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Deepest Lake in the World: Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is a rift lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.
Lake Baikal is in a rift valley, created by the Baikal Rift Zone, where the Earth's crust pulls apart. At 636 km (395 mi) long and 79 km (49 mi) wide, Lake Baikal has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in Asia, at 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi), and is the deepest lake in the world at 1,642 m (5,387 ft).
Legend of the Baikal
11, ul. Istok Angara, Listvyanka, Russia
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Set by Lake Baikal, Legend of the Baikal provides unique accommodation and features a sauna, meeting rooms and a private beach. Just steps from the shore, it is ideally located for those in search of a beach-side escape.
Guests of Baikal have access to its wide variety of facilities, including bicycle rental, a tour desk and a 24-hour reception. Honeymoon suites are available for those seeking some added luxury.
The hotel features 35 rooms, all of which are filled with a variety of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay.
A satisfying breakfast is available every morning at Legend of the Baikal, and there are numerous cafes and eateries nearby that guests can try for lunch or dinner. A relaxing drink can be enjoyed in the bar.
Guests looking to unwind can take advantage of the hotel's games room and play a game of snooker. An airport transfer service is also available on request.
Explore Yakutia - Russia Beautiful Cold City!
Yakutsk is the capital city of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located about 450 kilometers (280 mi) south of the Arctic Circle.
Yakutsk is a major port on the Lena River. It is served by the Yakutsk Airport as well as the smaller Magan Airport. It is a major supplier of diamonds. With a population of almost 300,000 and average winter temperatures of -34 C, Yakutsk is the coldest major city in the world.
The annual Ysyakh summer festival takes place the last weekend in June. The traditional Yakut summer solstice festivities include a celebration of the revival and renewal of the nature, fertility and beginning of a new year. It is accompanied by national Yakut rituals and ceremonies, folk dancing, horse racing, Yakut ethnic music and singing, national cuisine, and competitions in traditional Yakut sports.
Mayak Hotel Listvyanka
85A Gorky St , Listvyanka, Russia
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Situated by Lake Baikal, Mayak Hotel Listvyanka offers comfortable accommodation and features a steam bath, meeting rooms and a sauna.
Those staying at the hotel have access to its wide range of outdoor activities, including scuba diving, fishing and horse riding. Amenities include a currency exchange, luggage storage and a 24-hour reception.
Mayak Hotel Listvyanka has 97 rooms offering all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay. Entertainment options include a TV.
A satisfying breakfast is prepared every morning at Mayak Hotel Listvyanka, and there are numerous restaurants and eateries close by. Drinks are served at the bar.
Hotel Krestovaya Pad
Gornaya Street 14-A, Listvyanka, Russia
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Situated by Lake Baikal, Krestovaya Pad provides art deco accommodation and features 24-hour room service, massage services and a sauna. Only a stone's throw from the beach, it is ideally located for those in search of a sea-side retreat.
The hotel has 72 rooms and has been recently refurbished. There are a range of adventurous activities, such as horse riding, fishing and scuba diving, meaning the whole family will have an entertaining stay.
All the modern rooms at Krestovaya Pad Hotel provide a DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and slippers. Private bathrooms are equipped with a hair dryer and a shower.
A satisfying breakfast is prepared every morning at Krestovaya Pad, and there are numerous restaurants and eateries nearby that guests can try for lunch or dinner. A refreshing drink can be savoured in the on-site bar.
Lake Baikal (Bradt Travel Guide)
Keen geographers know that Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake, and that it's home to unique species such as the nerpa freshwater seal. But Lake Baikal is much more than a body of water. Here, two cultures-Russian and Mongol-meet. The area is steeped in shamanism and Buddhism, while the lake's shores are scored by the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This is the first English-language guide dedicated to Lake Baikal and its surroundings. It provides full coverage of activities, wildlife, culture and religion, as well as practical information on traveling in this diverse corner of Siberia.
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'Even if you're not planning a trip to Lake Baikal this guidebook is a nice read.' Adventure Travel 'Bradt's Lake Baikal also begs greater attention for its subject: the world's deepest lake is normally seen only as a stopover on the Trans-Siberian. Linger, though, for shamanist rituals, wild hiking and - juding from the 'Don't Miss' photo section - some gloriously ugly examples of Soviet aprtment block architecture.' Wanderlust
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