Sights around Shymkent

Info Shymkent - Light blue upper lake in Sairam Su

There are many Sights around Shymkent for tourists who love history, nature, pilgrimage or adventures. Everyone will find something exciting.


Turkistan Region


Akmechet Cave

The Akmechet Cave is the largest cave in Central Asia. It’s so big that even a small forest is growing inside.

Aksu-Zhabagly National Reserve

The Aksu-Zhabagly National Reserve is the oldest National Reserve in the former Soviet Union countries and full of petroglyphs and endemic plants.

Tulip field “Red Hill”

The tulip field Red Hill or Шұбайқызыл қыраты is one of the wild tulips field with the highest density of flowers per square meter.

Kaindy Waterfall

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in South-Kazakhstan is the Kaindy Waterfall in the Sairam-Ugam Nationalpark.

Lower and Upper Lake of Sayram Su

The two beautiful cold lakes of Sayram Su are located in the Sairam-Ugam National park. The upper lake has a wonderful cyan blue color.

Info Shymkent - Light blue upper lake in Sairam Su
Upper Lake of Sayram Su. (Image: Erzhigit Zhumadilov)

History and Pilgrimage

Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

The beautiful and monumental Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi in Turkistan is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is the architectural prototype of the famous Registan in Samarkand.

Ancient silk way city Sawran

The ancient city Sawran is a abandoned silk way city of the 16th century. The old impressing walls and some basement of houses are still visible in the Kazakh steppe.

Ancient silk way city Otrar

Otrar was a famous silk way city. Also well-known as Farab. It’s the birth place of philosopher Abu Al-Farabi (872) and place of death of King Amir Timur (1405).

Mausoleum of Arystan Bab

The Mausoleum of the mystic Kazakh Arystan Bab near Otrar is a wonderful building built with burnt bricks with alabaster mortar.

Mausoleum of Domalak Ana

The Mausoleum of Domalak Ana is a beautiful new Mausoleum with a nice park for a wise woman from the south Kazakhstan region in the 10th century.

Jambyl Region

History and Pilgrimage

Mausoleum of Aisha Bibi

A masterpiece of very detailed clay stones architecture is the Aisha Bibi Mausoleum built for a beautiful girl who died tragically before her secret wedding.

Tekturmas Mausoleum

The Mausoleum of Tekturmas are two beautiful mausoleums of the Kazakh Warrior Mambet Batyr from the 18th century and of the Kazakh spiritual leader Sultan Mahmud Khan located on a hill with a wonderful view to Taraz.

2-3 Days Tour

Kyzylorda Region

History and Pilgrimage

Baikonur Cosmodrome

The Baikonur Cosmodrome is a very busy spaceport and the first steps into space launched from this place. It’s a lifetime experience to watch a rocket launch from Baikonur.


Aral Sea, city Aralsk & Lake Kamyslybas

In the city Aralsk you can see the old harbor on the Aral Sea and can swim in the beautiful Lake Kamyslybas.


History and Pilgrimage


Silk way city Samarkand is on of the oldest city on earth and has beautiful Mausoleums of the Timurid Empire and the famous old school Registan.


Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan offers a mix of old silk road architecture and modern & soviet architecture to their guests.


David’s Cave

The David’s Cave is a cave of the prophet David in the mountains close to Samarkand. The hiking tour up to the cave on steps is a great adventure.

This list is not completed, yet. There are more sights around Shymkent to discover. If you think there are sights around Shymkent that we have to add to our list – don’t hesitate and contact us.