Trip To Russia For Indians

Russia has a rich history with abundant natural beauty. Nature lovers will fall in love with its lakes, beautiful mountains and rolling meadows. During winter, the lake turns into a gigantic ice rink and attracts ice skating enthusiasts. Russia has produced some great work in the field of both literature and music. It is also home to the world-famous State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the second-largest art museum in the world, founded in 1764. 

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1. What’s great about Russia?

2. How to reach Russia from India?

3. How to apply for the Visa?

4. Best time to visit

5. Tourist places to visit in Russia

6. A sample itinerary of Russia

7. Nightlife in Russia

8. Tips when travelling to Russia

9. Embassy

10. Checklist to travel to Russia

11. FAQs for your Russia travel

 

Russia is great and famous for its vibrant nightlife, comprehensive public transport system and delicious food. Russia tour is a must for architecture and history enthusiasts, party lovers and nature lovers.

There’s a direct flight from Delhi to Moscow and there are connecting flights from different metropolitan cities in India to Moscow.

Visa can be applied through the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. There’s also a way to apply through e-Visa but it restricts entries to some cities in Russia. The cost to apply for the visa will cost around 64 Euros.

Russia is considered to be at its peak during the summer months between June to August when the areas are not covered by snow and the true beauty of the landscape stands out.

1. Moscow

Moscow is Russia’s capital, is a busy modern metropolis and also a power centre that houses the Kremlin. The city celebrates great architecture with its luxurious baroque structures. Moscow has a huge number of museums as well. Apart from that, Moscow is home to many splendid gardens and parks. The city’s nightlife is also famous and so is its shopping.

How to commute?

You can take a direct flight from Delhi and connecting flights from other cities in India to reach Moscow.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Moscow in March and April. The autumn months of September and October are also a good time to visit the city.

Attractions in Moscow

  • Red Square– the most popular place.
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral– Admire the architecture.
  • Moscow Kremlin– Explore the various attractions within the complex.
  • State Tretyakov Gallery– for the art pieces by Russian artists.
  • Bolshoi Theatre– for the opera and ballet theatre.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Azimut Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow- starting from INR 4,000 per night.
  • Vega Izmailovo Hotel- starting from INR 3,000 per night.
  • Hotel Metropol Moscow- starting from INR 12,500 per night.
  • Novotel Moscow City- starting from INR 5,000 per night.
  • Radisson Collection Hotel- starting from INR 9,000 per night.

Restaurants and local food in Moscow

In Moscow, you can easily find cuisines from all over the world. As far as local cuisine is concerned, Russians love their pancakes or crepes, cheese, bread, and dumplings and meat wrapped in cabbage. Dishes to try to include Borscht (beef and cabbage soup), Blinis (Russian pancakes) and famous Chicken Stroganoff.

2. St. Petersburg

The second most important city in Russia is St. Petersburg. It was once the home of the Romanovs and the richness of the dynasty is reflected in the larger than life museums, gardens and many stunning palaces. There are also several stunning Russian Orthodox cathedrals in the city. The White Nights Festival is celebrated every year celebrating its near- midnight sun phenomena due to its location near the arctic circle. St. Petersburg is a place to visit absolutely buzzing with energy.

How to commute locally?

You can travel to St. Petersburg from Moscow by a flight, take a daytime TGV or make the journey by night train.

Best time to visit

June-August is the best time to visit St. Petersburg.

Attractions in St. Petersburg

  • Hermitage Museum- explore the fine arts in the Museum.
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood- admire the Russian architecture.
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral- It serves both as Cathedral and Museum.
  • Winter Palace- visit the single most popular building in St. Petersburg.
  • State Russian Museum- explore the biggest collection of Russian fine arts in the world.
  • Palace Square- visit the largest public square.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge- starting from INR 5,500 per night.
  • Akyan St. Petersburg- starting from INR 2,900 per night.
  • Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky- starting from INR 3,000 per night.
  • Pushka Inn Hotel- starting from INR 6,000 per night.
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe- starting from INR 12,000 per night.

