Kazakhstan is a vast and rarely explored expanse on the map, and its extensive wildernesses and quirky cultural sites demand thorough exploration. Kazakhstan was on the Silk Road, and there was a substantial commercial center at Turkistan at least by the 4th century AD. An important Sufi saint, Khodja Ahmed Yassawi, preached and was buried here. His medieval mausoleum remains an important pilgrimage site, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here are 9 more great things to do in Kazakhstan.