The biggest city in Kazakhstan, Almaty is a bundle of juxtapositions. It has vast natural spaces and crowded bustling markets, it has an abundance of apple trees (‘Almaty’ roughly translates to ‘father of apple trees’) that stand proudly next to high rises, and it has excellent museums and gardens for the peace lovers as well as ski resorts and adventurous hiking opportunities for the thrill junkies! Enough reasons to visit Almaty! If you are still on the fence about visiting Almaty, here are 5 riveting reasons that will convince you to visit the city ASAP!
5 Reasons To Visit Almaty, Kazakhstan!
Reason 1: Almaty is the best place to have your first ever snow experience!Relatively untouched by tourism, Almaty is the perfect place to visit during the winters, especially if you want to enjoy your first ever snow experience. To begin with, you can hop on a cable car and ride up to the pristine ski resort of Shymbulak which is the largest ski resort in Central Asia. You can continue enjoying the snow with a drive to the immaculate Lesnaya Skazka. Lesnaya Skazka is a serene mountain resort located within the ethereal Ile-Alatau National Park. It features wooden cabins, restaurants that serve a plethora of cuisines and even a spa and wellness centre. These extraordinary holiday packages to Kazakhstan will give you wanderlust!
Reason 2: Ice skating at the highest skating rink in the world!Located around 25 kilometers from Almaty, Medeo (or Medeu) is a picturesque valley that is home to the highest (and some people claim, the largest) ice skating rink in the world. Located at an altitude of 1,691 meters above sea level, the Medeo skating rink is spread across an area of 10.5 thousand square meters. How many times in your life have you gotten a chance to boast about the fact that you have ice skated on the highest skating rink in the world? Now is your opportunity, grab it with both hands we say! Also read: 5 Most Visually Stunning Spots To Visit In Kazakhstan
Reason 3: Almaty is home to the second-tallest wooden building in the world!The Zenkov Cathedral, also known as the Ascension Cathedral, is the second tallest wooden building in the world. It is a Russian Orthodox cathedral that was built completely out of wood and, it was built in such a way that not a single nail was used. This 56 meters tall architectural marvel features five domes, three aisles and a built-in bell tower and also houses a library.
Reason 4: To indulge in some finger-licking good food!Kazakhstan food titillates the senses and how! While in Almaty, you should definitely indulge in the following dishes:
- Beshbarmak – this national dish of the country is made up of minced spicy meat, boiled noodles, onion sauce and mutton broth. It is sometimes garnished with coriander leaves.
- Kazy – it is a traditional sausage-like food generally made from the meat of a horse.
- Baursak – this is a type of Kazakh doughnut made up of flour, yeast, sugar, eggs, salt and margarine.
- Shubat – Shubat is essentially fermented milk of a camel. Although it sounds simple, it tastes anything but simple!