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North Caucasus : Ingushetia
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Travel Warning WARNING: Ingushtetia is presently a war zone is most emphatically NOT a tourist destination. Visitors are in fear of murders and kidnappings by government forces, high-profile crimes, periodic civil disorders and bombings. Travellers should consult to their embassy and request expert information before travelling to the region.

Ingushetia is a republic in Russia's North Caucasus bordering North Ossetia to the west, Chechnya to the east, and Georgia to the south.


Other destinations

  • Armkhi — a Soviet resort/sanatorium high in the mountains of southwestern Ingushetia


The Ingush are the closest relatives of the Chechens and have shared their Sufi Islamic beliefs as well as their fate in rebellion and conquest vis-à-vis the Russians. Like the Chechens, the Ingush were accused by Stalin of Nazi collaboration and were deported to Kazakhstan. When Khrushchev allowed them to return home, they found that their Orthodox Christian neighbors, the Ossetes, had settled on formerly Ingush lands, launching a violent ethnic conflict which rages on today.

Although the majority of Ingushetia's population lives in the larger northern towns, the Ingush consider their true heritage to be tied to the ancient auls (stone mountaintop villages) in the south of Ingushetia, especially along the Assy Gorge.

Get in

By plane

Planes to Ingushetia leaves from Moscow .

By train

A train leaves from/to Moscow one time for 4 days.

By bus

A daily bus leaves from/to Grozny,Nalchik and Stavropol. Regular buses leaves from/to Moscow . A small buses leaves from/to Nalchik and other north-caucasians,south-russians cities(i.e.,to Vladikavkaz).

Get around


Russian is understood by all, as well as the official language, Ingush. Ingush is a language related to Chechen and also other regional languages is common.




  • "Assa" — restaraunt,located in Nazran
  • "Vstrecha"



"Assa" Hotel-located in Nazran


  • Ingush State University


Stay safe

Travel is not recommended for Ingushetia until the security situation improves drastically. At present, Ingushetia should be considered a war zone.

Stay healthy


Ingushetia is a Sunni Muslim society, and therefore visitors are required to behave and act properly.



In Ingushetia there are three federal GSM operators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon) and they often have offers that give you a SIM card for free or at least very cheap. If you are planning to stay a while and to keep in touch with Ingushetian and other North-Caucasus people, then you should consider buying a local SIM card instead of going on roaming. If you buy a SIM card from a shop you'll need your passport for identification. It only takes five minutes to do the paperwork and it will cost less than $10.

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