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The Ulytau mountains always attracted the attention of nomads. Here was situated the headquarters of the oldest son of Genghis-khan – Zhoshy (Juchi) Khan
The Ulytau mountains always attracted the attention of nomads. Ulytau mountains located in the southwest of Kazakh Upland (Sary Arka) – a steppe in Central Kazakhstan.The monuments located here date back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic. This district has more than 630 monuments, 282 of which are included in the historical and cultural museum “Ulytau”.
"Ulytau" from the Kazakh language is translated as "the great mountain", "big mountain". But since these mountains themselves are in fact not very high, this name most likely conceals in itself a sacred meaning, since these mountains are “the main revered mountains” in which the shrines of nomads have been hidden from ancient times. It is here that the ancient tombs are located. According to legend, Zarathustra was born in these mountains, and in the Middle Ages Alasha Khan, Tokhtamysh Khan, Yedyge and other prominent ancestors of the Kazakh people were buried here.
Here was situated the headquarters of the oldest son of Genghis-khan – Zhoshy (Juchi), who became ancesor of most of te kazakh tribes. Moreover, here graphic evidence of historical events, connected with the name of Tamerlane the Great, can also be find.
These sacred mountains are carriers of ethnic memory and grandeur. In the history of the Kazakh people and early Turkcs tribes - these mountains played an important role. Associated with them is the ancient legend of the six Alash tribes - the supposed ancestors of the Kazakhs.
Arrival to Zhezkazgan city. Meeting at the airport Early breakfast
Traveling to Alasha-Khan mausoleum, excursion to the mausoleum of legendary ancestor of the Kazakh people and walk around the surrounding necropolis.
Traveling to Zhoshy-Khan mausoleum and Dombauyl mausoleum of the Hun period (20 km, 40 min). Exploring the above-mentioned mausoleums.
Way to Satbayev city (60 km, 1,5 hours).
Traveling to the Zhezdy village. Visiting the History Museum of Mining and Smelting.
Way to Ulytau (115 km, 3 hours) with visiting on the way the medieval settlement Baskamyr. Arrival and accommodation in a guesthouse.
Dinner at the guesthouse. Overnight at the guesthouse (Ulytau).
Breakfast at the hotel
Trip to Altynshoky. Ascending the hill, where the copy of the stone with the inscription made by order of Tamerlane during his campaign to the Golden Horde, as well as rest of the smelting furnance, with the help of which the inscription was made, are situated. Visit the Khan ordasy historical place.
Traveling to the foot of Aulie mountain (2 km, 15 min). Ascending sacred Auliye mountain (there and back – 3 hours, about 400 meters ascent) – the highest point of the Ulytau mountains (1133 metres), attracting pilgrims from all over the country. Watching ancient graves of the 7 Saints on the top, exploring the cave.
Early dinner. Departure to Astana/Karaganda by train.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Almaty by train.
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