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Ulan Ude Tours & Add-ons

Ulan Ude is where Orthodox Russia meets Buddhist Mongolia providing the traveller with a fascinating mix of culture. Here the Buryat people make up a sizeable section of the population which is unsurprising given the proximity of Ulan Ude to Mongolia a short distance to the south. Our standard stopover here is 2 nights which gives a good overview of the city and surrounding countryside allowing time to visit the Old Believer village and some Buddhist Datsans. Contact us with any questions you have.

Day 1 - Arrive Ulan Ude (assuming from Irkutsk)

Ulan Ude Capital of Buryatia & Tour to Atsagatski Datsan

Early morning arrival in Ulan Ude. Transfer to your accommodation and breakfast before starting a full day tour. Ulan-Ude is capital of the republic of Buryatia and due to it’s proximity to Mongolia has a traditional importance as a trading settlement between Russia, Mongolia and China. Famed for having the largest Lenin head in the world the other attractions are found outside of the city.

First, drive to Atsagatski Datsan which dates back to 1825. This was a teaching monastery as well as a centre for Tibetan Medicine. Continue on to the nearby village founded in the 19th century and which still keeps the traditions and customs of the Buryats, who make up most of the population, alive. Lunch in a local house and free time to explore the village before returning to the city to overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Local House Lunch.

Day 2 - Ulan Ude

Visit the Old Believers Village and Stunning Ivolginski Datsan

Today we leave the city again, this time to the impressive Ivolginski Datsan which has long been a center of Buddhism in Russia and has a unique Buddhist library. Continue on to the Old Believer village. The people here separated from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1666 in protest of reforms and so practice a form of the religion that stopped across much of Russia at that time. Visit their church and a small museum before lunch is in a local home and free time before returning to Ulan-Ude.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Local House Lunch.

Day 3 - Depart Ulan Ude

Train on to the Remote Russian Mongolian Border or Remoter Vladivostok

Early morning transfer to the station to for your onward train either to Ulaanbaatar or Vladivostok.

Meals Included: None Today.


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