Astana: a new horizon in Kazakhstan
As Peter the Great built St Petersburg on a swamp and Philip II of Spain turned a dusty village into Madrid, so Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, decreed that a rundown steppe town bang in the middle ...
Places in Kazakhstan
This leafy city with a backdrop of the snowcapped Zailiysky Alatau has always been among the more appealing Russian creations in Central Asia. Today Almaty’s new rich have expensive suburban apartments, large SUVs, glitzy shopping malls, Western-style coffee lounges, expensive restaurants, dance-till-dawn nightclubs and new ski resorts to help them enjoy life to the full.
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Tips and articles
Kazakhstan: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Musical Sufis in Turkistan
If oil, gas, uranium and rockets are Kazakhstan's thrusting future, then Turkistan is where you will find its gentle soul...
Rocket from Russia: Baikonur Cosmodrome
Sitting in Yuri Gagarin's chair? Check. Watching a rocket launch? Check. Exploring a Soviet blast from the past? Check. Then you must be in Baikonur, in Kazakhstan's remote south...
Dune buggies in Kazakhstan: the need for speed
If Ghenghis Khan were alive today he’d be riding on 220cc! The most fun you can have with your clothes on, bouncing around on a dune buggy is an unforgettable way to see today's Silk Road...