Golden Buddha: Volgograd residents can fly to the most Buddhist city in Russia

From January 10, it will be possible to fly from the Volgograd airport to the capital of Kalmykia, Elista by Utair airlines.

Flights from the Volgograd international airport will be operated twice a week: on Mondays and Fridays. Departures from Volgograd are at 13.50 and from Elista at 15.50. Travel time will be only an hour. The airfare will be inexpensive: 1158 roubles for economy class.
Kalmykia is the only Buddhist republic located in the European part of Russia. Kalmyk culture is very distinctive, and Volgograd residents would be delighted to go there.
‘Golden abode of Buddha Shakyamuni’ khurul is the main attraction of Elista. Everyone who is going to visit this city should see it. This temple is the largest (63 metres high) Buddhist sanctuary in Russia and one of the largest in Europe. Its place was chosen and blessed by the main spiritual leader of all Buddhists - the Dalai Lama, who came to Elista in 2004.
The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni was built under the First President of Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov. For the construction of the temple, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave his own money and so did nearly all the Kalmyks. The temple was erected in record time - in nine months. The opening took place on December 27, 2005.
Seven Days Pagoda

The pagoda is located on the central square of Elista, Lenin Square. It was built in 2005. The name of the pagoda is inextricably linked with the seven Buddhas.

The Seven Days Pagoda is surrounded by fountains; it looks especially spectacular in summer. But in winter, the Pagoda of Seven Days is also worth seeing. The high spire and tiered roof create a sense of immersion in Buddhist religion and culture.
Monument to Ostap Bender
The monument was erected in the Chess City that was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the 33rd International Chess Olympiad in 1998. Photos of Ostap Bender’s monument are taken by nearly every visitor to Elista. The hero stands on a chessboard surrounded by 12 chairs with chess tables. A scarf is casually thrown around his neck. He wears shoes without socks and holds a chessboard with his left hand.
In addition to the abovementioned Buddhist sights, there are many similar places in Elista: The Golden Gate installed in the very centre of Elista and the Stupa of Enlightenment located near the Chess City.