Keen geographers know that Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake and that it's home to unique species such as the nerpa freshwater seal. But Lake Baikal is much more than a body of water. Here, two cultures - Russian and Mongol - meet. The area is steeped in shamanism and Buddhism, while the lake's shores are scored by the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This is the first English-language guide dedicated to Lake Baikal and its surroundings. It provides full coverage of activities, wildlife, culture and religion, as well as practical information on travelling in this diverse corner of Siberia.
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PART TWO THE GUIDE
Southern and Western Baikal
Eastern Baikal and Southern Buryatiya
airport Angara River arrival Arshan attraction b/fast Baikal region Baikal Trail Baikalskoe banya Barguzin Valley beach border Bradt Buddhist Buddhist temples Buryat Buryatiya bus station cafe century church Circumbaikal city centre Cossacks culture Datsan Decembrists Despite east eastern Siberia Evenks fish foreigners forest guesthouse hike homestay huge inhabited Irkutsk oblast journey Karla Marksa Khuzhir Kyakhta Lake Baikal lake's Listvyanka marshrutka Mongolia Moscow mountain Nizhneangarsk Old Believers Olkhon Olkhon Island organisation Orthodox pereulok Port Baikal railway station restaurant road rooms roubles route Russian Sayan Mountains Selenga Delta Severobaikalsk shamanism shoreline Siberia Slyudyanka Soviet St Petersburg stay streets summer Svyatoy Nos Peninsula taiga Telephone code there's tickets timber tour company tourist town train Trans-Siberian Railway trip Tunka Valley ul Lenina Ulaanbaatar Ulan-Ude Ulan-Ude's Ust-Barguzin village visa visitors vodka western winter yurts