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Ecotourism in Kazakhstan
Published: 30 march 2016

There’s something unique and special in each country that attracts tourists from other countries. And Kazakhstan isn’t an exception. Why Kazakhstan is so attractive for tourists? First of all, by eco-tourism that became so much popular for the last years. Most of Kazakhstan territory is occupied by endless steppes and pastures. Sometimes it’s difficult for foreigners feel such scale. So many tourists arrive to Kazakhstan for getting in touch this boundless world. Holidays in Kyzylarai Mountains A must place to visit for tourists interested in nature is Kyzylarai Mountains. It’s unique opportunity to live in the national yurt, learn more about the life of local people and enjoy the beautiful nature. Tourists staying in Kyzylarai are usually offered an excursion to the top of the Aksoran Mountain (1.5 m above sea level). On the top they can enjoy a magnificent view ...

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Hunting with birds of prey
Published: 05 august 2015

From ancient time Kazakh people lead a nomadic way of life, mainly engaged in hunting. The harsh conditions and difficult life has taught Kazakhs to live in harmony with nature, respect its beauty, contact with animals and birds. They always take care of their faithful companions - a greyhound, golden eagles and frolic horse.  So the main traditions and rituals of traditional Kazakh hunting were formed. Berkutchi - experienced catchers Hunters usually hunt with hunting birds – Sayat and also with greyhounds - basins. The experienced divers of hunting birds – eagle were especially revered among locals. There are many legends about the most famous hunters and their birds. One of them is about eagle "Sarykus" (Red Bird) of hunter Tina that "walked" on foxes, wolves, and even deer. The second of them is about hunter Zhalair Shore that could immediately determine the age and ...

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Cryptic Bektau-Ata
Published: 04 may 2015

There’s tract Bektau-Ata just in 60 km from Balhash city. It attracts not only tourists but local people. Bektau-Ata is a real oasis in the semi-desert. There’s also underground river Tokrau at this place that gives fresh water to whole city.    Bektau-Ata translates as “a mountain of saint elder Bek”. Elder lived in cave that is at the top of the mountain at tract Bektau-Ata many years ago. Pink granite rocks are volcanic lava, that is stuck in the cracks of the earth. Scientists told that there was a volcano at Paleozoic era, but it couldn’t go outside of the earth. Thus a huge cork of granite was formed and this cork completely closed the mouth of the volcano. Volcanic formations are very interesting and look like layers of the pie. That’s why there’re a lot of legends around this place. A legend of the elder Many years ago a saint e...

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Kazakh folk songs
Published: 17 march 2015

Folk songs occupy a special place in life and music of Kazakh people. Akyni (singers) sing songs with music accompaniment. The main national instrument is dombra, stringed musical instrument played by plucking. Singers are very popular among the Kazakh and they are welcome to any party. Akyni shared their history, life and problems through songs. They often take part in music competition - aytish, where 2 or more akyn composed and performed these improvisations on the spot. The winner is a singer that can impress viewers by his bright song, music and create the best improvisation. Akyns songs The work of akin is very difficult – he must have good memory and associative abilities. In the past folk songs existed solely in vocal form. Singers learned music and songs by repeating orally the music of other musicians. That’s why they became not only translators but also creators o...

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Legend of a “Grove of dancing birch trees”
Published: 17 november 2014

Kazakhstan nature is amazing not only with variety but its pristine creations. You know, almost every sight of this country has its legend. One of these amazing places is a “Grove of dancing birch trees” in the national park Borovoe.  There are many legends of the appearance of this grove. One of them says that once in the ancient times were people who lived at the foot of the mountain Burabai and arranged festival with various competitions, accompanied by songs and dances. Khan wanted to look at this people too, but he could not appear there as a ruler as he knew that if they had seen him, they would have been confused. So he went on holiday with only security guard, dressed in ordinary clothes. When the festival was in its highest, the beautiful girls appeared in the clearing in the wood. Khan was so carried away that he ran and shouted “Long years to your beauty...

