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Taigak Petroglyphs

Educational tours of the petroglyphs of the Almaty region and Kazakhstan -

Altyn Emel National Park Guide -

Taigak is a group of petroglyphs, ancient rock carvings of the people of Kazakhstan in the Taigak mountain gorge. Petroglyphs are images of drawings on rocks and stones, which depict dancing people with musical instruments in their hands, horsemen on horseback, a rider on a deer, a sun-headed deity, hunting scenes. From the images of animals here you can see deer, horse, mountain goat, argali, camel. Images of a battle between two horsemen on horseback were also found here, and such weapons as a spear or a pike are clearly visible in the hands of the riders.

How to get there, see -

The Taigak petroglyphs are located 15 kilometers from the Terekty Gorge, Sholak Mountains, Altyn Emel Nature Reserve, Kerbulak district, Almaty region, Republic of Kazakhstan.
GPS coordinates: 44°14'10"N 79°22'01"E

Information -

The Taigak petroglyphs are located on rocks and stones along the beautiful natural Taigak Gorge. The Taigak Gorge is a deep canyon among low mountains, the height here varies from 300 to 500 meters above sea level. The canyon is 10 kilometers long. The petroglyphs in the canyon are not concentrated in one place, but are located along the entire length and can be found even in the most unexpected places. In addition to petroglyphs, there are remains of ancient settlements in the area. In addition to petroglyphs, Tibetan Buddhist inscriptions of the mantra "om mani padme hum" were found in the Taigak Gorge in its lower part, which were dated to the XVII century. The Taigak petroglyphs are a monument of history and culture and are under state protection. The Taigak Gorge is located in the protected area of the Almtyn Emel Nature Reserve.

Taigak petroglyphs in the Almaty region Altyn Emel Park


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