Ulan Ude Ivolginski Datsan

Ulan-Ude Overview

From the world’s largest Lenin head to the centre of Russian Buddhism


After a few days spent in this City with the benefit of your knowledgeable guide it becomes apparent that there is a lot to see and do in and around this city. As the capital of Russia’s Buryatia republic it is a unique mix of the Buryat and Russian peoples and their culture, of Orthodox and Buddhist religions and Soviet industrial planning giving way to an uncertain new world. What ulan-Ude lacks in picture postcard sights it more than makes up for in its cultural diversity

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Ivolginsk Datsan

For many the highlight of a stopover in Ulan-Ude is this monastery, the center of Buddhism in Russia. Situated 35km outside of Ulan-Ude on a wide plain with a backdrop of mountains the Datsan symbolizes the reemergence of Buddhism in this part of Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. It’s importance was highlighted when the Dalai Lama paid a visit in 1992 as well as 4 further times since then. Now there are about 30 lamas teaching here and a growing number of novices join each year. In a glass sided shrine protected from the elements is a big leafy tree (ficus religios) that is said to be an offshoot of the original tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.

Please make sure that you walk around the religious buildings in a clock-wise direction

Tour Introduction

The cultural stopover of Ulan-Ude can be added to any of our packages with a stopover in Irkutsk!

See the next page for the tour program itinerary and hotel options.