NUR-SULTAN – Capital residents may have noticed an unusual advertisement posted on the real estate website krisha.kz about a five-bedroom apartment in the Skazochnyi Mir (Wonderland) residential complex.
Large groups of travellers now have the option of residing in an apartment with a yurt room. The rental offers the option of living like a nomad rather than staying in a hotel and like most present-day Kazakhs, keeping their traditions while enjoying modern conveniences.
The stay also offers trips to Ethno Villages or traveling around the country to see the remnants of the ethnic nomadic life.
The yurt room, designed with a kerege (wooden latticework for walls) and shanyrak (round rim that serves as the top, skylight and smoke hole), is equipped with nearly everything related to nomadic traditions, including utensils and armour. It is outfitted with tekemets (felt mats), a sandyk (chest), korpes (small mattresses for sitting), sadaks (arrows), several traditional Kazakh musical instruments and other objects representative of typical nomadic life.
The remaining rooms are standard ones, newly renovated with present-day furniture. The 200-square metre apartment, with three dressing rooms and three bathrooms, is available for 600,000 tenge (US$1,545.57) per month.
“All of the rooms are spacious. The apartment is within walking distance of the Hazrat Sultan Mosque (the largest mosque in Central Asia). The windows offer a beautiful view of many other nearby attractions of Nur-Sultan. It is a 200 metre walk from the Kazakh National University of Arts, a private kindergarten and the Nur Orda school-lyceum; The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (The Pyramid), the Presidential Park, the National Museum and the Palace of Independence are located a little further,” according to the website.