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Pollution-free Tyva Republic waiting for Eco-tourists
May 16, 2011 17:04

Tyva Republic (search the map) located in southern Siberia and on the edge of Mongolia is a place with fantastic nature and culture. According to UNESCO experts, this region is one of three most ecologically clean places on the Earth, along with Amazon forests. The main types of tourism being developed in the republic are ecological, educational, active and event tourism. The mountainous areas of the region give everything for trekking, rafting and alpinism. Moreover, healing mineral springs, called here "arzhaany" are situated in every district of Tyva.

The Tyvinians are one of very few peoples of Russian Federation saved their initial culture, language national feasts and traditions. Most of them are still semi-nomadic, moving their herds out from their villages to summer pastures where they live in yurts. The local religion is Buddhism that depends on Tibet Lamaism, but many people maintain very ancient shaman believes. Thing the Tyva culture is famous for is throat singing which belongs to the world's oldest forms of music making.

Throat singing, dances and horse-racingcan be seen during the main Tyva national feasts: Buddhist New Year and Naadym, ethnic one with horse-racing, singing and traditional wrestling.

Tyva is interesting for its archaeological and religious sights. Well-known are Scythian tumuli in the so-called Valley of the Kings in Uyuk River Valley not far from Arzhan and Tarlyk settlements, in Northern Tyva. It was a family cemetery of Scythian nobles. 20 kilograms of golden jewelry was taken by the archaeologists from huge tumuli where nomadic princes were buried with their horses and men. What about religious sights, a beautiful Buddhist temple stays in the village Samagaltay, 165km south of Kyzyl capital of republic. You can take a carved figure of Buddha from there.

At the moment, Tyva is working out a program for tourism development. Among the nearest plans is tourist complex of Aldyn Bulak, 45km from Kyzyl. The main goal of this ethnography-cultural complex is acquaintance with Tyvinian lifestyle. A hotel complex in Tyvinian style will be built by 2012 in the national park of Yergaki.

What about hotels in Tyva, already mentioned Aldyn Bulak already offers yurt accommodation. Conception is based on ecological safety and national colour. Hotel complex includes yurt-restaurant, 4 "president" yurts, 7 yurts of economy class, 5 chums with fire-pit, sports-ground, baths, souvenir shops, parking and office block.

Yurts are designed using elements of Scythian culture and traditional Tyva way of life. Throat singing school will open here soon as well. What about tour services, different programs and expeditions of different complexity levels are already available for tourists from Russian and abroad.

Author: Yulia Buzykina

Tags: Tyva Republic Siberia Russian tourism   

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