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Address: Chu-Ili mountains | Ili River, Kazakhstan
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In addition to ancient settlements and burial sites from the Bronze Age,...

In addition to ancient settlements and burial sites from the Bronze Age, this mountain gorge contains thousands remarkable rock carvings.

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Tamgaly Tas is not Tamgaly Gorge

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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.

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Almaty
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I visited this amazing place first time recently (to my shame). It is a real wonder and must see place for guests of Kazakhstan. Tamgaly Tas is located on the Ili river 170 km north-west of Almaty, ex-capital and largest city of Kazakhstan. The Tamgaly Tas, translated as “written rocks, stones with signs”, is famous because of medieval (XIV-XVI centuries)... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 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 able to walk amongst them and touch the very rocks those bronze age people did... More 

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Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 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 uphill to reach the rock groupings. From the main path through the site, there are... More 

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Santa Clarita
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 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. But many must have the light on them just right to discern them. A person... More 

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Westmount, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 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 of petroglyphs that have been left by a not-so-well-identified prehistoric tribe. It is just interesting... More 

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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 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

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Almaty
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

amazing place! yes, quite difficult to find it on the gps maps but enough to buy an old fashioned map and there you go! now the name is a Kazakh one, Tanbaly. very friendly and enthusiastic guide, amazing views, even more amazing deep dive into bronze and iron ages.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Very difficult to reach without tour guide bus (cost USD$200 or more). I went solo, to reduce cost, took bus to Uzynagach and then haggled with the bus driver who then asked his nephew to drive me to Tamgaly Atass (mountain) by car for USD$70. Road condition is very bad and the local have no idea of this place as... More 

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