Restaurants and local food in St. Petersburg

Many cuisines and fast food joints are scattered all over the city, along with many places with street food. The few popular local dishes you must try here are Borsch, Blini, Solyanka is another popular soup, Beef Stroganoff, and of course, Pelmeni is a famous dish with minced meat wrapped in dough.

3. Sochi

Sochi, also called the Black Sea Pearl, is an idyllic seaside retreat that attracts hundreds of people to it each year. It is the most quaint and most charming city in the country. It has something on offer for everyone- parks for nature lovers, museums and other sites for history lovers and some beautiful beaches.

How to commute?

You can reach Sochi by Air, train, bus or by car.

Best time to visit

September through the end of October is the best time to visit Sochi.

Attractions in Sochi

  • Park Riviera- for nature lovers.
  • Lake Ritsa- walk along the banks of this mesmerizing lake.
  • Park Arboretum- stroll around this beautiful park.
  • 33 Waterfalls- enjoy the view of the waterfall.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Marina Yacht Hotel Sochi- starting from INR 2,000 per night.
  • Ecodom Adler- starting from INR 1,900 per night.
  • Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa Sochi- starting from INR 7,000 per night.
  • Park Inn by Radisson- starting from INR 3,000 per night.
  • Hotel Grace Imperial- starting from INR 3,000 per night.

Restaurants and local food in Sochi

Restaurants give you many options like Cafe Sochi, White Nights Cafe, Genatsvale restaurant, etc. These places serve veg stews, soup, baked dishes and more.

4. Kazan

Kazan is a glorious city that represents Russia’s Tsarist past. With complex palaces, towering churches, and a thriving cultural scene, Kazan is a pure Russian city with incredible beauty and heart. Visitors can enjoy long walks down the streets of the city, as each of them offers a new arrangement of colours and historic buildings. Kazan is also one of the largest economic, political, scientific and cultural centers of the country.

How to commute?

You can reach Kazan by flight, train or bus from Moscow.

Best time to visit

Best time of the year to visit Kazan for warm-weather activities is from mid-June to mid-August.

Attractions in Kazan

  • Kazan Kremlin- for historic site in Kazan.
  • Chak-Chak Museum- for the museum in Kazan.
  • Soviet Lifestyle Museum- explore the museum in Kazan.
  • Kul Sharif Mosque- visit the mosque in Kazan.
  • Annunciation Cathedral- for churches in Kazan.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Doubletree by Hilton- starting from INR 4,000 per night.
  • Park Inn by Radisson Kazan- starting from INR 3,500 per night.
  • Courtyard by Marriott- starting from INR 4,000 per night.
  • Riviera- starting from INR 5,000 per night.
  • Nogai- starting from INR 2,500 per night.

Restaurants and local food in Kazan

Kazan is a cosmopolitan city, with a wide range of international dishes, plus very good Russian and local Tatar food. For the latter, look for mains featuring traditional meats such as mutton and horse, plus lots of sweet and savoury pastries.

Here’s a sample itinerary of Russia tour packages from India:

Day 1: Arrival at Moscow airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Moscow.

Day 2: Moscow city tour includes Red Square, Kremlin tour etc. Overnight stay in Moscow.

Day 3: Proceed for Arbat street tour and panoramic Moscow river cruise. Overnight stay in Moscow.

Day 4: Arrival at St Petersburg by “Sapsan” train. Transfer to hotel. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay in St Petersburg.

Day 5: Proceed for the city tour of St Petersburg and also visit the famous Peter and Paul’s Fortress. Overnight stay in St Petersburg.

Day 6: Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum. Overnight stay in St Petersburg.

Day 7: Breakfast and check out from the hotel to depart to the airport to fly back home.

Russian nightlife is considered to be quite lively. One can experience the best kind of nightlife at St Petersburg and Moscow. Bars, dance clubs, theatre nights and other festive events are what you can expect here. Night clubs bring in a lot of DJs, many of them having an international reputation. There are also discotheques, casinos, and places offering musical nights and opera shows.

