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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)

It should also be mentioned that there is a great amount of ancient stelae and menhirs in the neighborhoods of this territory.

Lake Shira in Russia

The square of the lake is 35 square kilometers. The length of the lake from north-west to south-east is 9,5 kilometres, the maximum width is 5,3 kilometres and the maximum depth is 24 kilometres. Lake Shira belongs to light-salted lakes. According to its composition water in the lake is earthy base, sulfate-chloride and sodic-potassic with a high concentration of magnesium.

Curative features of Russian lakes – Lake Shira

Casual travelers and tourists are quite amused by the curative qualities of Lake Shira. The main curative features are the followings: the mineral water with salt concentration 17-20 g/cc and therapeutic mud. The qualities of therapeutic mud from Lake Shira are similar to those from the Black Sea shore or the Caucasus. The water itself is similar by its constitution to the water of famous European springs.

Curative water of Lake Shira (Khakassia, Russia)

Curative water of Lake Shira (Khakassia, Russia)

The history of development of Lake Shira

A merchant and owner of gold mines from Tomsk Z.M. Cebulskiy was an active member of developing the resort of Lake Shira. There is a legend connected with this man. One day Z.M. Cebulskiy was hunting round this territory and his dog was wounded. He left the dog near the lake to die. But he was very surprised when some time later the dog returned to him safe and sound. It turned out that having been next to the lake the dog was swimming in it and the curative qualities had healed the wounds. Having decided to check the curative features of water himself Z.M. Cebulskiy had tried to cure his radiculitis and he really got rid of the illness.

Night view of the lake Shira (Khakassia, Russia)

Night view of the lake Shira (Khakassia, Russia)

The curative water of the reservoir is used to cure a lot of illnesses and medical problems:

  • medical problem with organs of the digestive system;
  • medical problems with peripheral nervous system (PNS);
  • medical problem with genitourinary system (G-U System);
  • gynecological disorders;
  • diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue;
  • skin diseases;
  • green cataract.

Lake Shira is one of four lakes in the world which contains glauber salt and magnesium sulfate in their natural appearance. The touristic resort “Lake Shira” is situated on the territory of the village Zhemchuzhny.

Health resort “Lake Shira”

A lot of inhabitants not only from Khakassia but also from different parts of Russia like to improve their health in the health resort “Lake Shira”. There are five pavilions in the resort; the whole amount of rooms is 344 and the whole amount of beds is 660. Every room consists of sanitary conveniences, shower-bath, fridge, electric kettle and TV set.

View at one of the health resort pavilions (Lake Shira, Khakassia)

View at one of the health resort pavilions (Lake Shira, Khakassia)

Curative water from the lake is used to heal various medical problems: gastrointestinal disease, hepatic disorder, problems with bile passages and many other health disorders. Mineral water is also used in such therapies as therapy tank.

In Zhemchuzhny village holiday-makers can face a well developed infrastructure for leisure and relaxation. Everyone can find something for entertainment: bars, souvenir shops, cafes, waterslides, night clubs, excursion booths and many others. Tourists like to spend their vacations on Lake Shira (Khakassia, Russia) because such a rest is not only nice and pleasant but also healthy.

All-around view at Lake Shira in Khakassia (Russia)

All-around view at Lake Shira in Khakassia (Russia)


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