One of the most beautiful and visited places in Russia is Lake Baikal. It is located on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. This place has conquered the hearts not only local tourists, but the foreigners too. The Baikal is rightly called the "The Holy Sea" and "The Diamond of the Planet", but even these phrases are not enough to describe all his charm.
Very often tourists do not know where to begin the journey to the deep-water lake, which keeps the world's largest supply of fresh water and we can help you with this problem.
If you are going to visit the sights of the Southern Baikal, Maloye More and Olkhon, Tunkinskaya valley, Arshan and Irkutsk with its surroundings, you undoubtedly need to start your trip from Irkutsk.
If you want to swim in the warm waters of the lake, to see the enchanting landscapes of the East Coast (Maksimikha, Enkhaluk, Turku, Barguzin Valley, Warm Lake), as well as make a tour (Ulan-Ude, Ivilginski temple, a museum "Yasnaya Polyana" and " Ulan-Ude ethnographic Museum "), start in the Ulan-Ude.
If you like fishing, want to swim in the hot springs Goujekit, Hakus and Zelindy, hear the singing Turali Dunes or go skiing from the Davan pass, your path should start from the Severobaikalsk.
What time of year is it better for a trip to Baikal?
The unique location of the lake, surrounded by mountain ranges, creates a completely indescribable atmosphere in different seasons. It is not surprising that tourists like to visit the Baikal during the whole year. Despite this, summer is the most popular time for rest on the lake. Mainly because all attractions are available for visiting, it is possible to arrange a cruise on the ship, and active recreation: rafting on mountain rivers and various hikes.
However, the most beautiful time for traveling is the golden autumn. In this period there is a sunny and windless weather, and the autumn landscapes are forced to hold your breath, at the sight of their incomparable beauty. Perhaps, that's why this time of year is a kind of paradise for photographers.
In winter the atmosphere of fairy tale and magic reigns on Lake Baikal. Local residents believe that all wishes come true for the New Year on the Baikal. In winter you can ride dog sleds and snowmobiles, swim in the healing hot springs, visit museums and take part in Russian folk festivals. From February 15 begins "Ice Season", which means that you can safely skate, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on the lake, do ice diving.
Spring is no less charming time on Lake Baikal: all trees are covered with green foliage, primroses are blossom, and the forest changes its habitual color to lilac, due to the flowering of the wild rosemary.
How to dress on Baikal and what to take with you?
Very often tourists have a question about what to take with them to the rest on Lake Baikal. If you go to the lake in the summer, keep in mind that the temperature can be from +10 at night to +30 in the afternoon. Therefore, we recommend taking light clothing as well as warm clothing. In winter, the temperature drops to -30 degrees, so it is strongly advised to take warm clothes sets, thermal underwear and thermos. Also take with you a first aid kit and, of course, a camera.
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