The ninth-biggest country in the world, and one of the most developed and economically advanced countries in Central Asia, owing to the abundance of minerals and oil reserves, Kazakhstan is a truly, expectedly charming land bursting with contrasts. Beyond its futuristic mega-cities like the capital city of Astana, and Almaty, you’ll find endless, lush landscapes more beautiful that you could ever imagine. From the green valleys and mountains of Tian Shan, to the rolling steppes speckled with the bluest of lakes, and timeless, rustic villages fringing the countryside, the landscapes are jaw-dropping, and there are some classic places to see in Kazakhstan!
Here are 12 images of Kazakhstan that showcase the country’s stunning landscape!
A city amidst the hills? Or hills amidst a city? Either ways, Almaty City is picture-perfect!
The Big Almaty Lake
No, this is NOT Candada, and it is NOT Switzerland either! The breath-taking Big Almaty Lake is a natural alpine lake located south of Almaty, at 2,511 metres above sea level.
The lake looks equally stunning from any and every angle possible! Like majority of other lakes in the Tien Shan mountains, the Big Almaty Lake was also created as a result of numerous earthquakes.
Views of Medeu Skating Rink, Almaty
Mind-boggling views of the speed skating rink in Almaty. Known as Medeu, this outdoor skating rink is nestled in a mountain valley, on the south-eastern outskirts of Almaty. Sitting at 1,691 metres above sea level, Medeu is one of the highest skating rinks in the world.
A charming lake amidst Kazakhstan’s Tian Shan Mountains, Kaindy Lake is a spectacularly unique lake known for its dead spruce trees jutting out from the water. An earthquake in 1911 triggered a landslide, effectively creating a lake and submerging the forest that existed in that portion. The sparkling blue water of the lake, together with the trees, conjures a surreal sight! Underwater, you’ll find that the trees have still not decomposed, creating a magical underwater forest!
Glitzy, ultra-modern high-rises accentuated with the bluest of skies and soaring mountain peaks in the backdrop – Almaty offers stunning contrasts!
Lake Borovoe, Burabay National Park
In this beautiful, dramatic autumn sunset landscape, charming blue boats lie moored at a wooden pier by the glimmering Borovoe lake at Burabay National park in Northern Kazakhstan.
Red Pagoda, Dendra Park
No, this is NOT Japan. A quaint Japanese garden with a pretty red pagoda, against a backdrop of snow-clad peaks, in Dendra Park Of First President in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
At the first glimpse, you might easily mistake this to be a scene from Banff National Park, Canada! This is Issyk Lake, located around 20 mins away from Issyk town, Kazakhstan. With its unbelievable turquoise waters, surrounded by flowers and dense forests, this is one of the most beautiful lakes you’ll ever come across!
Yurt – a traditional dwelling in Central Asia
A traditional “Yurt” or a round tent-like dwelling used by nomads across the steppes of Central Asia, including neighbouring countries like Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.
The Central Hill with Monument, Independence Park
The Central Hill with Monument in the Independence Park, that was opened in 2011, in memory of the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in Almaty.
Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis, is nestled at the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. This charming city served as Kazakhstan’s capital until 1997, and till date, continues to remain its trading and cultural hub. Landmarks include the Central State Museum, displaying thousands of historic Kazakh artifacts.