The ninth-largest country in the world, Kazakhstan covers a vast swathe of territory in Central Asia. While many people imagine it to be solely made up of endless, featureless steppe, dramatic mountains, canyons, lakes, and valleys can be found dotted about here and there.
Despite its size, Kazakhstan is very sparsely populated, with the main cities of Almaty and Astana (its capital) being home to the majority of its population – which is the wealthiest in the region thanks to its large oil and gas reserves.
Often overlooked by tourists, the country has a wealth of incredible sights for you to check out. As you’ll often be the only foreigner there, you’re sure to experience the locals’ welcoming nature and hospitality, as they are keen to share Kazakhstan’s many wonders with you. Explore this Central Asian country with our list of the best places to visit in Kazakhstan.
Turkistan is a city and the administrative center of Turkistan Region of Kazakhstan, near the Syr Darya river. It is situated 160 km (100 mi) north-west of Shymkent on the Trans-Aral Railway
The total area of Karkaraly National Park is 90,323 hectares, of which, 40,341 hectares are forested. The park is divided into three sections: the mountain section, the Karkaraly section, and the Kent section.
Kolsay Lakes National Park is located on the north slope of the Tian Shan Mountains, southeast Kazakhstan (10 km from the border with Kyrgyzstan). Often referred to as Pearls of Tien Shan,
Nur-Sultan is the capital city of Kazakhstan. The city acquired its present name on March 23, 2019, following a unanimous vote in Kazakhstan’s parliament. It was named after Nursultan Nazarbayev,
The Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve is the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia. It is located in the southern province of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It covers the north-western mountain chains of the Tian Shan.
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