Tamgaly Petroglyphs Tour
Tamgaly Petroglyphs, Tamgaly Gorge
Tamgaly Petroglyphs may be a name unfamiliar to many, yet this massive collection of lively illustrations, dating from the Bronze age through medieval times, is so valuable to our understanding of ancient Central Asia that it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Lying northwest of Almaty in a rocky canyon, the name ‘Tamgaly’ translates as ‘signs’ or ‘painted place’, a fitting name for the thousands of petroglyphs jutting placidly from the canyon walls to reveal the religious significance that the valley held for multiple generations who left their creative mark on its canyon walls.
Create unforgettable memories on the Tamgaly Petroglyphs Tour, a full-day excursion to a UNESCO Site of 2,000+ petroglyphs considered to be the best-preserved rock drawings in Central Asia. Your private guide and driver will escort you on a relaxing drive from Almaty to Tamgaly Gorge, where you’ll have the chance to explore these awe-inspiring paintings in detail, with special insights provided by your experienced local guide.
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby in Almaty to begin the drive to Tamgaly Petroglyphs in Tamgaly Gorge (170km,3hrs). Allow your spirit to be refreshed on the drive by the remarkable steppe scenery, standing in stark contrast to crowded Almaty.
Upon arrival to this open-air museum you’ll have the chance to roam about the valley and marvel at the endless petroglyphs before you. The rock carvings are divided into several labeled sections, and your guide will provide further insights into the drawings depicting animals, chariots, dancing, hunting and various religious symbols. Stand amazed at their sheer volume, size and distinct features that can be easily discerned by the untrained eye.
Stop for a picnic lunch in this vast outdoor gallery, enjoying a rest in the fresh air before returning to the city.
Drive back to Almaty for hotel drop-off. End of Tamgaly Petroglyphs Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 9 hours
- Private guide;
- Entrance fees to the petroglyphs;
- Picnic lunch;
- Transportation throughout the tour.
Notes: Tamgaly UNESCO site (170 km) and Tamgaly-Tas (110 km) are separate places.