Why should you travel to Kazakhstan-
It is the 9th largest country of the world, stretching over steppes, mountains, deserts, and canyons. Yet, this landlocked country is still quite unexplored and off the typical tourist map so you can have the place to yourself.
Be assured to be surprised by Kazakhstan. It will surprise you in many ways. It is unexpectedly a very liberal and modern country as opposed to most of the countries that have a predominantly Muslim population. The roads and infrastructure are also comparable to any developed nation. It is the most developed country in the Central Asian region. It an amalgam of everything that a tourist seeks for- great nightlife, architectural buildings, natural beauty, trekking, hiking, skiing or shopping, the country has something for everybody.
Things to know before you travel-
Best time to visit – Kazakhstan is a country for all seasons. The variation of the temperature between the summer and winter months is drastic. The temperature in winters can go up to -20 C but provide great opportunities for winter sports, while the temperature in summers can soar up 40 C but is the time when you can hear the dunes sing. However, as a general rule, north Kazakhstan will always be colder than the south. No matter what season you choose you will be amazed by the beauty this country holds in every season.
Where to stay- Almaty the erstwhile capital of the country is a very good base to be stationed at to explore the major country's attractions. It is also the city that has flight connections from all across the globe. The city has a range of stay options that can fit in every traveler's budget. Almaty also boasts the status of the most cosmopolitan city of central Asia having plenty of food options from all over the world.
Language – Although Kazakh is the official language of the country but people speak Russian, especially in the bigger cities. English is barely spoken and understood here therefore having a fulltime guide or least a google translator is strongly recommended to ease things out.
Moving around – There are rental car companies in Almaty from where you can rent a car. There are public buses and shared taxis also available for day trips from Almaty. But, unless you are not on a typical backpacker hitchhiking trip, getting a dedicated driver is the best option to explore. Having a car with a driver is relatively cheap in Kazakhstan and he can also serve the purpose of a local guide and translator which will save you quite a lot of time.