What is the rest in Kazakhstan? First of all it is wonderful landscapes, gorgeous nature and peaceful rest. All this can be found in the settlement of Bayanaul. It represents the regional center of the Pavlodar region and locates approximately in 220 kilometers from the Pavlodar. There live about 6000 people. The history of the settlement is connected with Cossacks — in 1826 they founded the village Bayan-Aul here. Now the main sight of the settlement is the mosque.
There is other settlement near with Bayanaul, called Toraygyr. Each village has its own one or more lakes. However, the most important tourist area is Zhasybai, which is between these villages. To tell you the true, Zhasybai for a long time is favorite vocation spot not only for citizen of Pavlodar and Ekibastuz, but also for inhabitants from other regions. The typical example of that is when we rested in Zhasybai, there were people from Russia and Israel. Moreover, Zhasybai is the most transparent and the second-large among the lakes of Kazakhstan.
Many people compare it with resort zone Burabay, but with smaller sizes. In additional to this, local inhabitants call Zhasybay the second Switzerland, because of beauty of the surrounding nature. Furthermore, on coast of the lake rest houses, children’s camps are located. In separate places there is medical clay.
In July of this year our family visited this marvelous place. As a result, to our mind Zhasybai was better than Burabay.
In the photo below, you can see a view of the road to the lake Zhasybai, which was taken from the serpentine.
Also, there is monument of Zhasybai batyr at the top of the serpentine. The beautiful legend is connected with the name of the lake. In the XVIII century the Kazakh steppe groaned from bloody attacks the dzhungars of conquerors. One of the batyrs who rose in defense of the native earth was Zhasybai. With the wars he struck on the enemy and totally crushed it. The pleasure of a victory was saddened by Zhasybaya's death. The pass bears a name of the mighty batyr Zhasybaya.
It is mountain - forest oasis that is why, the most interesting aspect for foreign tourists and especially for photographs will be strange and interesting stones, which have different forms because of strong wind and water. The typically example of this: flat cakes, Baba Yaga (tourists gave nickname for this rock), person with cap, pigeon, horse head and so on. Also there are beautiful lakes (Sabyndykol and Zhasybai), cave (Auliyetas), grotto and narrow gorges.
For you to know, mountains in Bayanaul are volcanic origin. It is the lava which stiffened tens millions years ago. Recently Pavlodar scientists found in Bayanaula a volcanic bomb — the lava weighing 20 kg lump which is thrown out during a volcanic eruption 65 million years ago. Experts assume that millions years ago in the territory of modern Kazakhstan there were active volcanoes.
By the way, the highest point of Bayanaul (1027 m) - Akbet's mountain. The deepest lake of Bayanaul is Zhasybai(14 meters).
In general, I like this place and in my view, foreigners also would like it. First of all, mountains grow up in the middle of the steppe. Everywhere you can meet a murmuring small river, singing spring, mirror lake or mountains.
What about the beach. In June water was quite cool, but many already bathed. In July water temperature is usually higher, and number of people is much bigger. Motor boats, scooters are forbidden, only oar boats and catamarans are available.
To sum up, everyone will be able to find in Bayanaul something to enjoy. Here active recreation. Thrill-seekers can try rock-climbing. People who prefer of quieter rest can walk on mountain footpaths, ride bikes and swim in the lake. This place is also suitable for rest with children. Weather doesn't afflict with surprises, and local landscapes leave nobody indifferent. Positive impressions will remain with visitors for a long time.
I think, It is miraculous place, foreigners will be happy to visit Zhasybai. Incredible Kazakhstan – it is our homeland