Kazakhstan Travel Guide

Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia

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Kazakhstan Travel Essentials

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):

  • Dorm bed: $10-20
  • Budget: $30-50
  • Mid-range: $60-100
  • Luxury: $150 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):

  • Budget: $10-20
  • Mid-range: $25-40

Visa Policy for Indians: E-visa or Visa on Arrival

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: E-visa or Visa on Arrival for many countries

Ideal Duration: 7-10 days for major cities and key attractions; 2 weeks for more extensive exploration

Best Time: May to September (warmer months, ideal for outdoor activities) Read More

Getting In Kazakhstan: Nur-Sultan (Astana) International Airport (NQZ), Almaty International Airport (ALA) Read More

Getting Around Kazakhstan: Public transport, taxis, rental cars, and trains for intercity travel Read More

"The Land of the Wanderers"

Kazakhstan Tourism

Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country, located in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Covering an area of approximately 2.7 million square kilometers, it is the ninth-largest country in the world. The capital city of Kazakhstan is Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana), a mix of modern and historic cities.

Kazakhstan offers a diverse and ever-changing landscape for travelers, from arid plains, boundless steppes, and remote desert villages where camels often outnumber people to verdant valleys, snow-capped mountains, and contemporary urban centers. Nur-Sultan and Almaty, in particular, offer a blend of modern architecture, cultural attractions, and vibrant nightlife. 

Kazakhstan offers a wide range of natural attractions, including the Charyn Canyon, Lake Balkhash, and the Altai Mountains. The country also hosts the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a space launch facility that was once the primary launch site for the Soviet space program and is still in use today.

The best areas for multiday adventurous trekking are the Tian Shan range to the South and the Altay Mountains to the east. Try Kazakh’s national dish, Beshbarmak, chunks of long-boiled mutton, beef, or perhaps horsemeat, served in a huge bowl atop flat squares of pasta.

Must Know Before You Travel to Kazakhstan

  • While you'll find some English speakers, especially in tourist areas, it's helpful to have some basic Kazakh or Russian phrases for communication.
  • Travelers to areas near the Chinese and Kyrgyz border, particularly the Altay Mountains and Mt. Khan Tengri, must obtain a special border-zone permit. It incurs a fee of approximately 7500T and can require up to 45 days for processing, so plan well in advance.
  • When entering the country with goods exceeding the standard duty-free limits, travelers must fill out customs declaration forms. 
  • You can transport up to 3000 USD in any currency into or out of the country without the need for a written declaration.

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Kazakhstan

What's Great about Travelling to Kazakhstan?

Vast steppes, modern cities, and a blend of Asian and European influences.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Kazakhstan?

Extreme Temperatures, Language Barrier, Limited Tourism Infrastructure

Who should Travel to Kazakhstan?

Adventurous Travelers. Nomadic Culture Enthusiasts. Nature Lovers. Astronomy Fans.

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