Altay Mountains and Adventures

Altay Mountains and Adventures

In the Western Siberia are the Altai mountains which you can reach there by plane. It is about three to five hours to get there, but if you go by train, you will need at least two days. The nearest cities are Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk and Novosibirsk. If you enjoy rafting, trekking, horse-riding and climbing, you will surely love this place. The name itself simply means golden and it has a lot to offer naturally. It is one of the marvelous gems due to its beauty and diversity. The eco-region is... [ read more ]

Watching Northern Lights and Diving in Russia

Watching Northern Lights and Diving in Russia

Some adventurous activities can be organized during your travel to Russia. This means scuba diving, watching the Beluga whale, diving at Moneron Island and diving on the Pacific coast around Sakhalin Island. There is also another interesting spot called the Barents Sea at Murmansk. If you are up to it, you may want to also try ice diving on the Arctic Ocean. Ice dive with beluga whales in the sub-Arctic waters of the White Sea. Animal lovers may want to dive with Greenland seals in the summe... [ read more ]

Teletskoye Lake

Teletskoye Lake

Teletskoye Lake also known as the Golden Lake is the largest, the most famous and also the pearl in Altay Mountains. Being largest, you can expect up to 325m depth, 5km wide and 78 km long. It is situated more than 430 meters above the sea level. The mountain ridges that it lies between are the Al-tyntu and the Korbu. Lake Teletskoye is right on the junction of Sailughem Mountains and Western Sayans. It has a high lake transparency of up to 14 meters. At Korbu, is the infamous Korbu Waterfal... [ read more ]

Kremlin of SMOLENSK and Russian Rivers

Kremlin of SMOLENSK and Russian Rivers

The city Smolensk is located on the Dnieper River. This city which is well-known for textiles, electronics as well as diamonds faceting is just of 320,000 population. This name, Smolensk used to be from the name of Smolnya Rivulet. From the old Slavic, this word ‘smol’ is black soil, smola means tar, resin or pitch. Indeed this city was once a center for resin trade and also resin processing. Lots of pine trees also grow in this area. Oldest Russian City Being one of the oldest Russian... [ read more ]

Southern Russia

Southern Russia

Oblasts of Russia, this is the way countries are subdivision and organize in Russia as well as some countries of former Soviet Union. In Russia, oblasts are subjects of the Federation as they do have some degree of autonomy. First the federal cities of Russia are St. Petersburg and Moscow. Of the 83 subjects, 46 of the Russian Federation are oblasts. Always with the nicest climate, the Southern Russia borders the Volga Regions, Russia's Central Region, the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, Georgia, Uk... [ read more ]

Maximizing Your Ten Days in Russia

Maximizing Your Ten Days in Russia

It's a travel mission possible if you are in Russia for at least ten days to cover best of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Your travel can be on a cruise after you arrived in the beautiful baroque styled St. Petersburg. Enjoy the architectures all around the city center, checkout the Nevsky Prospect, Smolny Convent and the Palace Square. The other highlight is the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Cathedral not to be missed. That is where the tombs of the Romanovs are buried under the 122 meters ... [ read more ]

What to do in Omsk and Siberia

What to do in Omsk and Siberia

The historical museum in Ulan Ude of Russia is one of the top sights. It charges per single-room floor. You are recommended Buddiyskoe Iskustvo which is on the third floor and it displays the thangka, Buddhas and icons salvaged from Buryatiya's monasteries before the Soviet's destruction. Other things to see are the Gungarba shrine table, the Atsagat medical charts and the walnut necklace which is on the grey, clown-faced Sagan Obugen. The World's Largest Lenin Head This is a monument that... [ read more ]

4th Largest City: Nizhny Novgorod

4th Largest City: Nizhny Novgorod

The historic Russian towns to the northeast from Moscow is the 'Golden Ring'. If you visit these towns, you can embrace the rich history which entails full of their important events about their rise and their falls, from dynasties to what they have today. A great way to discover these prominent towns which are also open-air museums is by the bus tour. You can see many unique Russian architectural monuments from the 12th to the 17th centuries and many of which brings you back to the dramatic ev... [ read more ]