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Tourist information Republic of Kazakhstan.

Provinces in Kazakhstan : Almaty, Aqmola, Aqtobe, Atyrau, Batys Qazaqstan Oblysy (Oral), Mangghystau Oblysy [ Aqtau ], Ongtustik Qazaqstan Oblysy [ Shymkent ], Pavlodar, Qaraghandy, Qostanay, Qyzylorda, Shyghys Qazaqstan Oblysy [ Oskemen; formerly Ust'-Kamenogorsk ], Soltustik Qazaqstan Oblysy [ Petropavl ], Taldyqorghan, Torghay, Zhambyl Oblysy [ Taraz ].

Kazakhstan has a coastline on the Caspian Sea.

Capital City of Kazakhstan: Astana

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Car Rentals Kazakhstan

Car rental

Hotels in Kazakhstan / Hostels   -  

  Hyatt Regency Almaty
Hotel looks over the city and the Alatau mountains. About 20 km from Almaty International airport.
  Best Eastern Hotels   -   Hotels in Aktobe, Almaty, Astana and Karaganda
Gateway to over 100 bookable hotels in Russia, Ukraine, Baltic States and countries of the former Soviet Union and CIS.

National Parks

  National park Borowoje-Kokschetau

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

Create your perfect trip to Kazakhstan   -   Flight, Hotel and Car

  KLM Travel to Kazakhstan   -   Travel with KLM
Hotel booking and car hire also available. Check our air tickets and special offers online. Book your flight to Kazakhstan at KLM Flights   

  Transtours   -   Find Kazakhstan Tours at Transtours
They specialise in individual and group tours to Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Baltic States. We also offer tailor-made tours to suit your individual needs. Visit our Web site here.
Some of the most exciting features in Kazakhstan accessible to travellers include the Charyn Canyon, also referred to as Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the mountainous peaks of the Tien Shan with tremendous trekking hiking possibilities, and a fascinating heritage of arts and craftsmanship as well as the famed Eagle hunting and the famed buskashi horse games.
  Worlds Apart Travel

  Bestway Tours & Safaris   -   Cultural Tours in Kazakstan
  Central Asia Tourism Corporation
  Asiatour  -  Travel Agent in Alma Ata

Travel Guides Kazakhstan / Related books

Kazakhstan (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841622346 Kazakhstan (Bradt Travel Guide)
Paul Brummell 
Located between Russia and China, Kazakhstan is characterised by wide expanses of steppe bound in by mountains in the southeast, and the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west.This new guide includes arrangements for visiting natural parks and unique sights such as the singing sand dune and the Sharyn Canyon – Asia's equivalent of the Grand Canyon. Although most Kazaks are now settled, the nomadic tradition of the steppe and, prominently the yurt, remains at the heart of their culture.The Bradt guide provides in-depth explanation of these rich traditions and more. Statistics are scarce, but visitors include oil workers heading to the towns of the west, ornithologists, trekkers focussed on the mountains, and those involved in development assistance work.
Paperback: 432 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; illustrated edition edition (14 Aug 2008); ISBN-10: 1841622346; ISBN-13: 978-1841622347.

Once in Kazakhstan: The Snow Leopard Emerges  -   by Keith Rosten
Kazakhstan became independent as the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991. Author Keith Rosten was a Fulbright Lecturer in Kazakhstan soon after the country gained independence. In Once in Kazakhstan, Rosten draws a sometimes humorous portrait of a critical period in the emergence of Kazakhstan. He interweaves the challenges and exhilaration of living in Kazakhstan with the historical backdrop of a country grappling with its independence. From horse heads in the Central Market, to guns on the ski slopes, to the first-ever parliamentary elections, Rosten takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the country. He leads the reader on a tour of the war monuments in Almaty and the mines of Karaganda. He vividly recounts the change in currency from the Soviet ruble to the tenge. He travels with a candidate for parliament to a rural village near Semipalatinsk and journeys to the Karakhan Mausoleum in Dzhambul. Rosten uses his knowledge of Russian living and language to give the reader access to non-English sources on the history, politics, traditions, and spirit of Kazakhstan. The book contains photographs of the people, places, and monuments of the country. Once in Kazakhstan is an invaluable resource for anyone who is traveling to Kazakhstan.
Paperback 256 pages (January 13, 2005); Publisher:

Transportation / How do I travel to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan borders upon China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Russian Federation and has a coastline on the Caspian Sea.

