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Elista [1] is the capital of Kalmykia.


The city was founded in 1865, and has a population of just over 100,000. This is the capital of the Republic of Kalmykia, a Buddhist region within Russia. The local population is comprised mostly of Kalmyks, Russians, and other North Caucasian ethnicities. The Kalmyks are of Mongolian origin and have lived in Russia for over 400 years.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Flights from Moscow are a few times a week on Rusline. There are more regular flights to Volgograd and Rostov, with transfer to Elista by bus or train respectively.

By train[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Several private companies operate a daily bus service between Moscow and Elista. The pickup points in Moscow are bus station close to subway stations: Orehovo, Teplyi Stan, Krasnogvardeiskaya. A one-way ticket costs about 1800RUR.

There are daily marshrutkas connecting Elista with Rostov, Volgograd and Astrakhan.

Get around[edit]

Mini-buses ply routes around the city.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Golden Temple - a large, modern Buddhist monastery
  • The Museum of Kalmyk Buddhist Art - recommended
  • The Museum of Local Lore
  • The Museum of Buddhist History
  • The Gallery of Fine Arts
  • The Kazansky Cathedral
  • Chess City, a chess tournament complex, partly inspired by a scene in the the novel The Twelve Chairs.
  • The Ostap Bender Statue, commemorating the famed anti hero from the novel The Twelve Chairs, who spun the vision of Chess City.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Drama Theater
  • Puppet Theater
  • Play Chess

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Kalmyk puzzle nyarn shandzh (нярн шандж)

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Uralan (Уралан)
  • Khan's Hunt (Ханская Охота)
  • Restaurant Concord (Конкорд)
  • Cafe Kalmyk Cuisine (Калмыцкая Кухня)


  • Restaurant White Lotus (Белый Лотос)

Drink[edit][add listing]

You can drink Kalmyk tea

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Hotel Elista, 1 Gorodovikova ul. Tel:+7 84722 62316

Mid range[edit]

  • Hotel City Chess, Uralan district. Tel:+7 84722 58405
  • White Lotus Hotel, Khoninova Str., 7



Get out[edit]

  • Khurul Monastery - about 6 km from the city.

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