By 2020 Siberia will recieve at least one million tourists every year — such
parameters are mentioned in the development strategy of the Siberian Federal
District. Siberia now is focusing on tourism and new industrialization, and
also it is especially planned to develop the infrastructure. Four tourist
special economic zones —the Republic of Altai, Altai, Buryatia and Irkutsk
region — will become the main forces of tourism in Siberia. Other territories
on Siberia also observe a real tourist boom: they introduce regional programs
for tourism development, build new accomodation facilities and ski complexes,
form new event calendars which are likely to attract additional number of
Holidays in Siberia have another important advantage — it is quiet here.There
is no natural disasters, revolutionary unrest, epidemics and other extreme phenomena
that shake the tourist market in recent times.
Siberia today continues to impress travelers from d II around the world.
The beauty and grandeur of Siberian nature, unique historical monuments become
more accessible for tourists: roads and comfortable hotels are being built.
Literally we can seethe grows of the whole industry of real tourism in Siberia
— with Russian bath, fishing, mosquito — hut in a civilized way.
There is a unique natural reserve Stolby several kilometers from Krasnoyarsk.
The nature itself has created this marvelous cozy nook and decorated it with
tens of natural granite sculptures. Some of them have absolutely fantastic shapes.
The village of Shushenskoe in the south of Krasnoyarsk region is well worth
a visit. Local ethnographic museum thoroughly displays the wooden architecture
and the way of Siberian peasants' life of the past centuries.
Travel along the Yenisey
One can take the steam-ship cruise along the Yenisey River from Krasnoyarsk
to the northern port of Dudinka.
One of the oldest monasteries in Siberia is situated further north in small
town of Turukhansk. Igarka, the city known for its unique underground Museum
of permafrost, is located beyond the Arctic Circle. It was opened on the spot
where a scientific station used to be, in a vault dug in a mass of permafrost.
Remains of some primordial relic trees and ice samples are on display here.
This scenic and mysterious upland land is located in the northern part of Krasnoyarsk
region, to the east from the city of Norilsk. Plateau Putorana is often referred
to as the land of waterfalls, rivers and lakes. One of the highest falls in
Russia is located at a height of 108 meters on the river Kanda. In summer Plateau
Putorana is perfect for rafting, hunting and fishing. You may choose from various
tourist routes around this magnificent place.
Altai is a large mountainous area located in the southern
Siberia in the geographical center of Eurasia. You will be bewitched by its
beauty and diversity of local nature. High mountains, sharp rocks and rounded
hills, spacious steppes and dense coniferous woods, lakes and mineral sources,
rapid rivers and noisy falls. Ecological, sports, health and cukfrual tourism
are being actively developed. The Teletskoe Lake. Befakurikfca resort and Belukha
Mountain are the most popular travel destinations. And don't forget the superior
rafting on the Katun and Brya rivers which will be a perfect treat for extreme
Lake Teletskoe is traditionally considered the main natural and tourist symbol
of Altai. It is the biggest and the deepest lake of the region. It stretches
for 80 kilometers and is surrounded by high mountain ridges. Lake Teletskoe
is in many aspects similar to Baikal; therefore it is frequently referred to
as the "small Baikal". Despite its attractiveness, the lake is not
yet completely discovered by tourists and still keeps many secrets and legends
in its heart.
Belokurikha features almost as many sunny days as the Black Sea resorts. Local
air is extraordinarily pure and improves one's health perfectly. Belokurikha
is known as a balneal resort for a long time. Various diseases are treated here
using thermal radon waters from local springs. Besides all that Belokurikha
is now becoming a popular mountain-skiing center.
There are few ski lifts and pistes of different complexity. Skiing season lasts
from mid November to mid March.
Belukha Mountain is the highest peak of Siberia (4506 meters). Although it is
believed to be severe and quite challenging more than 2500 climbers visit its
slopes every year.
The mountain is featured in the great number of legends. One of the Asian
legends considers Belukha as the future Northern Shambhala - the paradise that
will come after people disappear. In other esoteric traditions the Shambhala
is described as the most powerful center of divine space energy concentrated
around Belukha Mountain.