Ulan – Ude , a Siberian city with Mongolian roots
This beautiful and mysterious city remains unknown for the majority of the travellers. A quiet but very vibrant place that is famous mainly for its proximity to the lake Baikal and the Old Believers’ (or Old Ritualists) villages that are located around. But what else to do in a Siberia, and more specifically in Ulan Ude in winter when temperatures are way below 0?
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 probably an introduction on how Mongolia looks like. Unfortunately this time we are skipping Mongolia but we will come back in the future to explore it as much as possible!
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 the Lake Baikal and the Buddhist culture that is present in the area; in fact, the biggest Buddhist temple in Russia is actually few miles away from UU.
In my point of view cities like Ulan-Ude have a lot to teach travellers but it may be tricky to reach them from the other side of the world. I would visit it again though , not even questioning this! But what do you think? Is Ulan-Ude in winter too remote (and frozen) for your bucket list?