Tucked away in Kazakhstan’s Tamgaly Gorge, surrounded by high grasslands called steppes that have nourished nomads and their herds for millenia, is an incredible collection of petroglyphs.
The petroglyphs in Tamgaly, today’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, date back to the Bronze Age in most cases. However, since the site has been continuously inhabited, some were carved as recently as the early 20th century. The carvings are definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in archaeology.
Here’s how UNESCO’s website describes them:
“The dense and coherent group of petroglyphs, with sacred images, altars and cult areas, together with their associated settlements and burial sites, provide a substantial testimony to the lives and beliefs of pastoral peoples of the central Asian steppes from the Bronze Age to the present day.”
US citizens need a Kazakhstan visa to travel to the Tamgaly Gorge and see the petroglyphs. If you’re visiting Kazakhstan as a tourist, the following documents are required to get your visa:
- One visa application form
- 1 passport-sized photo
- A cover letter explaining what you are planning to do in Kazakhstan and when you plan to be there. If you are staying for 30 days or less, you can write the letter yourself. However, if you are staying 30 days or more, you need an invitation letter for you issued by the Kazakhstan department of foreign affairs. Your host will have to apply for this letter on your behalf.
Also, you may need additional transit visas if you are traveling through a third country, like Russia.
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