Kazakhstan, the world’s ninth-largest country, is a great holiday destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The country is located in Eastern Europe and
the northern part of Central Asia, bordering China, Uzbekistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea. Astana is the capital city, the former being
Almaty. The country is home to four splendid UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spend your holiday hiking in the valleys and mountains of Tian-Shan, explore the myriad
wildlife, behold the amazing architecture, and walk on the beautiful savannahs of Kazakhstan.
Best time to visit
Summer season from May to September is the best time to visit Kazakhstan when the weather is moderate and ideal for hiking, cycling, horse-riding, rafting, and
sightseeing. Join hands with the locals for the Victory Day, National Unity Day, Astana Day, Action Film Festival, Almaty Apple Festival, and the biker festival
‘Preserve Balkhash’ held during these months. For skiing, skating, and eagle-hunting, the cold months of November and December are ideal. April and October are the
spring and fall seasons respectively, best for exploring the lush, tree-covered areas like Almaty.
How to get there
Flying to Kazakhstan is easy, with top domestic and international airlines such as Jet Airways, Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines
, Air India, Qatar Airways, Etihad
Airways, Thai Airways
, etc. Every week, numerous direct and connecting flights operate from India to Astanaat convenient flight schedules. Almaty International Airport
is the country’s largest international airport, located at about 15 km from Almaty. Buses, minibuses, taxis, trams, and trolleybuses are the modes of transport in this
Places to stay
Kazakhstan offers various lodging options like budget hotels, motels, resorts, villas, Bed and Breakfasts, guesthouses, hostels, campsites, couch-surfing, yurts,
apartments, eco-lodges, etc. Yesil District, Sembinova Street, Kunayev Street, Karasakal Erimbet Street, Satpayeva (Mirzoyana) Street, and Saryarka Street in Astana,
as well as Valikhanov Street and Abay Avenue in Almaty offer excellent tourist accommodation. The per-night accommodation rates vary from INR 2,000 to INR 28,000,
Kolsai Lakes, Zenkov Cathedral, Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, Bayterek Tower, Park of Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, Big Almaty Lake, Kok-Tobe Hill, Museum of Folk
Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, Almaty City Central Mosque, Charyn Canyon, Lake Issyk, Abai's Theater, and Tamgaly Tas are the top attractions in Almaty. The
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, an iconic pyramid built by British architects, is also a great tourist spot.
Northern Kazakhstan’s Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes, the Silk Road (Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor), Khoja Ahmed Yasawi’s Mausoleum, and the Petroglyphs within
the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly are Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites that just cannot be missed.
Visit Aktau for a tour of the mountains, monuments, beaches, and botanical gardens. Atyrau offers amazing nightlife and shopping. Do not miss the zoo, nature reserves,
ski resorts, rivers, lakes, deserts, canyons, museums, and casinos in different places of the country like Aktobe, Karkaraly, Tekeli, Balkhash, Talgar, Akbulak,
Bayanaul, and Oskemen.
Shopping in Kazakhstan
Shop for the unique Kazakh dream quilts, silk paintings, stacking dolls, shyrdak (felt carpets), knitted caps, wooden carvings, and Kazakhstan chocolates; souvenirs
like paperweights, watches, and statuettes of leopards and soaring eagles. Abilai Khan Street, Furmanov Street, Barakholka, and Zhybek-Zholy Street in Almaty are the
best markets for shopping in Kazakhstan.
Kazakh cuisine mainly includes horse and mutton meat, as well as milk products, greatly influenced by the nomadic way of life. Their top delicacies are Beshbarmak
(boiled meat and noodles), herring in a fur coat (salad), Kazy (traditional meat sausage), Laghman (traditional noodles), Kurt (dehydrated sour cream cheese), and
Manti and Pelmeni (steamed dumplings). Also try the Linebrew, which is a special beer brewed in Kazakhstan.
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