Tips For First Time Travellers To Kazakhstan – Let’s Travel Guide #3

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Kazakhstan is huge, it is located in Central Asia surrounded by Russia on its northern border and China to the east border.

Currently the ninth-largest country in the world, it has truly divergent sceneries, a captivating history, and a rich culture enough to compete against any destination worldwide.

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Here we present everything you need to know before your first trip.

Why should I go to Kazakhstan?

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Literally means “The land of the wanderers” Kazakhstan is home to futuristic cities, breathtaking landscapes, and helpful locals.

Those who choose to explore it will be much rewarded.

The good thing about Kazakhstan is that it’s not yet a tourist hub, so if you are craving for eccentric adventure, it should be on your list!

When should I go to Kazakhstan?

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The perfect times to travel are in Autumn (September to November) and Spring (April to June) when the weather temperature is pleasant. In July and August it’s very hot (reaching 40°C), while in Winter the temperature hits a serious low: think -43°C at the chilliest.

What are the major attractions in Kazakhstan?


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One of the main cities is Almaty. This is Kazakhstan’s financial and commercial center, it’s a combination of Soviet-era architecture.The must-see sights include the:

Zenkov Cathedral

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Green Bazaar

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The other city that you shouldn’t miss is Astana. The new capital is full of modern buildings, mainly designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster.

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One example is the transparent tent-shaped building called Khan Shatyr. The outside shape is impressive, the interior boasts shops, venues for entertainment, a boating river, monorail and even a beach resort!

Also, there’s the Bayterek Tower, an exhibition observation tower shaped almost like a tree, with a gold mirrored sphere on top.

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Standing at 97 meters high used to represent 1997, the year that Astana became Kazakhstan’s capital.

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There’s also Sir Norman Foster’s other creations, the pyramid-shaped called Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, where an opera house is located, a museum and conference facilities.

WHAT FOODS TO try IN KAZAKHSTAN?

Baursaks:

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Balls of dough pre-fried in boiling oil. This may look like donuts but without the hole.

Samsa:

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Pastries shaped like triangles and filled with meat.

Laghman:

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Thick noodles served with beef broth, beef and tomatoes, this is popular in local cafes and fast food restaurants.

Manti:

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A spiced mixture of lamb or beef, mixed with black pepper and enveloped in a dough wrapper.

Beshbarmak:

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Is considered to be the “main dish” of Kazakh cuisine. Beshbarmak is translated as “five fingers” because the dish is traditionally eaten with hands instead of utensils. Besbarmak is made with either horse or lamb meat, pasta cut into small squares, and herbs.

Central Asia is slowly starting to become noticed by travellers. Kazakhstan has already eased visa restrictions and has set up homestay and adventure programs, making it fairly simple for you to visit and experience the country.

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