Mausoleum of Karasai and Agyntai Batyrs
Karasai and Agyntai were companions of Abylai Khan in the war against the Dzungars
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According to legends, Karasai possessed incredible strength and dexterity. Due to his impressive physique, he had his boots sewn from the skin of a large bull. The legends about Agyntai also speak of his incredible physical strength and courage. Both batyrs lived in the 17th century and defended their native land from the Dzungarian conquerors. They were inseparable for 48 years and participated in almost two thousand battles against the oppressors.
The mausoleum built over their tombs has become a symbol of friendship and unity of the peoples of Kazakhstan. Its walls are engraved with texts stating the heroic deeds of the batyrs. The mausoleum has two domes, each sixteen meters (52.5 ft) high, with a mosque between them. The entire memorial complex is oriented towards Mecca.
The mausoleum is open to visitors all year round.
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How to get there
The mausoleum can be reached by car, taxi, or regular buses running from the cities of Petropavlovsk and Kokshetau. Also, you can take a train to the Volodarskoe (Saumalkol) train station. Trains run in the summer on Fridays and Sundays from Nur-Sultan and Kokshetau. The distance from Petropavlovsk to the village of Saumalkol is about 250 km (155 mi), from Kokshetau – 92 km (57 mi).
Food and accommodation
Pilgrims and tourists can stay in a small hotel that has recently been opened near the mausoleum. In the village of Saumalkol, close to the mausoleum, there are inns and guest houses. Those who prefer a more comfortable stay can spend the night in one of the hotels in Petropavlovsk or Kokshetau.