Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan is the Grand Canyon of Central Asia

Charyn canyon is an impressive gorge carved by the fast-flowing river stretched over 150 km along the Charyn river in Kazakhstan. It is located 195 km to the east from Almaty, near the border with China.

Canyon is the part of Charyn National Park founded in 2004.

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The fairy-tale sandstone formations through the canyon have also been given names such as Notre Dame, Penguin, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh.

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The height of the canyon walls is up to 150-300 meters

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One area of particular interest is an area of 2 km called the Valley of Castles, where one can see towering rock formations which resemble, with some imagination, pillars, and castles.

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charyn-river-1Photo credit: Roman Stetsenko/Panoramio

charyn-river-2Photo credit: Alexander Schardt/Panoramio

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Source – Wikipedia

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