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Kazakhstan : When and where to go?
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Kazakhstan: Climate & Weather
The climate here is extreme: very hot in summer with temperatures rising to 40 ° C during the day, very severe winters and snowy, violent oranges during the warm season with floods locally.
3°C - 37°F
Astana, updated 03:00 GMT
What to do in Kazakhstan
Still very little known as a tourist destination, Kazakhstan is full of wonders to discover, between the superb landscapes of its steppes and the culture of its people.
The city of Almaty, the former capital, stands out against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, and although the city does not seduce by its typical Soviet architecture, it still offers a rather pleasant area where parks and gardens are very numerous. You will also find luxury shops, cafes and restaurants, clubs, but also museums, markets, and the Zenkov Orthodox Cathedral, all of wood, with not a single nail! Note: you can take a cable car that connects the city center to the summit of Mount Kok Tobe, from where the panorama is exceptional.
Astana is the current capital: created by architects of all origins, this city-mushroom mix styles and can not leave indifferent by its audacious constructions. The town of Djambou (formerly Taraz) is on the Silk Road and is surrounded by castles, mausoleums and ancient forts: it also has a museum of regional history where are exhibited numerous archaeological objects .
More "nature", the Aksu-Zhabagyly reserve, where glaciers and valleys, rivers and snow-capped mountains meet, and where the landscapes so varied provide a mine of discoveries for the environmental enthusiasts, both for the flora and the Wildlife: more than a thousand species of plants have been listed, and you can also see long-tailed marmots, ibexes, brown bears, royal eagles, snow leopards and many other wild animals.
Other regions to explore, Manguistaou, with its stone deserts that house amazing rock formations and superb canyons, as well as archaeological remains that are only just beginning to be studied, such as underground mosques; The Altai, and its mountains like Mount Beloukha which culminates at 4506 meters, but also its woods descending the slopes of the hills and its transparent lakes; The deserts of the Sari-Ichik Otraou, where the riders can enjoy themselves and meet the Kazakh nomads.
Kazakhstan : The basics
You need a visa to enter the country, as well as a proof of invitation or contract of employment for a stay of more than 30 days.
The current currency is the Tenge (KZT).
You can reach Kazakhstan by plane by landing at Amalty International Airport via Moscow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London or Prague. There are also international airports in Astana and Aktau.
To travel in the country, you can also use the plane between the big cities at an affordable rate, but also the train. Buses are rather advisable on short trips, as well as taxis.
Budget, it can vary according to your comfort requirements: if you take public transport and choose restaurants and low-end hotels, you can spend less than 40 € per day.
Health: it is recommended to have its universal vaccinations up to date, and to add those against hepatitis A and B. Be also vigilant with regard to the water which is mostly not drinkable: bottled water.
Security: tourists are unlikely to be at risk in this country, even if terrorist acts took place in 2011. However, avoid the vicinity of official buildings, do not walk by night, do not use taxis " Wild ". Do not frequent the region south of Kourtchatov and Semipalatinsk, which has a high level of radioactivity following the Soviet nuclear experiments. Also avoid the border with China.
Another risk to report: Almaty and its perimeter are located in seismic zone.
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