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Big Almaty Lake
Published: 06 october 2014

Big Almaty Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Zaalayskiy Alatau Mountains, in Almatinka gorge. The length of the lake is 1.6 km, width from 0.75 to 1 km. The river Big Almatinka flows into the lake on the south side. Like most lakes in theTien Shan, it appeared as a result of the earthquake.  Big Almaty Lake is part of the Ile-Alatau National Park. On the northern end of the dam, you can see the three main peaks theSovietPeak(4317m) - the south-east, Lake Peak (4110m) andTouristPeak (3954m). Maximum water level is in August, this time of year the water temperature is 10-12 degrees Celsius. The lake is beautiful at any time of the year; all year round it has an unusually beautiful color - from light green to turquoise. Especially it is fine in autumn, when the lake is covered by the first snow, changing the color. In winter, tourists usually ride from the slopes of the gorge....

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Aksu Dzhabagly
Published: 16 july 2014

  Aksu Dzhabagly is one of the oldest and the first reserves in Central Asia, located in the southern part of Kazakhstan, in the spur of the Western Tien Shan at an altitude from 1000 to 4280 meters above sea level.   Here, in this beautiful State Nature Reserve you can see the rare and endangered species of animals and plants. These are argali, snow leopards and lynxes, wolves and foxes, porcupines and bears, as well as many other animals. World of birds are vulture, golden eagles and griffons. There are 25 species of rare insects listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. The reserve’s fauna is also diverse: over 250 species of mushrooms, 60-70 species of algae, lichens and more than 1,300 species of higher plants. But the great popular are Greig and Kauf-mann tulips - the founders of the world-famous cultural varieties of tulips. Juniper forests form a unique amazing view o...

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National holidays of Kazakhstan
Published: 16 june 2014

The first holiday in Kazakhstan is the Nowruz holiday or Spring Holiday, which originates from pre-Islamic history of the Kazakhs. This day the main holiday property is specially prepared dish nauryz-koje, which includes such ingredients as meat, wheat, rice, barley, Siberian millet and kurt. People visit their relatives and friends, sing songs, as well as wish the New Year to be prosperous.Raz-ayt Holiday is celebrated the first and second day of the month in honor of the end of fasting month of Ramadan. According to the canons of "Koran", every Moslem must fast during the month every year. During the day it is not allowed to eat, drink and take pleasure. But after sunset and before sunrise it is allowed to eat and drink. All daytime must be devoted to working, praying and reading Koran. The holiday is celebrated in honor of the end of Ramadan month. The main rite of this holiday is a s...

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Nowruz-koje
Published: 23 april 2014

  Nowruz-koje is the main dish of family holiday table. This traditional dish is cooked on Spring Festival Nowruz. This day people arrange folk festivals, sport events, games, as well as sing songs. Since ancient times, great importance was given to lavish entertainment. It was believed, the richer table the more successful and prosperous will be held the whole year.   The certain recipe of nowruz-koje doesn’t exist, as every family has own recipe of preparation. Traditionally, seven ingredients are used for preparation of this dish. But it is an optional rule. Number of products depends on the preferences of cook. Optional ingredients are meat, dairy products, several types of cereals, soup, noodles, salt. A special place in the preparation of nowruz-koje takes meat. It is dried horsemeat, specially prepared dried meat for the winter. The recipe also includes dairy produ...

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Charyn Canyon
Published: 26 march 2014

Canyon  Charyn (kaz.Sharyn) is situated along the river Charyn in Kazakhstan(200 km from Almata), stretches out at 154 km. Also known as “The Valley of castles”, ”Stone bag”. Charyn canyon is amazing natural monument. It’s formed about 30 million years ago in epoch of Paleogene, it’s not only natural complex in Kazakhstan  but in the whole world. Height of the mountain reaches 150-300m, length of canyon is about 2 km. In the bosom of the river preserved relic  tree – ash Sogdian. This  wonderful canyon  has similarity with big Canyon Colorado (Grand Canyon), which is situated in North America. Since 1964 Ash grove has been declared as natural monument. Also the tourists will be surprised a variety flora and fauna. Here you can see 62 species of mammals,103 species of birds, 25 species  of reptiles and also more than ...

