Olkhon Island

Lake Baikal is a must-go on the Trans-Siberian route, being the most attractive and most fascinating place in Siberia. It is the biggest lake in the world for water capacity, more than all the 5 US lakes together. It is also a magical place to visit…   The West coast is the more frequented and it is reachable…

Ulan Ude

Brief History Ulan Ude is the capital of Buryatia, a Republic located in Eastern Siberia and named after the nomadic Buryat Mongols that first settled in the area. Although Russians make up the majority of the city’s population, the native Tibetan Buddhist and Shamanist Buryats (a race of Mongolian descent), which remain a minority, have influenced its lifestyle and…

Chita

Brief History Chita is a city located at the confluence of the Chita and Ingoda Rivers and on the Trans-Siberian railway. Now the administrative center of Zabaykalsky Krai, it was founded in 1653 by the Cossack Pyotr Beketov, although before this, the region had been inhabited for centuries by local mongol and tunic tribes, as well…

Khabarovsk

Brief History Khabarovsk is a city on the Amur River in the Russian Far East, very close to the Chinese border. Unlike Vladivostok, Khabarovsk has never been closed to foreigners, which is why it retains a distinct international feel, rare for the Russian provincial centres. Its lands have been populated for centuries by the indigenous Tungusic people, and in the…

Vladivostok

Brief History Founded in 1860, Vladivostok was initially an important naval base of the Czarist period, and it later turned into an important railway station, at the Eastern end of the Trans-Siberian rail. Since then, it became a commercial center at the crossroads of Russia, China and Japan, having maintained this role until now. Why you should go there Vladivostok is…