  • Currency- Russian Ruble is the national currency. 1 Russian ruble can roughly be bought for 1.12 rupees. US Dollars and Euros are both accepted in the country. Make sure to carry enough cash with you.
  • Weather- In general, the climate of Russia can be described as highly continental influenced climate with warm to hot dry summers and very cold winters with temperatures of -30°C and lower and sometimes heavy snowfall. The winter is mostly dry, snow covers the ground from end October to mid-march in some years.
  • Safety- Despite the strain in relations with the West, Russia is generally a safe country to travel.
  • Etiquettes- You must not be disrespectful in the Church, Don’t take photos of the government buildings and you must dress up well especially when you are in Moscow.
  • Mobile network and sim card- The best mobile service providers are BeeLine or MTS. You can buy a sim card at Moscow airport itself.
  • Power Plugs- You need power plugs and sockets of C and F type.

The Indian Embassies address in Russia is:

Main Building of the Embassy
6-8, Vorontsovo Polye
Telephone No: (7495)-783-7535

  • Travel Documents- Passport, Visa, Travel insurance, tickets, medical documents and relevant ID cards.
  • Money- Local currency, US Dollars.
  • Clothes- High heels are recommended to carry for women, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses.
  • Electronics- Mobile phone, camera and travel adapter.
  • Health and hygiene- Medications that you are on, basic medical kit, women hygiene items, toiletries.

1. How are the local people like?
Russians, in general, treat tourists well and are curious about people, who come from different countries. Locals may seem hostile to you though because they will typically not smile to strangers. That does not mean they do not like you, which is just the custom there.

2. How expensive is travel to Russia?
Moscow and St Petersburg are the most expensive cities in Russia. Moscow is more expensive than St Petersburg in terms of restaurants and services, but don’t expect the difference to be that huge. For example, you can stay at a 5* hotel in Moscow for $200-300 per night at an average. However, the cost of travelling is low in Moscow and St Petersburg.

3. What are the tipping expectations of our guides and drivers?
The decision to tip or not is always up to you and it does not matter if you tip daily or at the end of the trip. You should tip only if you are satisfied with the service. We would say that a 10-20 USD per day for the guide and 5-10 USD per day for the driver is appropriate.

4. How safe is Russia for Indian tourists?
Contrary to popular notion, Russia, especially the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg are perfectly safe for tourists. Much like anywhere else in the world, if you don’t bother anyone, no will bother you in Russia too.

5. What should I wear in Russia?
Women should wear a scarf to cover and men would not be allowed to enter in shorts. If you are in Russia on business, pack a conservative skirt-suit with tights or stockings and smart shoes. On these occasions, men are expected to wear a dark, well-tailored suit and tie, with smart shoes.

6. What do Russians drink in the morning?
In Russia, black tea is the most common traditional breakfast drink, although some people do drink coffee.

7. What should I buy in Russia?
You must definitely buy Porcelain coffee set, Russian shawls, Faberge eggs in Moscow airport, Russian chocolates and Palekh miniatures.

8. What should you not wear in Russia?
Some museums and churches might refuse admission if the shoulders and knees are uncovered. It would also be advised to avoid cutoffs jeans and tank tops. Women should wear a scarf to cover and men would not be allowed to enter in shorts.

9. Is Russia cheap for shopping?
There are all types of shops in Russia – from expensive luxury shopping centres to cheaper markets. Shopping streets, especially the ones with expensive shops, are usually situated in city centres. There are no totally cheap shopping streets: expensive and low priced shops are often located one after another.

10. Is food expensive in Russia?
Russians estimate their monthly meal expenses to fall between 8,000 and 20,000 roubles. An average lunch in Moscow cafes and restaurants range between 700 to 2,000 roubles. Fast food prices are even lower.

Russia- a must-visit place for the travellers

Rich in natural landscapes and enormous tracts of land, rivers and forests encompassing amazing flora and fauna, sun-kissed beaches, colourful cultural heritage, remarkable historical monuments and inimitable cities are what adorn this country and make Russia a beckoning place to explore. Book your Russia holiday package from India to experience the magical beauty and endless attractions.

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