Sprawling on the banks of the Talas River, Taraz is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan, with a history that dates back more than 2,000 years. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, with fascinating archaeological remains, ancient bazaars and modern green spaces among its attractions.
Things to do in Taraz
In the heart of Taraz is the Arkheologicheskiy Park Drevniy Taraz”, an artistically designed green space constructed on the excavated remains of an ancient settlement. Information panels detail the ruins that are now exposed, offering insight into Taraz’s fascinating past. The park is located alongside the Old Bazaar, which was once a major trade hub for everything from furs to honey, swords and precious stones.
Perched above the right bank of the Talas River is Tekturmas, a significant mausoleum that dates back to the 14th century. Topped by a dome, its rectangular tower was constructed from bricks and is believed to be the burial place of Sultan Mahmud Khan. After its ruins were excavated between 1939 and 1940, the mausoleum was reconstructed by Nurlybek Baekeyev.
A short drive west of Taraz is Aisha-Bibi, an 11th-century mausoleum that was created as a monument to love and faithfulness. It is believed to have been built by a Karkhanid Dynasty ruler for his fiancee, Aisha-Bibi, who was also the daughter of a beloved Sufi poet. Take note of the floral-inspired terracotta tiles that decorate the building, together with beautiful calligraphy.
Getting around Taraz
Taraz Airport is a 25-minute drive from the city centre and has flights to destinations across Central Asia and Russia. Long-distance trains connect from Almaty to the Taraz railway station and buses travel throughout the city. The centre of Taraz can easily be explored on foot."