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32 Photos that will put Kazakhstan on your Bucketlist
Updated January 2024, 32 Photos that will put Kazakhstan on Your Bucketlist was originally written in August 2019
Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world, and yet so few people know anything about it. Bordered by Russia to the north, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan to the south, China to the east, the Caspian Sea to the west, and a small sliver of Turkmenistan Kazakhstan offers up beautiful mountainscapes, mirror-like lakes, canyons, steppe, lovely cities, and gorgeous architecture.
After my first visit to Kazakhstan in 2016 I knew I’d be back and after my most recent return in 2019 I know I’m nowhere near done with this massive country.
But if you don’t believe my written word, here are photos that will put Kazakhstan on your bucketlist.
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Charyn Canyon in the afternoon light.
The colorful Zenkov Cathedral in the heart of Panfilov Park.
Taking in the views at Big Almaty Lake.
Start planning your trip to Kazakhstan: The Kazakhstan Travel Guide
Taking the Kök Tobe cable car down to Almaty as the sun set over the Zailiysky Alatau Range.
A woman selling fruit at the large Zelony (Green) Bazaar.
Fruit on display at the Green Bazaar.
Start planning: The 14 Best Things to do in Almaty, Kazakhstan
The unique Sunken Forest at Kaindy Lake.
Abay Ballet Theatre viewed from the Hotel Almaty.
A morning scene on Kolsai I Lake.
Walking inside the main entrance to the Academy of Sciences. I highly recommend visiting with Dennis from Walking Almaty who does a phenomenal tour of the Academy of Sciences and the Golden Corner.
A cemetery near Saty Village.
A fiery sunset over Republic Square. Looking for more ways to spend your time in Almaty? Check out my best things to do in Almaty post.
Kaindy Lake formed after a landslide that dammed off the gorge it’s in. A sprue forest still remains submerged in the lake. The portions of the trees underwater are well preserved by the cold water giving them an almost upside-down appearance.
Plan your trip to Kaindy & Kolsai: How to get to Kaindy & Kolsai Lakes
A dish piled high with beef at Men’s Cafe in Almaty.
Auezov Theatre Metro Station in Almaty.
Views over Big Almaty Lake.
The ferris wheel atop Kok Tobe. Kok Tobe s an 1100 meter mountain in Almaty that has a cable car running up it.
Hanging on the edge at Charyn Canyon.
At over 80 kilometers in length, Charyn Canyon morphs in appearance as you meander along its every nook.
Everything you need to know: How to get to Charyn Canyon
Jipek Joli Metro Station in Almaty features designs that are important to Kazakh culture. Pictured here is the lattice style woodwork you would see inside of a yurt.
More serene scenes on Kolsai I Lake.
Kolsai Lake I is easily reachable. Learn more on how to Kaindy & Kolsai Lakes here.
Going to Kyrgyzstan too? Check out the two week Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan itinerary
A plate of funchoza. Funchoza is a type of salad popular throughout Central Asia but traces back to the Uyghur people of Xinjiang.
After a few hours of hiking, this is the view you’ll arrive at Kolsai II Lake.
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With the hot sun beaming down from overhead Big Almaty Lake was a lighter almost white color that I was surprised to see when I arrived here.
Baikonur Metro Station in Almaty. Baikonur is actually a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a space launch facility, explaining the spacey-design of this metro station.
See the Almaty Metro in photos & guide
The early morning colors on Kolsai Lake I are hard to beat, with perfect reflections and beautiful hues ranging from the electric lime green of the algae to turquoise to deep sapphire.
The sun dropping on the Tien Shan Mountains.
A dock on Kolsai Lake I viewed through a clearing of trees.
Big Almaty Lake is an easy day trip from the city. A taxi including waiting time came out to 8,000 KZT, less than $30 USD.
Everything you need to know for a day trip to Big Almaty Lake
Reflections on Kaindy Lake.
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A must when visiting Charyn Canyon is getting up for sunrise at Valley of Castles to watch the hues of orange and pink wash over the rock formations as the morning unfolds in front of your eyes.
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