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Ulan Ude

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Get out
===By train===
 *The most famous way to get into As [[Ulan -Ude is to use ]] stands in the middle of [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] route connecting it to [[Trans-Mongolian]] railway, there are a four day journey to '''lot of trains''' passing it by from any direction such as [[Moscow]]in the west, [[Ulaan-Bataar]] from the south and [[Vladivostok]] from the east.*There are many daily trains to [[Irkutsk]] (takes 8 hours), [[Chita]] *There is a couple of trains to [[Ulaan-Baatar]]. Ulan Ude is the first major Russian city past the Mongolian border. It takes around 20 hours by train from UB. *The famous among backpackers way to get to Ulan Ude is to take a four day journey from [[UlaanbaatarMoscow]].
===By bus===
*There are daily buses from and to [[Ulaanbaatar]]. Departing at 7.30am from either UB (front of train station) or UU, the journey taking about 10-12 hours. From Ulan Ude, travel agents sell tickets for 1100R, including a 10% booking fee. Tickets departing Ulan Bator are sold at the upper floor of the building next to the train station (facing the station, it's on the left), for T45,000. They will not accept rubles, but the desk next to them is an exchange desk, with quite good rates. All in all, this is a much cheaper and faster alternative to the train.*Minibuses operate a service to the Mongolian border town of Kyakhta. The buses depart once they are full every hour from 7am to 7pm and the three hour journey costs 250R. Coming in by train, the distance to the bus terminal is rather long so you have to take a taxi. Learn how to do it in Russian and you will not get ripped off. The minibus driver will most probably ask for 50R. extra for each of your luggage.*There is a bus service operating both to [[Irkutsk]] and [[Chita]], but the frequency depends on the season.*Travel agents sell tickets for Departs from the daily bus service train station. Ulan-Ude to [[Ulaanbaatar]] for 950RIrkutsk train station is 700 roubles. This is a much cheaper You just come to the bus, occupy seats and faster alternative pay to the traindriver.
==Get around==
[[Image:Lenin Head in Ulan-Ude.jpg|thumb|150px|Ulan-Ude's Lenin Head is surely the largest in the world]]
The center of Ulan Ude is relatively compact, and very walkable. Taxis roam the streets for the lazy, but don't expect any of the drivers to speak English. If you don't want to walk, shuttle buses (10-12 seat minbuses) run frequently to all parts of the city for a flat cost of 14 15 RUB (from 20112013), each route is numbered (on the windscreen) so get help to identify the route you want, flag the bus down to get on, pay the driver and indicate when you want to get off. There are also a limited number of tram routes. Main tram line is a circle around the whole city, quite slow soviet era wagons will give you the taste of the place from locals' eyes.
Since 2011 feb From 2013 there are only 2 major local bus stations "Severniy" or North Direction - Train station and "Yuzhniy" or South DirectionBus station. To get Buses to lake Baikal eastern shore (Barguzin, Ust-Barguzin, Maksimikha, Turka, Gremyachinsk) you need "Severniy" (better to ask a local what's available as time schedule is changed often, phone +7-3012-559927). Take either bus no.30 or no.29 and go to stop called "Baza" (ask a driver). You'll see a sign ABTOBOK3AJI on one most of the buildingsrepublic depart from South Bus station. "Yuzhniy" is in the center Some of the citybuses leave from train station, it's on Sovetskaya str. closer to the river SelengaIrkutsk and to Arshan.
*The '''World's Largest Lenin Head''', main city square.
*The '''merchant's mansions'''. Historical relics of the town's prosperity as a trading center. The mansions are located along the banks of the Uda River.
*The '''Arbat street''', it's locally called Arbat after famous Moscow Arbat, Lenin street in real life. The part of the street is pedestrian, the main place for meeting, walking, shopping for locals. It's a right place to get an atmosphere of the city just sitting on a bench.
