Top things to do in Taraz

Top Choice Tomb in Taraz

Aysha-Bibi & Babazha-Katun Mausoleums

In Aysha-Bibi village, 16km west of Taraz, are the tombs of two 11th- or 12th-century women, legendary protagonists of a local Romeo and Juliet tale. The Aysha-Bibi Mausoleum, though heavily restored in 2000–2002, i…
Ruins in Taraz


Lovers of mysterious, remote ruins should venture out to Akyrtas – Kazakhstan's Stonehenge – on the steppe 6km south of Aksholak village. What you'll find here is a rectangular precinct about 180m long and 150m wide…
Museum in Taraz

Taraz Regional Museum

The pride and joy of what is one of Kazakhstan's best local museums is the domed rear building housing an unusually impressive collection of balbals (totem-like stone markers with the carved faces of honoured warrio…
Mausoleum in Taraz

Karakhan Mausoleum

A wooded park on Ybyraev, 700m east of Dostyk alany, is a reconstruction of this small but important medieval mausoleum. It houses cloth-covered sarcophagi and is an Islamic holy site; leave shoes outside. The Karak…
Mausoleum in Taraz

Dauitbek Mausoleum

The reconstructed Dauitbek Mausoleum, built for a 13th-century Mongol viceroy, is said to have been built lopsided in revenge for the man’s infamous cruelty. This is an Islamic holy site, and respectful dress applie…
International in Taraz

Asti Bar

Doubling as a karaoke joint in the evenings, this restaurant is worth checking out for its unusual decor and some surprisingly imaginative dishes with an international bent.
Market in Taraz

Shakhristan Market

For a taste of the bazaar atmosphere for which Taraz used to be celebrated, have a wander round busy Shakhristan Market, across the road from the now boarded-up Green Market. Cheap Chinese clothes and shoes predomin…
Russian in Taraz

Traktir Medved

Russian-tavern-style Medved (Bear) is a chain with somewhat confused service and a long list of salads, a few veggie offerings, meat dishes named after famous Russian films, soups and more. The shashlyk is below par…
Mosque in Taraz

Reconstructed Medieval Mosque

This is a modern reconstruction of the 9th- to-12th-century mosque in which Aulie-Ata, a revered Karakhanid potentate, is believed to have prayed, but you may only view it from the outside.
Turkish in Taraz

Stambul Kafesi

Step into this clean, efficient Turkish cafe for pizzalike pide, shashlyk and excellent doner kebabs. Fresh pomegranate juice available sometimes.