Kalmykia: steppe, Buddhism and Ostap Bender Avenue

Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. There are Buddhist temples surrounded by the usual high-rise buildings, national museums and the Stupa of Enlightenment. All these frames Ostap Bender Avenue (by the way, they want to rename it) and the chess aura of Kalmykia established by to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

In Kalmykia, there are many unusual and unique landmarks, for example, the Chernye Zemli reserve with the Manych-Gudilo salt lake and sand dunes near the village of Utta.


We also must note note saigas - strange artiodactyls that live in the Black Lands reserve: we hope you are lucky to see them in the wild!