Nomads of the Steppe
Nomads of the Steppe
Almaty - one of the major cities of Kazakhstan, located in the southeast of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the foothills of Zailiyskiy Alatau; the city's population is about 1.5 million inhabitants.Although Almaty is not anymore capital of the republic, the city is still the financial, economic and cultural center of Central Asia.
Picturesque mountains are the hallmark of Almaty. You can enjoy views of the cable car climbing to the highest point of the city of Kok-Tobe ("Blue Mountain"), located at an altitude of 1,130 meters above sea level. From this summit offers a magnificent view of the mountains and the city. It is especially beautiful at night when the city is illuminated with colored lights.
Two big rivers - the Big and Small Almaty flow down from the mountains and provide the city with fresh water reservoirs and fountains fill the coolness and freshness.
Saty is a small village in the Shilik valley, 60km from Charyn Canyon. The village is situated at the foot of Kaindy lake and Kolsay lakes, on the south side of the Kungey Alatoo mountain range marking the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The region is also wellknown by archeolog because of numerous Scythian's tombs. The local CBT ecotourism association offer different lodges in the village.
Here, we are going to talk about the cosmodrome (space center) and not about the mining town of Baikonur. Created in 1956, it is today the most active space center in the world with nearly 15 launches per year. The area leased by Russia is located 240 km northwest of Kyzylorda. The launch of the Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome is the spectacle of a long journey. The installations, which remained secret for a long time, can now be visited, such as the space shuttle installations Egerguiya Bourana, the memorial houses of Korolev and Gagarin, the launching ramp from which on April 12, 1961, the spacecraft Vostok was launched for the first time in the world with pilot-cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board. This visit is very special, also the rocket launch and requires strict administrative preparation. We advise you to contact us 3 months in advance if the visit interests you.
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