Central Asia - Kazakhstan (Chapter)
This is the Kazakhstan chapter from Lonely Planet's Central Asia guidebook.
The most economically advanced of the 'stans', Kazakhstan awaits with everything from Astana’s stunning futuristic architecture to the soulful rhythms of the boundless steppe, with its flamingos and underground mosques.
- be pleasantly surprised by leafy, sophisticated Almaty, and the spectacular mountains on its doorstep
- try a homestay, hikes and horse rides amid gorgeous mountain scenery in the Aksu-Zhabagyly Nature Reserve
- admire the beautiful Timurid architecture at the country's holiest site, in Turkistan
- marvel at Mangistau’s remote desert canyons, weird rock outcrops, underground mosques, ancient necropolises and wandering camels
Coverage includes: Itineraries, Climate, History, Current Events, People, Religion, Arts, Environment, Food & Drink, Directory, Transport, Almaty & around, Kolsay Lakes, Charyn Canyon, Karkara, Central Tian Shan, Tamgaly Petroglyphs, Altyn-Emel National Park, Lake Balkhash, Taraz & around, Shymkent & around, Turkistan, Sauran, Kyzylorda, Aralsk (Aral), Aktobe, Uralsk (Oral), Atyrau, Aktau & around, Astana & around, Lake Burabay, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk (Petropavl), Karaganda (Karagandy) & around, Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen), Altay Mountains and Semey (Semipalatinsk) & around.
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