Monday, 19 October 2020 07:01

Naryn barchans of Kazakhstan attracting tourists

This year, when opportunities to travel to other countries or even regions of Kazakhstan were extremely limited due to the quarantine, Atyrau people actively began to develop domestic tourist routes. Hundreds of people flocked to Inder salt lake, the chalk plateau in Kulsary, the lotus thickets in Kurmangazy. Naryn dunes in Isatay district also started becoming popular, Kazinform reports.

Naryn dunes, which cover an area of 40 thousand hectares between the Volga and the Urals, stretched across the territory of Atyrau and West Kazakhstan regions. Their closest edge from Atyrau is about a hundred kilometers away. A person who first comes to these places gets fascinated by the beauty of endless sand barchans, which can be called dunes. But this beauty is deceptive – the sands are constantly moving and therefore it is difficult to live in these places – houses constantly have to be dug up. The sands are at 21 meters below sea level. The average annual precipitation is 214-246 mm. Greenery is sparse - calligonum, blady grass, kumarchik, tamarisk, saxaul, camel thorn. From animals there are hares, korsaks, a ferret steppe.

Those who like to ride Quad bikes were the first to open the dunes for recreation, and then the unusual sight of boundless sand dunes attracted the newlyweds. Despite the fact that one has to overcome 60 kilometers over the broken Atyrau-Astrakhan highway, and then another 40rm on the sand, young people are increasingly frequently going to these places for photos before the wedding.

This year, the Naryn barchans have become quite popular among foreigners who were stuck in the region during the quarantine, and among local residents who were also looking for an opportunity to unwind and see something new in their native land during this quarantine summer.

By the way, the barchans can become attractive not only for tourists who like to ride Quad bikes or jeeps with their wheels lowered so as not to roll over, but also for archaeologists.


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