Almaty stands as the urbane gateway to Central Asia. Leafy parks, excellent museums and a colorful market place, are just some of its attractions. Almaty is also home to some great restaurants, cafes and hole-in-the-wall eateries, making it a wonderful place to experience the delicate flavors of Central Asian cuisine – from fermented camel milk to pomegranate juice!
The ski slopes that are popular with locals and visitors alike are just a stones throw away from the city. The mountains are best viewed from Respublika Alany, a large ceremonial square. Surrounded by some of Almaty’s most prominent buildings, the Independence Monument soars majestically towards the sky. Don’t miss the Dawn of Freedom monument that is dedicated to those who were killed by the Zheltoksan (December) protests, unleashed soon after Gorbachev announced Glasnost.
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