Keen geographers know that Baikal is the world’s largest freshwater lake, and that it’s home to unique species such as the nerpa freshwater seal. But Lake Baikal is much more than a body of water. Here, two culturesRussian and Mongolmeet. The area is steeped in shamanism and Buddhism, while the lake’s shores are scored by the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This is the first English-language guide dedicated to Lake Baikal and its surroundings. It provides full coverage of activities, wildlife, culture and religion, as well as practical information on traveling in this diverse corner of Siberia.
Born in the UK, Marc Di Duca has spent a decade living, working and traveling in post-communist Eastern Europe. His Ukrainian wife and in-laws have helped him gain a sound knowledge of Russian to add to his fluent Czech.
Table of Contents
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATIONChapter 1 Background InformationChapter 2 Practical Information? PART TWO THE GUIDEChapter 3 IrkutskChapter 4 Southern BaikalChapter 5 Western BaikalChapter 5 Eastern BaikalChapter 6 Northern Baikal
Bitter winters, deep icy waters, the snowy Trans-Siberian railway tracks, warm summer beaches, wilderness trekking and historical heritage. The ‘Blue Eye of Siberia’, which gazes at the divide between the Russian and Mongolian worlds, has a color for every season and romantic fascination for every visitor.