Kazakhstan Vacations, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
Kazakhstan is the largest of the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union. The country is also the largest landlocked country. It borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan plus it lies on the coast of the Caspian Sea. It is actually the 9th largest country in the world and is as big in area as Western Europe. Originally part of the Soviet Union, it declared independence in 1991. It is the richest country in Central Asia due to its large oil and natural gas reserves. While on Kazakhstan travel, the country's climate is extreme with warm summers and very cold winters. Astana, the capital is the second coldest capital city in the world after Ulan Bator in Outer Mongolia.
On Kazakhstan tours, its cuisine tends to centre on livestock meat cooked in a variety of different ways usually served with a wide assortment of traditional bread products. A traditional Kazakh dinner involves lots of appetizers followed by a soup and one or two main courses such as pilaf and beshbarmak (meat mixed with noodles and spices).
The culture is an interesting mix of Russian and Western influences. The biggest city, Almaty, is somewhat reminiscent of a European city with its leafy avenues, chic cafes, glossy shopping centres and abundant nightlife. It has a beautiful backdrop of rugged, snow-capped mountains right on the city's doorstep. Some of the highlights are the Presidential Palace, the National Museum with its exhibits from prehistoric times to the present and the 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park dedicated to the fallen during World War ll. The capital Astana has been transformed into a 21st Century showpiece with its futuristic architecture in Asian, Western, Soviet and futuristic styles. Another destination of interest is Turkestan located in the Kazakh Desert and well-preserved 1600-year-old city. The huge mausoleum dedicated to Tamerlane is not only a major Muslim pilgrimage site but also a UNESCO World Heritage site to be experienced on Kazakhstan travel.
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