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Tynda-the BAM capital
In the early 1970s the Soviet government launched a giant project targeting untapped mineral and lumber resources of the Russian Far East. It was to be called the BAM Railway. Tynda became the capital and administrative center of the BAM, and it was built for this role. Many young people came to the BAM following adventure and romance. The collapse of USSR has put great strain on all Russians, especially those in remote areas, but it is this attitude of self-survival and enjoyment of each other's company that keeps cities like Tynda going...
Explore the city with urban and rural life styles;
Meet local people for stories about early and present BAM;
Visit school, kindergarten, town hall and local bazaar;
Visit BAM museum featuring construction & builder's history;
Trail Tynda's surrounding mountains and valleys;
Ski (cross country) and sled in the winter;
Experience Russian Banya;
Highlights: (Tynda city locator)
[Option #1] - 3 hrs, driving tour w/ guide:
Our driver and the guide will meet you at the agreed location (either your hotel or city center) and take you around Tynda city making stops at the recently built church, school, train station, city hall, Post office, bazaar and old town with houses built by the first settlers. After the city tour, you will be taken to the top of a nearby mountain for panoramic views of the city and surroundings. Our last stop will be the museum of BAM history.
[Option #2] - 5 hrs, driving tour with guide & assistant:
This tour will take you to Tynda's countryside. After a short sightseeing excursion around Tynda, our guide and the driver will take you to the local Resort built for railroad workers (16km/10mi from Tynda). People in Tynda love outings with bon fires and guitars. It is the best environment for socializing, stories, anecdotes, and conversation. Upon arrival to the resort, the guide will invite you for a picnic with Russian Vodka (optional). Russian Banya is available upon request. If the time is right, feel free to hike in the forest or pick mushrooms and berries. In the winter, you are welcome to experience cross country skiing accompanied by temperatures ranging from minus 30C to 50C.
Picnic based on 2 people (option #2);
BAM museum admission fee (option #1);
Sokol Orientation Guide;
Not included:Travel/Health/Evacuation Insurance (required);
Train/Air fares from/to Tynda City;
Russian Visa Invitation;
Special tour-related note:Tynda city has a hospital, but standards might be very different from what you are used to. Plan your emergency kit carefully, particulary personal medication.
It is possible to make International phone calls from Tynda and send email messages for high fees.
Carry toilet paper when in the field;
Bring: insect repellent, flash light, swim suit;
Be aware of ticks (May-July) when walking in the forest.
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