Baikal is one of the most extraordinary places on our planet! Here everything seems inspired, endowed with special sacred meaning. This is the place of a powerful energy, power of the Earth - in such places the person feels the full immensity of nature.
Usually a trip to Baikal begins in Irkutsk - a small merchant city on the banks of the Angara river. Almost since its foundation in 1661, on the way from Russia to China, Irkutsk had become a popular trade place. And still here preserved a lot of mansions and other architectural monuments referring to the rich past of the city. The most striking sights of Irkutsk are the Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church, Znamensky monastery, the Museum of Decembrists, the Kazan Church, the 130 quarter and much more.
The surroundings of Baikal lake are even more rich in interesting places: in just 43 km from Irkutsk there is open air Museum Taltsy – a complex of monuments of wooden architecture dating from the 17th to 20th centuries. Also among the must visit are Listvyanka village, located on the shore of lake Baikal, numerous beautiful bays (Peschanaya, Aya, Turali), islands, national parks with waterfalls and caves, where were found the traces of ancient men.
The Western shore of Baikal lake is home to its indigenous people – Buryats, who’s main traditional religion is still the shamanism. To get acquainted with their unique culture you should visit the Golden Horde Ethnopark, recharge with the strong and powerful energy on Shamanka rock, the most sacred place of the region, meet local shaman and participate in the special ritual.
Despite the fact that tourists travel to Irkutsk and Baikal for active leisure, the theatres of the city are definitely worth a visit too!
Baikal is located at the intersection of different cultures, which is reflected in the local cuisine.There are a lot of restaurants where you can taste Mongolian, Buryat, Russian, Chinese as well as European dishes.
As every modern city, Irkutsk has a lot of options for nightlife. Local bars and restaurants can easily compete with the capital's popular places.
Baikal Lake opens great opportunities for active rest. Some of the options can be experienced only here!
For those who want to know ahead what awaits them on Baikal, we prepared a set of useful information and travel tips to make your groups’ staying the safest and the most comfortable possible.