Episode 13 - Kazakhstan - Shymkent, Turkistan / 365 days off
A SMALL VISIT TO THE COUNTRY SIDE OF KAZAKHSTAN (SHYMKENT, TURKESTAN AND AKSU-ZHABAGLY)
For the first time in this trip, we used the train. Probably the more convenient way to travel in Kazakhstan, since there is a huge distance between cities. We embarked at 21:42 and fell asleep at 23:00. We got waked up only three times during the night… when the electricity got turned on at around midnight, when the window suddenly opened letting cold air in at around 3:00am and when our cabin neighbours had smelly chicken and potatoes for breakfast early in the morning.
We got off the train in the small village of Tyulkubas heading to Zhabagly. We felt like being on the set of a Kazakh postcard surrounded by the steppes, mountains landscapes and children in Kazakh outfit riding donkeys bringing back the flock to the village. After one day hike in the national reserve (see our latest newsletter), we took a minivan to Shymkent.
It is now full summer in this part of the country. We were suffering the heat (35 to 40 degrees Celsius). Nevertheless, we managed to visit some parks and some sights here between stops in air conditioned cafes and restaurants. Although Shymkent is not very popular among the guidebooks (lonely planet and petit futé), we didn’t regret stopping here for three days.
WE DID SPECIFICALLY ENJOY
The Shymkent bazar, the perfect mix between order and disorder.
The Aksu-Zhabagly natural reserve.
Taking the night train (2 times 13 hours) and getting to speak with locals.
All the smiling Kazakh children we met!
Almaty: Sky hostel located on the last floor of a building, the hostel is calm, clean and staff is very friendly.
Zhabagly: Zhenja and Lyuda’s boarding house. A homestay near the reserve that was nice until we found out that we paid three times the regular price.
Shymkent: Sary Arka Hotel. A rather okay hotel for the low price they ask.
The Istanbul restaurant in Shymkent, it reminded us of our good time in Turkey.
The Karavan restaurant in Ken Baba park, Shymkent, the best shashlyk (skewers) in town.
BEST KEPT SECRET TIP
While in Shymkent, it is rather recommended to visit Turkistan. Turkistan is well known for its beautiful mausoleum. We didn’t know how to get to Turkistan and searched for travel agent to book a tour. After a little browsing, the tours proposed by the tour operators were quite expensive as about 100 dollars per person or more. There is very little information on the web on how to reach Turkistan on your own. We are glad to share our plan for about 20 dollars for two, including lunch.
First of all, you need to reach the “SAMAL” (Самал in Russian) bus station. This can be done using bus line 69 from Shymkent famous Tauke Khan avenue (bus stops on same side of the road and close to Ken Baba park and Mega Mall). If you want to be sure you’re heading in the right direction, ask the driver or the controller of the bus for “Avtovoksal Samal?” and jump in it. At Samal station, go down the little road on your right hand side and ask for the Turkistan mashrutkas. The ride from Shymkent city center takes approx. 25-30 min.
Better to be there just before 9:00 and you’ll hardly wait more than 10 minutes before you’ll be on the road. The ride takes about 1:45 min. The driver will probably drop you off close to the mausoleum. Allow about 1,5h to visit all the rooms and walk on the citadel. Then have lunch in one of the cafes close by. When it is time to go back to Shymkent, take minibus 2 or 5 on Khozanov road to “Avtovoksal” again. Once at the bus station, ask for the next mashrutka to Shymkent (most probably men will ask your destination). Fairly easy don’t you think?
Bus in Shymkent (line 69 back and forth) 70x2x2 = 280 Tenge
Mashrutka from Shymkent to Turkistan and back 800x2x2 = 3200 Tenge
Lunch in Turkistan, shashlyk, salad, bread and water = 2000 Tenge
Turkistan Mini bus nr. 2 or 5 to the Mashrutka Bus station 40×2 = 80
Total 5560 Tenge! (about 16 dollars)
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Almaty-2 railway station:
Almaty-2 is one of the oldest train stations located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The station serves around average attendance of about 5000 people. During the summer however, the capacity of people increases to 10,000. Located in the center of the city, it serves as the primary departure point for passengers in all directions, including internationally, which are mostly Russian cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ürümqi in China. Domestic destinations are Astana, Shymkent, Petropavlovsk, Atyrau, Zhezkazgan, Mangyshlak, and Uralsk.
During the first years of building the station, the construction site of the building was located on the Turksib Krasnogvardeysky tract in place of the furniture factory. After the suggestion of the engineer, Mukhamedzhan Tynyshpaev, the construction was moved to the street, Starokladbischenskuyu (now named Abylai Khan), where the old cemetery was located. The cemetery was removed and was replaced with a station square which in later years saw tram and trolleybus services. The area opened a new path for a new avenue of the capital of Kazakh SSR. Railway Station Square has its own little history. In 1954, the monument to Abay was installed to the square. Then in 1972, a monument to Kalinin was added; it was removed in 1992. Finally in 2000, a monument to Abylai Khan was installed that is still standing. Around the square, an area of residential and public buildings were built. Until 1941, the train station and station facilities were built to a standard project. During the beginning of World War II, the east side of the building was built. The sides of the buildings are semi-circular projection in the facade in terms of volumes with large window panes located in the entrance part of the building. The sculptural composition of male and female figures, symbolizing the success, industry, agriculture and the Soviet Union. Decorative objects were made by a Czech sculptor Bogomil Vahek exiled during Stalin years who lived in Almaty. All architects, engineers and designers of the station were eventually subsequently repressed and shot due to the effects of the Great Purge. In 1977, the building was reconstructed. With an addition construction of the west wing which included renovation of technology disorders, changing the interior and exterior of the building.
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