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Published on : Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Europe has become quite a popular destination amongst most families, but loses its novelty after a couple of trips. But what if there is a place that offers a similar yet distinct experience on a much larger scale? Move your gaze to the east of Europe, to the magnificent Russia.
Russia has always intrigued the global traveller’s interest, but ever since the collapse of the USSR, foreign travel around Russia has increased a lot. To delve into what makes it an interesting choice for your next vacation, we give you 10 reasons that set it apart from other family holiday destinations.
Bubbling pot of cultures:
Unlike the drab perception that outsiders hold, Russia has a very visual cultural past, from its colorful folk costumes to its ornate religious symbols. Home to at least 190 ethnic groups, the country’s diverse atmosphere has produced many gems in the field of art, including the famous matrioshka dolls. Pick them up in the midst of your Russian exploration, and they will serve as a colourful reminder of your time in Russia.
Russia’s history has been a roller coaster ride of eras and events and the Russian administration has done a remarkable job of preserving its remnants. With innumerable historical stories strewn across Russia, your kids will actually be able to see their textbook come to life. The Kremlin, the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and the Kizhi Pogost are some places that are definitely a must-visit, and if you still crave more, a visit to some treasured museums like The Hermitage and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is recommended.
Russian architecture has been heavily influenced by cultural and religious beliefs, with its most characteristic feature being the onion-domed churches. The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed is an exquisite example of this kind of architecture, while other sites worth visiting are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Catherine Palace and the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Russians know how to have fun and their vibrant culture is a testament to the fact, with the country becoming a potpourri of several forms of art, music, dance and other forms of entertainment.
The Russian nightlife is also quite exciting, especially with its unique bars and clubs, and the thrilling party craze.
Traditional Russian music also stands out from others you’ve heard. While folk tunes coming off a Balalaika would make you dance, the world-renowned Red Army choir will give you goose bumps. On the other hand, if you’re a classical music aficionado, a ballet or opera performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is highly recommended.
All the sightseeing is sure to work up an appetite and Russian cuisine offers some of the most scrumptious delights for you to savour. We recommend some of these popular dishes:
The country’s well-preserved and diverse natural surroundings make it a budding ground for ecotourism and almost each region of Russia has a natural marvel to take pride in. The Kaliningrad Region on the Russian border and Central Forest Nature Biosphere Reserve near Moscow are popular ecotourism destinations.
Majestic lakes and rivers:
Dive into the chilling waters of Lake Baikal (world’s deepest lake) or hike along its shores. The shores of Lake Baikal also assure a comfortable accommodation with its resorts, hotels and camping grounds.
Luxury cruises run on the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga. The tranquil banks of these water bodies are lined with a contrast of idyllic forests and open plains. In the comfort of a luxurious cruise, you can a peaceful close acquaintance with nature.
A journey that allows you to see 80 cities, the Volga River, Ural Mountains, Baraba steppe, Yenisei River, Barguzinsky Mountains, the woods of Siberia, Khekhtsir Range and Lake Baikal, the Trans-Siberian railway is an epic trip that will leave you with vivid memories for a lifetime.
“Russia has always been a sought-after destination, but we are aiming to make it a popular destination for the youth, ” says Viren Batra, Nirvana Excursions’ co-founder. “This is especially so, as the country has so many unique attractions and entertainment options to offer those looking for an exciting and thrilling experience. At the same time, it’s also an excellent place for families thanks to its innumerable sightseeing options for kids.”