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Tambaly Tas petroglyphs in the Altyn-Emel reserve.


Photo tour to the petroglyphs of Tanbaly Tas.

Sights of Altyn-Emel park.

Tambaly Tas in translation from the Kazakh language means "Stone with Signs". The petroglyphs of Tanbaly Tas date back to the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Middle Ages. These petroglyphs are very popular, many of the most beautiful rock carvings are very clearly expressed and depicted, which demonstrate hunting scenes, images of various animals, rituals, etc. Tanbaly Tas is a monument of rock art, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Petroglyphs of Tanbaly Tas - how to get there.

The rock carvings of Tanbaly Tas are located in the Altyn-Emel nature reserve, in the Almaty region, Kazakhstan. From the city of Almaty to Tanbaly Tas, the distance is 170 kilometers. Petroglyphs are located in the Sholak or Chulak mountains, 17 kilometers from post No. 1, the main landmark here is the village of Shengeldy.

Tanbaly Tas petroglyphs - information for tourists.

The petroglyphs of Tanbaly Tas were discovered and studied in 1950, many rock carvings were found here, a comprehensive study of this complex began in the 1970s. It depicts sun-headed creatures, hunting scenes, images of animals, scenes of certain rituals, multi-figured compositions, as well as scenes of sacrifices and solar signs. Also, images of chariots were found on the complex, which caused a lot of questions about their origin and where they could be seen. All images on the complex are very well preserved and you can see the details and also small details. The researchers concluded that the Tanbaly Tas complex was also a kind of altar and sacred place among the ancient peoples. According to researchers, this complex was a place of worship of the sun and the cult of the sun was practiced here.

Mountain gorge Sholak (Chulak) - general information.

Petroglyphs of Tanbaly Tas are located in the picturesque mountain gorge Sholak, we recommend traveling here in late spring and early summer, the nature of the region is filled with colors and flowers, at this time it is especially beautiful here. Many wild animals live in the Sholak Mountains, here you can meet the snow leopard, wild asses, goitered gazelles. Tanbaly Tas and the Sholak Mountains are part of the Altyn-Emel National Nature Park and are under the protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We recommend traveling around the region by 4x4 car. Also not far from Tanbaly Tas there are Saka burial mounds, which you can also make an excursion to. Traveling to Tanbaly Tas is best with your own equipment for setting up a base camp. If you want to spend the night here, there are two guest houses at the posts (cordons) Toigak and Zhantogai.

Tanbaly Tas petroglyphs.

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