latter was destroyed in the 14th century by the armies of Genghis Khan and Kokands. Sauran was the largest center of its time, with the water supply system, paved streets, architecture.

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