Nestled among lush green forests high in the mountains, the alpine Kolsai Lakes offer some of the best hiking trails in Kazakhstan.
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Set at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains, Almaty is the country’s most cosmopolitan city.
The Timurid Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui is Kazakhstan’s most important pilgrimage site.
Almaty’s iconic landmark, the Cathedral of the Holy Ascension was built in 1907 and to date remains one of the tallest wooden churches in the world.
Khan Shatyr is not only the world’s largest tent, but also Astana’s most interesting shopping complex.
Attractive Lake Zhasybay lies in the heart of Bayanaul National Park, a blissful setting ideal for hiking along the pine-covered hills.
Akimat of Pavlodar
The Ak Orda Presidential Palace, adorning the 10,000 tenge banknote, is Astana’s pride and joy and a symbol of its modern architectural ambitions.
East of Almaty, the 80km-long Charyn Canyon is a dramatic but picturesque location for camping and stargazing.
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Kazakhstan is home to the world’s largest dry steppe region, a vast expanse of open grassland covering more than 800,000km2.
Tamgaly is home to more than 4,000 petroglyphs, most dating back to the Bronze Age.
With its otherworldly desert landscapes dotted with limestone escarpments and jagged peaks, the Mangistau region has much to offer the visitor.
Astana EXPO-2017 National Company
Built in 2003, Oskemen’s City Mosque was designed in the central-Asian style with Bukhara-inspired entrance portals.
With a budget of over US$40 million, Nomad is the most expensive Kazakh film ever made, and you can still visit the set near Kapchagai.
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