The largest country in the world, Russia offers an array of travel experiences and tourist destinations. The country has something for everyone. From snow-capped mountains to the deepest and oldest lakes, from modern cities to the old countryside, Russia has some of the most beautiful spots to visit. Russia draws a large number of tourists from all around the world. But the largest country in the world has some hidden gems, known only to the locals. These unexplored and undiscovered places will surely take your breath away.
So, here are few unexplored places in Russia that you need to add to your bucket list
1. Lena Pillars
Located at the banks of Lena River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will surely leave you awestruck. The 200 meters long rock stretching over hundreds of kilometers offer an incredible and breathtaking view.
The red stone pillars covered in fauna, at times, reflect on the still waters of Lena River with the sun glistening over it. Though you can’t climb the rocks, there is various viewpoints from where the nature lovers can immerse themselves in this natural wonder.
The park also has hiking trails and rafting for the adrenaline junkies. So, put on your adventure shoes and be ready for that camp life!
2. Lake Elton
The picturesque Lake Elton is the largest Salt Lake in Russia. The lake has a golden colour from the salt deposits at the bottom of the lake and with the sun beaming over it, it is a sight to behold.
The concentration of salt in the lake is even higher than that in the Dead Sea. Anything that falls into the lake turns into a white sculpture covered in salt. So cool, right?
The salt in the lake is known to have many medicinal properties and treats respiratory and skin diseases. There is a spa resort at the lake where they treat various disease with the same salt. It is truly worth a visit!
3. Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
Known as “Paris of Siberia”, the city of Irkutsk is often missed by travellers. This hidden gem near Lake Baikal is a must visit for those travelling to Lake Baikal.
An architectural jewel, Irkutsk has many churches, museums and theatres. The Irkutsk old town dawns beautiful 19th-century architectural buildings that are absolutely magical.
There are various agencies that will walk you around this city.
You can spot Siberian style wooden houses with intricate carvings and enjoy this beautiful city.
4. Dargavas, The city of the dead
Hidden away in five mountain ridges, Dargavas is a mysterious town located in the Republic of North Ossetia in southern Russia. The city is full of tombs and crypts build by the people who lived here.
The hill is covered with small white houses which are actually crypts. There are many myths and legends surrounding this city. Locals refuse to go to the ancient for they believe no one can make out alive from there. You will rarely find a living soul here.
So, if you’re a fan of mysterious places, Dargavas should definitely be on your bucket list. Planning to book your tickets already, are you?
5. Tikhaya Bay
Located on the eastern coast of Sakhalin Islands, this place is worth going to if you love a calm and serene environment. Living up to its name Tikhaya (meaning “Quiet” in Russian) is a peaceful place with unparalleled natural beauty.
It’s a perfect getaway from the city life to immerse yourself in the tranquil environment. Protected from waves and winds, Tikhaya Bay offers traveller beautiful sandy shores on one side and rich plantation on cliffs on the other.
Less known to travelers, this hidden gem with its untouched natural beauty comes highly recommended from the Wishcover travellers.
6. Altai Mountains
Known as the “Golden Mountains”, the Altai Mountains are amongst the least explored places in Russia. This remote place (although a little difficult to travel) is a natural marvel.
The place has immense natural diversity offering tourists with snowcapped mountains, beautiful river, thick forest with diverse fauna and wildlife and boundless steeps. Untouched by modern development, the place has a lot to offer to the travellers.
You can enjoy guided tours and walks with locals telling you legends and myths about the place. It also offers a range of adventurous sports from rafting, hiking to skiing. In addition, there are also resorts and spas providing natural treatments and tea ceremonies.
Stretching along the Avacha Bay, this city is situated in the eastern outpost of Russia. The only city in the region which is a little underdeveloped. However, the region has a lot to offer and is gaining popularity for ecotourism.
With two large volcanos overlooking hot springs and geysers and snow-capped all around, there is great geographical diversity and beauty in the city. You can enjoy extreme sports like mountain and volcano hiking, hunting, kayaking, fishing etc.
The city is also very famous for seafood especially Kamchatka crabs which are a known delicacy. If you are a foodie then you know which destination should be your first halt when visiting Russia.
Didn’t know Russia has so much to offer, right?
Russia is grand in every way possible.
From architecture to adventure – there is a lot for you to explore!
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