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Travelling in Khakassia

Travelling in Khakassia (Russia)

Our world is full of different beautiful places, interesting countries, modern cities and sunny towns. One of such places is the Republic of Khakassia. Travelling in Khakassia is a fascinating opportunity to spend free time with a family, friends and relatives. Tourists from all over the world travel around the republic of Khakassia with a great pleasure, discovering the traditions, costumes and great culture of Khakass people.

Travelling in Khakassia

Travelling in Khakassia

This picturesque place is located on the south-east of Siberia, in the western part of the Minusinsk Depression. Khakassia is a part of Russia with a long ancient history and culture. Wild nature, beautiful landscape and great opportunities for travelling attract many tourists throughout the year.

The republic of Khakassia has amazingly beautiful nature. The vast steppes with curative lakes are situated at the foot of grand mountains. Fast-moving rivers and mysterious caves attract adventurers from all over the world. Adventure tours are one of the most interesting parts in travelling in Khakassia.

Barrows in Khakassia

Barrows in Khakassia

This region has a long history and ancient culture which has preserved a lot of ancient monuments such as stone stelae and statues, menhirs, burial mounds and petroglyphs. All of them are unique and have huge historical value not only in Russia but also in the world.

Different excursions, tours and trips in Khakassia (Russia) show the magnificent beauty of this region. Stone stelae and statues, menhirs and burial mounds were made by people more than 6000 years ago. The most outstanding culture ever existed on the territory of Khakassia is Okunev archeological culture. It dates back II B.C. (this period belongs to the Bronze Age). Okunev people have left amazing stone monuments which present the world vision of ancient people. Nowadays the government of the republic protects this cultural heritage creating museums, reserves and museums in open-air. There are a lot of tours and trips which aim is to show tourists the ancient history of this region.

Summer in Khakassia

Summer in Khakassia

The nature of the region is truly beautiful. Vast steppes and a taiga with thick forests meet immense mountains full of glaciers and snow, which doesn’t melt during the whole year. Fast-moving rivers and beautiful vivid lakes with health value are the pride of the region. Summer holidays and trips in Khakassia (Russia) are popular among native people and tourists as well. Spending time near the beautiful lakes is the best opportunity to relax.

Spring in Khakassia

Spring in Khakassia

The square of Khakassia is more than 60000 square kilometers. The population of the republic is about 536000 people. Abakan is the capital of the region. This town is very popular among tourists because Abakan is the cultural centre with a great amount of different parks, modern museums, theaters, monuments and statues.

In summer in Khakassia tourists like to visit different curative lakes. There are about 500 salt and fresh lakes on the territory of the republic. They are situated in the steppes as well as in taiga. The most popular salt lakes are Belyo, Shira, Tus, Ulug Kol, Balankul and others. The cluster of salt in Lake Tus is about the same as in the Dead Sea. The most famous fresh lakes are Itkul, Black, Fyrkal and others.

Summer holidays and trips in Khakassia

Summer holidays and trips in Khakassia

Hiking in mountains or discovering caves are also very popular among tourists.

Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station is a real pride of Khakassia. It’s one of the most powerful hydroelectric power stations in Russia. Standing on a special viewing platform tourists can see this outstanding powerful dam and excursions present the origin about the creating this dam.

There are some open-air museums and reserves on the territory of the republic. One of them is State Natural Reserve “Khakassky” consisting of nine sites which can be easily divided into two groups: mountain-taiga group and steppe group. The sites of the reserve combine almost all landscape and natural parts of Khakassia. For example, a clear fresh lake Itkul is situated on the territory of the reserve which is also known as small Baikal and mountain mass Oglakhty, here is the biggest cluster of ancient petroglyphs.

Beautiful nature makes this place appealing for tourists. Travelling in Khakassia (Russia) will leave unforgettable memories on you. You will definitely return back to enjoy the picturesque nature of beautiful Khakassia again.

Travelling in Khakassia

Travelling in Khakassia

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Ecological complex in Abaza town

Abaza town is an Abaza urban district and occupies the territory of Tashtypsky District. Abaza is on the border of Askizsky and Beysky Districts and 179 kilometres far from Abakan town, the capital of the Republic of Khakassia. Abaza as any part of the republic is full of cultural and natural sightseeings.

Taiga literacy

Ecological complex in Abaza town – Taiga literacy

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Museum of nature and an ecological path in Abakan

Khakassia is rich in various types of landscape. Here visitors may observe such natural areas as taiga, steppe, forests, hills and others. There are also museums in Abakan which contain different exhibitions presenting the peculiarities of natural ecological areas of the republic.

The museum of nature is one of such museums. In this museum tourists can find different information about all natural areas and parts of the reserve and there are also some facts about the peculiarities of the reserve itself. Visitors can learn not only about the climate, landscape, rare types of animals and plants, but also play in interactive games and find out the facts about the taiga life of a recluse Agafya Lykova.

