Day Trip to Tamgaly Tas (Buddha)

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.

Price 125 $ for a group of TWO persons. 

For a group of 3-6 guests I can offer another car. Price for the tour 155$.

Included services:
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: Food & drinks, entrance tickets to park
What to bring: Hats & clothers with long sleeves, sport shoes
Transport: Minivan