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Tamgaly Tas, Almaty

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Ponder over large enigmatic drawings at Tamgaly Tas, an ancient carved-stone World Heritage Site featuring some 5,000 petroglyphs dating from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. An open-air gallery of rock drawings, the gorge features images of animals and scenes of everyday life from the period, as well as images of Buddha and prayers carved in Tibetan, Kalmyk, and other languages. Distributed along several smaller canyons, petroglyphs can be found in several burial mounds and tombs showing life scenes of pastoral people. Go prepared to hike--the main rocks are a 15-minute walk from the nearest parking. Put Tamgaly Tas on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Almaty trip planner .
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  • An interesting walk around a number of groupings of ancient petroglyphs. Some can be a scramble to get to but are worth the effort. Lovely wild flowers along the way.  more »
  • 1. accessible with normal car 2. last 10 km is unpaved, maze of 2, 3 different paths - look at locals if you don't see which one to go; 3. a lot of locals on the banks of river is camping; 4. apply in...  more »
  • beware there are another place indicated on maps it is not good, that it takes on the kb3, c is wonderful especially the afternoon
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