Ulan – Ude , a Siberian city with Mongolian roots.
Having an almost 7-hour flight which leads you in a different continent but within the same… country is very uncommon. This is the flight that took us from Moscow to one of the most Asian-influenced Russian cities, the capital of Buryatia, Ulan- Ude . Definitely a taster for what is to travel in the biggest country of the world! Additionally, as the 20% of the population is originally from Mongolia, Ulan – Ude is an introduction to how Mongolia will look like. Unfortunately this time we are skipping Mongolia but we will come back in the future to explore it further.
A tourist visit to UU (amongst other Russian cities) was prohibited by the Russian government till the early 90’s . Since then, the city has attracted lots of foreign tourists especially due to its proximity to the Lake Baikal and the Buddhist culture that is present in the area, the biggest Buddhist temple in Russia is actually few miles away from UU.