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Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia. Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody! Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

Love story: Olkhon Island and Nikita & Natalia Bencharovs

Nikita Bencharov

Dear Readers, I would love to show you not only beautiful views of Lake Baikal, tell you about how to get here ahd there. I also would love to introduce you beautiful people from the area of Lake Baikal. These people live their lives here, love their families, love what they do and love Baikal. Today I would like to introduce Nikita and Natalia Bencharovs.

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Top 10 things to do around Lake Baikal. Travel tips by Lonely Planet.

Snowdrops and Lake Baikal in spring. Photo by Vladimir Tumentsev.

Snowdrops and Lake Baikal in spring. Photo by Vladimir Tumentsev. More spring photographs on the Ask Lake Baikal facebook page.

Lonely Planet has its opinion on everything. For instance, it offers to consider its top 10 highlights for Lake Baikal. Here are some of them:

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What is the Best Season for Visiting Lake Baikal?

Spring at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Andrei Sobetov.

Spring at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Andrei Sobetov.

Lake Baikal is beautiful and interesting to visit in any season! No doubts. Check the following information, videos and photographs.

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Pretty good hotels near Lake Baikal, Siberia / Russia

Baikal Business Center Hotel. Photo by Tsvik Ilya.

Baikal Business Center Hotel. Photo by Tsvik Ilya.

Here is the list of pretty good hotels located in Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and recommended by USA Today’s Travel Tips. Right, they are not cheap, but pretty good to stay and spend time :)

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Photos: Golden autumn at Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal in autumn. Photo by Vasiliy Maslyukov.

Autumn comes to Lake Baikal in mid August and lasts until late September. During these autumn days, the lake releases its warmth accumulated in hot summer days, and thus maintains a special microclimate on its shores with sunny and warm weather during the days and chilly nights. 

Autumn at Lake Baikal is perfect for your visit to this sacred lake, should you be willing to enjoy solitary and meditative holidays away from city hustle and bustle. Indian summer in late September, that colours forests in bright yellow and red, is attractive for artists and photographers who intent to get beautiful pictures and paintings of the local nature. Multicolored mixed forest at Peshanaya Bay and Chivyrkuy Bay, bright-yellow deciduous forest of the Small Sea shores are especially beautiful in late autumn. 

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Some history of Italians in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Nothing happens without a reason. Some years ago an Italian friend of mine intended to launch a joint business project with participation of specialists from Irkutsk and Italy, and some initial plans were developed, however, due to various reasons, the project has never commenced.

About 1 000 Italians worked at the Circum-Baikal Railway construction

One day, while preparing the project, I realized that if an Italian delegation comes to Irkutsk, they would definitely ask me if there were any historical ties between Italy and Irkutsk, and I wanted to find such information. About a week passed without any attempt on my side to search for the information, but the Universe was helpful as always – in a local magazine I came across an interesting article about Italians in Irkutsk. And it encouraged me to search for more information. 

So, here are some facts of incredible and often extreme adventures of Italians in Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal. This historical information is limited, and I realize that a deeper research demands time. It would be good to learn more about these historical facts, as many questions arise, and I hope that you can help me to find out more facts, and we can get a better coverage of this topic together.

The story began at the end of the XIX century. Read more »

AskBaikal.com is officially live!

Dear, Lake Baikal admirers!

The blog dedicated to the biggest Russian lake Baikal is officially launched since now! Forward your questions about the area via the contact form, and I will come back to you with so much wanted answers. Some of my replies (privacy is guaranteed) will be published on the web site.

Sincerely yours,
Tatiana Baksheeva.

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