Alive chronicle of nature

Museum of nature and ecological path “Alive chronicle of nature” in Abakan

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The visit-centre of Oglakhty Site

Oglakhty site is situated in a picturesque place on a cost of the river Enisey. This site includes a unique collection of cultural-historical heritage of the Republic of Khakassia (Russia). Here you can find a great amount of petroglyphs concentration, burial mounds of almost all ancient cultures having lived in Minusinskaya Depression and also here the tourists can face the longest stone wall of a fortress of the Medieval Ages. This is the longest stone wall of the fortress of that period located in Siberia.

Visit-centre of Oglakhty Site (Khakassia, Russia)

Visit-centre of Oglakhty Site (Khakassia, Russia)

Stairs at the foot of Forty Teeth Mountain, an ancient fortress (State National Reserve Khakassky, Russia)

Stairs at the foot of Forty Teeth Mountain, an ancient fortress (State National Reserve Khakassky, Russia)

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The visit-centre of Lake Itkul Site

The visit-centre is located on the coast of one of the clearest lakes of KhakassiaLake Itkul. The main themes of the visit-centre are water and swamp area and birds’ migration. An exposition of the visit-centre consists of interactive exhibit items presenting migrating birds whish live on the territory of Khakassia. This presentation is made in a play way.

Visit-centre of Lake Itkul Site (Khakassia, Russia)

Visit-centre of Lake Itkul Site (Khakassia, Russia)

State National Reserve Khakassky, Lake Itkul Site

State National Reserve Khakassky, Lake Itkul Site

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Lake Tus

Lake Tus is the most salted lake situated in the Republic of Khakassia (Russia). It is located on the territory of Shirinsky District, four kilometers far from the village Solenoozernoe and twenty-five kilometers far from the village Shira. Shirinsky District is some kind of the richest part of the Republic of Khakassia including more than 40 different lakes (the most famous among them are Lake Shira, Lake Belyo, Lake Itkul and others).

Lake Tus is the salted lake of Russia

Lake Tus is the salted lake of Russia

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Lake Shira

Lake Shira is actually among the most favourite vacation destinations for Russian tourists and guests from other parts of the world. Water in this lake includes a unique curative composition and is very helpful for different sicknesses and medical problems.

Lake Shira is situated in Russia, exactly in the Republic of Khakassia, 160 kilometers north of Abakan town. There is one more lake there 4 kilometres west of Lake Shira – Lake Itkul which is a fresh lake. And also 9 kilometres north of this place these is located the biggest mineral reservoir of the republic – Lake Belyo.

On the west part of Lake Shira we can find a small village Zhemchuzhny. On the territory of this village the health resort “Lake Shira” was founded.

A forest steppe surrounds the reservoir. A rare mixture of dry climate of steppes and fresh air of the lake produces a unique curative atmosphere.

Nearby neighborhoods of Lake Shira (Russia)

Nearby neighborhoods of Lake Shira (Russia)

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Lake Belyo

One of the biggest lakes of the Republic of Khakassia (Russia) is Lake Belyo. The lake is situated in Shirinskiy Districton on the north part of the republic. It’s the biggest mineral reservoir in Khakassia. In summer water in the lake is so warm that’s why tourists from different parts of Russia and all over the world like to spend holidays here. There is a good opportunity to swim or to bask in the sun on the lakeside.

View of Lake Belyo from Chalpan Mountain

View of Lake Belyo from Chalpan Mountain

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Lake Itkul

Lake Itkul is the freshest and clearest lake in Shirinskiy District located three kilometers further west than the Lake Shira. In summer water in the lake is rather warm even despite the impressed size and the depth of the lake. Beautiful nature and warm clear water the tourist attractions not only from all districts of Khakassia but also from Siberia and the whole world as well.

Due to its size Itkul is on the second place among all other lakes of khakassia. The form of the lake is oval; its length is seven kilometers, the width is five kilometers and the depth is seventeen meters.

Lake Itkul of the Republic of Khakassia

Lake Itkul of the Republic of Khakassia

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The mountain range Sunduki

 “Sunduki” is a mountain range located in the Republic of Khakassia (Russia) at the boundary of Ordjonikidzevskiy District and Shirinskiy District. It is an amazing memorial of Khakass nature including five magnificent mountains. On 18th 2011 an open-air museum “Sunduki” was founded there.

The mountain range has received its name due to the first more clearly visible mountain which resembles a chest (“sunduk” in Russian). These mountains are among sights of Khakassia which attract tourists from different parts of the world. Visiting this ancient place is a necessary part of any excursions taking in Khakassia which belongs to the south part of Siberia (Russia). Tourists can find there a lot of different rock engravings of ancient people, burial mounds and also remains of old fortresses located on this mountain territory. Sunduki is also an observatory for old people; it is a place where ancient civilizations observed stars, sun and moon.

The mountain range Sunduki (Khakassia, Russia)

The mountain range Sunduki (Khakassia, Russia)

Remains of old fortresses (Khakassia, Russia)

Remains of old fortresses (Khakassia, Russia)

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