Kazakhstan is the
world’s ninth biggest country
and one of great travel unknowns. The most economically advanced of the
Kazakhstan is reinventing itself as a prosperous and modern Eurasian
President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since Soviet
forging a peaceful, multi-ethnic nation.
Rich in natural resources such
as oil, natural
gas and minerals, Kazakhstan is a country of huge economic potential.
development has brought rapid economic growth and the country is
significant oil exporter.
Astana, declared a world city
by UNESCO in
1999, has been the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997, and is one of the
commercial centres with all government organizations and many foreign
businesses located there. Almaty, situated in the fertile
region in the southeast is the former capital of Kazakhstan and is the
city in the country. Famed for its beautiful architecture, grand ballet
opera houses, public sculptures and market stalls, an almost European
its quality hotels, slick boutiques, chic cafés and streets
thick with BMWs and
Mercedes, Almaty is the cultural centre of Kazakhstan and well worth a
Travellers are captivated by
the emptiness and
mystery of this vast country. Around the fringes of the great steppes,
Kazakhstan presents a surprising array of adventures. You can trek on
horse in the spectacular Tien Shan or Altay Mountains, watch flamingos
steppe lakes or discover mysterious underground Islamic retreats near
Caspian Sea. Community-based ecotourism programs in some of the most
areas enable travellers to stay with village families at affordable
South Kazakhstan is a focus of
history, featuring many famous monuments. It is a scenically diverse
where the snow-capped peaks, lakes and glaciers of the Tien Shan range
to steppe and desert. The desert is home to the Singing Barkhan - a
3.2 kilometres (2 miles) long, which produces a peculiar singing sound
as it stirs
in the wind.
Other sights and activities in
include skiing, visiting the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the famous spaceport
site, bird watching in Korgalzhyn and visiting one of the country's
nature reserves where bears, ibex and raptors can be observed.
Though the outside world is
aware of Kazakhstan, largely thanks to oil and the comedy film of
pseudo-Kazakh, Borat Sagdiyev, Kazakh is still an intriguing and
country of vast plains, mountainous horizons and beautiful culture,
be unexplored and here our Discovery Kazakhstan Travel Guide comes in
Silk Road Media has published
Kazakhstan, Discovery Kyrgyzstan, Discovery Issyk Kul, Discovery
Discovery Uzbekistan travel guides. There have been 14 issues in five
- English, French, German, Japanese, and Russian.
The Discovery Travel Guide is a
guide, with special features, such as 100 essential pages about any one
country, apolitical in style, with accessible language, large photos
text, good maps, a favorable price, and an exclusive pocket-size format.
The Discovery Kazakhstan Travel
researched and written by professional travel writers and local
contains up-to-date information on visa regulations, public holidays,
festivals, sight-seeing, museums, stunning landscapes, trekking,
entertainment, and the best hotels and restaurants.
FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD...