Ulan-Ude Travel Guide

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Ulan-Ude Things to Do

  • Ivolginsky datsan

    All the monks in Ivolginsky datsan are buryats; I did not see any Russian monk. Inside this tibetan monastery (mahayana-gelugpa sect, or followers of the Dalai Lama), you can visit several temples, the museum, the library and the monks rooms.One of the monks gave us a lecture about one of his Lamas, called Itigelov. He said that his body is...

  • Revolution Square

    I like to sit in public squares and watch the activity. In addition to statues and monuments, there are usually lots of local people. There were lots of families out in this one because somebody was offerring pony rides on the day we visited.

  • Here's Lenin!

    One of the city's tourist attractions is a huge statue of Lenin in the main square. (Ploshchad Sovietov.) It is 25 ft. tall and weighs 4 tons. It was installed in 1974. The square also has a beautiful fountain and lots of benches. It's a nice place to relax for a bit.

  • walking around town

    Ah what we always do, is just walk around the town, and see. It is a pleasant town, not to busy, and lots of new and old houses to see. Go to the cathedral, they have renovated it. Ulan Ude is a great town, It is Russian and it is not, because most people look chinese or Mongolian. There are some museums, the about nature is okay.

  • WARNING : Central Market under...

    The Central Market ('Tsientralnii Renok' in Russian). Russian style market.IT IS CURRENTLY UNDER RENOVATION. So if you read this information before, please note that this spot will not be a point of interest in Ulan-Ude for a while. The old market was nice. I wonder what will be the new one. There are still some oudoor stands where you can find...

  • Ulan-Ude's old quarter

    You will find some of the oldest buildings of the city in the area behind the Central Market: ulitsa Sverdlova (Sverdlova street) or ulista Banzarova (Banzarova street). I like wandering about there. It is easy to walk back to Hotel Buryatia (or Hotel Baikal) from there (20 min) via ulitsa Lienina (Lenin street).

  • The Ethnographic Museum...

    The Ethnographic Museum ('Etnographicheski Muzei' in Russian). A great collection of old buildings, houses, church, farms, datsan, and Buryat traditional houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a must for people who want to get away from the city and a nice spot for a picnic.Monday is the day off. You can still visit the museum but many...

  • The 'Ivolginsky Datsan'...

    The 'Ivolginsky Datsan' (Buddhist Temple)The Buddhist center of Russia.If you wish to respect the Buddhist custom you have to visit the place clockwise. Also it is worth to bring along small change to leave at the pray mills (there are quite a few!).

  • In Ulan-Ude you find a Lenin...

    In Ulan-Ude you find a Lenin monument like in any other Russian city - but here it is the worlds largest lenin head! It is huge.


Ulan-Ude Restaurants

  • The things on the menu, they did not...

    It is a Hotel restaurant. The servise was good. But the things we wanted they did not have that day. Maby it was because it was the day before New year. The have an English Menu, and the staff speaks a little English too. The soup was okay, but not plentyfull and the bread was old. The woman in the gardarobe where very nice and chatty.

  • It is okay but not to write home about...

    The food was okay, a bit from georgie. The shaslick was okay as where the salds. You are not alowed to smoke. The service is Old Russian, so without a smile. The second night we ate there, we find out that they raised the prises up to double. No discussion possiable.

  • Traditional Buryat Food

    "Stavka Batiya" means "Chingis Khan Camp".Here you can taste all traditional Buryat meals made of meat and milk.However, they have meals for vegeterians. 1. "Salamat" (Sah' lah' maht) - somekind of milk (cream) porridge. Should be hot !2. "Posy" (Po' see) - "pies" (boiled in water) with cutted mutton meat. After first bite you should drink "meat...


Ulan-Ude Transportation

  • The Russia, train number two

    We traveled from St Petersburg to Ekaterinburg and from there to Ulan Ude. Can tell you it was great we traveled on the number two train,this time we went first class. In the winter that is great, in second calss sleeping on yhe top bunk can be hell, it is so hot on the trains. At v first id did want to travel first class, was afraid of not having...

