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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 September 17, 2018
Gene R 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 March 19, 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 September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed March 19, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank MAC81667
Reviewed September 6, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank TheRzezbiarz
Reviewed May 9, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Ken O
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank robert_cumming
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...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank FunRaider71
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank WonderfulWorld59
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....More

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank WaltGlobal
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...More

Date of experience: June 2012
Thank JCLermu
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

Date of experience: July 2012
1  Thank Miroslav K
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