Diverse landscapes, gripping history, and a culture-rich civilization—if you’re looking to experience an undiscovered gem, a trip to Kazakhstan should be high on your list. And now, it can be reality, all thanks to Air Astana!
No visa required
If you fly Air Astana, you can avail of the 72-hour visa free transit to explore Almaty or Nur-Sultan. The free visa is applicable only if you transit through the international airports (Almaty and/or Nur-Sultan). You will require a valid onward ticket to the next country for this free visa. The immigration process requires no documentation and is seamless. And, you can also check in to a star property. Along with the visa-free transit, Air Astana is also offering $1 Stopover Holiday Packages for the first night in many 3 and 4 star hotels in Almaty and Nur-Sultan.
The Delhi connect
Air Astana has double daily flights from Delhi to Almaty that means 14 times a week! The flight is short and service absolutely great. You’re in Almaty in just 3.5 hours from IGI airport to begin your Kazakhstan adventures...
...And after 72 hours of exploring the undiscovered lands in Kazakhstan, if you’re heading to Russia, guess what—another free visa! You can avail of a free e-visa if you’re flying to St Petersburg to soak in the art and architecture in the former imperial capital. The e-visa is valid 30 days post the date of issue and you can stay in the federation for up to 8 days. Air Astana also offers excellent onward connections to popular destinations in Europe and Central Asia.
Safe and solo
Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world. Economically advanced due to its massive oil reserves and heavy mineral deposit, the country is just waiting to be explored. Great nightlife, delicious global and local foods, and fantastic transport, the country has everything a traveller needs. And it is extremely safe for solo women travellers, whether you pick Nur-Sultan or Almaty to explore as your transit destination.
At Nur-Sultan, spend your time exploring the culture, nightlife and markets. The city’s Astana Opera House is spectacular as is the National Museum that showcases the country’s culture from the ancient to modern times. The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is the iconic pyramid that sets the capital apart from any other city. The British architect who designed it wanted to represent all of the world’s religious faiths. The Baiterek Tower is a popular observatory which symbolises the legend of a golden egg on top of the tree of life. You must also pay a visit to the relatively-new Hazrat Sultan mosque, the largest one in Central Asia, and the Mega Silk way, a shopping paradise.
In Almaty, there’s a host of things to do. The Big Almaty Lake is just 45 minutes away. It’s a natural alpine reservoir located in the Trans-Ili Alatau mountain range where swimming is absolutely forbidden. The lake empties in to the Big Almaty River which is a key source of drinking water for the city. En route, pay a visit to the Sunkar Raptor Sanctuary to check out a falcon show. Don’t forget Shymbulak, the largest ski resort in Central Asia. Did you know there’s 20 kilometres of slopes in the region, divided into different levels for skiers of different proficiencies? Try the Medeo outdoor skating rink if skiing isn’t your cup of tea. We love the recreation area at the top of Kok Tobe hill, 1,100m above sea level. It is the highest point in Almaty and offers a panoramic view, including the 372-metre-high TV Tower. Go there for the sunset. In the city, go shopping for local produce at the Green Market and enjoy the greenery at Panfilov Park, a memorial in honour of the namesake infantry division during WW2. The Zenkov Cathedral is also located there.
No vacation is complete sans lip-smacking food. In Kazakhstan, the options are plenty. Turkish to Georgian, Russian, Korean, local grub (but of course) and Indian! And there are plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters.
So, one holiday but two countries. Delhi-Almaty-St Petersburg—what a fabulous holiday itinerary thanks to Air Astana, wouldn’t you say?
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