Baikal is a unique place indeed. Tectonic plates have been moving apart in this area, creating a fault that will eventually turn into a rift between continents. The Lake Baikal is an actual part of this fault. Apart from this fact, the lake is special in many other ways. It is the deepest lake in the world. It holds the purest water. And the shores offer hundreds of miles of wild and undisturbed nature captured in this collection.
I started my journey in the Etnographic Museum situated in village near the town called Ulan-Ude not far from the eastern shore of the lake. I continued by a tour of the Russia's most important Buddhist monastery complex: Ivolginsky Datsan. The lake itself has an atmosphere with a touch of mystery. Here, among the coastal mountains, is a sanctuary of the local goddess Yanzhima. Next to it, somebody built dozens of stone pyramids. Our next stop was at the Saint Nose peninsula - its original name is Svyatoy Nos. Then, we went by boat to explore the colorful poles on the serene island of Olkhon and the white Stupa of Enlightenment on the Oghoi Island. At the very end our journey, we used the Circum-Baikal Railway to get to the city of Irkutsk.