Kumis, or Kumys is a fermented dairy product traditionally made from horse’s milk. The drink remains important to the people of the Central Asian steppes and has a very distinctive taste. Today we are going to mention a few interesting facts about this drink and make sure you try anytime you stop by at Kazakhstan. It is considered to be a “milk wine”. A fermented mare’s milk can actually contain alcohol in it. Because it contains more sugars than cow’s or goat’s milk, when fermented, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content compared to kefir. In some cases the alcohol level can reach 2.5% which is why it was widely considered to be the “wine of the steppes”. A great remedy for lactose intolerant. When fermented, Kumis can become a great source of nutrition for lactose intolerant due to the fact that lactose in mare’s milk turns into lactic acid, carbon dioxide and ethanol. However unfermented horse milk can give severe intestinal problems to lactose intolerant person since it is 40% more lactose than cow’s milk. Good for health. According to German scientists from the Fridrich Schiller University, regular Kumis consumption can improve sleep, bowel disease treatment and skincare. The research has found that 90% of patients with intestinal problems who consumed Kumis on regular basis for 6 months have reported that they have lost all the symptoms and had improved quality of sleep which was further confirmed by their doctors. It is proved to be a remedy for a number of other health issues such as anemia, bronchitis and even tuberculosis.
Have you ever thought that you can find a beach resort in a huge tent in the middle of a landlocked country where the weather drops to -30 degrees Celsius in winters on average? Well in 2010, what might have seemed to be a crazy idea has become a reality. Built in a unique neofuturist style, Khan Shatyr ( “The Royal Marquee”) is a giant transparent tent in Astana. The 150m (500 ft) long tent has a 200m elliptical base covering 140,000 square metres (14 ha; 35 acres). Underneath the tent, an area larger than 10 football stadiums, is an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment center with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, minigolf course and an indoor beach resort that maintains a temperature of +35 degrees Celsius even in the coldest and harshest weather conditions. The architecture of this truly distinctive work of engineering, has become an embodiment of Astana’s futuristic flair. According to Forbes Style magazine, Khan Shatyr is in the top 10 list of the world’s greatest eco friendly structures, making it the only construction from the CIS to enter this list. Photo credit: khanshatyr.com, skybeach.kz
One of the major symbols of Almaty is the Kok Tobe hill, which you can reach on a cable cart right from the center of the city! A home to a small zoo, an amusement park and a dozen of restaurants, Kok Tobe is a perfect place for spending time with your family or a romantic evening with a loved one. The beautiful views of the city from the top of a 1 000 meter tall hill can help you escape the daily hassles of life.
Shymbulak, or also known as Chimbulak, is a ski resort located near Almaty at the upper part of Medeu valley in Alatau mountain range and stands at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, and its top elevation is 3200 meters, which you can easily reach in no time, using gondolas. Definately a must see tourist destination in Almaty, Shymbulak is famous for its mild climate, sunny weather, beautiful views and great amount of snow in winters. Here are some interesting facts about Shymbulak ski resort. Easily accessible Have you ever thought that you can reach 3 km. (10 000 ft) above sea level in little less than an hour? Well in Almaty it sure is possible! It can actually take you around 20 minutes to reach Medeo, the starting point of Shymbulak’s gondola line from the center of the city. The gondola line can take you to the foothill of the summit at 3200 km above sea level in another 20 minutes. The stunning views of the Alatau mountain range would surely keep you amused throughout the ride. Athletic history Shymbulak ski resort was established in 1954 and was a training base for athletes from all parts of the Soviet Union. A home to dozens of domestic and Soviet championships, the Shymbulak Ski resort has hosted the Asian Winter Games in 2011 as well as the Summer Universiade in 2017 that has allowed the infrostructure of the resort to drmatically change to the state of the art facility that we see today. Plenty of activities Over the years Shymbulak has introduced a wide variety of activities that will keep you busy not only in winters, but in summers as well. Apart from skiing and snowboarding, Shymbulak offers dune buggy, mountain bike, and horse rides, paragliding and helicopter tours as well. Not to mention that you can go hiking on a range of tracks troughout the year. Shymbulak offers a number of restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy your meals with a picturesque view at high altitudes! Photo credit: www.shymbulak.com
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