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Russia Siberia (Eastern) / Ulan-Ude (Buryat Republic)

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Route: - Ulan-Ude (Buryat Republic) - Lake Baikal Ring
Duration:4-6 hours
Date:upon request
Discounts:For groups of 2+ travelers please request a quote.
Difficulty:Easy / No activity
Cost:197 USD
[ option 1 ]
w/guide: 3 hrs
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per tour

197 USD
[ option 2 ]
w/guide: 3 hrs
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per tour

269 USD
[ option 3 ]
w/guide: 5 hrs
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per tour

249 USD
[ option 4 ]
w/guide: 4 hrs
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per tour

35 USD
[ option 5 ];
- per 1 lunch

A mummy of Lama Darsha-Dorzho Imigelov

Ivolginsky Datsan (Temple)

  Buddhist Culture tours

 Atsagat Datsan (Temple)

If you are browsing the Trans-Siberian railroad or on the way to or from Mongolia, you must stop in Ulan-Ude city to experience the largest Buddhist community in Russia. The Buryats, numbering approximately 350,000, are the largest ethnic minority group in Siberia, and are mainly concentrated in their homeland, the Buryat Republic with the capital city called Ulan-Ude. Buryats are of Mongolian descent and share many customs with their neighboring cousins including nomadic herding and setting up yurts for shelter. The Soviet industrialization changed the pace for many locals, especially their children by mixing everybody into soviet style of life. If you were here 20-30 years ago, very few signs would indicate that Buryats are very different from the image of a typical Soviet citizen, but not today...


  • The Ivolginsky Datsan (Temple) is located 23 km from the city. It was the only Buddhist temple officially active on the territory of former USSR. One of the monastery's treasures is a rare collection of old Buddhist manuscripts written in Tibet language, greenhouse with a holly Bodskhva tree, and unique story about Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov. He was the 12th Lama of Eastern Siberia in the midst of 18th century. After his death (1917), he asked to be buried in the meditation pose. There was nothing special done to the coffin except that it was filled with salt. The Lama asked to open the coffin in 75 years. When it was opened, Dashi-Dorzho was sitting in the same meditation pose. The official statement was issued about the body – it was "in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago", very well preserved, without any signs of decay, with whole muscles and inner tissue, soft joints and skin.
  • The Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalian People is an outdoor museum. It was established in 1973 within 8km northeast of the city. It is one of the largest open air exhibitions in Russia showing life and culture of many ethnic groups living in Eastern Siberia and Baikal Region. The museum covers an area of 37 hectares and has more than 40 buildings and more than 11,000 objects. The museum is divided into several complexes.
  • Atsagat Datsan (Temple) is located in Atsagat village 60km from the city. The temple was reopened in 1991. It has been visited by Czarevitch Nicholas II and blessed by Dalai Lama XIV. In nearby village Khara-Shibir (~ 13 km) was born Agvan Dorzhiev, a famous researcher and orientalist. His log home has been rebuilt by a mineral spring in Narin-Atsagat site, where Dorzhiev established a school for Tibetan doctors.


  • [Option 1] - 3 hrs, Ivolginsky Datsan (Temple)
    Transfer Ulan-Ude city -> Ivolginsky Datsan (~23km). Unique samples of old Buryat art, as thangkas, sculptures, ritual objects are gathered and preserved at the Ivolginsky datsan.

  • [Option 2] - 3 hrs, Ethnographic Museum
    Transfer Ulan-Ude city ->Ethnographic Museum of Trans-baikalian People will take half an hour (~ 8-10km) each way. Sightseeing requires time to see highlights of many sections of the exhibition. Museum hours 9AM - 5PM, closed on Mondays.

  • [Option 3] - 5 hrs, Ivolginsky Temple + Ethno Museum
    Ivolginsky Datsan (Temple) and Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalian people are located on opposite sides of Ulan-Ude city. To see both places, minimum 5 hours is required for brief sightseeing. It will take 1-2 hours (70-90km) just for transfers to/from places depending on the traffic. If you want more time to avoid rushing thru exhibits, we recommend to extend the tour to 7-8 hours (additional fees apply).

  • [Option 4] - 4 hrs, Atsagat Temple
    Transfer (~ 60km) Ulan-Ude city -> Atsagat Temple. Sightseeing with stops at Agvan Dorzhiev house (~2 hrs).

  • [Option 5] - 1 hour, Traditional Buryat Lunch
    If you wish to experience local food, prebook the lunch for your trip. Please be aware that Buryat food is very basic: fresh meat/fish, potato, bread. The food is often prepared outside in the yard on the open fire or stoves with basic sanitary. Definitely try traditional Buryat meal called "manty" similar to Chinese dumplings, but bigger, spicier and juicer.


  • Bilingual guide;
  • Transfers by private car;

    Not included:

  • Admission Fees to museums and sites;
  • Meals or snacks;
  • Photo/Video surcharges;
  • Special exhibitions fees;
  • Travel/Health insurance;
  • Time/Fees for pick ups outside of the city center perimeter;

    Special tour-related note:

  • Depending on the season, bring: sweater or light jacket, umbrella, sun glasses, cap, warm boots, mittens, hat and thick coat. Plan for the worst, especially in the winter for incidents such as car break downs or train delays.
  • Bring light snacks, sandwiches & water;

    Related Tours:
    Old Believers of Eastern Siberia
    Rail Tailored trips: Classic Trans-Siberian (10 stops)
    Rail Tailored trips: Russia-Mongolia-China (7 stops)
    Sergiyev Posad - the Holly Place
    The Great Wall and Ming Tombs
    Tuva Highlights
    Welcome to Ulan-Ude City
    Where Cultures Meet

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