Things to Know Before Booking Almaty Tour Package
Almaty located in the south-eastern part of Kazakhstan, without a doubt is the cultural heartbeat of Kazakhstan. The city is lively, strong, and full of wonders which have so much to offer travelers. I hope this Almaty travel guide will help you feel encouraged to go there and give you an impression for the city before you step foot in it. If you’re fascinated in what to do in Almaty, here is my Almaty itinerary that can help you get started before booking Almaty holiday package.
FOOD AND DRINKS IN ALMATY
I find Almaty to be a fairly social city in comparison to other cities I have visited in Central Asia as a whole. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and kiosk scattering the streets of Almaty and many of them you will find constantly full.
Food in Kazakhstan is awesome. Samsas, laghman, plov, are some of the lip-smacking dishes and beside that there are different kinds of delicious international specialties which will leave you salivating. You can find Indian food, good burgers, Georgian food, and to many people’s surprise, Korean food.
COFFEE IN ALMATY
Locals’ love their coffee and they like it sweet. There are a good number of cafes throughout Almaty and your mind will be puffed when you see the choice of places to go to. Many cafes offer you proper food and drinks; you can say a complete restro-bar so they will be open early in the morning and close late at night. Although I am not a huge fan of coffee but while on my Almaty vacation tour I start loving it. I have started liking good cup of coffee and I can always find one there.
CRAFT BEER IN ALMATY
I truly believed craft beer would be on the upswing in Almaty, but it never really ‘happened’. Luckily, one craft beer bar has opened in the city and they have a wonderful selection that everyone would love to try at least once. If you love to taste some good one then you can check out Kraftwerk for craft beer (it is near Dostyk Avenue) and they have a really solid array of Russian craft beers which was electrifying for me and still a bit foreign as I don’t always find Russian craft beer effortlessly in Germany.
GROCERY SHOPPING IN ALMATY
Finding grocery store in Almaty is not a big deal. They are everywhere, some better than others and some pricier than others. They all accept credit cards and many of them have a hot food division where you can buy salads or manti to go. They all have closets at the front of them with a security guard certifying you safely locked your other bags up before entering the store (super tough to faith on people when you have cans of horse meat at your clearance).
GETTING A SIM CARD IN ALMATY
Receiving a SIM card in Almaty is trouble-free, if you do it right! I always go the same shop. I use Beeline once entered in Kazakhstan as the reception is best once outside of the city, in my opinion. There is another company too named KCell which is pretty decent. But I always stick to Beeline. Don’t just take a Beeline SIM card from anywhere. Get it at the main store at Tole Bi and Furmanov at corner.
WEATHER IN ALMATY
If you booked your Almaty travel package from India in spring season, good on you- you picked a right season. Planning to take Almaty tour package in winters? It is not exactly the best time to be in Almaty. But, I have spent most of my time there during winters and I loved it however.
In spring and summer, you will find terraces open, you can smell shashlik on the grill, and the city is so unbelievably green you won’t want to leave the city.
RUSSIAN IS THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE
You will find most of the population in Almaty speaking Russian language, but it is not uncommon to find someone talking in Kazakh, especially if they are from a village or somewhere else in the country and have relocated themselves to Almaty.
THE CITY IS MORE MODERN THAN MEETS THE EYE
Forget all of those perceptions you might have fetched from movies that was not actually filmed in the country (it was filmed in Romania) portraying Kazakhstan as a backward nation of inbred people living among goats and cows. But the actual scene is totally different, Almaty is quite modern and diverse city and you will feel it pretty quickly once you arrive in the city.
Hey friends! What are you waiting for? Experience the charm of the city yourself, book your Almaty tour now and be ready to gain amazing experience of lifetime that you will never going to forget I promise.