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When you think of Siberia, what comes to your mind? Lots of snow, cold, winter all year long, bears… Thinking this way will definitely steer you away from traveling in Siberia during wintertime. But maybe winter is actually a better season for traveling there?
It happened to me that I spent a few months in the Republic of Buryatia mostly during wintertime. When the short fall was over (mid-October), I was preparing to ‘hibernate’ at home. But winter wasn’t that bad, and I found out that:
All of the above made our Siberian traveling in wintertime possible and also enjoyable! Here’s one of our trips to the Barguzin Valley in Buryatia.
The Barguzin Valley stretches along the northeast side of Lake Baikal, and it’s separated from the lake by the Barguzin Mountain Range. It’s a pretty area with high mountains, steppes, Buddhist sacred places and cute villages.
We visited the valley in the beginning of March, which is still a winter month, but with longer days, and the snow had started melting just a little bit. It was a two-day road trip, and the second day we spent on Lake Baikal. The tour was organized by a local travel agency BaikalBuryatia (link to their Facebook page) and they did a great job!
We entered the Barguzin Valley at the village of Barguzin. Currently the village is the administrative center of the Barguzin region, although you’d never guess that it is. It looks like an average village in that area, but its history goes back to the 17th century. It became a city in 1783 and lost its status in 1927. But, luckily, you still can see some remnants of its historic heritage.
If you’re still not convinced to travel in Siberia during the wintertime, my next posts will help you with that!
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