A trip to visit the cities, towns and villages around Kostanay will reward you with a deeper insight into the unique landscapes, architecture and people of Kazakhstan.
No matter what your spiritual beliefs, you're sure to find a little enlightenment at Kazakhstan's mosques and other places of worship.
Kazakhstan is a good place to join up with a fascinating guided nature walks that are offered here.
To truly get to know the local customs, be sure to stop in at the region's restaurants. These are great places to rub shoulders with people who live in the area and try dishes that are commonly eaten here. Some ingredients found in a number of Kazakhstan menus are sour milk and rice. Two of the regional delicacies to order are pelmani (meat dumplings) are basturma (mutton). Kazakhstan desserts such as шек-шек (fried unleavened dough balls) are also great to try. If you feel as though you'd like something refreshing, shubat (camel milk) is a popular option.
Much of the region acknowledges Independence Day on the 16th of December, so be prepared for changes to business hours and transport schedules.
The handiest major airport, Kostanay West Airport, is located in Kostanay, 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the northwest of Kostanay, which is handy to remember when booking your vacation.