Kazakhstan – Absolute Destination with Ski, Night Life, Shopping
₹63900 per person
Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a landlocked country located mainly in Central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe. It borders Russia to the north and west, China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the southeast, Uzbekistan to the south, and Turkmenistan to the southwest, with a coastline along the Caspian Sea. Its capital is Astana, known as Nur-Sultan from 2019 to 2022. Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, was the country’s capital until 1997. Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth-largest country by land area and the largest landlocked country in the world. It has a population of 19 million people and one of the lowest population densities in the world, at fewer than 6 people per square kilometre (16 people/square miles). Ethnic Kazakhs constitute a majority of the population, while ethnic Russians form a significant minority. Officially secular, Kazakhstan is a Muslim-majority country, although ethnic Russians in the country form a sizeable Christian community.
As it extends across both sides of the Ural River, considered the dividing line separating Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan is one of only two landlocked countries in the world that has territory in two continents (the other is Azerbaijan). With an area of 2,700,000 square kilometres (1,000,000 sq mi) – equivalent in size to Western Europe – Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country and largest landlocked country in the world. While it was part of the Russian Empire, Kazakhstan lost some of its territory to China’s Xinjiang province, and some to Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan autonomous republic during Soviet years.
It shares borders of 6,846 kilometres (4,254 mi) with Russia, 2,203 kilometres (1,369 mi) with Uzbekistan, 1,533 kilometres (953 mi) with China, 1,051 kilometres (653 mi) with Kyrgyzstan, and 379 kilometres (235 mi) with Turkmenistan. Major cities include Astana, Almaty, Karagandy, Shymkent, Atyrau, and Oskemen. While located primarily in Asia, a small portion of Kazakhstan is also located west of the Urals in Eastern Europe. The Charyn Canyon is 80 kilometres (50 mi) long, cutting through a red sandstone plateau and stretching along the Charyn River gorge in northern Tian Shan (“Heavenly Mountains”, 200 km (124 mi) east of Almaty). The steep canyon slopes, columns and arches rise to heights of between 150 and 300 metres (490 and 980 feet).
Kazakhstan’s terrain extends west to east from the Caspian Sea to the Altay Mountains and north to south from the plains of Western Siberia to the oases and deserts of Central Asia. The Kazakh Steppe (plain), with an area of around 804,500 square kilometres (310,600 square miles), occupies one-third of the country and is the world’s largest dry steppe region. The steppe is characterised by large areas of grasslands and sandy regions. Kazakhstan has an “extreme” continental climate, with hot summers and very cold winters. Indeed, Astana is the second coldest capital city in the world after Ulaanbaatar. Precipitation varies between arid and semi-arid conditions, the winter being particularly dry.
There are ten nature reserves and ten national parks in Kazakhstan that provide safe haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals. Common plants are Astragalus, Gagea, Allium, Carex and Oxytropis; endangered plant species include native wild apple (Malus sieversii), wild grape (Vitis vinifera) and several wild tulip species (e.g., Tulipa greigii) and rare onion species Allium karataviense, also Iris willmottiana and Tulipa kaufmanniana. Kazakhstan had a 2019 Forest Landscape Integrity Index mean score of 8.23/10, ranking it 26th globally out of 172 countries.
Common mammals include the wolf, red fox, corsac fox, moose, argali (the largest species of sheep), Eurasian lynx, Pallas’s cat, and snow leopards, several of which are protected. Kazakhstan’s Red Book of Protected Species lists 125 vertebrates including many birds and mammals, and 404 plants including fungi, algae and lichens
Tour Duration5 Nights / 6 Days
Best SeasonJune to September
Tour CategoryTVS Exclusive
- Airport meet & greet.
- Chocolates & refreshing napkins served on board your vehicle.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board all our vehicles.
- 2 nights stay at the Swissotel Wellness Retreat
- 3 nights stay as per choice of hotels
- Daily breakfast.
- Dedicated English speaking guide throughout the trip.
- Dedicated private vehicle with driver throughout the trip.
- Vehicle and Guide as per the itinerary
- Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary above.
- Entrance to Shymbulak – Level 3
- Entrance to Kok Tobe – Via Gondola
- Excursion to Charyn Canyon
- 2 bottles of water daily per person.
- Hotel taxes.
- 5% GST
- 5% TCS or 20% TCS
- Expenses of personal nature
- Meals that are not mentioned under inclusions
- Prices are calculated as per $1=450Tg
- Rates are net & non-commissionable
- Rates are per person on sharing a room basis
- Above is a sample price and is subject to availability & currency fluctuation.
- Package is based on evening arrival & morning dep.
- Package prices are not valid on black-out/exhibition dates.