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More than Baikal

A modern guide to the Republic of Buryatia is on sale

The trend for the development of ecological tourism, which has emerged in recent years, is only fueled by the difficult coronavirus situation: choosing routes for recreation, Russians not only began to travel more around the country, but also paid special attention to hard-to-reach territories with untouched nature and ideal ecology. Away from megacities and cramped apartments, far from quarantine and stress, tourists were looking for new places of strength and inspiration.

More than Baikal
Photo: PressPass

Lake Baikal is traditionally considered one of the leaders in the number of ecotourists in Russia. The world's largest freshwater reservoir, with water reserves measured in tens of thousands of cubic kilometers. Place of power and center of shamanism. UNESCO site. A point of attraction for hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world ... It is not surprising that this is where many Russians decide to spend their summer holidays.

“Buryatia is one of the leaders among Russian regions in terms of the number of tourists. Our pristine nature, huge balneological potential, distinctive culture and, of course, sacred Baikal attract travelers from all over the world. The victory in the All-Russian competition for the creation of ecological tourism clusters in specially protected natural areas became a landmark for us. The project for the development of the Tunkinskaya Valley entered the top ten winners and very soon will receive active development. This will be a new point of attraction for tourists, a new “visiting card” of the region, ”says the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Buryatia, Maria Badmatsyrenova.

“When planning a trip to Baikal, many people choose Irkutsk as their starting point. It happened historically. But in fact, the other side, on the side of the Republic of Buryatia, is much more interesting for tourists, although less developed - comments Artur Agafonov, Deputy General Director of PressPass. - “Buryatia is more than Baikal” is not just the slogan of the local TIC. This is a reminder of the rich and original culture of the Buryat people, of the past rich in historical events, of the amazing nature of the region, which includes both endless steppes and snow-capped mountain peaks. "

The book “Buryatia. A Modern Guide ”tells about all the key attractions of the region. A large number of colorful illustrations and informative infographics help the reader to see with his own eyes the beauty and flavor of the places that the authors of the publication tell about.

The main thing that the creators of the guide pay attention to is the amazing national flavor. The Buryats are very careful about their culture, respect the national language and traditions. It's hard to believe, but almost every Buryat knows his 6–7-generation pedigree and is proud of his ancestors! The centuries-old history of the peoples of Buryatia is reflected in the present day: there are many museums with rare exhibits in the region, a large number of Buddhist monasteries are concentrated here, in which relics revered throughout the world are stored. He meets a traveler going to Buryatia, "a city with a head" - Ulan-Ude. He got this nickname thanks to the one-of-a-kind monument erected in the central square. Instead of the everyday figure of the leader of the world proletariat, only the head of Vladimir Ilyich is installed on the pedestal. But of record size: almost 8 meters high, not counting the pedestal. 

One of the largest settlements in the Far East (today it is home to almost half a million people) arose on the ancient trade route connecting Europe and Asia; today this route is partly repeated by the Trans-Siberian Railway. Today it looks very young and energetic: a small but tidy historic center, many shops, cafes and restaurants, an amazing number of museums and theaters. 

One of the main impressions of the team was the Buryat national cuisine. Few regions can boast of such an assortment of local gastronomic brands: buuz, Baikal omul, sugudai, the miraculous herbal tea sagan-dali ... Many Russians have probably heard these names. In Ulan-Ude, almost everywhere you can try all these delights, and the traveler has access to both classic recipes and author's modern Buryat cuisine. You can even find authentic Buryat burgers! 

The book was prepared for publication by the Moscow publishing house PressPass. The Modern Guide series today covers more than 25 regions of Russia, including all regions of the Far East. Buy the book on the website of the publisher.

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