When people think of exotic destination and memorable vacations, Russia isn’t the first place that comes to their minds. They’ll look at popular destinations like Hawaii, Thailand, France, even Australia. While these destinations are beautiful and fascinating in their own right, there are other places in this world that would enthrall you and Russia is one of them.

It is the largest on the planet and has abundant natural beauty. Russia is also a very old country with several historical monuments and a rich culture. So, why not explore it during your next vacation? We at Taiga Travel can take you there. Still not convinced? Just consider the places described below.

The Ural Mountains

The Ural Mountains are located in Western Russia and run from the Arctic Ocean coast in the North to the Ural River and Kazakhstan in the South. This is a large area and definitely can’t be explored in just one visit. The range spans about 1,600 miles and creates a visible border between Europe and Asia. The highest peak of this range is Mount Narodnaya, which is about 6,217ft tall. There are several places to see in this region, including the Muradymovskoe Gorge, Lake Aushkul, the Visimsky Reserve the Yangantau, and many others.
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Located in the Far East region of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula is definitely a place worth visiting. It’s about 780 miles long and covers an area of 270,000 km2. The land is situated between the Pacific Ocean on the East and the Sea of Okhotsk on the west. The region is well known for the volcanoes of Kamchatka- it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 160 volcanoes, of which 29 are active and 19 are featured on UNESCO’s list. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest volcano and the largest active one in the Northern Hemisphere.
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This is another region recognized by UNESCO for its natural beauty. The Golden Mountains of Altai are some of the most mesmerizing places on earth. The region consists of the Altai and Katun Reserves, the Belukha Mountains, Lake Teleskoye, and the Ukok Plateau. This region is also home to endangered animals like the Snow Leopard and Altai argali.
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The Sayan Mountains form a natural border between Russia and Mongolia. It’s located in southern Siberia, northern Mongolia, and Russia. This mountain range actually connects with the Altai Mountains to the east. This is a reserved and protected area and is definitely worth exploring for its natural beauty. You might even be able to witness some old school, reindeer husbandry here.
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From natural beauty, we move on to beauty created by man. The Karelia region is historically significant and many buildings, towns, and structures here reflect that. The entire region is divided between Finland, Sweden, and Russia. These countries have fought over it before. The Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast are a part of Russia. You can explore historical structures like the Kizhi Pogost, a beautiful church made of wood.
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Putorana Plateau

Google Image search this plateau and you’ll be greeted by images that don’t seem real. The plateau is surrounded by rugged mountains with lush green landscape and crystal clear waters. This is the kind of place one can never forget. It is a high-laying basalt plateau. It’s also a region that has the largest known deposit of nickel. You can explore Lake Vivi, Talnikovy Waterfall, and Lake Dyupkun.
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Anabar Plateau

This is another region which would leave you completely speechless with its wild, untouched natural beauty. This region has some of the oldest mountainous rocks in the world; some of them dating back to 3200 million years! You can see the natural history of our planet displayed on these mountain faces, where the stone has been worn away by water.
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Gornaya Shoriya

This region is home to the mysterious Gornaya Shoriya megaliths, which have been a topic of debates and discussions for several years now. Located in southern Siberia, this site has huge black blocks of stone that seemed to be stacked on top of one another. People still speculate whether these structures are man-made or not. If they are, they’ll be the largest megaliths in the world.
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Baikal Lake

A trip to Russia would be incomplete without a visit to Lake Baikal. This lake breaks a number of records. It’s the world’s largest freshwater lake (by volume). It is majestic and serene and contains about 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. It’s also the deepest lake, reaching a depth of about 5,387 ft. It’s also considered to be one of the clearest lakes in the world. Baikal is also the oldest, about 25 million years old! It has been around longer than humans have been on this planet!
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Kodar Mountains

The Kodar Mountains are a trekker’s paradise. This range is located in the Transbaikal region in Siberia. These mountains stretch from Lake Baikal to Olyokma River and are full of narrow and deep valleys. There are also 34 glaciers located here and with the exception of a few, they’re very isolated and remote. This is definitely a hard trek but the stunning alpine landscape is worth the effort.
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Caucasus Mountains

The Caucasus Mountain range doesn’t just belong to one country. It’s a meeting point of Europe and Asia and spans a wide territory, covering Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. The mountains range from the Black Sea in the west and the Caspian Sea in the east. There’s an abundance of plant and animal life here.
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the famous Siberian Tigers and is known for its natural beauty and importance. Aside from the tigers, you’ll also find Amur Leopard, the Asiatic Black Bear, and a small population of wolves here. The region also has a millennium old Japanese Yew tree!
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So if you want to explore the wonders of Russia, don’t hesitate to contact us at Taiga Travel. You can just give us a call or visit our contact us page to get in touch with us. Our phone number is +7 (423) 279-10-39, +7 (4236) 75-00-65. We’ll be happy to organize a memorable trip for you.