The Tamgaly Buddha, Altyn Emel park and Charyn canyon 3 days

Tamgaly Tas, translated as “ written rocks, stones with signs”, is located in Kazakhstan, 170 kilometers to the north -west from Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, which is 20 km north-west from the Kapchagay dam. The natural boundary consists of huge cliffs (up to 60 m).

These picturesque rocks attract many tourists! It was place, where incredibly beautiful images of Buddha and Burhans (Bodhisattvas) were found. The cave drawings are accompanied by exquisite Tibetan inscriptions. The unique style of the images is achieved by fine art of stone carving and fine contour lines. The drawings date back to the XIV-XVI centuries. In total, there are 18 rocks with signs, including three Buddha images on one rock and two images - on the others. As a whole, the images in the Tamgaly-Tas represent a Buddhist sanctuary in the open air.

More than half of the way goes on the highway. On the way we pass a large satellite town of Kapchagai. He is known for its reservoir and recreation areas for swimming. Also since 2009, a casino area has been organized there. Officially, there is not a single casino in Almaty.

Further to the written rocks, the path lies across the steppe on the roads to the bank of the Ili River. In spring and summer, the picturesque shores and wide river make the walk stunning.

Altyn-Emel National Park, which is located in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, is a unique and amazing place, one of the bright pearls of Semirichye.

Many have heard about the Singing Dune which located on the territory of the National Park, but not everybody knows that in those parts it is possible and necessary to see the picturesque and unusual mountains of Aktau and Volcanic Katutau. 

To the tour we can include another place with a cosmic views Charyn canyon. It is one of the most picturesque places and best trips in Almaty region. A lot of visitors of Charyn then sayed that they saw in Kazakhstan small copy of the Grand Canyon. 

On the way we can see farm animals horses, sheeps, cows. Wild animals and birds like golden eagles, jerboa, partridge, kulans, and etc.

First day: leave the Almaty at 8 am visit the Tamgaly tas Buddha. Then arrive to Altyn Emel park. Have lunch in guesthouse in village. You should be ready that roads in Altyn Emel park are really off-road. Then get to the Singing dune. Overnight in guesthouse in Bashy village.

Second day: Visit Aktay and Katytau mountains. It takes near of 1.5 hours to get to the Aktau. Overnight in guests house in Bashy village.

Third day: way 2 hours to the Charyn canyon via Ash-tree grove. Walking through the canyon near of 2 km in one direction. Way to the Almaty city via the Uighurs cafe for lunch.

Number of days: 3
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Meal& drinks, accommodate, entrance tickets to park
What to bring: Passports, Season clothes & spot shoes
Transport: Minivan
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