10 places in Kazakhstan, which is worth a visit
• 10 places in Kazakhstan, which is worth a visit
Kazakhstan - is a great and rarely visited edge to the south of Russia and west of China. Many people around the world have heard about it only because of Borat, but the fact that the film was incomplete and contradictory. In Kazakhstan, there are more than you might expect.
1. Singing dunes.
"Singing Dunes" - a sand mountain in national park Altyn-Emel, representing the desert and canyons area of 4600 square kilometers. Almaty is very easy to get to the park, especially if you have an SUV.
2. The Charyn Canyon.
Charyn Canyon is located in the valley of Charyn river. Its steep slopes and color range make it exciting.
3. Aral Sea.
The reduction of the Aral Sea is the largest environmental disaster. However, it is important to see the devastating impact of human intervention in nature. The ships, which are a few kilometers away from the water, are a reminder of the past.
Almaty - former capital of Kazakhstan, a city surrounded by mountains. It is still the commercial and cultural heart of the country, where much to see and do. Main attractions include Cathedral Zenkov cableway Kok Tobe and the Opera House.
5. The ski resort Shymbulak.
You can not think of Kazakhstan as a center of winter sports, but the Asian Winter Games were held in the resort Shimbulak in 2011. You can ski from November to May, and lifts will take you to the pass Talgar at an altitude of 3200 meters. There are about 20 km of ski slopes.
6. The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center.
Khan Shatyr is the most famous building in Astana on the horizon and is known for being the largest tent in the world. The landmark structure Norman Foster include an indoor beach resort, river, shopping center and a concert hall.
7. Lake Kaindy.
Lake Kaindy - new to the landscape formed by a landslide in 1911. With water, ranging from turquoise to emerald green, depending on the light, it is especially nice to walk, whether it be a day trip from Almaty or a longer stay.
Kazakhstan is on the Silk Road, and in Turkestan there was an important trading center. Important Sufi saint Khodja Ahmed Yassavi was buried here. His tomb - the main obenkt Turkestan, recognized by UNESCO.
Steppe, endless space, barren and almost completely flat. Eurasian steppe covers a large part of Kazakhstan, but, although at first it looks empty, it has its own beauty, and plants, people and animals actually live here.
10. Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soviet Union began space flights from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan desert. Despite the high price, you can get permission to enter to the launch site, watch the launch and to visit museums with their collections of spacecraft and related technologies.