Köshetau, Kökshetau, Kokcetav

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"northern Kazakstan. It lies along the southern edge of the Esil (Ishim) Steppe. Kokchetav was founded in 1824 as an administrative outpost when the Russians extended their control over the Kazaks. It became a district administrative centre in 1868 and an oblast (province) centre in 1944, but its greatest expansion occurred in the 1960s following the campaign to open virgin lands in Kazakstan to agriculture and the construction of important new factories in the region. It is now a substantial industrial centre and the junction of the Trans-Kazakstan and Middle Siberian railways and has a teacher-training institute and several museums." From the Encyclopaedia Britannica [external link].

Kokshetau.narod.ru [external link] is in Russian. Tourism, forum, from the internet, mass-media, sports life, history, photos, economy and business, cultural life, national creativity. Automatically fills screen.

Kokshetau Online [external link] is in Russian. History of the city in photos and documents, maps, news, weather and links.

Kokshetau Nostalgia [external link]: great pictures, part of the above website.

Kokshetau Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Artist Union [external link] in Kokshetau. In Russian.

There have been articles published in the Milwaukee Times/Waukesha about Kokshetau, because they are sister cities. You may be able to find them by doing an advanced search for Kokshetau on JS Online [external link]. I also have a hard copy, so if you are interested, let me know [e-mail link] and I can send them to you.

Alexander Govyazin pictures [external link] of Kokshetau.

Blue-Green Mountains of the Steppe [external link]: legend of the mountains of Kokshetau.

A life of sacrifice and hardship? [external link]: letter from a Peace Corp volunteer that lived in Kokshetau in 2002.

Catholic Church in Kokshetau [external link].

Kok-Cy [external link] photogallery; in Russian and German.

Mountains in Photos [external link] description and pictures of the mountains near Kokshetau. Supposed to be in English and Russian, but the page is gibberish.

Avveduto [external link] Italian photographer's pictures from Kazakhstan. Beautiful, good resolution. Lots from Astana and Borovoje (Kokshetau area).

Kokshetau pictures [external link] on Flickr.com.

Falling Rain [link in new window] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

There are several blogs and websites from Peace Corp Volunteers on the Personal Pages page on my website.

There is a Snapfish photo for Kokshetau adoptive families. Contact Michelle [e-mail link] for more information.

Pictures from the resort area of Borovoye [link in new window]

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Visit Kazakhstan [external link] has information about the area, hotels, restaurants, etc.

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Borovoe Burabay National Park [external link] is a series of videos from the park.

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Aboutkazakhstan.com [external link]: population, city coat of arms, map, history, and pictures.

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Ingvarr photo album [external link]

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Previously on the Kazakhstan President's website.

Kazakhstani Switzerland is the second name given to Burabai, Kokshetau region which is in the Northern Kazakhstan. Amidst the yellow scorched unending steppe you just encounter the green wall of forest. It harbors wonders: hillocks overgrown with trees, stony ridges, fantastical heaps of rocks like fairy giants and ghosts as silent as bewitched lakes. This mysterious land is Burabai.

"Bura" in Kazakh stands for camel. There is an old legend about prophetic camel, which used to live in Burabai neighborhood. Honey herbage didn't blunt his instinct for an instant - it was he who was the first to anticipate the people's awful lot and then he turned to a tulpar (horse) and flew to the peak of Kokshetau thus averting people from the coming misfortune.

Old ship timbers and quiet lakes, full of fish and animals, served for many centuries as a refuge for people. On the territory of Burabai archeologists found the armoury of primeval bronze epoch. Excavation of settlements and burial moulds belonging to bronze epoch testify to the fact that Buabai was resided not only by hunters, but by the farmers and cattle breeders. Scythian tribes involved in gold and ore mining didn't but pass this oasis. Burabai lacks any monuments of material culture. But its legends, nature do impress as some grand castles and palaces.

The nature kindly gifted Burabai with valuables from its mineral depository. They are as following: Okzhetpes. the most beautiful crag (Kasakhs used to call it "one can't reach it by an arrow"), Zhumbaktas(puzzle-stone), in the Burabai bay resembling either a mysterious sphinx with frozen fearless traits, or a thoughtful, young man with hair flying; vast stony sculptures, resembling a camel, a dog, a cow.

Burabai pine forest is good at any time, in every weather. In winter the pine forest is covered with white snow, in summer - a light wind blows up the aromatic resinous waves, in autumn - the forest smells the peculiar air, a mixture of wet pine rind with mushrooms and herbs. 18 thousand ha. are meant for light birch forests. It is a unique place for those who collect medicinal herbs. It is a home place for more than 200 kinds of birds. It is the right place to walk, to breathe, to watch, listen and examine.

Burabai is a resort, known far beyond Kazakhstan, rich in health centers, which are involved in climalology treatment and treatment by cumus (horse's milk). Tourist bureaus in Kazakhstan arrange reception to those who wish to visit this splendid site of Kazakhstan.


  • Kokchetav: "April 2001, $65/suite with 1 queen/king bed, private bath/shower, refer, TV, pool. 'The rooms were very nice and large. Staff was helpful, but did not speak English. In April they had turned off the heat so it was pretty cold.' "
  • Green and White Hotel: "March 2003, $75/suite, 2 people, 1 bed, private bath with shower, refer, room service, heat, phones, TV, crib, restaurant, bar, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping. This is a nice hotel that is across a wide street from a neighborhood that is on the the lake in Kokshetau. I think many Americans stay there. The restaurant was decent, it was within walking distance to the Internet cafe and the Gumstore shopping area. We had hot water and clean towels each day. We never lost heat or electricity. All in all a very good experience. The staff was very helpful and friendly and your refrigerator remained stocked with soft drinks and snacks each day."
  • Zheky Batr: "July 2005, $45-80, private bath with shower, refer, mini bar, room service, phones, TV, crib available, restaurant, bar, lounge, staff speaks English, gift shop, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping, 2 restaurants Russian/Kazakh, 'Zheky Batr is very nice. There were lots of parties and weddings on the weekends so sometimes it was noisy late. There was no AC and so it was very hot, but there were lots of windows to open. The wait staff were all very nice and they have a nice breakfast buffet. the bed was not the most comfortable. You can dial up directly to the internet if you bring your laptop.' "
    "April 2006, $70/night for 2 adults, private bath with tub, shower, refer, mini bar, heat, TV, restaurant, staff speaks English, elevator, gift shop, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping. This is a really nice hotel. We were greatly surprised at how clean, modern, etc. it was. Our daughter is a PCV and arranged this hotel for us. The location is good, very near to stores and "downtown". The breakfast is great, but watch out for the "camel milk" drink -- really sour! We used the laundry service and it was cheap and excellent. Contact Becky [e-mail link] with any questions.
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