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Kazakhstan, the largest landlocked country in the world has its capital in the city of Astana. Kazakhstan is an exciting all year round travel destination. The peak travel time to visit Kazakhstan is usually from the months of May to September, when you called enjoy the flowering of plants in the steppes. The winter months of December to February, is a great travel time, for skiing and ice skating in the country. The springtime is the best time to see the green steppes and spot wild tulips in Aksu Djabagly Natural Reserve. Kazakh culture is largely influenced by the Turkic nomadic lifestyle. Kazakhstan, one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse in the world, is home to over 100 ethnic groups and a predominantly Muslim country, with Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism being the minority religions. It's most popular foods eaten here are, Beshbarmak,thick vegetable soups, salads and rice dishes. Kazakh and Russian are the official languages spoken here while most of the people speak the local languages of Uzbek, Uyghur, Tatar, Kyrgyz, Azerbaijan, and Korean.
Because of Kazakhstan's huge landmass, internal flights are a more efficient way of getting around the country. Trains, however are an enjoyable and convenient way of exploring the vast size of Kazakhstan and its local people. For intra city travel, taxis, shared taxis and uber are a much more faster option compared to minibuses, local buses and motorcycles. It is relatively safe to visit Kazakhstan but petty crimes and pick pocketing do occur in some areas. It is best to avoid smaller towns like Uralsk, Taraz, Semey, Shymkent, Taldykorgan, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Shar, Temirtau, and Stepnogorsk at night to prevent the risk of mugging.
Whenever you are in Kazakhstan, you will be truly amazed by the futuristic cities, dramatic landscapes and friendly locals here. Some of the must attend festival you can see while you are here include : Biker Festival, Nauruz Festival, Chabana Festival, Khan Tengri Mountain Festival and Kazakhstan Golf Open.
Some of the most fascinating places of interest and attractions you should see here are:
The Bayterek Tower, an exhibition space and observation tower shaped like a tree, topped with a gold mirrored sphere. It is used to represent the year that Astana became the country’s capital.
Ak-Zhaiyk Reserve – a wetland habitat for migratory birds. It’s a great place to spot pink flamingos, bears, snow leopards, pelicans, spoonbills and ibis.
The Korgalzhin National Park is the biggest reserve zone in Kazakhstan. Covered by feather grass steppe, the preserve has got two big lakes, Tengiz and Korgalzhin. There are about 350 kinds of plants and around 82 kinds of birds inside the park.
Borovoye Lake, one of the largest lakes in Burabay (Borovoe) National Nature Park. The Borovoye Lake and the surrounding are popular for a variety of sanitariums, camping sites and resorts. The shores of this lake always gets crowded with tourists as it comprises lots of restaurants, beaches, stores and dance halls to entertain the visitors. The Borovoye Lake area is a perfect place for wild recreation and camping.
Kurgaldjino, a nature reserve and home to 300 types of plant and most of the northerly settlement of pink flamingoes in the world can be found here.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Kazakhstan so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Astana.
Kazakhstan key facts
How do I travel out of Kazakhstan?Get Visa from Kazakhstan
For Kazakhstanis looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Visa to those countries, Embassies in Kazakhstan and Visa Free Countries for Kazakhstani passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Kazakhstan
How safe is Kazakhstan for solo female travel?
When it comes to solo female travel, you shouldn't experience any incidents if you follow common sense and basic safety measures. However, not staying out too long at night is highly recommended.
What currency is used in Kazakhstan?
Kazakhstani tenge is the currency used in Kazakhstan. Credit cards are accepted in restaurants, shops and hotels, and you can use ATMs to collect your money. Tipping is not a custom in Kazakhstan as hotel and restaurant bills often include a service charge, but it is definitely appreciated.
Do you need a visa to Kazakhstan?
Visitors to Kazakhstan planning on staying longer than 30 days in Kazakhstan need to apply for a visa. Persons seeking longer period of stay may apply for 10-year Kazakhstani visas, with a maximum stay of 60 days for business and 90 days for tourism.
Do they speak English in Kazakhstan?
The official language of communication between ALL citizens of Kazakhstan is Kazakh and Russian. However, most of the young people in the country converse in English, because of the English lessons being taught them in schools.
What should you pack for winter in Kazakhstan?
If you plan on visiting Kazakhstan during the winter make sure to pack the winter essentials: Warm, waterproof, fleece-lined boots big enough to wear with heavy wool socks, hat, waterproof gloves and thermal long underwear.