Russia is a spectacular country that is a dream for any travel buff. This country in northern Eurasia is packed with slopes of glacier-capped mountains, shoreline of the planet's oldest lake, Soviet-era monuments, impressive historical structures and so forth. It would be a treat for any tourist to journey through this massive nation and discover its fine nuances along the way.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to its dynamic capital - Moscow. It is viewed as the political and financial hub of Russia and the countries formerly encompassing the Soviet Union. Some of the attractions worth visiting are: walled fortress - official residence of the President of the Russian Federation, colourful onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum (also called Lenin's Tomb) - present resting place of Vladimir Lenin and Buran, a Russian space shuttle that never left the ground. Be sure to visit Russia's second-largest city - St. Petersburg. Some of the sight-seeing points worth visiting are: the impressive Winter Palace of Empress Elizabeth, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral and so forth.
Those who wish to go back in time and experience the bygone era of Russia can take a trip to the jewel of the country's 'Golden Ring' - Suzdal. This ancient city has retained its identity as a metropolis that serves the nation's cultural legacy. Be sure to marvel at the best of the nation's historic architectural delights, onion-dome topped kremlins, cathedrals and monasteries. Housed in Novgord, Russia's oldest metropolis, Saint Sophia Cathedral is perched in the city's Kremlin. With its 125 feet height and five splendid domes, the cathedral is the most ancient structure in Russia.
Be sure to take a trip to the gorgeous and scenic Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake on Earth. It is known to possess around 20% of the planet's fresh water. Housed in Siberia, the 25-million-year-old lake is fringed by towering mountain ranges. Regarded as one of the most translucent lakes in the planet, it is not a surprise it is regarded as the Pearl of Siberia. Another incredible natural wonder is the ethereal Valley of Geysers, nestled on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. It has become one of the top tourist attractions and is successful in drawing many to its fold.
Do catch a glimpse of the imposing Mount Elbrus, tucked in the Caucasus Mountain Range. Standing tall at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft), Elbrus is renowned to be one of the Seven Summits on each of the globe's seven continents. It is known to be a haven for both experienced as well as novice mountain climbers. No trip to Russia is complete without going on a ride at the classic Trans-Siberian railway that runs from Moscow Vladivostok, a city near Russia's borders with China and North Korea. It is part of the longest railway system in the planet.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for Kholui and Palekh lacquered boxes, traditional Matryoshka dolls (wooden dolls within dolls), wooden cups, pottery figurines, engraved amber and lace as well as metal tea samovars. As for cuisine, do indulge in delicacies such as Blini ( small pancakes filled with caviar, fish, melted butter or sour cream) and Ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts).
The stay options of Russia are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Russia's climate varies from region to region. The best time to visit would be from May to October as the temperatures are pleasant during that period.