Kazakhstan Presents a new kind of Tourism Adventure
Kazakhstan's has sweltering summers and fridged winters and offers a wide range of outdoor activities for holiday seekers.
The state language is Kazakh. According to the Constitution, the Russian language is on a par with the Kazakh language and is officially used in state organizations and local authorities. English is the language of international communication and higher education, and the scope of its spread in Kazakhstan is growing rapidly.
The capital city, Nur-sultan, was called Astana until early 2019. All mentions of Astana refer to Nur-sultan.
The largest city is Almaty (pop: 1.5m); the state capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly called Astana (pop: 825,000). Other major cities are Shymkent, Karaganda, Aktobe, Taraz, Pavlodar, and Ust-Kamenogorsk. Overall, there are 86 cities in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s national currency is Kazakhstan tenge (KZT). Russian rubles, US dollars, euro and other major currencies can be freely exchanged at banks and exchange offices throughout the country.
p>Kazakhstan has two time zones: UTC +5 and UTC +6: Nur-sultan and Almaty are in the UTC +6 time zone. The country does not move to daylight saving time in summer.
The great Kazakh steppe, at the junction of west and east, north and south of the Eurasian continent, was the cradle of one of the world’s most ancient cultures.