Visiting Almaty - What to See in the Former Capital

Kazakhstan, Almaty Guide (B): Visiting Almaty - What to See in the Former Capital

Almaty - Kazakhstan's largest city and the former capital. At first, it looks completely ordinary and uninteresting, and if it weren't for the world's class natural wonders surrounding it (I'll describe them all in detail soon), probably no one would be willing to come here. But if you take a second, closer look, you'll notice the uniqueness, vibrancy and diversity. Having said that, it seems that no foreign travelers (especially from the western countries) ever make it to Almaty or other Central Asian places anyway. We didn't meet any westerners there. This is, of course, not because of the lack of attractions in the region - I suppose the mainstream media are at fault here - by always depicting the post-Soviet states as backward, grey, boring and gloomy.

Almaty is the main gateway to Kazakhstan. Most of the country's natural, spectacular wonders are located around (see the section "Outside Almaty" below). Moreover, Almaty is very well connected by modernized railway with the ultra modern capital Astana - which is also a must-see! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Visiting Almaty - What to See in the Former Capital
Guide Location: Kazakhstan » Almaty
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Almaty International Airport   TSUM   promenade Zhybek-Zholy   Almaty metro   Republic Square   Dostyk Plaza   Nurly Tau Business center   Presidential Palace   State Museum of Kazakhstan   The Ascention Cathedral   Panfilov Park   The 28 Panfilov Heores Monument   Green Market   Central Mosque  
Author: Tomasz Lisowski
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