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Altyntobe deposit field Altyntobe deposit field

One of the rare deposits of unique stone aschirite-dioptase is located approximately 120 kms to the east of Karaganda. This mineral has such purity and deepness that only an expert can differentiate it from emerald.

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Aksoran peak Aksoran peak

Aksoran is the highest peak of the Kyzylarai mountains and Kazakh Upland (Sary-Arka) on the whole. It is 1565 meters tall. The panorama surrounding the mountainous oasis of steppe which opens from the peak is best viewed from about a 600 meter ascent.

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Shabanbai-Bi Village Shabanbai-Bi Village

Shabanbai-Bi Village, situated at the foot of Aksoran, the highest peak of the Kyzylarai mountains, is one of the places in the Central Kazakhstan where ecotourism is developed based on the local community. Tourists are encouraged to lodge in the houses of local inhabitants as an incomparable way of getting acquainted with the simple way of village life; and to sample the traditional Kazakh cuisine such as besbarmak, kuyrdak, pilau (plov) and more.

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Shunak Meteorite Crater Shunak Meteorite Crater

One of the most interesting memorials of nature, with its unearthly origin, is the Shunak meteorite crater located 40 kms to the west of the Mointy railway station. It's crater was formed about 12 millions years ago by the fall of a huge meteorite and destroyed all living things for several thousand kms around.

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Turanga Grove in Orta-Deresyn Turanga Grove in Orta-Deresyn

Not far from Balkhash city there are several groves of relict turanga (Asian Poplar). In particular, one of those places is located on the lower stream of Tokyrau river, in the area of Orta-Deresyn Village. Asian poplar is resistant to cultivation due to the salt marshes and mostly sandy soil. It serves as a safety refuge during intense summer heat and strong drought.

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Baigabyl Peninsula, the Northern Bank of the Balkhash Lake Baigabyl Peninsula, the Northern Bank of the Balkhash Lake

To the south-east of Karaganda on the border of Karaganda and Almaty Oblasts there is inland Balkhash Lake; one of the largest lakes in the world (about 18 thousand square kms). What makes Balkhash unique is that it is half fresh and half salty (salty eastern and fresh western parts are divided by Uzyn-Aral strait (channel)). The depth of Balkhash does not exceed 26 meters and its length spreads more than 600 kms.

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Petroglyphic Drawings on the Terekty-Aulie Petroglyphic Drawings on the Terekty-Aulie

The petroglyphs of Terekty-Aulie, stretched out with flat rocky granite remains and dating back to the Bronze Age (the second Millennium before the Christ) are of great interest to scientists. The most popular here are pictures of animals, especially horses as well as camels and bulls.

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Alasha-Khan Mausoleum Alasha-Khan Mausoleum

Alasha-Khan is a character, perhaps more legendary than historical. No one knows exactly if this person ever existed. His name means “variegated or colorful” and he is considered to be an ancestor of the Kazakh people. Alasha-Khan is mentioned not only in Kazakh legends, but also in other Turkic people’s legends and traditions.

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Dzhuchi Khan Mausoleum Dzhuchi Khan Mausoleum

Dzhuchi Khan (Zhoshi), the elder son of Chingiz-Khan and ancestor of most Kazakh Khans, especially loved the Sary-Arka steppes, so he stationed his Headquarters very close to the Ulytau mountains. Khan’s Headquarters were a big administrative and cultural center of Sary-Arka for a long time.

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Dombauyl Mausoleum Dombauyl Mausoleum

Dombauyl Mausoleum which is situated on the left bank of the Karakengir river, in the opinion of the most scientists, is one of the ancient structures in Central Kazakhstan.

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