Kazakhstan (Travel Reference Map) - ISBN 1553412699  Alma Ata Airport   -   Almaty International Airport
Online arrivals ad departures.

KLM Flights  

Book cheap flights to Kazachstan at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets Kazakhstan /  Bargain Flights

Kazakhstan (Travel Reference Map
Map: 2 pages; Publisher: ITMB Publishing (28 Feb 2006); ISBN-10: 1553412699; ISBN-13: 978-1553412694.

Links   -   official website

  Welcome to Kazakhstan   -   a lot of info from several sources

  Астана   -   Capital City from 1997   -   see also Astana research project
Frühere Namen waren Akmolinsk, Zelinograd, Akmola, Aqmola und Tselinograd
Astana has been an important rail junction in Northern Kazakstan. It is located along the Ishim River and they produce agricultural machinery, chemicals and has meat-packing plants.

  Almaty   -   Capital City untill 1997

  Altaj and Altajvorland
Zajsan Lake, Sourth Altaj and Markakol, Zentraler Altaj und Bjelucha, Westaltaj
  Steppe / Sary Arka
Tengiz and Korgal´zhin, Caspian Switzerland – Burabaj, Bajanaul, Abajs Heimat
  Caspian Sea border
Mangyschlak, Ustjurt-Plateau, Delta des Ural
  Siebenstromenland / Zhetysu
Tien Schan, Zhongar Alatau, Ile-Ebene and Balchasch
Silk Road, Talas Alatau

  Aqtau, former Shevkenko
Aqtau did not begin it's existence until 1963. I was originally built as a "Soviet Model" of how cities should be built. It has wide, straight streets and sandy beaches. It was called Shevkenko for awhile because of a poet who was exiled there as a political prisoner. Aqtau means "white mountain" in Kazak, so named after the vast, flat steppes surrounding the city!
  Astana [ also called Akmola, Aqmola, Tselinograd or Akmolinsk ]
Astana has been an important rail junction in Northern Kazakstan. It is located along the Ishim River and they produce agricultural machinery, chemicals and has meat-packing plants.
  Atyrai   -   capital of caviar
This city was founded as a Russian military base on the east bank of the Ural River in 1645. It has grown to expand on both sides of the river, leaving half of the city in Europe and the other half in Russia. Today, it is known for its oil refineries (from the rich oil deposits in the Caspian Sea) and for providing much of the caviar for the former Soviet Union
  Baykonur, also called Baikonur, Leninsk or Tyuratam.
Baykonur has long been known as a place upon where the Soviets' heroes left this earth and became the first in space. It is from this launching point in central Kazakstan that Sputnik was launched in October 4, 1957 . It is also from here that the first person to orbit the earth, Yuri Gagarin, started the "Space Race" with the United States.
Baykonur has been the foundation of the Soviet space program. While there were two other launching pads, Plesetsk (Northern Russia) and Kasputin (Central Russia) , this was the primary launching point for manned missions. Currently, Russia has agreed to lease Baykonur from the independent country of Kazakstan for 20 years at $115 million in annual rent
  Kyzl Orda, also called Qyzylorda, Ak-Mechet or Perovsk
It was originally founded as the far western fortress Ak-Mechet for the Kokand khanate (state). In 1853, Russian forces took it over and renamed it Perovsk. From 1925 until 1929, Kyzl Orda was the capital of the Kazak Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR).
Today, Kyzl Orda is the capital of the Kyzl Orda Oblast (or state). Located along the Syrdariya River, it is a fertile rice growing area. Unlike many of the other areas along the Syrdariya, they are unable to grow cotton because of their northern latitude. The climate of Kyzl Orda has also under gone a change since the Soviets took power. Talking to Kazaks who have lived there for many years, they have noticed that the winters are colder and the summers hotter. Much of this may be attributable to the shrinking of the Aral Sea.
Of the cities in Kazakstan, Kyzl Orda is one of the most Kazak cities. Over 90% of the population speaks Kazak as the mother tongue and it is one of the few large cities in Kazakstan that one can get around in using only Kazak.
  Medeo   -   skate rink
Located in a mountain valley (Medeu Valley) on the south-eastern outskirts of Almaty. See Wikipedia.
  Semey, former Semipalatinsk

