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The largest international airport in Kazakhstan, Almaty International Airport (ALA), is situated 15 km northeast of the city. The airport serves up to half of the passenger traffic and even more of cargo into Kazakhstan.
Transit from the airport into the city is by bus and taxi.
is situated at the bottom of the northern Tien Shan ridge - Zaili Alatau, in the south-east of Kazakhstan. Used to be the country’s capital until 1997, Almaty still serves as the educational, cultural, historical, industrial, economic and financial hub of Kazakhstan. The city is also famous for its apples, “Almaty aport“, and its thousands of acres of boulevards, gardens, parks and squares.
One of the biggest cities in Central Asia, Almaty is a beautiful travel destination that attracts quite a number of visitors yearly. It is the top tourist destination in the area, and is characterised by magnificent buildings, beautiful nature and people.
Some of the landmarks you will find here include; Panfilov Park which is located in the centre of the city. There is also the Central State Museum, which is home to displays of thousands of historic artifacts, and Zenkov Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church of the tsarist-era. These and more are the attractions that draw people to this amazing city.
Why visit one lake when you can visit three? Kolsai Lakes, home to three beautiful and popular lakes, is nearby Almaty and great for a day’s journey. A most extraordinary place to explore, the first lake can be reached by car, and the others by walking or on horseback. A fascination location for a picnic or just time away. Kolsai Lakes is a must visit in Almaty.
Kazakh national cuisine reflects the essence of the nation, its history, culture and traditions. Hospitality has always been a distinctive feature of the Kazakh nation, thus guests are always given a warm reception. In Almaty you can expect to find local dishes like manty, which are dumplings filled with meat or veggies with spices. The most popular Kazakh dish is ‘beshbarmak’. It is the main dish of the national cuisine and is translated as ‘five fingers’, and because the dish is eaten with hands. Classic recipe of Beshbarmak is usually boiling a broth with several types of meat (horse meat, lamb, beef and camel meat) and rectangle-shaped pasta. You could also try a fried bread called boorsok or a regional rice dish called plov.