Just wondering how you can take a pleasure of a different world by visiting the Kazakhstan. This single county that have the entire thing which you can’t imagine. Here we explore you the “7 Facts About Kazakhstan”.
Astana The Capital City of Kazakhstan
Astana is the youngest and modern capital city in Central Asia. Its rightly pronounced as As-tah-nuh. Astana takes pleasure of an extreme continental weather with pleasant summers, very cold winters and an average annual temperature of just 3.5°C. Sounds pretty cold, don’t it? In fact, Astana is the second coldest city in the world after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Kazakhstan Celebrates 3 New-Years
New Year considered as one of the favorited holidays for the Kazakh people. Because they celebrated three New Years festivals. First they celebrate “orthodox new-year” then “Nowruz- a Kazakh new year” and last one a generally celebrated or global new-year.
Nowruz – Kazakh New Year: It refers the beginning of a new year which celebrated three days starting from 21st of March, the day of the spring equinox. This is a traditional festival now celebrated across Asia.
Globally Celebrated New-Year: This holiday celebrated in the territory of Kazakhstan beginning from the mid-XIX century when Russian migrants settled there.
Orthodox New Year: It is a casual traditional holiday, which celebrated as the beginning of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th & 21st centuries, the Old New Year falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar. It also celebrated in India as the Makar Sankranti.
Worlds Largest Landlocked Country
Do you know Kazakhstan is worlds 9th largest landlocked country by area? But it has one of the lowest population densities at 6 people per square mile. And the people who live in Kazakhstan represent more than 120 nationalities.
Almaty Tour – The Old Capital & Their Subway
Until 1997, Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan, and then shifted to Astana. I heard a variety of reasons for this like; Almaty is too near to China, the country had a desire of fresh start and the country is so big that it needed a largely centralized capital etc. Don’t know what could perhaps be the correct reason behind it. But it seems as Almaty remains the capital city to Kazakh. And as per as the subway of ALMATY is concern, these are the first subway in Kazakhstan. Subways took 23 odd years in building, not because of slow construction work but only because of the funding issue.
The Aral Sea Eco-Disaster
The Aral Sea is located between Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. It was once the fourth largest lake in the world but due to irrigation (water of Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers robbing the Aral water supply for agriculture purpose) it has shrunk by 70%, from 67,000 square km in 1960 to 30,000 square km by 1996. It referred to the worst environmental disaster on the earth.
Kazakhs – The Minority in Their Own Land
The Kazakhs was not in the majority at the time of their independence in 1991. The goal of their government has to convert the Kazakh population into majority throughout the county. This can be seen in many overt & covert action to policies of Kazakhstan.
The Lake Balkhash
The Balkhash Lake in Kazakhstan is the 12th largest lake of the world. This lake has confused personality because half of the lake consist fresh water and another half having salt water. It maintains this unlikely balance in part. Because the two halves are joined by a narrow straight that is 3.5 kilometres wide and six meters deep.