Russia beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg

Lifestyle Tuesday 08/January/2019 18:35 PM
By: Times News Service
Russia beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg

Russia’s two significant travelling destinations are Moscow and St. Petersburg. But that is not all. Russia has numerous other wonderful destinations a tourist would certainly love to go if he knows about them.
Ruskeala, Karelia
Karelia is known as one of the most attractive locations in Russia. Karelia is a location renowned for Ladoga Lake and also Ruskeala which attracts most of the tourists. With lakes, falls and trees expanding on giant rocks, Karelia is an area of all-natural charm. Ruskeala Hill Park is just one of the significant destinations there. The first thing that will capture your attention when you enter Ruskeala is Ahvenkoski waterfall, a great natural view. Little far from Ahvenkoski falls is one more attractive falls called Ryymakoski. The best thing of Ruskeala is the mountain marble canyon which was turned into visitor attraction in 2005. Walking around it, boating and trekking is the most effective way to take pleasure in the beauty of this ruined hill marble canyon. Ruskeala is not very far from St. Petersburg and can be reached by train from Sortavala as well as by bus or taxi.
Stolby Nature Reserve
Siberia is a fantastic location for vacationers. The rocks and high cliffs of Stolby are picturesque. Their shapes and types are stunning. The height is also an appealing element. The tiniest cliffs are 55 metres high and also the tallest one rises upto 600 metres. Known for its dramatic rocks it is open for hikers who intend to climb. The location is prominent and thousands of travellers visit every year. To reach to this place you can fly from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Krasnoyarsk and after that take a bus or taxi to reach Stolby.
Pertopavlovsk- Kamchatsky

Pertopavlovsk-Kamchatsky lies on the eastern land of Russia on the Kamchatka peninsula. This is the most eastern community in the north hemisphere and the population here is more than 180,000. Ethnic Russians and also Ukrainians comprise majority of the population here. The city rests on high hills and volcanoes surround the city. From any place you look you can see a beautiful landscape. The city has actually gone on to establish great facilities for tourists. There are so many activities one can choose. From bear hunting, paragliding and volcano hiking to sailing, kayaking and angling, you can do many things to make your journey memorable. You will also get some scrumptious food here. The means to get to Pertopavlovsk-Kamchatsky is by air from Moscow.
Vladivostok is on the Far East. This city acts as the eastern terminus of Trans-Siberian train and many tourists come here either at the beginning or at the end of their trip on Trans-Siberian. This eastern city is a dream location for travellers. The best attraction here is the Eagle’s nest hillside which is the city centre’s highest point. If you are a foodie you will certainly love this place. You can have a wide range of seafood and since it is near Russia-China border you can have Chinese food as well. The attractive oak timbers surround the city which makes it ideal for weekend bus scenic tour to the winter ski-slopes or waterfalls during summertime. There are some attractive lotus lakes and the flowers bloom in August. To reach to Vladivostok one needs to go by air from Moscow.
Altai Hills
Russia is a country of water, hill, forests, snow and several other natural beauties. Altai is known as Golden Hills. The beauty of Altai hills is breathtaking. Eco tourism is prospering there. You can hike to the five highest mountains of Altai which are Belukha, Khuiten peak, Monkh Khairkhan, Tsambagarav and Sutai Hill. Altai is home to diverse animals too. Lake Kucherla is an added attraction. Sailing, kayaking are a few activities that you can enjoy here. Health club therapies are easily available here with special saunas in huge cedar barrels.
You can fly from Moscow Domodedovo to Gorno-Altaysk or you can take a bus or train to get to smaller sized villages near Altai.