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Beshbarmak.
Published: 14 february 2014

Beshbarmak is the main dish of the Kazakh national cuisine (from Kyrgyz means "Besh" - five, "Barmak" - finger). Traditional beshbarmak is cooked from horse meat or mutton, for many people such preparation is not acceptable therefore the beef is also used. In northern Kazakhstan beshbarmak mostly made of horse meat, it is usually served in a wide dish, pieces of meat and thinly rolled dough, cooked in meat broth are put there. Also in beshbarmak are put horse meat sausage, which is poured with sauce. In the east, south and west of Kazakhstan beshbarmak is served in the form of noodles, cooked in meat broth, there is laid wide and thin slices of meat, rings of onion, then the dish is poured with broth. Rice is often used instead of noodles; broth is served separately in bowls. This astonishing dish is from boundless steppes. For many centuries wandering tribes found a universal way for th...

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Kazakh national games
Published: 28 january 2014

  Kazakh national games took a great and important role in the life of the Kazakh people. It is known that they put people in good spirits, gave strength, agility and endurance. Most of these games have a competitive nature.   Kokpar. Two groups of riders take a part in this game. There was a goat carcass (kokpar) at a distance of 50-60 steps from competitors. Who first picks the carcass up from the ground, the other horsemen had to take it. This struggle between the players continued until the evening. If two groups participate in kopkar, the winner is the team whose player reaches the finish line first. In this competition, horsemen demonstrated agility, strength, accuracy, ability to stay in the saddle.   Ak suyek – White bone. Ak suyek is usually played in the bright summer nights, when the moon is bright. Young horsemen, women and children participate in the gam...

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Borovoe
Published: 12 december 2013

  In the Northern Kazakhstan, between Astana and Kokchetav there is a wonderful region, real oasis – Borovoe. Geographically this place is named Kokchetav elevation, but the local guides call it “Kazakh Switzerland”. Forested hills occupy an area of about 30 kilometers. There is the endless Kazakh steppe around.  Borovoe sounds almost equally both in Russian and Kazakh. Borovoe became a popular place, people began to come here from afar to get some treatment and drink bracing kumys. A man very frequently and thoroughly change nature and the danger to lose the natural landscapes, kinds of animals and plants appeared. The issue of saving the splendid nature of Borovoe and foundation of the resort began to be discussed by the scientists in 1910. The state reservoir Borovoe was established by the Resolution of National Central Executive Committee and Soviet o...

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Kazakh national clothes
Published: 01 july 2013

  Kazakh national clothes  reflect the ancient traditions of Kazakhs and their national experience of employment. In addition, it was possible to determine the social status by traditional costume. Kazakh people used traditional materials for the manufacture of clothing. Mainly they used the skin and hair of pets, cloth and thin felt. Poor people wore clothes made of saiga’s skin, their hats were made of otter, fox and other animals. Rich people’ clothes were made of imported materials - velvet, silk and brocade. Kazakhs used white wool of sheep in order to make clothes of felt.   Men's national clothes consisted of a shirt, wide trousers and outerwear. Important details of the costume were the leather and fabric belts. Spacious long robe - shapan was one of the main items of clothing. Shapan was sewn from both thin and thick fabrics of different colors, b...

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Bayanaul
Published: 06 june 2013

  Bayanaul means “rich and happy mountains” from Mongol-Turkic. Bayanaul National Park has been declared since 1985. Zhasybai and Toraigyr Lakes are the main property of the park. One of the highest mountains is Akbet (1026 metre). Transparent Zhasybai Lake has very clear and soft water. The lake area is four square kilometers, and depth is seven metre. There are various home rest and child’s camps around the lake.   You can admire the beautiful scenery of mountain ranges, blue lakes, valleys and endless steppe Bayanaul from the highest mountain Akbet. Picturesque gorges are mysterious places. One of them is the gorge of the Witches. As the legend says, there is live water, rejuvenating man. There was found an interesting petroglyph inscription made many centuries ago.    Travel lovers come here to admire the blue lakes, pine forests and, of course, ...

