The Pearl of Kazakhstan

 

Borovoe (Burabay) is one of the most picturesque and amazing places in Kazakhstan. It is also called the natural “pearl” of Kazakhstan thanks to its gorgeous mountains, magnificent pine trees, crystal clear lakes, and rare in beauty and uniqueness landscapes. 
 

Borovoe

 

Borovoe is located 250km away from the capital Astana and is one of the favorite holiday destinations for many Kazakhstanis. With dense pine woods, distinctive rock formations and lakes, the surrounding area creates a unique leisure offering and a prime location for hiking, rock climbing or cross-country skiing in winter. The coniferous forests in Borovoe fill up the air making it popular for wellness retreats. Here one can enjoy breathing a clean curative air, take a walk through numerous forest trails to collect mushrooms in the woods or simply take a break from the usual urban routine and try to achieve harmony in the soul, body and mind.

 

Borovoe

Borovoe

 

18-HOLE PARADISE

Professional golf players as well as amateurs may enjoy having a good round on one of the several championship-class golf courses that wind along the lakeshore with stunning views of the mountains in the backdrop. 

 

Borovoe Golf Resort

Borovoe

 

Burabay Golf Resort - an all-new facility built at the beautiful coast of Schuchye Lake attracts golf enthusiasts from all over Kazakhstan.The Resort is managed by the Troon, the leader in upscale golf courses around the world to ensure you have the best golf experience here at Burabay Golf Resort.

 

TRY YOUR LUCK

Borovoe Gambling

Borovoe Gambling

 

Tourists are also welcome to try gambling in Borovoe, as it is in fact one of the two areas in Kazakhstan where casinos have been officially legalised. Visiting one of the casinos will allow you not only to satisfy your passion for gambling, but also to have a great time with friends, enjoy a pleasant ambience, try a variety of elite alcohol and just relax.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is not a problem in Borovoe. The options range from luxurious 5 star hotels with an excellent service and all-inclusive packages to more affordable options such as motels and hostels.
Bigger groups may prefer staying in a cozy chalet right next to the lake. 

Borovoe

Borovoe

 

A LEGEND OF THE ROCK

 

Borovoe has lots of interesting legends many of which have been told for centuries. One of them is about a rockisland in the middle of the Borovoe lake called “Zhumbaktas”, which means a “mysterious stone” in kazakh.According to the legend, in olden times a rich merchant (bai) had several sons and only one daughter whom he wanted to marry a wealthyman.She was extremely gorgeous andthe word about her beauty quickly spread across all Kazakh lands. One day a young handsome musician came to town where he met a rich man’s daughter. The young man was poor but very talented in fact.They fell in love at first sight. The girl’s father forbid them to marry, and the young lovers decided to run away undercover of the night. They found a small bay with an abundance of fish and very warm and clear water.The young man built a boat which they used to swim in the lake and sing songs together. 
When the father found out he told his sons to catch the fugitives and not to return until they find the lovers. He ordered to return his daughter home, but the young man to be killed.
Soon young couple was found, but they managed to escape, swimming away from the pursuers in a boat in the middle of the lake. The insidious brothers began to shoot sharpened arrows at them and one of the arrows finally hit the young man right in his heart. Mortally wounded, he fell out of the boat. As the girl saw her beloved die she burst into tears and realized that she could not live without her beloved. She raised both hands into the sky and prayed Tengri to turn her into the stone, so that she won’t be captured by her brothers. Tengri showed compassion towards her and fulfilled her request. In a moment the girl and the boat in the middle of the lake turned into a huge rock.

Borovoe

If you look at this rock from different sides, you can see mysterious images. It looks like a boat from one side, and a girl with her hair blown by the wind from the other side. And if you swim a little to the side, the girl crying for her lover, turns into an old woman, still grieving for her chosen one.
Perhaps, that is why they called this rock “Zhumbaktas” - the mystery stone.

 

 

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