Photos from Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is also spelled Kazakstan, in Khazakh language :Қазақстан, Qazaqstan, قازاقستان, and in Russian: Казахстан. A distinct Kazakh identity began to emerge among Turkic tribes in the 15th century. A large fraction of the country is occupied by flat semi-arid steppe. In the 1960s, the Soviets planned some extensive cotton agriculture. For the purpose of irrigation, they diverted rivers flowing to the Aral sea, creating one of the biggest environmental disaster. The Aral sea shrunk, and the fishing town of Aralsk saw its harbour dry out completely.

Köktyube cable

Almaty : Köktyube cable car and view on the city


Almaty Pankilov park

Almaty : the russian orthodox Zenkov Cathedral in Pankilov park


Turkistan Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum

Turkistan : Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum


Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum

Turkistan: the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (Қожа Ахмет Яссауи) at night
(more night photos)


kazakh traditional dress

Turkistan : trying on some traditional Kazakh clothes


kazakh steppe

Arid steppe between Turkistan and Aralsk (from the train)
(more deserts photos)


Aralsk town

Street of Aralsk town


Aralsk harbour

Cranes of Aralsk harbour and camels where the sea used to be


Aral sea

follow the salt deposit for 30 km and you'll reach the Aral sea


Aral sea rusting boat

Rusting boat on the former seabed



Kazakhstan was part of the 2005 trip

read about the trip
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travel story : train rides in Kazakhstan


to : Russia                                 

      from : Kyrgyzstan





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