Difference between revisions of "Kalmykia"
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Chernozemelsky district, Elista municipal district, Gorodovikovsky district, Iki-Burulsky district, Ketchenerovsky district, Lagansky district, Maloderbetovsky district, Oktyabrsky district, Priyutnensky district, Sarpinsky district, Tselinny district, Yashaltinsky district, Yashkulsky district, Yustinsky district.
As more than half of Kalmyks are followers of Tibetan Buddhism, the country is often referred to as the only Buddhist country in continental Europe.
The Republic of Kalmykia is currently a part of the Russian Federation. Therefore, when planning your trip to Kalmykia, you should apply for Russian visa.
The Elista airport is temporarily closed due to incompliance with technical requirements of Russian Airlines Committee. Most likely, it will undergo the procedure of bankrupcy before being opened by new private owner first half of 2007.
The Moscow-Elista train route goes through Stavropol. However, the most convenient way is travel to Volgograd by train then on to Elista by express minivan, which are relatively cheap.
Several private companies operate a daily bus service between Moscow and Elista. The pickup point in Moscow is Luzhniki Stadium. A one-way ticket costs about 1000RUR.
Although the native language of the majority of Kalmykia residents is Kalmyk, Russian is understood everywhere.
With tourism on the rise, travelers will have no difficulty finding good accommodation in Kalmykia, especially in the capital, Elista.
In Kalmykia there are many things to learn, for example:
Fishing, hunting, horse-riding, Kalmyk cuisine, Kalmyk dancing, Buddhism, chess, deltaplane flying and fighting in the traditional Kalmyk warrior outfit.
There is little opportunity for work in Kalmykia
Kalmykia is known for its sunny weather and fresh air. However, visitors are advised not to drink tap water due to the high content of minerals and salt. Otherwise, Kalmykia offers a healthy environment, and delicious and fresh food - mutton and beef being specialities, which are prized as far away as Moscow and St Petersburg.