Top 10 Reasons to Visit Almaty

Top-10 Reasons to visit Almaty

Each city is famous for its attractions for which you always want to return there again and again. Since Almaty is one of the developing cities of the country, the town attracts tourists for many reasons. The list of the reasons to visit the southern capital is very diverse but below you will see top 10 of them and hopefully they will increase your desire to come to Almaty.


The calling card of Almaty is mountains. The Almaty citizen, like no one else, has the opportunity to travel to nature at any time of the year. Almaty is located at the foot of the Tien Shan ranges and well known for its large and wide mountains that even in the heat of summer have snow capped peaks. That`s why it must be the first reason to visit Almaty. The number of mountain destinations is diverse and each of them is breathtaking. Here is the list of the most popular astonishing mountainous places: Peak Furmanov, Kok Zhailau, Butakovka, Shymbulak, Bear Gorge and Turgen Gorge. Each of these points is amazing and has own significance. For instance, Peak Furmanov attracts people with the swings that are right on the edge of the mountains; Butakovka has its waterfall which mostly looks beautiful in winter time when it is frozen; Shymbulak is also famous with its marvelous entertainments like restaurants and ski resort.   

Ski Resorts

We all have the imagination of skiing and snowboarding as soon as we hear the word «mountain», and Almaty offers the range of ski resorts. The most popular ski resorts for many tourists and the most visited among the Kazakh population are Shymbulak Ski Resort, Tabagan Mountain Resort and Ak Bulak Mountain Resort.

Shymbulak Ski Resortis one of the most beloved places in Almaty which is located in the picturesque gorge of the Zailii Alatau at a height of 2260 meters above sea level. If you want to see the place brimming of snowpack in winter and flower meadows on the lower slopes full of wild poppies in summer, then welcome to Shymbulak! 

Another mountain resort which is situated in the Talgar region near the city is Tabagan.Despite Tabagan was opened in 2005 and not as popular as Shymbulak but is still counted as a good place for a vacation in the mountains. Tabagan is not only about mountain sports, it provides a range of entertainments such as water-recreation complex that have pools, gym, jacuzzi, massage rooms, saunas, solarium and the bathhouse.

Last but not least – Ak Bulak Mountain resort. Ak Bulak is the place where you can enjoy the crystal clear air, the majestic beauty of the mountain peaks and escape from the city bustle. The district of the resort has charming mountain scenery what you can have a rest looking at.

Affordable prices

Almaty is one of the cities that develop day by day, at the speed of light. Even though it is assumed that it is densely populated and rich city, you can dodge high price tags and snag some deals. Once you arrive, you'll be delighted to learn that several top attractions that are mostly mountains, such as Medeu, Chimbulak, Peak Bukreev and others are free to visit. This is another reason why many foreigners visit Almaty. Comparing to other Asian cities, Apple city (Almaty) is very economical for tourists from around the world as the prices are not so high.

Historical destinations

The Great Silk Road which used to be the main connection between two sides of the world - East and West passed through the Kazakh lands, and more exactly - along the south part of the old Kazakh land. Almaty was the center for trading craft and agricultural goods on the Silk Road and also possessed an official mint. The city was first mentioned as Almaty in books from the 13th century. Another historical fact was the Golden man which was found in 1970, around Issyk kurgan. There are many factors that make Almaty very historic and at the same time interesting place.

Grand Canyon's little brother

Everyone knows Grand Canyon which is one of the main sightseeing of America, Arizona. In Almaty there is a little brother of this Canyon called Charyn. The vista of dramatic erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements has created a dramatic and impressive landscape. It is one of the must visit and catchy destinations in Almaty that captivates everyone. Over time, the canyon has gained colorful formations of varying shapes and sizes. Though it is much smaller than the Grand Canyon, it has been described as being equally impressive.


If you like eccentric small museums, then in Almaty there are several interesting places where you can get to know the city better and gain a great source of knowledge. Museums do not only give us knowledge but also make us familiar with the history, culture, civilization, religion, art, architecture of the place. In Almaty there are several famous museums: Museum of Folk Musical Instruments named after Ikilas, the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the State Museum of Arts of Kazakhstan named after A. Kasteev, the M.Auezov House-Museum and the Archaeological Museum of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan. With the help of these places we can know how people of ancient times lived, what they used and what things they made. Therefore, Museums are also called storehouse of history. 

Sleepless city

«Almaty never sleeps» say city dwellers as the night life here is very lively. There are plethora of bars, clubs and pubs. However, except those places there are also pedestrian streets like Panfilov, Tulebayev and Zhibek Zholy. In these areas people enjoy their night walks listening to various performances of talented youth. On top of that, on Tulebayev Street you can see the evidence on the facades of the buildings in the face of commemorative plates which belong to scientists, musicians and politicians. 

The divine lakes Kolsai and Kayindi

Once you are in Almaty, you just must visit Kaindy and Kolsai lakes where the Zailiysky Alatau and Kungei-Alatau ridges join, and plunge into the surreal atmosphere of them. It is considered that these lakes are hidden natural diamonds of the nature of picturesque Kazakhstan. The place is famous with its water. The water in the lakes constantly changes its color, depending on how the rays of the sun fall on it. From gently blue to richly emerald green, as if the surrounding fir trees gave all their best colors to the lake. The lakes are one of the most popular and visited destinations among both tourists and residents of Almaty.   


Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 2,039,376 people, about 11% of the country's total population. The southern capital can proudly assure that different nationalities and religions closely coexist here in peace and respect towards each other. This is the place where Europe meets Asia and it is clearly seen in the diverse, dynamic lifestyle of the citizens and the special colorful urban environment. The city is multinationaland the most number of people are Kazakhs, Russians, Uyghurs. Moreover, Koreans, Tatars and other nationalities also live in Almaty.


Western people tend to be very friendly and hospitable and Kazakhs are not an exception. Almaty people are kind and they are always glad to help others. A typical resident of the southern capital is described as a person who demonstrates a high culture of behavior, friendly and open. This is one of the reasons why tourists visit this city and come back again. The fact is that anyone who visits this city will be charged with the positive and openness of the city itself. Therefore, here you will be prompted without any problems, the service will marvel you with its ideality as everywhere you go, you will see smiles. 

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