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Deserts have long been landscapes of revelation where so much space and vastness are bound to heighten clarity of the mind, often missed by the white noise of everyday life. I came to Kyrgyzstan searching for this but did not know what to expect about Kazakhstan — from its modern metropolis to unknown routes often leading to the steppes with no hint of yurts or the nomadic life.

Visiting the Charyn Canyon national park, rightly tagged as Kazakhstan’s Grand Canyon and even possibly the second largest Canyon after the US, I was intrigued about this place. Not because of the hype or popularity — but more so the history behind this. I marvelled at how years ago the lake shrank and what came about was the Charyn river running through the sedimentary rocks that are over a 12 million years old.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'thegonegoat_com-box-3','ezslot_1',115,'0','0']));

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