Almaty is a city where Europe meets Asia and nowhere else does the West stretch so far to the East.
In ancient times, Almaty was one of the centers of the Great Silk Road and now it is the largest metropolis of Kazakhstan — business, tourist, cultural and educational center of the country. Only here you can meet outstanding works of architecture of Soviet modernism of the 60s and 70s along with modern high-tech buildings.
Only here a noisy lifestyle combines with the serenity of nature. It is a garden city, surrounded by greenery from early spring, so it is especially pleasant to walk along shady boulevards and small cozy squares. At the same time you can look into the numerous art galleries, gourmet restaurants or the Green Bazaar where you can try local dishes.
A special charm to the city gives a magnificent view of the mountains that opens from almost anywhere. So if Almaty is not yet included in your mist go-to list, it's time you added it there!
The highlights of the first “Discover Almaty” would be a trip to Shymbulak Ski Resort — the pearl of Central Asia, a journey to the Trans-Ili region of Alatau, where you can relax surrounded by powerful mountains and an excursion to the famous Charyn Canyon, which offers amazing opportunities for creating photos surrounded by the Martian landscape.