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Kazakhstan Flag The Republic of Khazakstan, is a country that stretches across central Asia, and arguably (depending on where you place the continent's precise boundary) into the eastern fringes of Europe. It is bordered by Afghanistan, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and also has a long coast on the northern and eastern shores of the landlocked Caspian Sea.

As of 2009, the population of Kazakhstan was estimated as being 16,196,800. The country's capital is Astana, which, as of 2010, had an estimated population of 691,521. However the largest city and main commercial center is Almaty, which is a former capital (it was the capital until 1997), and, as of 2009, had an estimated population of 1,420,747.

Kazakhstan Country Details


Country Name Kazakhstan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Flag Kazakhstan Flag
Principal Languages
  • Kazakh
  • Russian
  • Capital Astana


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    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Mark Elliott & John Noble

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Central Asia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample lamb kebabs and nan bread from roadside grills, hike through the spectacular canyons of the Kyrgyz Alatau Range, or marvel at Yasaui Mausoleum's beautiful architecture; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Central Asia and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Central Asia Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, the Silk Road, religion, art, literature, film, music, architecture, landscapes, border crossings, outdoor activities, wildlife, environment, and cuisine
    • Over 65 maps
    • Coverage of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Almaty, Taraz, Astana, Tashkent, Khorezm, Karakalpakstan, Bishkek, Tamchy, Naryn, Dushanbe, Khojand, Khorog, Ashgabat, Merv, and more

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    • Inbuilt dictionary to translate unfamiliar languages and decode site-specific local terms

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters and John Noble.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    Kazakhstan (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Paul Brummell

    Bradt Travel Guides
    Paperback (432 pages)

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    Landlocked between Russia and China, and surrounded by the shimmering Caspian Sea shores and the Altai and Tian Shan mountains, a trip to the exotic wilds of Kazakhstan will erase any association Westerners may have with the film Borat. Visit in May and find the slopes of the Tian Shan carpeted with tulips, base yourself in cosmopolitan Almaty and daytrip to the nearby mountains and forest (where the pious may encounter the legendary Buddhist kingdom of Shambala), or sample a glass of kumiss at a Kazakh dastarkhan. Now updated with more detail, Kazakhstan provides in-depth explanations of the rich and unique Kazakh traditions and nomadic heritage. The most comprehensive guide available, it's invaluable for anyone visiting or living in Kazakhstan.

    Kazakhstan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
    By Dina Zhansagimova

    Brand: Kuperard
    Paperback (168 pages)

    Kazakhstan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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    Kazakhstan, one of the largest countries on earth, was long hidden from the rest of the world behind the Iron Curtain, and continued to remain unnoticed among the “stans” of Central Asia that gained independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Now, twenty years later, it has emerged as a modern state with far-reaching ambitions. It has developed rapidly over the last decade, raising a brand-new capital in the middle of its vast, empty grasslands, and stepping up to take the leading position in the region. Blessed with great reserves of oil, gas, and mineral resources, it is politically and economically stable, and the richest country in Central Asia. The seemingly endless expanse of the Kazakh Steppe takes visitors by surprise. In the east and southeast the terrain eventually changes to picturesque highlands and mountains, providing natural habitats for a number of rare animal and bird species. Once home to ancient civilizations, this immense land has yielded a wealth of archaeological artefacts. The modern Kazakh people emerged from the rise and fall of a succession of medieval Turkic states before being absorbed into the Russian Empire. They were pastoral nomads, self-sufficient, free, and famously adaptable. Their openness and generosity of spirit have survived against all the odds of a grim history. Today Kazakhstan is open for business, and receptive again to outside cultural influences. Culture Smart! Kazakhstan introduces Western readers to this complex, unknown people. It guides you through their traditions, customs, and social values. It describes how they behave at work, at home, at leisure, and on the street, and what they eat and drink. There are vital tips on communicating, and invaluable insights into Kazakhstan’s dynamic business culture and economy.
    City Maps Astana Kazakhstan
    By James McFee

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (24 pages)

    City Maps Astana Kazakhstan
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    City Maps Astana Kazakhstan is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Astana adventure :)
    Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
    By Christopher Robbins

    Brand: Atlas
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    Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
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    "A captivating read notable for off-the-cuff candor and measured, eloquent prose."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    A funny and revealing travelogue of Kazakhstan, a country rich with wild tulips, oil, nomads who hunt with golden eagles, and a disappearing landlocked sea.

    Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan—a blank in Westerners' collective geography—turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur.

    Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. He finds Eminem-worship by a shrinking Aral Sea, hears the Kazakh John Lennon play in a dusty desert town, joins nomads hunting eagles, eats boiled sheep's head (a delicacy), and explores some of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.
    Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)
    By Dagmar Schreiber

    Brand: Airphoto International Ltd.
    Paperback (576 pages)

    Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)
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    A country larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan’s vast expanse encompasses the Great Steppe, across which Genghis Khan’s Mongol hordes galloped; the heights of the Tien Shan in the south, through whose foothills Silk Road travelers journeyed; the exq

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