In Kazakhstan, nature is king. Step outside the boundaries of vibrant cities like the capital, Almaty, and discover a wild land of rolling steppes, snow-crowned mountains and endless fields where nomadic families still roam and where horses remain an integral part of daily life. Here routines evolve with the seasons and ancient traditions reign strong, most famously in the eagle hunters and the temporary ger camps that dot the landscape. Neither is Kazakhstan all about the past, though - Almaty is a buzzing, modern capital, and Kazakhstan itself was the focal point of the Soviet space programme and the place from where Yuri Gagarin was launched into space.
Ths incredible country still flies under the radar for many, who don't realise what a special destination it really is. We're on a quest to remedy that, because if you ask us this is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations anywhere on Earth. To help prove it, we've collected 15 photographs that we think underline just how special Kazakhstan really is. You can find them all below.
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Mountain landscape in a reserve near Almaty. © Shutterstock/Aureliy
A group of eagle hunters proudly lift their eagles aloft. © Shutterstock/Chanwhit Whanset
Lake Kaindy. © Shutterstock/AlexandrKuznetsov
Monument Valley, USA? No, this is the desert canyon of Bozhira near Ustyurt, Kazakhstan
Horses gallop across the Assy Plateau near Almaty. © Shutterstock/Aureliy
Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, Turkestan. © Shutterstock/MehmetO
Bukhtarma artifical reservoir on the Irtysh River. © Shutterstock/udmurd
The Przewalski horse is one of the world's few "true" wild horses, and has been reintroduced to Kazakhstan after going extinct in the wild in the 1960s. © Shutterstock/Yerbolat Shadrakov
Traditional Kazakh dishes on display. © Shutterstock/iPostnikov
A golden eagle flies in the Tien Shan Mountains. © Shutterstock/MehmetO
The sun lights up the mountain range near Almaty. © Shutterstock/AlexandrKuznetsov
Kazkhstan isn't all golden steppes - it can be a winter wonderland too, as shown here at Lake Kolsay. © Shutterstock/Alex Friesen
More USA? Nope, this is actually Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan! © Shutterstock/Lukas Bischoff Photograph
Horses in a poppy field near Almaty. © Shutterstock/Pavel Mikheyev
This otherworldly landscape is made up of coloured chalk formations in the Akzhar Mountain Range. © Shutterstock/Yerbolat Shadrakov
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