This was the major nuclear testing sight for the Soviet Union. Much of the testing was done above ground, causing the spread of radiation throughout the area. Reservoirs were even made using a nuclear explosion to provide water for the residents. Over 470 nuclear bombs were exploded here between 1949 and 1989. Semey is only 93 miles (150 km) from where most of the testing occurred. Because of the lack of environmental concerns, many of the citizens of Semey suffer some form of radiation poisoning.

  Bank   -   National Bank of kazakhstan
  News  -   Kazpravda   -   Kazachsmanskaja Pravda  -  daily online
  News from Kazakstan   -   Internews   -   located in US, CA
  North-Kazakstan   -   most russified 
  Skiing in Kazakhstan   -   Chimbulak
At the end of the forties mountain skis amateurs discovered a remarkable place located in Chimbulak tract, at a height of 2200 metres above sea level. A long natural mountainside ideal for skiing down, with various relief in combination with unique snow content, as was discovered later, providing the better sliding and linking, has charmed everybody. Later on the first downhill route in the country complying with the international requirements was opened. Accommodation in Medeo ???
Russianclimb alpinism, expeditions, mountain regions in Russia and CIS
  Tien Shan Mountains with the Khan Tengri

  Khorgos [ China Border ]

  Yerzhan's Guide to Kazakhstan   -   many sources with info about Kazachstan.
  Kazak Info   -   geography, culture, religion, economy, etc.
  WorldSkip Guide to Kazakhstan   -   links to news, products & services
  Kazakhstan   -   travel,  accommodations,  restaurants,  education, etc.

  Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU)
  Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazUU)
  Suleyman Demirel University (SDU)

Cuisine   -   Kazakhstan Cooking

In general Kazakhs prefer meat dishes. Favorite national dish of Kazakhs is beshbarmak. Beshbarmak is cooked of mutton, horse meat, beef and dough. Such dishes of horse meat as kazy, karta, zhal, zhaya and of course kumyss are favourable. Medicinal drink kumuss (mare's milk) has curative qualities and effect and is used for treatment of lung and intestinal-gastric illnesses. Taking into account that peoples of more than hundred nationalities live in Kazakhstan, cuisine of Kazakhstan people is various. All Kazakhstan people love national dishes of Russian, Uighur, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Korean and European cuisine.

  Cuisine of Kazakhstan [ some recipes ]

History of Kazakhstan

Independence: 16 December 1991 from the Soviet Union.

  Kazakhstan's History   -   Wikipedia
Overview, Background, Historical Setting, Early Tribal Movements, Forming the Modern Nation, Russian Control, In the Soviet Union, Reform and Nationalist Conflict, The Rise of Nazarbayev, Sovereignty and Independence

Music, Art & Culture, Events

Kazakh culture is largely influenced by a Turkic nomadic lifestyle.

  Music of Kazakhstan
The most popular traditional instruments are string instruments. First of them is the Dombra, the most popular and the oldest Kazakh music instrument.....

  Culture of Kazakhstan

  National State Museum, Almaty
  The A.Kasteev State Museum of Fine Arts, Almaty
  Republican Museum of Folk Musical Instruments, Almaty

  The Abay State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Almaty
  The M.O. Auezov Kazak State Academic Drama Theatre, Almaty

Music of Kazakhstan   -   listen to the samples
Music from Almati 

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