Kazakhstan is one of those few countries that can be called transcontinental. Most of this country is located in the Asian continent and the rest of the extensive territory is located in Europe. Kazakhstan is
Kazakhstan is one of those few countries that can be called transcontinental. Most of this country is located in the Asian continent and the rest of the extensive territory is located in Europe. Kazakhstan is the ninth country in the world, above Algeria and below Argentina, in addition to being the largest country that does not have a coastline. Here are 4 really beautiful places you can visit in Kazakhstan.
Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. This city was formerly called Akmola, until the name was changed in 1998. By 2008, Astana’s estimated population was 750,700. Astana is located in the north-central area of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and is within the province of Akmola.
The transcontinental country’s capital is located on a very flat steppe that is irrigated by the Ishim River, which divides this city into two neighborhoods. The city is located at an altitude of 347 meters above sea level. The most modern neighborhoods, the ones that have been built the most today, are located on the south side of the Ishim River, while the old neighborhoods, the oldest, are rooted on the north side of the river.
This city is very rich culturally and is even given the adjective of tourist city for its modern architecture. In Astana there are “titanic” constructions that even come to recall the architectural works that can be seen in cities like Dubai.
Museums in Almaty
Almaty is the most populous city in Kazakhstan with 1,226,000 inhabitants, which represents 9% of the total population of the transcontinental country. The name of this city comes from Kazakh and can be translated as The Father of Apples, and this is explained thanks to the fact that the apple is a native fruit of the region in which this beautiful city is located.
Of the attractions that most attract the attention of tourists when they visit Almaty, are the museums. In them, people interested in learning about this country’s history that has so much to offer will feed on knowledge to even come up with new stories when they return home.
- The State Museum of National Musical Instruments of Kazakhstan.
- Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- The Museum of Archeology.
- Alma-Ata History Museum.
- Arvest Art Gallery.
- Historical-Military Museum.
- Museum of the House of M. Auzeov.
- Republican Book Museum.
- The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.
- KA Kunayev Museum.
- Museum of Geology of Kazakhstan.
These are some of the museums that most interest the public visiting the city of Almaty. Without hesitation, each person who visits this beautiful city should take a walk, take a tour to visit several of the museums it offers, and thus learn more about this country’s history.
Chimbulak is a ski resort near Almaty. This ski center is the largest in Central Asia. It is located in the highest part of the Medeu Valley, on the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain, at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. The area of this great ski center is about 25 kilometers. This place is famous for its mild climate and most days are sunny, which makes the activities in the snow that visitors do totally enjoyable, but in addition to the sunny days that this trip offers, the amounts of snow (especially during winter time) are exceptional for visitors and skiers.
This unfinished mausoleum is located in the city of Turkestan, which is in southern Kazakhstan. The structure of this mausoleum was commissioned in 1389 by the governor of that time, Timur. The intention of erecting this mausoleum was to replace another smaller mausoleum from the 12th century, which had been built thanks to the famous Turkish poet Khoja Ahmad Yasawi. This mausoleum has been protected, placing it as a national monument, and UNESCO consecrated it in 2003 with the honor of being a World Heritage Site.
Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve
The Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve is one of the oldest nature reserves in all of Central Asia. It is located in the southernmost part of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This large nature reserve covers the northwestern part of the Tian Shan mountain range. This reserve’s name comes from the largest river in the entire area, the Aksu, and the Zhabagly mountain range, which is located in the northern part of the area.
This spectacular stretch that goes up the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan has a land area of 1,319 square kilometers.
As for this spectacular place’s fauna, there are 44 species of mammals that are marked as “endangered” in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. The species that predominates that is in greater quantity in this magnificent place is the snow leopard, but that in the same way rarely produces the odd sighting. The most frequently seen species in this spectacular destination are the Himalayan brown bear, the Tien Shan argali and the Indian porcupine.