Issues to do in Almaty Kazakhstan

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Visited Almaty in October 2017 on a flight from Baku Azerbaijan, my very first time travelling on Air Astana, fantastic meals and drinks, one particular of the improved airlines I couple of on, on my Silk Route adventures in October/November 2017. Arrival in Almaty, immigration and costumes is swift and simple. I withdrew revenue from an ATM and got out hunting for transportation to my hotel.

Airport Taxi Scam – 1 USD = 337.611 KZT Kazakhstani Tenge. When outdoors the airport, I was approached by a taxi, I showed him on Google Maps exactly where my hotel was, he stated 1000 Tenge, that is three USD, a trip from the airport to my hotel would be someplace about 15 USD, I asked him once more twice and he was stuck at 1000 Tenge. I stated okay. Just before I got into the Taxi I took a image of his quantity plate with my cell telephone. two or three Kilometers down the road he stated by the way that was 1000 tange per kilometer. That would make it 60 USD as my hotel was 20 KM away. Now I wasn’t going to  get scammed without having a fight, to reduce a lengthy story brief following substantially haggling we agreed on 5000 Tenge, with sounded affordable to me.

Meals: Just after Checking in to the hotel, I went to discover the city on foot, and I wanted to consume when I discovered Kafahat, a cafe serving regional meals, for about two USD, one particular can get a decent meal. There are several Kafahat about Almaty, I went there two to three time a day in the course of my remain in Almaty.

Transportation: I applied Uber a lot, now Taxis do not have meters or sign. Just stand on the side of the road with your hand out and somebody will cease, determine on a cost just before you get in.

The grocery shops sell Camel and Mare (horse) milk in Kazakhstan.

Subsequent day I went to see the Church of the Holy Ascension in Panfilov Park is a can not-miss web site.  The vibrant, yellow church is the second tallest wooden developing in the globe.  The colorful exterior is matched only by the exquisite interior and magnificent altarpiece. From I took the subway and went exploring the city, ended the evening at Presidents Park.

The following day following breakfast at Kafahat I went to see Kok-Tobe

Kok-TobeAbai Qunanbaiuly

Kok-Tobe is a hill with a Ferris wheel and a recreational region, I took a cab and a bus to get there and took  a cable vehicle to get down. It was a good sunny day, I sat at a cafe there, the only one particular, consuming a pizza and overlooking the city. The second Image is a statue of Abai Qunanbaiuly who was a famous  Kazakh poet.

From there tit was time to hit  the mountains and trek, burn off these carbs all the pizza I ate. I took a cab to Medeu. Medeu is a speed skating rink situated in mountains just outdoors Almaty. From Medeu I took a bus to Shymbulak. Shymbulak is a ski resort, what was a sunny good day turned to be quiet cold in the mountains. I walked the road to the prime till it got true cold and headed back to the cable vehicle to take me back down to Medeu.

medeu almatyShymbulak

The very first image above is Medeu and the second I took on my trek in Shymbulak. Of all the location in Almaty I very suggest Shymbulak.

From Shymbulak I took the cable vehicle to Medeu, at Medeu I was hoping to get s bus or a cab to take back to Almaty, no such luck and it had began to get colder. Just after waiting by the road side for half an hour when a Lexus SUV with three wonderful Kazakh girls pulled up and presented me a ride to the city. I took them on their give, I did not take any any image, that would not be ideal, although I did take a smaller gopro video, I will edit and post it.

On my 4th day, I crossed the border to Kyrgyzstan, I wrote a border crossing post http://www.arvinder.com/2017/11/how-to-get-from-almaty-to-bishkek.html 

I am leaving the city of Astana fora future trip, Air Astana presents quite a few flights to Asia, and will catch a stopover quickly. Till then…

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