  • To and out of Ulan-Ude

    There is at least one train per day from Irkutsk (7-8 hours), one per week from Beijing via Ulan-Bataar, one per week from Beijing via Harbin, and one every other day from Moscow or Vladivostok. There are local flights from Moscow but I never could make a reservation from abroad.Check the site of SIBERIA AIRLINES. The other airline is ENKOR. Both...


    GETTING TO UST BARGUZIN (ZABAIKALSKY NATIONAL PARK): Go to the bus station on 'ulitsa Savietskaya' around 7:00 or 7:30 am. The bus station is less than 15 min walk from Hotel Buryatia when you know the way. On the other side of the street from the bus station mini-vans are lining up. They are easy to spot. Go and ask the drivers: 'Ust Barguzin?'....


Ulan-Ude Local Customs

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    Learn and practice reading...

    by Etmeu Updated Dec 18, 2002

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    Learn and practice reading Cyrillic (the Russian alphabet) before going to Russia. There are some very good Internet sites for Cyrillic self-learning. You will not regret the effort. Knowing basic Russian helps you a lot too.

    People are very polite there. At least learn the basic greetings in Russian.

    Also, see the picture on the left to know how to kiss your beloved in Buriatia :- )

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Ulan-Ude Warnings and Dangers

  • not a danger, be aware, sometimes the...

    Yes It did happen to us. We had creditcards with us. The dutch readers will know the postbankcard, that one worked in most Russian cities. In Ulan Ude it worked at one ATP. but when we needed money agian, this one was emptie, and ti took a while to find one that worked with western cards, and the one we found at hotel Buryata worked with mastercard...


    IF YOU CAMP: MOSQUITOES in the forest. If you camp on the shore of Lake Baikal, it is usually ok. If you go into the forest they can drive you mad at dawn and at dusk. Insect repellent, a net and gloves will keep them away from your skin but not from your ears!!TICKS. If you hike in the taiga (Russian forest) wear long pants, put some repellent and...

  • At Ulan Ude train station,...

    At Ulan Ude train station, some taxi drivers tried to rip me off in 2000. A ride from the station to Hotel Buryatia (or Hotel Baikal) was normally between 30 and 50 rubles in 2001 (it was what I paid when I took the taxi the second time with my Russian friends). They asked me for much more. While I think it's Ok to a certain extend, to pay the...


Ulan-Ude What to Pack

  • Take warm clothes in the winter

    We had a great back, and small rucksacks, traveling first class that was fine, but if you go coupe it can be to much Buy winterboots in Russia, lined with fur, and good winter coats. A hat, a good woolen one, or a fur one is neccesary, and good warm gloves. We went in the winter and in Ulan Ude it was -40 c So tkae thermal underwear with you...

  • Packing List

    IF YOU GO CAMPING water purification pills are useful although I often drunk water from Lake Baikal without adding any. It is impossible to find APS films in Ulan Ude. Choice in film speed is limited for 135mm films but you can find most common brands and speeds. MULTIFUEL STOVE is essential if you go camping. I could only find car gas in...

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Ulan-Ude Off The Beaten Path

  • Budist temple outside town

    There is a Buddist centre 30 km outside Ulan Ude. It is a great outing, and a baeutifull place.To get there go to the end of Ul Lenin, to the bus station. Take number 130 minibus tell where you going. It will cost ya 15 rouble. They drop you off not so far, then you have to take a taxi car, cost 10 rouble. and he will drop you of in front of the...

  • --no place else to put...

    --no place else to put thisSupermarket/Food Store--There is a small supermarket, 'Sputnik', off the main square. Nice selection of goods, fresh fruits, wines. One concern was the caviar section--the refridgerator was off (and was warm), while the caviar was still sitting in there for sale (and equally warm).

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • Take a chance to go off the beaten...

    Take a chance to go off the beaten track. Visit the Zabaikalsky National Park.See "Off the Beaten Track" to learn more about it and the travelog "Kayaking in the Zabaikalsky National Park"

  • Ansgar's General Tip

    We did a trip to the Datsan Monastery one day - it was the most amazing thing to do in Ulan-Ude. You have to take the bus to Datsan, it leaves from the central bus depot. See the travellogue for some more infos and pictures

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