Kazakhstan

45 Pictures that will Inspire You to Visit Kazakhstan

(Last Updated On: 31/03/2021)

I believe Kazakhstan is the most underrated destination in Central Asia. Everyone knows about the amazing Silk Route cities in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan’s stunning nature, the breathtaking mountains of Tajikistan, or the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan. But Kazakhstan is mostly treated as a getaway to the region and not a destination itself for travelers.

Well, I’m here to prove you otherwise and this collection of Kazakhstan pictures you can see below will show you why you should visit Kazakhstan soon!

My trips to Kazakhstan

I’ve been to Kazakhstan three times by now and had another trip to Kazakhstan planned for 2020 (but we all know what happened). This is one of my favorite countries in the world and I always enjoy returning there and discovering more of the place.

But I must admit, before my first Kazakhstan trip I also didn’t know what to expect from this country and it was supposed to be only a short stopover on my way to Kyrgyzstan. As it quickly turned out, Almaty was amazing and I felt so good there I stayed a bit longer than I planned, and still now Almaty is among my favorite cities. One of the reasons to visit Almaty is the breathtaking nature literally at the city’s foot, no photos of Kazakhstan can show you how incredible it really is!

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Mountains near Almaty

Another of my Kazakhstan trips was with the Nikon team – we were trying out their mirrorless camera Nikon Z50 and Kazakhstan turned out to be a perfect place for those tests. We could see how the camera works in various situations and different scenery.

We photographed stunning landscapes, impressive architecture, or cultural events – this variety just proves one more time that Kazakhstan is a perfect destination for all photography fans. Nikon Z50 camera was perfect for these various, sometimes harsh conditions, and the pictures I took then are among my favorite Kazakhstan images.

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Winter in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Why you should visit Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is huge! And I mean really huge, this is actually the 9th largest country in the world. But the majority of Kazakhstan is a dull steppe so nothing that exciting.

The southern part of the country, however, is another story. That’s where you will find a breathtaking landscape with lakes, canyons, and mountains as high as 7.000 meters above sea level!

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Charyn Canyon

In Kazakhstan, you can also find the futuristic, modern capital – Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana), remnants of the Silk Road glory, or a lunar landscape. This is also an excellent place to learn more about the nomadic culture of the region and its traditions.

For me Kazakhstan is also the country of the friendliest, hospitable, and most beautiful people I’ve ever met. And that’s already a very solid reason to visit Kazakhstan.

So it doesn’t matter if you are interested in the landscape, architecture, culture, traditions or people – Kazakhstan will not disappoint you, everything is there!

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Best photo locations in Kazakhstan

If you are looking for places to take the best Kazakhstan pictures, here are some of the most beautiful and interesting photo locations:

  • Almaty with its fine architecture (especially Soviet buildings, metro or the colorful cathedral), wooden houses and leafy streets in the central part of the city, Green Bazaar for people watching, and Kok-Tobe hill for beautiful views of the city and mountains
  • Near Almaty – Shymbulak ski resort (especially its upper parts with amazing views of the Tian Shan mountains and city down below), Big Almaty Lake, Lake Issyk
  • Hunn Village – the ethno complex when you can learn more about the nomadic traditions and culture
  • A bit further from Almaty but still reachable from the city: Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lakes, Kaindy Lake, Altyn Emel National Park
  • Nur-Sultan and its modern, futuristic architecture
  • Burabay National Park not far from Nur-Sultan
  • Turkestan and the remnants of the Silk Road times
  • Remnants of the Aral Sea and rusty boats
  • Ustyurt Nature Reserve near the city of Aktau
  • Lake Balkhash – one of the largest lakes in the world

I was lucky to visit many of these places but some of them are still on my bucket list and I’m hoping to visit them during my next Kazakhstan trip.

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Saty Village in southern Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan pictures

And now let me show you some Kazakhstan pictures so you can see yourself what a stunning and diverse country this is!

Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty metro station



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty Cathedral



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty from Kok Tobe Hill



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

One of the charming streets in Almaty



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Soviet Soldiers Memorial in Almaty



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty Green Bazaar



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty architecture



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty architecture



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Almaty from Shymbulak Ski Resort



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Mountains near Almaty



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

On the way to Shymbulak



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Mountains near Almaty



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Big Almaty Lake



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Lake Issyk



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Eagle hunter in Hunn Village



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Hoseback riding in Hunn Village



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Charyn Canyon



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Charyn Canyon



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Charyn Canyon



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Charyn Canyon



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

One of the Kolsai Lakes



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Kaindy Lake with sunken forest



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Sunken forest in Kaindy Lake



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Altyn Emel National Park



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Altyn Emel National Park



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Altyn Emel National Park



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Modern architecture in Nur-Sultan (Astana)



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Winter in Nur-Sultan (Astana)



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Winter in Nur-Sultan (Astana)



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Hazrat Sultan Mosque in Nur-Sultan



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Inside Hazrat Sultan Mosque in Nur-Sultan



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Inside Khan Shatyr in Nur-Sultan



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Inside Expo building in Nur-Sultan



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Burabay National Park



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Turkestan and Silk Road remnants



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Turkestan and Silk Road remnants



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

What’s left of the Aral Sea…



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Ustyurt Nature Reserve



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Ustyurt Nature Reserve



Visit Kazakhstan Pictures

Lake Balkhash

Final thoughts on visiting Kazakhstan

As you can see above Kazakhstan really has a lot to offer and can be a great place to visit for all travelers. You can find there some exceptional beauty, interesting architecture and some of the nicest and kindest people you will ever meet.

I can’t wait for my next trip to Kazakhstan. There are still so many places and sights I would like to see there and I really hope this time I will go there in the spring or summer time when everything is green and looks simply unreal!

Travel Resources

Revolut bank card is the best way to save money when traveling. It’s a pre-paid service that offers very good exchange rates and no fees for ATM’s use. Click here to learn more and order your Revolut card.

You can find the best accommodation options at Booking. They have many discounts and excellent customer service. Click here to look for the place to stay in Kazakhstan

Never travel without travel insurance, you never know what might happen and better safe than sorry. You can check the insurance policy for Kazakhstan here.

I recommend joining organized tours to get to know the place better and to visit more places during your trip. You can find a great selection of tours at Get Your Guide – click here.

Make sure to have the offline map always installed on your phone, they can save you so many troubles. I always use the free app Maps.Me.


For the end I left a few announcements that might interest you:

  • Sign up to my newsletter or follow me on Bloglovin to get updates about the new posts
  • Join my Facebook group about Eastern Europe, the Balkans and former USSR and connect with fellow travellers and enthusiasts of these regions – just click here!
  • I’ve included a few handy links of services and products I personally like and use so you can plan your own trip to Kazakhstan too. They are often affiliate links. This means I will get a small commission if you book/purchase anything through my links, at no extra costs for you. Thank you!

LIKED IT? PIN THIS POST FOR LATER!

kazakhstan-pictures-pin


love, kami 2

If you enjoyed that post why don't you share it with your friends? That would mean so much to me! Also be sure to join 27.000+ fellow travelers and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for travel updates and even more pictures! If you don't want to miss new posts sign up to my newsletter or follow on Bloglovin!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  •  
    100
    Shares
  • 100
  •  
  •  
  •  

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Raj Bhide
    05/01/2021 at 13:19

    Very Well done. All the best to you for your future adventures. Keep it up.

    • Reply
      kami
      07/01/2021 at 22:19

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Emily
    06/01/2021 at 13:39

    Altyn Emel looks incredible! Love these photos Kami – I really want to visit Kazakhstan now!

    • Reply
      kami
      07/01/2021 at 22:19

      Thank you, Emily! I really hope you will get there one day, Kazakhstan is amazing and I think you would really enjoy it!

Leave a Reply

Let’s become friends!

Join me on Facebook for even more travel updates!