Baikal Plaza Hotel
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Hullo Mongolia but two nights on the train and a 7 hour border crossing check as they change carriages and go through our luggage...interesting!!
... around, but the real draw to Ulan-Ude is in the Buddhist and Buryat culture. The Buryats are the indigenous people of the area. Their beliefs stem from Buddhism with some shamanistic elements. Surprisingly they seem to embrace being part of Russia, some say this is because Russia historically gave them protection from the Mongul hordes, others say that the Cossacks seduced them with Vodka (or 'Fire Water').
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Well today was my last full day in Russia and what a day it has been. Absolutely unbroken sunshine for the whole day. The whole purpose of me stopping off in Ulan Ude was to visit the Ivolginsky Datsan. The biggest Buddhist Temple complex in Asia. 2 Mashrutka's (minibuses) later and I'm at the entrance. It was in the middle of nowhere and my first impression was 'Is that it' ? To be honest, it was a bit of a let down. The Datson was in ...
... on the campfire. It was the best tasting soup yet. And I got 3 helpings of it ! After lunch we drove across the bottom half of the island to the east coast past another sacred Buryat site where there were some very strange markings and even the remains of a cow which appeared to be part of some ritual killing. Next we arrived at the eastern side of the island. The sea here looked totally different as it was shielded from the wind. We visited another rock formation called 2 faces ...
... the van stopped, and we were told that for the next 4 hours, we were on our own and that the picnic lunch will be served back at the van at 3pm. So off we all trekked. After about an hour of walking down the valley through the forest, We were met by a truly amazing sight. The blue lake glistening in the sunshine, through the yellow, orange and green trees with a backdrop of clear blue sky. As we ventured into the open air, the view was fantastic. Huge cliffs ...