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The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

Turkestan, Kazakhstan
+7 705 486 4415
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Great complex

If you was in Bukhara or Khiva you will be a little dissapointed. But, in Kazakhstan it's one of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Wojtek S
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My good trip to Turkestan

I had an amazing journey to Turkestan last summer. Turkestan, the ‘land of the Turks’ is located in... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
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Built in the 14th century by Tamerlane to commemorate the Sufi leader, the building is a national symbol.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you was in Bukhara or Khiva you will be a little dissapointed. But, in Kazakhstan it's one of most interesting place from middle ages. Mausoleum looks the best from rear side. Front isn't so great

Thank Wojtek S
Reviewed 13 May 2017

I had an amazing journey to Turkestan last summer. Turkestan, the ‘land of the Turks’ is located in Syr-Darya Valley. I highly recommend this sightseeing to everyone traveling in Kazakhstan. Turkestan is a number one destination with its real gem of Turkic architecture. Kozha Akhmed...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

If you cannot make it to Uzbekistan you need to see this Mausoleum. This is the one and only Mausoleum in Kazakhstan that can be compared to the famous ones in Uzbekistan. The underground mosque is very interesting as well. No need to stay overnight...More

2  Thank Kalpak_Travel
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is a beautiful place. Well worth visiting if you are in Southern Kazakhstan

Thank The_Dark_T0urist
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The mausoleum is quite beautiful and there are several other sights on the grounds. The best part is that there are few western tourists - most of the visitors are central Asian so it's quite fun to people watch

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see the mausoleum in Turkistan and Sauran in one day from Shymkent without spending too much money on tours. In the tourist information center next to big Shymkent Hotel were very nice and helpful staff, but only expensive drivers to take us....More

5  Thank patz_boom
Reviewed 16 May 2016

It's 2 hours trip by car from Shymkent. On Sunday lots of school kids, so it is good to go there early. But it is really worth to go, beautiful architecture, old bath/bania, cultural museum.

1  Thank Monika J
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

We took a daytrip together from Shymkent with the hotel taxi driver and an English speaking guide, including lunch package, arranged by the hotel staff (about 175 euros). The highway to Turkistan is very quiet, the trip took about two hours. Arraving at the mausoleum...More

3  Thank Saskia S
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and impressive ancient mausoleum. I was with a guide and driver from Shymkent, who arranged an English speaking guide to the mausoleum, underground mosque, Friday mosque and ancient bath house which are all in the same area. I don't know what the cost of...More

2  Thank Whonose
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Unlike many of the medieval buildings that you'll find in other Central Asian cities, this mausoleum is still an active pilgrimage destination. I highly recommend anyone visiting Kazakhstan to come here and combine it with a trip to other ancient sites in the area (Otrar,...More

2  Thank StrannikSveta
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Jeremy D
Hello, I have a few questions, as I cannot seem to find the answers online. I am visiting Kazakhstan, and want to visit Turkestan. We are planning on flying into Shymkent, But are wondering if its possible to do a day trip? Can we fly into Shymkent at 9am in the morning, take a taxi to see Turkestan and be back in Shymkent to catch a 10pm flight? Or do we need to stay two days? I cannot find any information on car hire or taxis if this is possible. All I can find information on is a train. We are also intrested in seeing Otrar (Farab) and dont know if e can do this all in a day. We would like to fly in to Shymkent, hire a taxi or driver to take us to see Turkestan and Otrar and back to Shymkent iin one day. How long would this take? Any help you can give would be great!
11 February 2016|
Response from Aigul U |
Hi, maybe my answer is too late but I think it is possible to visit Turkestan in one day. There are agency in Shymkent, hope they are able organise trip. Any way it will be better go with someone who speak english and... More
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