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Kazakhstan

The singing barkhan in Altyn-Emel national park; crystal clear lakes of Burabai National Park; the Tien Shan Mountains; modern Astana; Baikonur; fantastic underwater landscape of Kaindy Lake.

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country located in central Eurasia, whose bigger part is situated in Asia, and smaller - in Europe. It is located between the Caspian Sea, the Lower Volga region, the Urals, Siberia, China and Central Asia.


Kazakhstan is the 9th biggest country in the world (it occupies 2.7 million square kilometers). The population of Kazakhstan is about 18 million people. It is bordered by Russia to the north and west, by China to the east, and by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan to the south. Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country; however, it has two inland seas – the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea. The capital of the country is Astana. The official languages are Kazakh and Russian.

About three-quarters of Kazakhstan’s terrain consist of deserts and semideserts. The country has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers.

You will inevitably fall in love with Kazakhstan – the country of beautiful and diverse landscapes, endless plains and ancient history. Its unique nature, flora and fauna will capture your imagination. In Altyn-Emel national park you can see a wonderful huge singing barkhan; in Burabai National Park you can enjoy breathtaking landscapes, reflected by crystal clear lakes and breathe the air heavy with pine trees scent; those who like climbing and hiking should go to the majestic Tien Shan Mountains, or go skiing in Medeo and Chimbulak mountain resorts and take a trip to Charyn canyon and Tamgaly Tas, where you can see the images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas and amazing Tibetan inscriptions carved in stone.

Connoisseurs of modern architecture will like Astana, the third millennia city, built by the best architects of the world. Those who dreamed to become cosmonauts will be glad to visit Baikonur, the place of launching the first satellite and 1.5 thousand more spaceships.

Beside all these interesting activities you will take much pleasure in Kazakh cuisine, spa and shopping.

Diving in Kazakhstan

In Kaindy Lake, situated 2 thousand meters above sea level and surrounded by picturesque forest, you can take up ice diving. On the bottom of the lake you can see drowned trees, which create fantastic underwater landscape (the lake appeared as a result of limestone landslide and part of the forest was submerged)

Almaty International Airport (ALA), the largest international airport in Kazakhstan

Astana International Airport (TSE)

Shymkent International Airport (CIT)

Diving in KazakhstanIn Kaindy Lake, situated 2 thousand meters above sea level and surrounded by picturesque forest, you can take up ice diving. On the bottom of the lake you can see drowned trees, which create fantastic underwater landscape (the lake appeared as a result of limestone landslide and part of the forest was submerged)

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