===Datsans and Churches===
*'''Odigitrievsky Cathedral'''. Founded in 1741. The first stone building in the town. Located at the beginning of Lenin street (near river Uda).*'''Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center''' Streletskaya st.,1. Beautiful Not only a new nice lama temple, but scenic panoramic view of the whole city. Take bus 97 from Baikal Plaza hotel at Lenin's head square to the last stop.*'''Ivolginsky datsan''' Buddhist Monastery — 23 km from the city. Buses no 130 leave from bus stop at the Odigitrievsky Cathedral one after another for the forty minute journey to Ivolginsk village. Get off at the last stop and get on another bus (which is the only there) and you're at the Monastery in 10 minutes. Expect to pay 45 roubles for the whole drive.
*'''Ethnographic Museum''', Verhnaya Beriozovka. Old homesteads and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes, this outdoor exhibition consists of seven large complexiescomplexes. Only bus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "MUZEI". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive.
*'''History museum'''. Profsoyuznaya st., 29. The rachest musem of the city. 400 years of buryat history.
*'''Fine arts museum'''. Kuibisheva st.,29. Buryat painting, buddhist tankas, horse hair tapistry
Try local buryat cuisine. Mainly it's dumplings - steamed "Pozi", fried "Sharbin" or "Khushuur". Soups - meat broth "Bukhlyor" and noodles "Shuleen". ===Buryat Local cuisine===*'''Appetite''' Lenin's head looks at it. Quite cheap, tray style, russian food, free wifi.
*'''Modern nomads''' Ranjurova st., 1; mongolian cuisine
*'''"Museum"''' cafe, Lenina str, 46; on a way from Lenin's head to Arbat street (11.30-19.00). 150 r/meal*'''"Shenekhen"''' cafe, Smolina str, 81; on a way to train station, near the monument of a boy with a bird (09.00-21.00) 150 r/meal*'''"Baatar orgoo" YURT GER''' cafe, Verhnaya Beryozovka, Dokuchaeva str.11. Only minibus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "KAFE YURTA". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive. Only traditional food and very nice atmosphere. 300 500-700 r/meal
*'''"Buuza"''' cafe/bar, Communist str. 41a; on tram tracks, near hotel Siberia, 3 mins from Lenin's head
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?) cafe, Yerbanova str. 20; 1 min from Lenin's head, left to Baikal Plaza hotel
*'''"Tenghis"''' restaurant , Yerbanova str. 12; Inside Baikal Plaza hotel
*'''"Student snacks"''' cafe/bar, Razhurova str. 1; just behind Opera house
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?!) cafe, Communist str. 44; opposite Siberia hotel
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*'''Hotel Geser''' (see 'sleep' section)
*'''Marusia''' Lenina st., 46; russian cuisine
*'''Serp i molot''' Erbanova st., 7a; soviet style cafe
* <eat name="Ulger Restaurant & Cafe" alt="" address="Kirova str., 8" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-21-09" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="7$ for full dinner;">A restaurant with traditional Russian and Buryatian food. A nice terrace outside..</eat>
* <eat name="Zolotoy Drakon" alt="" address="Lenina St., 46" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-80-66" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11.00 to 22.00" price="5-10$;">Chinese restraunt</eat>
'''Churchill pub'''. So far the best pub in the center of UU. Lenin looks at it, that simple ;)
*'''Ulan Ude Travelers House''' , +7-950-391-6325, +7-902-455-2222, [email protected], [], 600 RUB including breakfast. Free Wifi and guest computer. ''Address: Lenin str 63, app 18.'' The most central located hostel is just on the Soviet square with the famous giant Lenin's head monument. Clean and cozy, it's a good choice for a traveler. 10 minutes walk from train station, less than a minute to main sights of the city. Look for a 4 storey yellow building with a big sign 'S7 airlines' on the top, it should be between a building with 670000 sign on the top (post office) and a grey building with pillars (president residence). Right entrance, a black door between right to S7 airlines and a beauty saloonoffice. Press 18 and B on terminal and wait for me or my friend the door to open the door. We're on the second Second floor, right door. Dennis speaks fluent english and can help you with everything you need, so can the staff. There is a lot of information on the walls in the hostel. They can arrange bus tickets to Mongolia or help you to get there other way if tickets are sold out. *'''Book it''' via phone/SMS Rooftop hostel''', +7-950-391-6325''' or , +7-950902-107455-6180 or email '''2222, [email protected]'''. , [ Directions on our website] [http, 600 RUB including breakfast. ''Address://uuhostelProfsoyuznaya, 35, ap. We also arrange tours to It is the additional hostel by Ulan-Ude, lake Baikal and around]Travellers House. They have a rooftop from where you can see the whole city which is a great view especially at night.
