Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, in the heart of hospitable Central Asia. Strolling through the streets of Almaty, you get the feeling of a European city. The city is buried in greenery, and it is also sloping. Only here you can tell taxi drivers such directions as "up" or "down".
And yet, Almaty is very hospitable and loves tourists. People come here from all over the world for various reasons: to look at the city in the mountains, to challenge these mountains, to hike in the nearest forests, deserts and glaciers. CIS residents have strong friendly and kinship ties here.
Almaty has everything you need: the urban environment is comfortable and friendly, and outside the city within a few hours you can cross all five natural areas. Here we have mountains, glaciers, forests with lakes, deserts, canyons and even stretched from horizon to horizon steppes.
Add to all this the low prices, and there will not be necessity to go anywhere else. And when we say low prices, we mean that it is really very cheap. According to our calculations, you can live for one hundred dollars in Almaty for 3 days and not deny yourself anything...
There are a lot of possibilities for a comfortable overnight staying: the city is full of hostels, small and large hotels. The night in the hostel will cost you an average of three thousand tenge, that's 600 rubles. You can even find for 400.
When it comes to meal you will not find anywhere else such a variety of real authentic Oriental cuisine. Plov, murash, domljama, lagman, tsomyan: Uzbek, Dungan, Uighur, Chinese and Korean food are everywhere. Sphere of public catering offers a full price range, so you can easily find a place where you can eat deliciously and heartily for a thousand tenge, or 200 rubles.
For the thriftiest ones, we recommend the chain of dining rooms "Kaganat". The cost of first courses starts from 60 rubles, and the second from 100.
The dining room Basilic is higher in rank and of course its tastier there. On average, lunch will cost you 400 rubles.
To almost all the starts of the haiking routes you can be get by bus for 30 rubles. A gypsy cab (when you wave to catch a taxi) works here in the best way possible. And taxi drivers like to bargain. The average price in the city is 500 tenge or 100 rubles.
Kok-Tobe - mountain located in the immediate vicinity of the city of Almaty, its height 1130 m above sea level. You can climb on Kok-Tube by the winding road, by "cable car" and on foot.
The cable car costs 400 rubles both ways, the entrance to the park is free. The cable car starts from the square near the Palace of the Republic (Dostyk avenue, corner of Abay avenue). The cable car was built in 1967 and stretches over part of the old city, which is called "compote". This area is named so because of the name of its streets: Apple, Pear, Cherry, etc. The length of the cable car is 1,727 m, the journey time is 6 minutes. During this time you can see the city views from above: green gardens, private houses, city skyscrapers. The upper station is located on the territory of the "Kok-Tobe" park.
Mountain sports complex – Medeu is situated in high-mountain Medeu area, at an altitude of 1691 meters above sea level. You can take the bus to get there. Medeu is the world's largest mountain complex for winter sports with the largest artificial ice field area - 10.5 thousand m². Over 200 world records were established here, for which the Almaty ice rink was nicknamed the "factory of records".
Skating here costs 200 rubles per session.
In summer the ice rink does not work, but it is surrounded by a wonderful nature and mountain cafes. And the building itself, worth to see it once.
Park named after 28 Panfilov’s guardsmen is located in the square of Gogol, Kunaev, Kazybek bi and Zenkov streets, it works round the clock, admission is free.
On the territory of the park there are two architectural monuments - a completely wooden Ascension Cathedral and the Museum of National Instruments named after. Ihlas.
The museum is located in the building of the former House of Officers' Assembly. This house was built in 1908 by architect A. Zenkov. In front of the museum building is a sculptural image of the national musical instrument narqobyz. The museum's funds hold over 1000 exhibits and more than 60 types of Kazakh folk musical instruments.
The only "Eternal Flame" in the city which was installed in memory of the soldiers of Kazakhstan who died in the Second World War and a monument to the Almaty soldiers, who died in the Afghan war is situated in this park.
Esentai Park is located at the intersection of Al-Farabi Avenue and the Esentai River, it is open around the clock, the entrance is free.
There is magnificent lawn in the park and you can lie on it. But its main feature is that its art objects were made by famous world artists: Fernando Botero, Jaume Plensa, Nick Fiddian-Green.
The Baum grove extends along the Suyunbay Avenue from Ryskulov to Khmelnitsky Street, it works around the clock, the entrance is free.
This is one of the city's largest parks and a natural monument. The grove was found at the end of the 19th century. The area is wild and in fact it is a forest in the city, in the evening it is not illuminated. On the territory there is a large cycling route with a length of 6 km and sculptures of animals living in the vicinity of Almaty.
It is a great place for the unity with nature
Panfilov Pedestrian Street is a pedestrian corridor from Zhibek Zholy Street to Kabanbai Batyr Street. Automobile street was recently reconstructed by urbanists and city authority and in short time became favorite pedestrian street of Almaty citizens. Dancing fountains, street musicians, souvenir trade, shady alleys, cozy bars and hospitable cafes make the atmosphere of the street indispensable for evening walks.
It is interesting that during reconstruction of the street builders discovered paving stones of the thirties. The architects decided not to remove, but on the contrary to raise it so that people could touch the past era, walking along the street of the past. This section of Panfilov street became a kind of landmark and historical monument.