10 places in Kazakhstan, which you must visit
Kazakhstan - a terrific, unique country, very rich in a variety of attractions and natural and man-made, historical, and contemporary. There has been many years can live together hundreds of cultures and nationalities who leave their own unique mark on the face of the country. If you are thinking where to spend your next vacation, then here's a full 10 chic ideas.
Perhaps the most famous resort in Kazakhstan, which is famous for its beautiful nature, fresh air and dozens of the most diverse resorts. Borovoye is often called the "Switzerland of Kazakhstan". In the summer this vacation at the lake, swimming, hiking trails through the mountains and gorges. In the winter - great sports entertainment. The main attraction of Borovoy - Zhumbaktas, located directly in the lake. It is known fact that looks completely different from different angles. On the one hand, it resembles a beautiful girl, on the other - an old woman, and the third - in general of the Egyptian sphinx. And in Hog is one of the few gambling zones in Kazakhstan with a variety of different casino.
Not palter absolutely honestly say that Charyn canyon at least no worse than the American Grand Canyon. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful places of Kazakhstan. Breeds that can be found in this canyon formed more than 12 million years ago. And yet there is growing one of the rarest trees in the world - a relic Sogdian ash. 25 million years ago, they were literally everywhere, all over the planet. But today, ash trees can only be found in Charyn canyon in North America. If you plan tours of the canyon, we suggest you look at it from above, and only then to go down and visit the famous "Valley of Castles" and "Witch Gorge".
Katon-Karagay - a unique place in Kazakhstan, which is located on the border with Russia, China and Mongolia. Here are located Katon-Karagay State Nature Park and Preserve Markakolsky. The nature here is just lovely sight. Then you and the mountain peaks, and lush emerald forests and clear lakes and fast mountain river with benches and calm sub-alpine meadows. And in the reserve are found moose, bears, deer and stoats. Rakhmanov - It Kok-kol waterfall and hot springs are located here.
A popular tourist lake, located in one of the gorges Kungei Alatau. Despite the low water temperature, Kaindy lake is popular with diving enthusiasts, aided by a rather impressive depth - about 25 meters. But, of course, the main attraction of the lake - it ate, rising straight out of the water. The lake is located in the mountains at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. It was formed after a powerful earthquake in 1911. The Kazakh language "Kaindy" means "abundant birches". Lake Kaindy named because of the large birch grove, which is located five kilometers away.
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui
From natural attractions gradually move to the attractions of the spiritual. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui located on the grave of the poet and preacher Khoja Ahmet Yassaui, located in the city of Turkestan. The present mausoleum was built by the order of Tamerlane after 233 years after the poet's death. The facility is a complex of palaces, temples and many other structures built next to it in different years. There are medieval bath, hilvet, where he lived a great saint, and even underground house for thought, miraculously preserved to our days.
Becket-ata underground mosque
This unique underground mosque is a very important holy place for all Muslims of Kazakhstan. All year round endless stream here attracts believers and pilgrims from all over the country and the world. Attendance sometimes reaches up to 1000 people a day. In order to get into the mosque itself have to walk about one and a half kilometers of underground passages inside the cave.
The sanctuary Merke
Merke - a Turkic sanctuary, located near the village of Merke in Zhambyl oblast. It survived in such good condition is only due to the fact that is difficult to reach a height of about three thousand meters above sea level. There are several dozen burial mounds and stone sculptures, which allows us to trace the development of the culture of the Turkic nomads for almost a millennium. Located near Merke and Zhaysanskoe sanctuary called "Healing the Earth" - come here to get rid of ailments, begging children, to touch the holy land.
"Atameken" Map of Kazakhstan
And, of course, as without architectural attractions. Here in Kazakhstan, too, I have something to offer you. Let's start with a unique open-air museum, which is a real country in miniature. Here are the city attractions and historical monuments of all cities and regions of the state. Area map - 1, 7 hectares. Here are all 14 regions of Kazakhstan, and the two main cities - Astana and Almaty.
Ethno-village - a unique architectural-ethnographic and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve that was built from scratch in Ust-Kamenogorsk. On the territory of 10 hectares located in the Belarusian, Armenian, Tatar, Korean, Azerbaijani, Polish, German estates, Chechen residential tower, the Jewish house, Ukrainian hut. And, of course, Russian log hut and a central facility in the village - amazing white Kazakh yurt. All objects are absolutely authentic. Compound, building materials, clothing and household items mainly are real artifacts, some of which are more than 100 years.
Baiterek Tower - one of the youngest architectural monuments of Kazakhstan. It was built just in 2002, but has since become one of the most recognizable business card not only in Astana, but the whole country. The project was developed on the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. At a height of 97 meters is the president hand print, and large parks, which are often held various activities are divided around the monument. Baiterek its location and compositional structure expresses cosmogonic representations of ancient nomads, according to the legend that takes place at the intersection of the worlds World River. On its shore stands the Tree of Life - Baiterek, holding back the earth and crown propped up the sky. The roots of the tree, respectively, are in the underworld, the tree itself, its trunk - the earth, and the crown - the heavenly.