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Russia is known to be one of the coldest countries in the world, and thus it goes without saying that the best time to visit the country would be during summer from the months of May to October. These months are the high season for travel and are the best time to tour the country. However, Russia hosts a swamp of travellers during this time making it a very crowded destination making many tourists attractions hard to access. Thus, late spring would be a good time to tour the place with lesser crowds.
Winter, especially January is the worse time to visit the country given its cold climate.
There are various flights available to get to Russia from India. The most common routes are flights from Delhi, or via Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi.
Yes, you need a visa to visit Russia. You can obtain the Russian visa from the nearest consulate to your city. Certain documents required for the visa process are passport validation, tickets confirmation, stay confirmation, etc. It will take around 20 days to get your visa and thus it is important that you apply and process your visa well in advance.
There is no visa on arrival option available. Although you can download the application form online, you will have to reach your nearest Russian Consulate for your interview and further process.
The currency used in Russia is called the Russian Ruble and the currency code is RUB. The currency exchange rate from USD to RUB is 1 USD = 57.98 RUB. In terms of Indian currency, RUB 1 = INR 1.13. You can get your money exchanged in banks, hotels or airport exchange bureaus. It is important to remember that unlike some other countries, it is illegal for you to exchange money with the street vendors in Russia. Also, unlike most other countries you cannot trade with US dollars or Euros here, transactions happen only through Russian Rubles.
Russia is not only large in size, it also is rich in its culture and history leaving travellers with numerous points of interest, well known as well as unexplored attractions. Some of the top attractions of the country are:
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Russia’s traditional food mainly consists of veggies and porridges. Overtime, these porridges have been customised and developed into many different varieties using different local ingredients. Apart from the basic, the popular dishes in the Russian cuisine consist of caviar, Borscht, Bliny, Beef stroganoff, Pelmeni and so on. Some of the best places to try these food are:
Russia is very well developed in terms of infrastructure and thus there are plenty of options when it comes to public transport over there. Some of the popular modes of transport to commute around Russia are:
Yes, it is advisable to have some vaccines taken before your travel to Russia. Apart from the routine background vaccines such as tetanus, some of the other vaccines recommended are : typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and Tick-borne encephalitis.
The local language used to communicate in Russia is Russian. It can be quite difficult to communicate with the locals without knowing the language. It is advisable to have an English speaking guide with you at all times or if you feel privacy would be invaded that way, carry a Russian dictionary/language book along with you to make it easier. Some common phrases that may be useful to you during your travel are:
Some of the best shopping places in Russia are:
Nightlife in Russian can be way different to what you have experienced in other places. It is not restricted to just DJ nights and dance floors. Russian nightlife offers more entertainment like Operas, concerts and performances on a regular basis. These tickets can be purchased at the street kiosks. Ballet shows are famous among the nightlife performances in Russia, ensure that you dress appropriately for the event to fit in. In case, you still prefer the party scenes at clubs, note that there will be an entry fee at almost all clubs and the drinks inside can be quite expensive.
Russia is popular for “The Golden Ring”, a route for a road trip that will take you through some of the best destinations to visit during your visit there. Some top destinations to not be missed during your road trip are:
There are numerous heritage sites in Russia that travellers can visit. Some of them are also certified UNESCO heritage sites and the top ones are: