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Newly paved road makes this 2004 UNESCO site even more accessible.

We had contacted indy-guide.com to reserve "Tamgaly petroglyphs Tour - Day Trip Almaty" by Tatyana... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gene J
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Bronze Age Petroglyphs - a must see!

We hired a private driver from Almaty who took us out to this UNESCO World Heritage Site in... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
MAC81667
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Washington
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In addition to ancient settlements and burial sites from the Bronze Age, this mountain gorge contains thousands remarkable rock carvings.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had contacted indy-guide.com to reserve "Tamgaly petroglyphs Tour - Day Trip Almaty" by Tatyana Gussar. She and her husband, Ramon, picked us up at 8 AM in their nice air conditioned Toyota at our Hotel Kazzhol for the 106 mile drive to the northwest....More

Thank Gene J
Reviewed 19 March 2018

We hired a private driver from Almaty who took us out to this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tamgaly. The drive is the kind that will make you weary but, it's part of the trip and all worth it. Along the way, we stopped at...More

Thank MAC81667
Reviewed 6 September 2017

1. landscapes around are really nice; 2. there is very few people, "billions miles" from crowd, so it's peaceful and relaxing; 3. petroglyphs are interesting, especially sunheaded gods; 4. road from Almaty is ok; 5. road from North is adventure! 6. It is so worn...More

Thank TheRzezbiarz
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Getting there is a matter of convincing your driver that you want this place and not Tamgaly Tas which is a Buddhist location with medieval remains. You need to start on the A2 towards Bishkek and travel close to 100km before the right turn which...More

Thank Ken O
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

I went to Tamgaly Gorge today and it was a great experience. An amazing number of petroglyphs. But please note that this UNESCO site is NOT the same place as Tangaly Tas, which is on the Ili River.

1  Thank robert_cumming
Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

2 hrs out of Almaty on the Bishkek road. Turn right and travel about another hour on a road that has seen better days but is not quite diabolical yet. And prepare to be amazed the petroglyphs at Tamgaly are just awesome. And to be...More

2  Thank FunRaider71
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Tamgaly is 60k on a rough rural sideroad (4x4 advised) off the A2 highway which connects Bishkek (134k) and Almaty (89k). This is an amazing place to see ~5000 of rock carvings up close and personal. From the carpark, you walk about 15 minutes slightly...More

3  Thank WonderfulWorld59
Reviewed 6 June 2015

Tamgaly has the most extensive petroglyphs of any site I have ever visited. There is good variety, and my sense is that artistically, they are a cut above almost any, if not all, of the petroglyphs I have seen in Australia or the American West....More

2  Thank WaltGlobal
Reviewed 17 February 2013

Another hidden place in Kazakhstan which should be properly developed for tourism... It's difficult to find it by following the road signs and it takes ca 3 hours to drive there from Almaty. The road is not particularly difficult. Once there, you will see dozens...More

Thank Jean-Christophe L
Reviewed 3 November 2012

we were there by car, not marked place but possible to find no net, no cell network but gps worked on the phone finally, very interesting history, unbelievable stories from local guide one of the most beautifull places in KZ

1  Thank Miroslav K
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