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Address: Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Petroglyphs tour

We did the Tamgaly Tas Petroglyphs tour last week while in Almaty before our drive around Kazakhstan. It was another beautiful area of the country, the guide was great and had... read more

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Moncton, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did the Tamgaly Tas Petroglyphs tour last week while in Almaty before our drive around Kazakhstan. It was another beautiful area of the country, the guide was great and had lots of information to share about everything. Thousands of rock drawings of all types and sizes can be seen all throughout the UNESCO protected gorges. It is fabulous to... More 

Thank JGDynamo
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

At Tamgaly Tas we were camping by the river under lovely petroglyphs. The dirt road leading from the main road to the river Illy is ok, viable by non 4x4 vehicles as well. Pay attention to snakes, we have seen one. Also, there are small annoying flies, so be sure you take a repelent with you.

Thank Veronika K
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

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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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
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

I visited this amazing place first time recently (to my shame). It is a real wonder and must see place for guests of Kazakhstan. Tamgaly Tas is located on the Ili river 170 km north-west of Almaty, ex-capital and largest city of Kazakhstan. The Tamgaly Tas, translated as “written rocks, stones with signs”, is famous because of medieval (XIV-XVI centuries)... More 

1 Thank Zhamilya
Astana, Kazakhstan
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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 

9 Thank Rheanne_77
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 11 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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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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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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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

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