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Tamgaly Tas is not Tanbaly!

Tamgaly tas (near Kapchagai lake) is a place with buddhist symbols and drawings and Tanbaly is that one under protection of UNESCO.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tamgaly tas (near Kapchagai lake) is a place with buddhist symbols and drawings and Tanbaly is that one under protection of UNESCO.

Thank inoplani
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69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

We camped out overnight and thoroughly enjoyed the night sky in particular. Beautiful hiking place and a river to cool off afterwards. Make sure to take warm clothes as the temperature drops rapidly at night Very peaceful and lovely place to be enjoyed with family and friends

Thank Umnada
Astana, Kazakhstan
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74 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

I was quite shocked at the $250/person price that most tours were asking for this UNESCO site - but a female friend and I did it on the cheap and without a guide - it was fabulous! We got a taxi for 40,000T round trip (though to be fair, a 4x4 would have been better). The driver waited 2 hours... More 

8 Thank Rheanne_77
Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2015

Thousands of petroglyphs from several different historical cultures cover four different extended rock faces at this UNESCO site. It takes about two hours to explore, including photographing time. Though the drive from Almaty is long (3 hours each way, and you will need a driver), the countryside is also very interesting. A great day trip.

1 Thank musiclover23
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

Friends and I went to TT for so many years to climb rocks, run and bike, and spend evenings at the campfire, and enjoy nature and history at their best. Unfortunately, ubiquity of cars made that heaven a dust bowl. Every crappy SUV-owner decided to test their ride on the delicate greenery of the hills around Tamgaly, and just about... More 

3 Thank Dmitry Z
Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

This was an amazing experience. It's not everyday that you have the chance to get up close and personal with history. I took a trip to Tamgaly Tas with my Kazakhstan History and Culture class at University in my study exchange semester. Our guide was really great and informative, and it was just so cool to see these old, old,... More 

8 Thank KendonandFaith
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Nobody in this place can have his/her soul and mind remained indifferent! Somebody is impressed by the few-thousands old Fire-altar inside the cave, somebody by ancient and medieval rock-engravings, somebody with the nature surroundings, including Ili river, and somebody with just an overall misterious and highly spiritual atmosphere of the place!

6 Thank LenchikR
Paris, France
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Very interesting place. The 3000 years old petroglyphs are well preserved and the guided tour is ideal to see them all. The guided tour lasts almost 2 hours. I didn't really like the fact that the guide (in principle paid by the park to do this job, the tour is supposed to be free for tourists) asked us for money... More 

8 Thank Shaiia
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158 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Though a bit remote - get a proper car to maneuver the roads - it is well worth the journey. It is an amazing experience to see these "paintings" and the grave places... plus the journey there and back is worth the trip already. The Staff at the site are great guides, always welcoming and knowledgeable. Bring time, as there... More 

6 Thank I_laurentius
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2013

What is nice: Tamgaly is a petroglyph site. Some of the petroglyphs are several centuries old, like a beautiful image of Buddha. Some are older and reflect those times when flora and fauna were more abundant in Kazakhstan. Some are easily accessible and seen, others may require some time to be found. The site is on the bank of the... More 

6 Thank kairat09

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