North Kazakhstan is a vast territory, probably best known for its myriad lakes and a number of mountain resorts, has been a popular tourist destination both for Kazakhstanis and for Russians for many years. It occupies all the lands from the Transuralian and Turgaiskoye plateaus in the west to the Kulundinskaya plain and the central tributary of the River Irtysh in the east. It is bounded by the northern fringes of the Sary-Arka steppe in the south and the southern areas of the west Siberian plain in the north. The region comprises four oblasts: North Kazakhstan oblast, with its capital at Petropavlovsk; Kostanai oblast, with its capital at Kostanai; Pavlodar oblast, with its capital at Pavlodar; and Akmola oblast, with its capital at Kokshetau. The capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, is located in the south-east of Akmola oblast but is administratively independent of it.
The low-lying steppe and forest steppe of the north Kazakh plain predominate in north Kazakhstan, giving way in places to low hills such as the Kokshetau range and lake basins such as the Turgaiskaya depression. There are also some mountains, however, and mountain resorts, most notable among them being the one at Borovoye, although Bayanaul and Zerenda are also well known.
The region’s three major rivers are the Irtysh (Yertis in Kazakh), the Ishim (Yesil) and the Tobol. All flow north. The region abounds in lakes, the largest ones being Tengiz, Siletitengiz, Kushmurun and Sarykopa.
All the region’s major towns were founded around the same time, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Established initially as fortresses guarding Russia’s south-eastern frontier, they later lost their military significance and became commercial centres, thriving on trade with Central Asia and China. This period has left its mark on these cities: besides the many imposing merchants’ houses that survive from that time, and other features common to the colonial provincial towns of those days, an atmosphere redolent of the time seems to permeate their older districts.
«Baikonur» — the first and the largest cosmodrome in the world is located on the territory of Kazakhstan. We will be happy to organize this unforgettable trip for you! In 2017, there will be 4 inhabited launches available for visiting: Soyuz MS – 04: March 27, 2017 Soyuz MS – 05: May 29, 2017 Soyuz […]
Program of the tour Visiting the «Chaika» hotel, Akimat (city administration), sights of the Old Town, Nurken Abdirov Sports Palace and the Abdirov Monument, the Miners’ Culture Palace, Circus. Excursion to Karaganda Ecological museum. Walk to the Central Park. Lunch. Excursions to the Mosque, Catholic Cathedral and Orthodox Church. Short walk in a Victory Park. […]
The Kyzylarai mountain and forest oasis, located in Central Kazakhstan, gives truly exclusive opportunities for a traveler. Where else can you make a journey, figuratively speaking, “3000 years back” and “1500 metres up” just within a few days? Just here, in the Kyzylarai mountains, the highest point of Sary Arka, Aksoran peak (1565 metres), is situated. […]
The Ulytau mountains always attracted the attention of nomads. Here was situated the headquarters of the oldest son of Genghis-khan – Zhoshy (Juchi), who became ancestor of most of the Kazakh rulers. Moreover, here graphic evidence of historical events, connected with the name of Tamerlane the Great, can also be found. It’s remarkable, that exactly […]