Explore Kazakhstan

Explore Kazakhstan

July 27, 2018 0 By Aristomenis

Explore Kazakhstan

Explore Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers, but only 65th in the population with about 6.5 people per square kilometer. The population is estimated at 17,670,900, according to an official estimate of 2015. A large part of the country’s territory is made up of steppes. The capital of the country is Astana. The official languages of the country are Kazakh. A combination of Turkish and Russian. It borders with Republic of China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

Astana

astana

Astana is the second largest city after Almaty and the capital of the state since 1997. It is a magnificent architectural city in the eastern part of the country, in the Asian steppe. It is nothing but the realization of the ambitious goals of Kazakhstan President Narsulan Nazarbayev. Astana is impressive and futuristic. It is not a coincidence that in 1999 won the “City of the World” award. The crown of the city is the Palace for Peace and Harmony. It is a huge pyramid built on an artificial hill designed by British Sir Norman Foster. The Bayterek Tower is a landmark building for Astana. The legend says that the tower represents a poplar, where the magic bird Samruk generates his egg. In the sphere, at the top of Bayterek, there is a footprint of the country’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. If you prefer religious attractions, do not miss to visit the Beit Rachel-Habbad Lyubavich Synagogue and the Nur-Astana Main Mosque (mosque). Both buildings are somewhat unusual in relation to the architectural tradition of the East and their interior decoration is also wonderful.

If you are lost in Astana, here’s a list of what to do in Astana from lostwithpurpose.com

Hotels Astana: Popularity

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Hilton Garden Inn Astana

★★★★

-10%

6054

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Radisson Hotel Astana

★★★★★

-10%

144130

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Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Astana

★★★

-15%

11296

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Hotel Duman

★★★★

-11%

7366

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Turkestan

turkestan

Turkestan is a small but ancient city in the wilderness of Kazakhstan. The country is largely devoid of historical cities in Central Asia, unlike Uzbekistan, but the exception is Turkestan. It is a relatively well preserved 1600 year old city. In the 11th century AD, the great Sufi Sheikh Khoja Ahmad Yasavi turned the city into a key learning center. At the end of the 14th century, Timur commissioned the creation of a massive mausoleum in his honor, which is from that day the most important and historical site of Kazakhstan, an important Muslim place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Except, however, from the mausoleum, the visitor can also visit the historic, cultural and ethnographic center.

Here is an idea of what you can do in Turkestan from lonelyplanet.

Baikonur

baikonur

The Baikonur is Russia’s main spaceport. It has been operating since June 2, 1955 and is located in the Baikonur (“rich valley”) region of Kazakhstan. It is the largest but also the oldest space center in the world. From there, approximately 2,500 spacecrafts have been launched and more than 130 cosmonauts have left in 50 years of operation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the independence of Kazakhstan, Russia leased the cosmodrome, since, although it has two more satellites, it can only begin manned missions at the International Space Station (ISS).

According to atlasobscura here’s a list of unusual thing to do in Baikonur.

Almaty

almaty

The largest city in Kazakhstan and the capital of the country until 1997. It is an important economic and commercial center. Almaty harmoniously combines the intense Muslim color with the Russian influences from the time Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Visit Panfilov Park, named in honor of Mikhail Panfilov’s 28th Battalion, which played an important role in World War II and Zenkov Cathedral, an impressive building made entirely of wood. It is also worth attending the National Musical Instruments Museum and the Central Square, while enjoying a panoramic view of the city, Coc Tob is ideal. Last but not least, do not miss the Mendeos Gorge.

According to goatsontheroad here’s the top 10 things to do in Almaty.

Hotels Almaty: Popularity

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Rixos Almaty Hotel

★★★★★

-11%

195174

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Rahat Palace Hotel

★★★★★

-6%

114107

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