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Kazakh wedding
Published: 10 may 2013

Thinking and mentality of people are changed, but habits and traditions of people are not changed. Nowadays there are people who honor and esteem the habits of their ancestors. Kazakh people are not exception. They always had their established traditions and customs of wedding ceremonies. Matchmaking (Kuda tusu) is the most interesting and unusual of all pre-wedding traditions. Groom’s father and the most honorable relatives go to the bride’s home. Generous and holiday table is served, everybody talk about different themes and complement friendly atmosphere by jokes. Later the main theme – kalym is discussed. Groom’s parents give money to buy furniture and bride’s parents must buy bedding, dishes, utensils, etc. “Kyzyzatu” – farewell with girl. The girl is usually seen off in the morning. Sunrise is the symbol of a new day and a new life. &...

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Kazakh customs associated with the birth of a child
Published: 14 december 2012

There are many wonderful and wise traditions in Kazakhstan. From early years the nomads have been keeping the human life, guided by the signs of Great Steppe. Every generation, not depending on the epoch and conditions, in which it lived, performed the instructions of remote ancestors. In Kazakhstan people treat the traditions seriously.So, the customs connecting to child’s birth in the Kazakh family have old roots. Some customs in a rather changed view remained till our days.Naming a childWhen a baby is born in a young family, grandmother, grandfather or the eldest relative gives the name to a child. He or she bends forward the child and three times utters: Your name…!CradleWhen the child is several days, he or she is put to the cradle, which is presented by mother’s relative. She is trusted for the first time to lay the child. At first she exorcizes the devils over t...

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Legend about the origin of the lake Burabay (Borovoe)
Published: 13 december 2012

 God created earth, people, nations and began to pass round mountains, lakes, rivers plains and fertile lands. He handed everything to all, but only the Kazakhs got the endless steppe. Then the steppe inhabitants begged and asked something else from God. How is it possible to live in the boundless steppe and among deserts? And the Creator understood that he inadvertently offended this respectable and nomadic nation. The Сreator looked in the sack where he kept nature sights, and there were just rests of mountains, several beautiful forests, several cool rivers and lakes. But they were the best. God shook out the remains from his sack in the middle of the steppe, and the most beautiful lake in the world – Burabay appeared. It is known as the lake Borovoe – “Kazakh Switzerland”....

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Legend about dombra
Published: 11 december 2012

In ancient times two brothers-giants lived in the Altai highlands. The younger brother had dombra, and he loved very much to play it. He forgot about everything in the world when he began to play dombra. The elder brother was proud and vain. Once he wanted to become famous and decided to build a bridge crossing the rapid and cold river. He began to gather stones and build the bridge. And the younger brother continued to play dombra.So, the days went by. The younger brother did not help the elder one, he just played his favorite instrument. The elder brother became angry; he snatched dombra out of brother's hands and broke it against the rock. The splendid instrument was broken and the music stopped, but on the stone the stamp remained. Many years passed. People found this stamp and began to make new dombras, and the music, which was silent for much time, sounded again.  ...

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Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi
Published: 10 december 2012

In the village Aisha Bibi of Jamby region in 18 kilometers from Taraz town there is a mausoleum of Aisha Bibi.There are no authentic facts about the construction of the mausoleum. However there is the Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi to her bridegroom.Beautiful Aisha was the daughter of the famous rich man – Khakim-Ata. He was known as Zengy baba, follower of Akhmed Yassaui. Karakhan fell in love with 16 years old Aisha at first sight. Wonderful Aisha also fell in love with Karakhan. Aisha’s father refused to give in marriage his daughter to Karakhan, who whether was a khan, but not so famous. The sad man went away home, now it is the lands of modern Taraz. Aisha warned her mother Anuar, but did not get blessing from her father, she left home.“You will ford six rivers, but will not ford the seventh one”, - called father after Aisha. Aisha forded six rivers. ...

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