*'''Hotel Odon''', Gagarin str., 43 (a 5 minute walk from the railway station). Tel:''+7 3012'' 443-480. Popular with Chinese businessman, rooms and hygiene standards reflect the low price. Single rooms from 400R, doubles from 600R. Cheaper rooms don't have a shower, and there aren't shared facilities on site. Consider getting a better room or hitting up the banya.
*'''Homestay''', 9001100-1000 1300 RUB including breakfast. Tel. +7 9025 648278, [email protected], [email protected] *'''Baikal Ethnic HostelHouse''' , 8(9025) 620-888, 8 (301) 262-08-88. [email protected], [http://wwwhostelhouse.baikalhostelru/].com]улица Смолина, 450-1650 RUB including breakfastд. 12A Flotskaya Street54, Poselye villageлит. А, Ulan-Ude, RU. Tel''Address: Smolina str 54a, 3rd/last floor.'' 600 RUB, more in summer. +7 9021 616322Food is nor provided, neither the laundry detergent, etc. Far from About 10 minute walk to the city center(Lenin Head), take close to cheap eateries. Part of the nostaff speaks decent English. 4 bus As of 15/05/2013, you get a key to Lenin head the apartment and the usual electronic key for 12R. On average, the bus takes 25-35 minutes including waitbuilding's front main door. Wait is much longer at night with bus service stopping altogether by 11pm. At that point The Owner speaks enough English and can arrange for transport to Ulaanbaatar if you must negotiate for a taxi, typically 150Rare doing the trans-200RSiberian.
===Mid range===
*'''Central Post office internet cafe''', right on the central Soviet square in front of Lenin's head
*'''Train station''', Ulan Ude train station, 1st floor, VIP hall.
* [[Image:Mg-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Mongolia" alt="" directions="" address="Profsoyuznaya street, 6" phone="+7 (3012) 21-52-75" email="" fax="+7 (3012) 21-41-88" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
==Get out==
*'''[[Lake Baikal]]''' — the deepest and oldest lake in the world and, by volume of water, also the planet's largest freshwater body of water. It contains 20% of the world's liquid fresh water and is just over one mile deep. A daily bus service runs from the train station, leaving about 7:30AM, returning about 3:00PM, cost 300RUB each way.
*'''Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist Monastery''' [] — 23 km from the city. Buses no 130 leave the central bus station 10AMfrom South Bus Station on a regular basis, 12 noon and 5:40PM for the forty minute journey (taking the later bus one after another. It will mean having to spend the night in at the monastery guesthouse or returning by taxi). Alternatively take a minibus to the last stop and transfer bring you to shared taxis that run the route all day: Just say "DatsanIvolginsk, datsanthere is another bus waiting," when getting it just says ДАЦАН on it. It will bring you to the busMonastery. Expect to pay around 30R 50R each way.It takes 40-60 minutes one way
*The next noteworthy stops on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] are [[Irkutsk]] to the west and [[Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky]] to the east. There is also a branch line from Ulan-Ude to [[Ulaanbaatar]], [[Mongolia]].
*'''Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia''' Take TransMongolian from Ulan-Ude towards capital of Mongolia. 3 options - a train, an airplane and a bus. Trains are popular, it takes about 24+ hours (long border stops), kupe carriages are only available, so it makes more expensive; buses are cheaper (~1000+ 1300-1600 roubles) and it's about 10-12 hours (depends on traffic); airlines is EZNIS.
*S7 Airlines [], 63 Ploshad Sovetov.
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