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Spend a night in a traditional yurt

Experience nomadic culture by staying in a traditional Yurt in Kazakhstan's UNESCO-designated Western Tien-Shan Mountains

The yurt is a national symbol in Kazakhstan's cultural history. The peoples of Central Asia would move in portable yurts thousands of miles across grasslands, steppes, and mountains. This era in history was when nomadic settlers forged traditions and customs on the Eurasian continent.

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© Aureliy / Shutterstock

Yurts have an essential element called the "Shanyrak." The Shanyrak is the republic coat of arms around the top of the yurt and symbolizes unification. Elders will say "shanyragayn shaikalmasyn" meaning "let the dome of your yurt be strong and unshakeable." The yurt is the heart - and in the hearth, families should have peace, friendship, and generations to continue traditions.

The structurally intricate roof of a yurt © Photosite / Shutterstock
The structurally intricate roof of a yurt © Photosite / Shutterstock

Visiting Kazakhstan creates the opportunity to live as the nomads have for thousands of years. The chance to participate in the traditions that bring spiritual closeness to each other and the world around us. Set in the foothills of the UNESCO recognized Western Tien-Shan mountains, this is the perfect experience to rest and experience unmatched hospitality on your Silk Road journey.

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Spend a night in a traditional yurt