Kazakhastan, or the “Land of the Free Spirited” is an apt name for a country that descends from nomadic tribes of horsemen.
Stretching from Azerbaijan to China, from the Caspian Sea to the Altay Mountains, the Cheryn and Syr rivers flow swiftly through this arid land. From the Tian Shan Range and to the Aral Sea, they sculpt a dramatic landscape.
The Cumans aligned with the Kipchaks in Kazakhastan to form the mammoth Cuman-Kipchak confederacy, which would grow to stretch from Byzantium to Bulgaria. The Scythians also inhabited these lands, which once marked the northernmost frontier of Alexander the Great’s Empire.
While ancient Silk Road caravanserais had long flourished, the first formal Kazakh Khanate was established under the Mongols. Kazakhastan came under Imperial Russian and Soviet rule, and it became the playing field for the “Great Game” between the Soviets and the British.
Kazakhastan embodies a rich blend of cultural influences and has produced some of the world’s finest musicians and athletes, including world famous violinist, Marat Bissengaliyev. Uncover the secrets of this ancient land with Exeter International.
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