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Mangistau region

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  • Date: 2018-07-19
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Mangystau Region of the Republic of Kazakhstan is more than 16 million hectares in area and covers a significant part of the Ustyurt Plateau, the southern part of the Caspian Depression, and the Buzachi Peninsula.
 
 
Zhygylgan is a huge geological landslide resulting from wet clay-sand layers slipping over a limestone formation. The heavy platform under its own weight pushed out a soft underlayer and threw it into the sea which formed a breath-taking sink. Zhygylgan gives people a rare opportunity to view an extraordinary sight – fragments of plates with animal footprints on the surface and the trails of fossilized footprints of big and small saber toothed cats – Machairodus, and small three –toed horses hooves – Hipparions. These are 10-15 million years old. Though, being a famous attraction, Zhygylgan remains a place off the beaten track and shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that this place is the home of spirits. 

A local legend has it that swarms of enemies covering the land like grasshoppers came to Mangystau. Locals stretched out their hands to heaven to pray for help and were heard. The heavens opened with storms, thunder and lightning. In a moment, the enemies turned into stones. The endless fields of unusual rock formations, spherical stone concretions, are still seen today, up to 3-4 meters in diameter. Long lines of stones of different sizes are formed at the underground layers that were destroyed upright. Where the layer was destroyed in the horizontal, the concretions occur in fields forming a bizarre mass of stones with the shapes of balls, eggs, mushrooms, cylinders, nesting dolls and animals.  
 

Ethnographic village "Kogez" - traditions of Kazakh people hospitality with modern requirements for quality of tourist service.  

In a picturesque place, in a mountainous part of Mangistau there is ethnographic village "Kogez".  
 

 

At the moment the infrastructure of the village is under construction.  

Ethnographic village has geographically convenient location between a legendary mount Sherkala and Airakti mountains in the valley Shumanay – Airakti. Sherkala is translated from Turkmen as "lion's fortress". In fact, from one side the mountain's form resembles a sleeping lion, but if you walk around this mountains, from different sides it opens in new ways. The valley Shumanay – Airakti is a stunning landscape of sand dunes and ruined mountain chains in the shape of ancient fortresses and castles. No wonder this valley is poetically called "the Valley of Castles ".  

Ethnographic village "Kogez" will take guests, combining the traditions of real Kazakh hospitality and modern requirements to a comfortable rest of tourists. Weary travelers can have a rest on the territory of ethnographic village "Kogez" in cool national yurts, swim in a pool with healing and clean radon water, take a shower.  

Amazing harmony of musical sounds of national instruments, the identity of national dances and Kazakh national costumes, - all that in folk evenings for the guests' cultural holiday.  

On the ethnographic village side the yurts excurtions will be held for the guests. 

Dinner, cooked over a campfire by a professional chef, tasty Kazakh cuisine. 

Tuzbair is a majestic creation of natural elements. Here, the Ustyurt Cliff steeply breaks by a cascade of clay-limestone and chalk steps, at the bottom of which lies a vast salt marsh, called in this region, Sor.Chalk cliffs are scoured and riddled with deep channels forming innumerable ranges of fantastic columns. There is a giant natural semi-arch created by wind at the very bottom of the cliff. During heavy rainfalls or snowmelt, the salt marsh is filled with water turning into a huge salt-mirror that reflects the sky and cretaceous colonnades. 

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