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Kazahstan Travel Guide

Kazakhstan is a country situated in Asia, particularly in Central Asia. Its neighboring countries include Russia, China, and other Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

Kazakhstan is an untouched beauty. There are many natural types of scenery that is worth visiting in the country. Some of top destinations in this central country are Atyrau, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Almaty, Kyzylorda, and Aqtau. If your travel tour will last for more than a week however, you can also opt to visit Turkestan, Karagandy, Semipalatinsk, Lake Markakol, Shimkent, Astana, and the Tien Shan Mountains.

The country ranks high in the world in terms of population density. It has over sixteen million people and it is the largest country among all the Central Asian members. Kazakhstan also stands as one of the largest countries around the globe.

Kazakhstan boasts its own version of the Grand Canyon. Popular for travellers who are interested in national settings, the country has the Charyn Canyon that is linked to the terrains of the Tien Shan Mountains. The place is known as one of the most visited areas that are good for trekking, hiking, and nature trips. There are two unique activities that are popular in Kazakhstan. One is the Eagle hunting adventures, and the other is the horse game known as Bukashi.

There are not much of artifacts or preserved antique materials found in Kazakhstan. Because its occupants are nomadic families, not much material evidences are left on the roads and the small towns. However, their rich culture has been preserved in terms of the country folklore and untarnished old-time traditions.

Kazakhstan's old capital is Almaty. This old city which name has been derived from the world "apple" is now the country's apple of the tourist's eyes. It is the most visited area in the place. Aside from its famed skating rink, the place provides its guests with astounding sceneries of the terrains. The new capital of Kazakhstan is Astana, located in the northern part of the country. The place is still not considered as the center for the economic activities and well-developed infrastructure in the country at the moment.

The bulk of what you will see in Kazakhstan is an endless semi-arid steppe. There are also decaying industrial cities that are soon evolving into vast open spaces. Once you get there, you can gorge yourself with long train rides fit for soul searching, and tasty horse sausages.

The body of water that is nearest to this semi-desert country is the Caspian Sea. Its coastline is about two thousand kilometers in the country's western region.

If you plan to visit Kazakhstan, you ought to visit the place during the months of april to june or september to october. Avoid the summer period since the hot temperature is neither really depressing, nor visit during the frozen wintertime where food and transportation is really scarce. The best visiting month is august, during harvest time, when food abounds the landscape.