Russia

Holiday Trip To Russia

If you are a history and a nature lover, then your trip to Russia promises to be a treatwith an abundance of natural beauty, various monuments and historical sites. The country also flourishes in ancient art and architecture. Nature lovers will fall in love with the beautiful mountains and trees. The food of Russia is also unique and all these things together will make you fall in love with this country.

The best places to visit in Russia

The places which must be definitely included in your Russia tour from India are:

i) Moscow

The beautiful Russian capital has an ample number of attractions to keep you on your toes. It is the country’s biggest tourist destination, home to some of the most historic architectural works in the country. Moscow is known for its huge number of museums, churches, beautiful gardens and parks. The city’s nightlife and entertainment is famous and so is its shopping.

Best Time to Visit

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

Flight Connectivity

You can take a direct flight from Delhi and connecting flights from other cities in India like Kolkata and Mumbai via New Delhi, Helsinki, Dubai, London and Amsterdam etc. are available.

Things to do in Moscow

  • Red Square- Popular location of various tourist attractions like the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and State Historical Museum etc.
     
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral- Popular tourist attraction admired for the architecture.
     
  • Moscow Kremlin-It is Moscow’s most iconic landmark and the nation’s seat of power which consists of palaces, cathedrals and towers.
     
  • Bolshoi Theatre-A historic theatre of ballet and opera and is known for its classical Russian architecture.
     
  • The Armoury-Moscow’s oldest museum which displays jewellery and weaponry.
     
  • Gorky Park- A famous Public Park in Moscow.
     
  • GUM- Most popular shopping space in all of Moscow.
     
  • Sapsan train- Take a good experience of traveling to Saint Petersburg from Moscow by this high speed train.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Moscow

  • Borscht- It is a beetroot soup and can also be prepared with white cabbage and greens such as sorrel. It’s served with a soured cream.
     
  • Pelmeni-A dish of dumplings, made by minced meat, onion and garlic in very thin dough and boiling them until they are cooked.
     
  • Blini- Pancakes which are made with a variety of flours but usually wheat. They’re most famously served with black or red caviar, or you can try them with soured cream, jam condensed milk.
     
  • Sirniki- They’re fried pancakes made from a base of quark, mixed with flour, eggs and sugar and flavored with vanilla extract. It has a crisp exterior and is served with varenie, jam, honey, apple sauce or soured cream.
     
  • Vinegret- It is a salad based around diced cooked beetroots, potatoes, carrots and onions. It’s flavored with a sharp, vinegary element through the addition of sauerkraut or brined pickles.

 

ii) Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is the cultural and historical heart of the countrythat was once home to the Romanovs. The city is regal and inspiring and home tomuseums, stunning churches and cathedrals and beautiful palaces. It is famous for the white nights which occur from the end of May and mid-July when the sun doesn’t set and the sky stays bright throughout the night. The city also has some of the best restaurants of the country. To experience all of this, this place is a must-visit and must be included in Russia holiday packages.

Best Time to Visit

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

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Saint Petersburg. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Moscow, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Almaty etc.

Things to do in Saint Petersburg

  • Hermitage Museum- One of the largest and oldest museums of art and culture in the world with a collection of over 3 million items and it stores Catherine the Great’s collection of 255 paintings.
     
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood-The church was located where TzarAlexander ll was fatally wounded and is a good sight to behold.
     
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral- Largest orthodox basilica in the world, consists of Russian Byzantine architecture and a fully gold plated dome.
     
  • Winter Palace-The main building of the Hermitage Museum, it is the residence of the Tsars.
     
  • State Russian Museum-It consists of the biggest collections of Russian fine arts.
     
  • Palace Square-The largest public square, with a collection of important structures and events.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Saint Petersburg

  • Beef Stroganoff- It consists of small beef pieces in a sour cream sauce with different vegetables added into it.
     
  • Shchi- Traditional Russian soup, which is a base of cabbage. It is then enhanced with vegetables and condiments. It is served with a spoonful of sour cream and rye bread.
     
  • Pirozhki- Small sized buns with variety of fillings, both sweet and savoury. Popular fillings are potatoes, cabbage, mushroom or meat. For sweet taste, it is filled with apple, cherries, cottage cheese or lemon. It is good as a snack or a great dish to some soup.
     
  • Chicken Kiev- It’s a stuffed chicken breast rolled in eggs and bread crumbs and are either fried or baked. It has lots of butter and herbs seeping out.
     
  • Olivier Salad-The ingredients included are potatoes, carrots, pickles, peas, eggs and sometimes chicken or ham, topped off with a sprinkling of dill.

 

iii) Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest train road. It makes you travel the country by just sitting in the train and enjoying the sights outside the window. The route takes you from ancient Russian cities through deep forests and breathtaking mountains. The train stops at most of the significant towns and cities. It is the best way to inhale the true essence of Russia.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to do this trip is probably in summer from May until September or from February to April when you can enjoy the visit to Lake Baikal.

Things to do in Trans-Siberian Railway

  • Lake Baikal- The deepest lake in the world, it is a must see if you are planning your trip to Russia.
     
  • Exploring the towns and cities-Explore the various towns and cities during your journey like Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk etc.
     
  • Red Square- Take a look of the classic sights of the Square.
     
  • Volga River- Take a look at the beautiful river in your journey.
     
  • Kazan- Visit the cultural and industrial center of Russia.

 

iv) Lake Baikal

The deepest lake in the world, it is a must see if you are planning your trip to Russia. A spectacular landscape of water surrounded with lush green surroundings will captivate you in its charm. If you visit the lake during winter, you will get beautiful views of the frozen lake. This lake is home to some indigenous animals. You will miss the dreamy views of Lake Baikal if you put it off your list.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit Lake Baikal during summer from May until September. To witness the frozen lake, you must visit during February and April.

Things to do in Lake Baikal

  • Chersky Mountain- Climb the highest mountain and admire the grandeur of Lake Baikal.
     
  • Baikal Omul- Try the most famous and tender fish of the Baikal region.
     
  • Shamanka Rock- One of the most photographed spot, it is a place of power and mystery and take a picture with the beautiful white marble rock.
     
  • Water Activities- Go swimming and diving in the fresh waters of Lake Baikal.
     
  • Buryat Posy-Try the culinary pride of Lake Baikal, a dish where a pork, lamb or beef meat is minced and rolled into dough with a hole at the top for steam to come out.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Lake Baikal

  • Dumplings- Vegetables like cabbage, onions are filled up in dough and then they are steamed or fried. Fried dumplings are really famous and delicious.
     
  • Taiga Meat- Meat cooked in seasonings of fern and wild garlic. It is served with oven-baked potatoes and frozen berries.
     
  • Baikal Cisko-It’s a famous dish of the Baikal region which is grilled and salted. It is recommended to eat as soon as you get the dish prepared.

 

An ideal Itinerary of Russia

Here’s a Russia travel package for your exclusive holiday:

Day 1: Arrival at Moscow. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Moscow.

Day 2: Moscow city tour includes Kremlin, Red Square and more. Overnight in Moscow.

Day 3: Visit the Tretyakov Gallery and enjoy Subway ride. In the evening, check out of the hotel and transfer to the station to start the train ride.

Day 4: Spend your day on the train enjoying fantastic scenery.

Day 5: Spend your day on the train enjoying fantastic scenery.

Day 6: Spend your day on the train enjoying fantastic scenery.

Day 7: Arrival at Irkutsk. Transfer to Lake Baikal. Check in to the hotel. Enjoy the tour around Listvyanka village and also visit Baikal Museum. Overnight in Baikal.

Day 8: Take a day trip to the open air museum located in Taltsy Village. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Baikal.

Day 9: Breakfast. Check out of the hotel. Arrival at Irkutsk. City tour includes Catholic Cathedral, Angara River Embankment and more. Overnight in Irkutsk.

Day 10: Check out of the hotel. Arrival at St. Petersburg by flight. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 11: City tour includes Hermitage Museum, the Savior on Spilled Blood and more. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 12: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to fly back home.

 

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