Bayanaul National Park
Bayanaul National Park was opened to maintain the natural vegetation and animal species of the surrounding mountainous region. There are more than 450 species of tree to be found in the park, including indigenous species such as Black Alder and Bayanaul Pine. In the meadows, strawberries grow in abundance when they're in season, meanwhile the forests are full of mushrooms. What's more, the park is inhabited by a myriad of birds and animals, delighting the visiting nature enthusiasts. With four lakes, watersports are popular, while geologists and climbers flock to Bayanaul National Park to gaze at its interesting rock formations.
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Animal and bird watching
Nature lovers are spoiled for choice among the flora and fauna in Bayanaul. In the forests are roe deer, squirrels and badgers not to mention its protected herd of endangered argali. The park, with its lakes, trees and skies, is also home to eagles, kestrels, herons and cranes among many others.
Lake Toraygir was named for the Kazakh poet Sultanmahmut Toraygir and it attracts many fishermen with its ample stocks of carp in particular. The banks of Byrzhankol, the park’s smallest lake, are home to a small fishing village and many spend the day here, angling for a distinct species of carp.
One of Bayanaul’s most popular destinations is the Holy Cave. Accessed by a hike including a steep wooden staircase, visitors flock to take part in the cave’s legendary rituals. These include a rite performed by parents who wish to conceive and a superstition that asks visitors to make wishes with their hands on the walls of the cave.
Climbers flock to the park to take on the park’s three mountains, Naizatas, Bold Peak and Akbet, the latter of which is the highest point in Bayanaul. At the top lie several seasonal lakes that dry out during the warm summer months.
Centuries of water and wind erosion have created rock formations with fascinating shapes, and people come from all over to photograph and give the shapes their own designations. Among the most famous are a rock that resembles an old lady’s head and one that has been euphemistically named ‘masculine dignity’.
Visitors flock to the park’s two biggest lakes to enjoy the waters. Bayanaul Village is located on the banks of Lake Sabyndykol with its legendary soft waters, said to feel almost soapy to the touch. The smaller Jasybay boasts a beach lapped by clear, clean waters - perfect for swimming.
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Explore the beautiful Bayanaul National Park - Kazakhstan’s first national park - with a stay at Hotel Irtysh in nearby Pavlodar. Clean, comfortable and newly-renovated, this hotel is the perfect home base for adventures through the Bayanaul mountain range. Marvel at the protected flora and fauna in the park, enjoy time in one of the park’s several sanatoriums, hike or bike on the mountain trails and even take a guided tour to the “holy cave,” one of the park’s main attractions. If you want to take it easy, get in some beach time at Lake Jasybay, one of the most popular places to swim in the whole park and the best place to rent a boat for the day. After a busy day outdoors, get a good night’s sleep at the hotel before heading out there again!
Sever Hotel is one of the few quality accommodation options near Kazakhstan’s stunning Bayanaul National Park. With various room types including single rooms, double junior suites and standard suites all coming with a whole list of modern facilities, this quaint hotel makes a perfect place to rest your head for the night. All rooms come with comfy beds, a mini-bar, air conditioning and cable television. The hotel, which was built in 1957 (but more recently refurbished), is situated in the city center, making it an ideal base to explore this fascinating region of Kazakhstan, while also being located close to some pleasant local cafes and restaurants.
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