Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest metropolis, is set in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. It served as the country's capital until 1997 and remains Kazakhstan's trading and cultural hub. Landmarks include the Central State Museum, displaying thousands of historic Kazakh artifacts. In the center is Panfilov Park, home to the bright-yellow towers of Zenkov Cathedral, a tsarist-era Russian Orthodox church.
Arrival at Almaty International airport, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Sightseeing “Grand tour Almaty” After Breakfast the tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions. Medeo and Chimbulak The Tour provides you the best opportunity to see the beautiful mountains surroundings of Almaty City. The first stop of the tour awaits you in the Medeo Gorge, where in the wonderful mountains of trans-lli-AlaTau, the largest high mountains skating rink in the world is located as well as huge dam, protecting the city from destructive mudflows formed on the tops of the western tien shan. Next destination is Chimbulak ski resort (cable car included), located at the attitude of 2230 meters above sea level. It is very popular for its mild climate, large quality of sunny days and snow through the winter and remarkable scenery of mountain ranges. Transfer to Gorki park / Panfilov park / Abai Square / Astana Square Gorky Park is one of the most popular parks in Almaty and a good recreational space for both walking and, entertaining the children. The Park is now known by the name of Central Park and covers and area of 100 Hectares. . The location of the park, as it suggests, is in central Almaty and is close to the Green Bazaar and also Panfilov Park. Gorky Park was named after the Russian Author Maxim Gorky and the locals sometimes refer to the park as Park Gorkogo. The Park has facilities for all, with Shady walks and shrubs, water features, flower beds and arrangements and in one area, an amusement park for the children with rides on both the fun fair and horses etc. The tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country
Kok-Tobe is a mountain in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city. There is a popular recreation area on top of the mountain. The mountain's height is 1100 meters above sea level. Kok-tobe is one of the main landmarks in the city, and it is popular among visitors and tourists to Almaty. Visit to Green Bazar The Green Bazaar, or Zelionyj Bazar, is a place you really should visit when visiting Almaty or Alma-Ata. This market is central to the everyday life of the local people and it is so called the ‘Green Bazar, or market, because in the past it was the traditional place to buy and sell local produce like dry fruits. It is by no means the only market in Almaty, but it is the most well-known, and probably, sells the widest range of goods. This is a great place to feel the real atmosphere of central Asia and to get involved with a bit of ‘haggling’ and sampling of local produce. Big Almaty Lake Big Almaty Lake is located 28.5km south of Almaty up a gorge of the Bolshaya Almatinka River, 2,511m above sea level. The lake is within the Ala-Tau – Eliy National park and both the Gorge and the lake are an attraction for visitors using Almaty as their base. The lake is used for both hydroelectric power, and the water supply for the city, but this does not detract from the magnificent mountain scenery. The mountains, Sovetov to the southeast, Ozyorny to the south and Turist to the southwest form a backdrop on all sides to the lake, producing some spectacular reflections, changing colour throughout the seasons. All three mountains are around the 4,000 metres high, with a glacial water running down towards the lake. The lake itself is about 1km wide and 1.6 km long, with a depth of about 40mtrs. It can be accessed by road or by foot, although a bus ride to the beginning of the assent, places you directly into the scenic area
The Park is located in the southern part of Almaty and has a spectacular mountain backdrop. The park is the home of the annual music festival called “Almaty – my first love”. The concert is held in front of the semicircular colonnade shown in the images. The Amphitheatre atmosphere is highlighted by the fountains and water features to the rear. The park is about 1.5 km from one end to the other with trees and habitats interspersed with features. At the southern end of the park there is a viewing and seating area, with small shelters on raised mounds. There are no shops in the park, so you should take drinks etc. with you, particularly on hot days. Most of the tree planting is quite new, so little shelter against the sun when walking around the long curved pathways. Superb flower beds and plantings. No admission charge and entrance only through the colonnade at the north end of the park. A beautiful place and you will find all old memories from Soviet Era. A place family, Couples can spend whole day, watching Animals and clicking Pictures in Parks.MEGA Alma-Ata, the biggest shopping and entertainment mall in Kazakhstan, was opened in 2006 in Almaty. At the moment the mall is the favorite place of both residents of the city and visitors for shopping and relaxation. On a weekday MEGA Alma-Ata mall is visited by 30,000 people on average. On weekends that number is double. There is a food hypermarket, a consumer electronics shop, over 100 boutiques selling world famous brands, a huge food court, an 8 screen multiplex cinema, a climbing wall, a skating rink, an entertainment park for children, bowling and much more. MEGA Alma-Ata was designed with careful attention to the seismic dangers of the area without compromising the architectural attractiveness of the building
Transfer to the airport and board flight back to India
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