Irkutsk is inseparable from Lake Baikal, the "Sacred sea" of Siberia. Every educated person and traveler should visit Lake Baikal. The lake is situated only 70 km away from Irkutsk and you can easily reach it in a comfortable bus or motor ship, provided by our company. Lake Baikal is the largest and the deepest lake in the world, which has 23 % of the world's reserves of fresh water. Having visited Lake Baikal, you'll be convinced that it is the most beautiful world. In 1996 by a UNESCO decree Lake Baikal was declared world heritage and was included in the list of world heritage sites. Presently Lake Baikal is an object of not only of cognitive tourism but of different types of ecological tourism as well. Numerous travelers come to not merely learn about it but as well to see themselves the unique nature of lake by making walking tours hiking along coasts of Lake Baikal or cruises on comfortable ships, make immersions to the bottom of the sacred lake-sea or climb the mountains which surround it like a stone ring. A visit to the Museum of Lake Baikal history and to the Outdoor Museum "Angara village" will expand your knowledge about Lake Baikal.
A potent echo of the lost Mongol Empire, Karakorum was chosen as Genghis Khan's new capital in 1220, serving in this role for only four decades before Hubilai Khan moved the centre of state to his seat in Beijing. The city flowered again during Mongolia's 16th century Buddhist renaissance with the construction of Erdene Zuu monastery, an expansive monastery complex. In these post-empire and post-communism years, what remains of the monastery, and the older remnants of Karakorum, are in some ways a summation of all Mongolian history. Today Erdenezuu monastery still shows its glory with collections of many priceless religious objects and incredibly beautiful Mongolian arts. It has a massive square wall, 420 meters in length each side, 108 Stupas & 17 temples.
Elsen Tasarkhai introduction
The common border share of Tov, Ovorhangai and Bulgan provinces, this place is a picturesque combination of Mongol Els sand dunes, rocky mountains of Khogno Khaan, green meadows and lovely lakes. The nearby Khogno Khaan national park is a good place for hiking with spectacular views & several small monastery ruins.