Day tripping to Turkistan August 27th 2017 Our original idea was to take a night train from Almaty to Astana, but just before we left NZ we read more about Turkistan and changed our plans.
From the 16th to 18th centuries Turkistan was the capital of the Kazakh khans. It is home to the mausoleum of Turkic Muslim holy man, Kozha Akhmed Yasaui, and was built by Timur in the late 14th century. It is Kazakhstan’s greatest architectural monum ... read more
Asia » Kazakhstan » Southern Kazakhstan » Shymkent Native Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated into the region in the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. D... ... read more
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