EXOTIC CENTRAL ASIA
A trip across Kazakhstan in Winter
FotoFoyer Central Asia Kazakhstan Almaty Region Phototour
10 Days, 09 Nights
FotoFoyer Central Asia
Kazakhstan, This huge country in the middle of Central Asia is a place where tourism boom is waiting to happen. Not only the very friendly locals but also the government is seriously working to make the country a place of thriving tourism. After taking a look yourself, you will realize why.
The breathtaking Snow-covered Landscapes, the flora and fauna of the countryside are something most people don’t expect to see and experience in today’s time. For almost 2000 years the country stood at the cross roads of world’s various civilizations and cultures. The city of Almaty, previous capital of Kazakhstan, is a beacon of civilization since the Old Silk route times and holds its history of the past Soviet Empire in itself. The country is dotted with monuments and statues from the Second World War as well as the past Soviet history.
Come along and be part of our Photo tour to this lovely country of Central Asia “The land of high passes”. The 10 day expedition will take you across this beautiful land, while you enjoy the essence of local cuisines, interaction with people, all the while clicking stunning images of landscapes, Monuments and Cityscapes. Some of the unique highlights of this tour are, travelling with our local Russian/ Kazakh speaking host, The city of Turkestan, The City of apples, Almaty, the Unbelievable lakes of Kolsai and Kaindy, and the Eastern sibling of the Grand Canyon -the Charyn Canyon. We would also cover tips on post editing and assist you with any other support and information you need on Photography.
* for summer check out our EXOTIC CENTRAL ASIA -summer Tour
|TOUR DATES||07-16 January, 2019|
|TOUR COST|| INR 80,800 per person twin sharing, Single supplement extra @INR 20,000 – Excluding Taxes(Indian National)
USD 1300 per person twin sharing and Single supplement extra @USD 350 – Excluding Taxes(International)
NOTE: We provide Visa Support (Letter of Invitation) for USD 100/ person
|DURATION||10 days and 09 nights|
|DESTINATIONS||The City of Almaty and Turkestan. The Charyn Canyon, Kolsai lakes and The Kaindy Lake.|
Day -1 (07th January, 2019)
Meet and greet at Almaty international Airport. Take some time to breathe in this spectacular mountain city as you step out and into the city. You have entered the Ex -capital of Kazakhstan, an astounding city of the Old silk route. The city gets its name from ALMA ATA (father of apples), since apples are said to have originated from here. Arrive and check in hotel. After light refreshment we go out in the city and enjoy the local surroundings of this lovely city.
We will have time to relax and get acquainted to the country while getting to know each other for an enjoyable journey ahead.
Dinner and stay in Almaty.
Day -2 (08th January, 2019)
After breakfast we take some time to get ourselves registered at the immigration cards verified. Today we head for Kok-tobe, the highest point of the city. The Gondola (cable car) ride is an added bonus to reach the top of Kok-tobe Hill and to get a glimpse the city from up above along with the surrounding mountains. It is a perfect place to enjoy and take photos of the stunning cityscape below as well as the breathtaking sunset.
After dinner we take the train to Turkestan
Day -3 (09th January, 2019)
This small desert city of Turkestan was founded around the 1500 years ago on the crossroads of the old caravan routes from Samarkand and northern Kazakhstan. The city boats of the well preserved charm of a historical well preserved central Asian town.
The very famous Sufi Sheikh Khoja Ahmad Yasavi turned the city into the region’s principal center of learning, drawing scholars from across the steppe. His mausoleum is still well preserved in the city.
Dinner and stay in Turkestan.
Day -4 (10th January, 2019)
After breakfast we move out in the city for local site seeing and pictures of the city scape.
On the trip back to Almaty, we enjoy the scenic countryside of the vast Kazakhstan from the comfort of our train.
Over night journey on Train
Day -5 (11th January, 2019)
Today we reach Almaty and after refreshments move out for a guided tour of the city and see its major attractions:, Palace of the President, Republic Square and The Monument of Independence, and Astana Square, Panfilov Park, Abai Square and Palace, Presidential Park and various others
Dinner and stay in Almaty.
Day -6 (12th January, 2019)
Today we start early in the morning and drive to the famous Charyn Canyon. It is located around 200 kms away from the city of Almaty. The Canyon is smaller than the famous grand canyon of U.S.A, but has been known to be equally impressive. The “valley of Castles” has uique natural formations making it a wonderful place for great photography and viewing. We will spend the whole day around the canyon.
Dinner and stay in Almaty.
Day -7 (13th January, 2019)
After breakfast, we leave for the Kolsai Lakes. These lakes are in a group of 3, the largest and the first one is easily accessible. The lack of any big city nearby makes the place rich with flora and fauna. It is magnificent location from some serious HDR landscape photography.
We will trek around the first lake for few kilometres to reach the other lakes which are situated at a height and a hike of few kilometres. The path in between is dotted with fresh growing berries and mushrooms and the water around is teeming with fish.
Overnight stay, and dinner at Kolsai.
Day -8 (14th January, 2019)
Today after breakfast we leave for another natural beauty, the Kaindy lake. This lake is over over hundred years ago by an Earthquake and the main attraction here are the submerged tree trunks that are clearly visible from the surface of the water offering an iconic view and opportunity for photography.
The surrounding are flooded with natural beauty , we prefer to leave your cameras and phones here for some time and enjoy one of the very few left untouched beauty of nature.
Overnight stay and dinner at Saty.
Day -9 (15th January, 2019)
After an early breakfast we start for our journey back to Almaty.
By afternoon we reach Almaty. Around 3 we move out and go to the famous Zeleny Bazar (Green Market). You can shop for natural honey, fresh eatables or chocolates from the very popular Rakhat, chocolate factory. The evening is left for relaxing and shopping for people looking to buy souvenirs for friends and family.
Dinner and stay in Almaty.
Day -10 (16th January, 2019)
Today is the last day and time for everybody to bid adieu to this lovely city of central Asia and move onwards for their journey back.
Terms and regulations:
- Booking confirmed upon payment of INR 30, 000 or USD 500 Advance
- Tour subject to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 08 participants
- 50% of the BOOKING AMOUNT is non-refundable
- Complete amount (excluding 50% of the booking amount) will be refunded on cancellation 30/days before the commencement of tour.
- 50% of the paid amount will be refunded if cancelled 15/days before the commencement of tour
- There will be no refund if cancelled 48hrs before the commencement of tour.
- INR 30,000 to be paid advance as a booking amount.
- Balance amount is to be paid a week before the tour commences.
- All land transport during the tour
- Complete travel in Kazakhstan as per the itinerary.
- Accommodation for 9 nights based on twin sharing (single supplement extra)
- Meals included for breakfast and dinner.
- Any airfare or airport tax
- Any travel other than specified in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, gifts, calls, laundry, hot showers, snacks, service tip, battery charging etc.
- any other personal expenses planned or otherwise.
- Lunches on all days
- Entry tickets and fees for any Monuments and parks.
- Any cost incidental to any change in weather, accessibility, flight cancellation, medical emergency etc.We strive to make the tour a success to the best of our abilities.
Cost: INR 80,800/- (excluding taxes and transactions fees)
(INR 20,000, if single supplement accommodation is required)
*NOTE: We provide Visa Support (Letter of Invitation) for USD 100/ person
Cost: USD 1300/- (excluding taxes and transaction fees)
(USD 350, if single supplement accommodation is required)
NOTE: For international transaction mail us at [email protected], for details of payment via Paypal
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