The landscape of Mangystau is very unique.
The territory of Mangystau was the bottom of the Tethys
and Protocaspian oceans for many hundreds of millions of
years. Around 8 million years ago, the vast Turan plate
began to rise, getting free from the depths of the sea.
Retreating waters washed away soft rocks, creating chalky
cuestas, canyons, bizarre outlier mountains and
depressions. Wind and rain streams completed the
magnificent creation of Nature. That is how the ledges of
the North and South Aktau, the legendary Mount Sherkala,
the valley of the Ayrakty-Shomanay castles, the unique
fields of spherical stones, the boundless salt marshes of Kenderlisor, Tuzbair and Karashek, one of the
deepest depressions in Asia -Karakiya, the sandy massifs of Bostankum and Bazankumi , picturesque Bozzhira and Elshibek,
beach lagoons and rocky shores of the Caspian sea were created.
But we want to show you not only the natural beauties of this land, at your choice, tours can have a very different thematic focus.
Mangystau is a land of ancient temples and pre-Islamic sanctuaries, holy places associated with the names of Sufi ascetics. Here, from ancient times, traces of Vedic fire rituals and Zoroastrian traditions of worshiping the Sacred Fire have been preserved. We will reproduce the rarest fire ritual of the Bronze Age associated with the cosmogonic myth of the creation of life from the World Egg.
Our leader is a professional photographer who has made more than a dozen traveling exhibitions on various topics of the history and archeology of this region, held three personal photo exhibitions, and published an author's album on the tourist potential of Mangystau. He took part in the filming of Kazakhstan documentary filmmakers and photographers. He participated in projects of the journal of the National Geographic Society, USA. Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK, the French production company Pernelmedia also worked with him.
The cave paintings of Mangystau depict scenes of the economy, life and beliefs of the nomadic peoples of antiquity and the recent past. Entire epic canvases you may see on the stones - steppe symphonies. According to these figures, the main concern and wealth of the nomads was horses and camels. An important part of men's activities was battles and hunting. Signs and symbols are the treasury of the history of the steppe tribes. The oldest images are seven thousand years old!