TRAVEL TO RUSSIA.
"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.– Winston Churchill"
This blog is dedicated to my dearest friend Mohan Bisla.
In this blog I will tell you about the most amazing and marvellous places of Russia. Earlier I was not sure to write about Russia but all credit goes to one and only Mohan who insist me to write something about this beautiful, amazing and breath-taking country.
So let’s start...…
Russia is the world’s largest country by area and straddles the divide between Europe and Asia stretching all the way from its easternmost point, Kaliningrad, bordering Poland and Lithuania to the westerly peninsula that stands across the Bering Strait from Alaska in the United States. Although most of its land mass is in Asia, Russia is considered to be a European nation as its capital Moscow and second city Saint Petersburg lie on the continent.
The country recovered from post-Soviet political and economic turmoil to reassert itself as a major world power, helped by income from its vast natural resources including oil and gas.
Formerly an imperial state presided over by Tsars, the implementation of a socialist ideology would hold a grip over the country for most of the 20th century following the revolution of 1917, which overthrew imperial rule and brought into power a proper government.
1. RED SQUARE, MOSCOW.
THINGS TO SEE IN RED SQUARE, MOSCOW.
A. St. Basil's Cathedral
B. The Kremlin
C. Notable Kremlin Towers
D. Mausoleum of Lenin
E. GUM Shopping Centre
F. State Historical Museum
G. Minin-Pozharsky Monument
H. Kazan Cathedral
I. Moskva River
The sparkling diamond in the Golden Ring is undoubtedly Suzdal – if you have time for only one of these towns, this is the one to see. With rolling green fields carpeted with dandelions, a gentle river curling lazily through a historic town centre, sunlight bouncing off golden church domes and the sound of horse clops and church bells carrying softly through the air, you may feel like you've stumbled into a storybook Russia.
Visitors to Kamchatka have traditionally been an intriguing mix of outdoorsy types and package tourists, both with deep pockets. Yet against all odds, Kamchatka has recently become viable for independent, relatively budget-conscious travellers.
The capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, may be gritty, but it enjoys an incredible setting and has its share of easily accessible activities, including lift skiing into late May and some very doable volcano climbs. Kamchatka may not be a budget destination yet, but no longer is it strictly the domain of tycoons.
While the sea is warm and the climate subtropical (among Russia’s warmest destinations in winter), Sochi's beaches are disappointingly rocky and grey. You might find (imported) finer white sand at some private beaches in the summer months. In any case, the peak beach-going season (May to September) sees substantially higher prices.
In recent years, Sochi has become most famous as the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics (even though the events were actually held at the neighbouring resorts of Adler and Krasnaya Polyana).
6. SOLOVETSKY ISLAND.
8. OLKHON ISLAND. >
9. LAKE BAIKAL.
One of the world’s oldest geographical features (formed 25 to 30 million years ago), magnificent Lake Baikal is the highlight of Eastern Siberia. Summer travellers enjoy gobsmacking vistas across waters of the deepest blue to soaring mountain ranges on the opposite shore; rarer winter visitors marvel at its powder-white surface, frozen steel-hard and scored with ice roads. Whether they swim in it, drink its water, skirt its southern tip by train, cycle or dog sled over it in winter, or just admire it from 2000km of shoreline, most agree that Siberia doesn’t get better than this.
In America you can always find a party. In Russia the party always finds you. – Yakov Smirnoff