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Introducing Southern Kazakhstan

This is the most Kazakh part of Kazakhstan: Kazakhs are generally the great majority in the population, having been settled here in large numbers during Soviet collectivisation. It’s a fascinatingly varied region whose chief attractions begin in the Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve with its pristine mountain country, great hiking and horse riding and good-value homestays. Shymkent is the region’s atmospheric main city. At Turkistan the Mausoleum of Kozha Akhmed Yasaui is Kazakhstan’s most sacred Muslim shrine and a magnificent piece of Timurid architecture.