Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai

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Acountry larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan’s vast expanse encompassesthe Great Steppe, across which Genghis Khan’s Mongol hordes galloped; theheights of the Tien Shan in the south, through whose foothills Silk Road travelersjourneyed; the exquisite lakes and valleys of the Altai mountains in the northeast,and in the far west the archeologically rich desert coast of the Caspian Sea. Withindependence and the discovery of oil has come huge change, yet Kazakhstanremained one of the least known of Asian countries until the Borat movie tookthe world by storm in 2006. Now, this land of rich history, welcoming people andwhirling bazaars shares its wonders with a curious world.

  • Baikonur, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the Silk Road
  • The future of Kazakhstan’s energy resources
  • Investment potential for businessmen
  • Kazakhstan’s archeological wealth
  • Architecture from Astana to Almaty to Aktau
  • Holidays by the Caspian Sea
  • Superb photography from the grandeur of the Tien Shan and Altai mountains across the Great Steppe to the Caspian Sea

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About the author (2010)

Dagmar Schreiber was part of a three-year study project by the World Bank on living standards in Kazakhstan during the 1990s. She fell in love with the country, and subsequently formed a small, Berlin-based tour agency in 2003, specializing in eco-trips designed to reveal Kazakhstan at its best. She now splits her time between Berlin and Almaty, where she works as a consultant with one of the country's main ecotourism operators.

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