Russia off the beaten track
Some of the most beautiful things in any country are often hidden away from the crowds. The same is true for the land of Tsars – Russia. The place has so many beautiful places to visit and connect to for life, apart from the two capitals. Coincidentally, there are a few Russia tours which offer you the chance to see the country on close quarters. Or you can always count on the Trans Siberian Express, which we think should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are the places you must visit on your Russia trip to witness its beauty in a never-before way.
1. Lena Pillars
Situated in a beautiful nature park, these structures are simply breathtaking. The pillars take their name from the Lena river, on whose banks they are located. Spread over an area of over 150 miles, these pillars are basically tall vertical rocks touching up to 250 meters. Some scientists believe these date back to over 500 million years, which just adds to the mystique of the place.
2. The City of Dead
The ancient city of Dargavs is said to have been populated since the Bronze age, however the city was officially built in around fifteenth century. It served as the capital of Tagaurian society, and today no one lives here, which leads to the name “The City of Dead”. You will find different marvellous pieces of architecture here, giving an insight into the lives of its long lost natives.
The city sits at the end of the Trans Siberian line near Korean Peninsula. Interestingly, tourists could not visit it till 1991. Hi, today the place is booming with modernity and vigor. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean along with its urban planning makes it perfect for movie shoots as the city is built as a close replica to other Western cities. The place also offers a unique combination of seafood and standard continent with oriental touch.
4. Lake Baikal
Most people miss Lake Baikal on their way to Vladivostok, even when the neighbouring town of Irkutsk is a major stop on the way. The old-town feel of Irkutsk is enhanced multifold by its magnificent architecture and warm culture. One more thing to add to the charm of this town are the wooden Siberian houses, which are a treat to observe. No wonder that the city is nicknamed the Paris of Siberia.
Lake Baikal is the biggest and deepest lake in the world, making it a must-see for everyone. It is about an hour’s drive from the town of Irkutsk. You can actually spend a night here in one of the cottages along the shore. The place is perfect for fishing. If nothing else sets your mood, diving in the nearby Small Sea will definitely make your day. The lake also stays frozen during the winter months, so makes for quite a sight!
Who can say no to the adventure when a country has such beauty and diversity to offer!