General City Information
The city center
Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatiya. It is situated 5532 km away from Moscow and 75 km to the south-east of Lake Baikal. The population of Ulan-Ude is 353 000 and the whole population of Buryatiya is close to one million. In 1666 Cossacks built a settlement at the Uda River. It was called Udinskoye. Due to its favorable economical location at the trade routes to Mongolia and China the settlement developed very fast. It received its town charter in 1690. In the 1730s the town was renamed as Verchneudinsk. After a terrible fire in 1878 the town was totally rebuilt. In July 1934 its name has been changed again, this time to Ulan-Ude (Red Uda).
Local people in traditional costumes
Buryatiya is the center of the Russian Buddhism. Not far away from Ulan-Ude, next to the village Ivolga, is the largest Buddhist monastery in RussiaDazan. Ulan-Ude has an ethnographical museum with expositions dedicated to the history of the three ethnicities living in this region: Evenks (the natives of this republic), Buryats (Mongolian tribe that traditionally follows Tibetan Buddhism), and Russians.
The Eastern Sayan
Ulan-Ude still has many buildings of VIII and XIX centuries, such as Gostiny Dvor, Odigitrievsky Cathedral, old merchants stalls and dwelling houses. The town also boasts a huge statue of Lenin. People say that this statue is in Ulan-Ude because no other town of Russia wanted it.
- Hotels in Ulan-Ude
Here you will find a list of hotels in Ulan-Ude with a reservation option. You may book any of the listed hotels via our agency and get a reduced price. If you book your hotel with us, your visa support (letter of invitation for a Russian visa) will be free of charge. If you are interested in booking a different hotel in Ulan-Ude, please, contact us.
- Sightseeing in Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude is the center of the Russian Buddhism and has a lot to offer to its visitors. Here you will find a list of excursions, tours and day trips we recommend. On request, extra excursions can be organised. If you are interested in this option, please, contact us
- Transfer in Ulan-Ude
Here you will find a list of our transportation services (including the rent-a-car option). We offer individual transfers by private car and group transfers by bus. Usually the transfer does not include a guide, but it's possible to arrange this. The guide (who speaks one of the available languages) will accompany you to your accommodation and will generally show you around.