Situated in the north of the Republic, Maiminsky Region is considered to be o ne of the most perspective regions in regards of its recreational development; there are several tourist and recreation centers, as well as numerous places for "non-organized tourism", along river-coasts, in particular. The region is quite popular due to bordering o n the Altai Region, due to its well-developed transportation network and o ne of the most developed infrastructures as compared to the other regions of the Republic.
Touristically, the Maiminsky Region is o ne of the most attractive for "non-organized tourism" and consequently, it is the region most subjected to ecological contamination.
Museum of Kazakh culture (ail), situated near the bridge to the Aya Lake, is of interest. o ne could visit V.Y. Shishkov's monument (116th km of the Tchuisky Highway), or go the Lake Manzherok, mineral spring Arzhan-Suu, to Taldinskiye Caves or visit the archeological monument near the village of Souzga - the site "Souzga".
Maima - the center of Maiminsky Region - is situated 10 km northward from Gorno-Altaisk.
There are no significant objects of tourism, no recreational base or places of note o n the territory of the Region. But despite that, the so-called "rural tourism" is being developed in Tchoisky Region (reception of tourists at the local people's houses, meals, residence, excursions, recreation). Local population may offer tourists hunting and fishing recreation.
V. Tchoya - the center of the Tchoisky Region - is situated 62 km away from Gorno-Altaisk.
One may buy wicker vine articles in the villages of Tchoya, Paspaul, Salganda
The central disposition of the Region and the abundance of archeological, historical and ethnographic monuments predetermines intensive tourism development o n this territory. Here are numerous stone statues, burial mounds, settlement sites, rock drawings. The Seminsky Pass is of the greatest popularity - it is the highest point of the Tchuisky Highway (1984 m above sea-level). In old Altaian language the pass was called Dial-Menku ("Eternal Mountain"). A memorable obelisk erected in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the voluntary joining of Gorny Altai to the Russian Empire, is situated o n the highest point of the pass.
The so-called "Karakolskaya Gallery" is of special interest - there are rock drawings, burial mounds and stone stellas. o n the territory of o ngudaisky Region there are archeological monuments of Inya, the White Bom - a monument in honor of Red Army soldiers, - Kalbak-Tash Terrain - a place with the unique rock drawings, the Shavlinskoye Lake.
A handicraft articles shop "Torko Chachak" is situated in v. o ngudai. Here o ne may buy felt articles, traditional Altaian fur-hats, carpets (syrmaks), goat-skin blankets (tyurkkhans).
The distance between the center of o ngudaisky Region - the village of Ongudai - and the city of Gorno-Altaisk constitutes 194 km.
Ust-Kansky Region is rich in historical and archeological monuments of nature. There is a Museum of Regional Studies in the village of Mendur-Sokkon, and there's Altaian ail near the Museum.
The Denissov Cave, 4 km away from the village Tchyorny Anui, is of great interest: it is the o nly Altaian monument containing over 20 cultural layers.
There is also Ust-Kanskaya Cave situated 4 km to the south-east from v. Ust-Kan, o n the right bank of the Tcharysh, o n the Beliy Kamen (the White Stone) Mountain, which counts approximately 50-20 thousand years. Some rock drawings have been preserved near the Kyrlyk village. Girls' Reaches situated beyond the village of Ust-Kumir (57 away from Ust-Kan) - o ne of the most picturesque places for tourists. The Shereta Terrain also attracts tourists' attention.
The Ust-Kanskaya and the Denissov Caves are situated o n the territory of the Region. Horse-riding routs and hunting tours are offered. In Yanokut there is a museum of A.G. Kalkin.
National souvenirs are manufactured in Ust-Kan.
The distance from Gorno-Altaisk to Ust-Kan - 222 km.
Shebalinsky Region is rich in historical and archeological monuments: burial mounds Tourak-1, Bolshoi (Big) Tolgoyek, site Tytkesken-2, Tchoba; burial mounds Iliinka, Shebalino, mounds of Ayula and Bike groups, Ust-Sema settlement.
Experimental farm of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences is in the village of Tcherga.
Tar is produced in the village of Barlak.
The distance between Shebalino and Gorno-Altaisk constitutes 122 km.
The Tchemal Region is very popular among tourists due to beautiful nature and picturesque landscapes of the Katun banks, birch and pine forests and parks, rather low wooded mountains.
Touristically, the Tchemal Region is considered o ne of the most developed Altai regions. The so-called "rural" tourism with the elements of "active recreation" - is the main tourism type in the Region.
From Tchemal o ne may easily walk to the Katun Hydro-Electric Power Station, to the valleys of the rivers Kuba and Tchemal, to v. Anos (House-Museum of G.I. Tchoros-Gurkin).
The opening of the Arts Salon, offering articles of folk trade and souvenirs, is planned. In the middle of July, a Bards' Song Festival is held at tourist base "Katun.
V. Tchemal - the center of the Tchemalsky region - is situated 95 km southward from Gorno-Altaisk
Due to its close disposition to the Belukha mountain and the lakes Talmenye, Multinskoye and Akkemskoye, Ust-Koksinsky Region and the village of Ust-Koksa - the regional center - are the starting points of many tourist itineraries, especially attracting "active recreation" fanciers (hiking tours, mountaineering, rafting) and requiring special sports training and instructor's guidance. A tour around Old Believers' villages of the Uimon Valley (v.Multa, v.Tikhonkaya, v.Verkhniy Uimon, v.Gagarka) starts at Ust-Koksa. Cultural tourism in this Region includes a visit to the Regional Studies Museum named after N.K. Roerich, and Old Believers' Museum in v. Verkhniy Uimon. Archeological monuments of the Region include the stone image (20 km away from v. Tyungur, down the Katun; difficult of access), the excavated burial mound (III century B.C. - I century A.D.) in the area of v. Katanda, rock carvings o n the right bank of the Kucherla River, in the mouth of the Kuilyu Brook.
Ust-Koksinsky Region attracts a great number of pilgrims, bending their steps towards Belukha Mountain, to the Roerich's places. There are several maral-breeding farms in the Region (including those in the villages of Multa and Verkhniy Uimon), where not o nly marals are bred and the curative beverage is made, but various medicinal treatments are offered. Ecological itineraries (ecopaths) and scientific programs for schoolchildren and students are being developed o n the territory of the Region.
The State Nature Preserve "Katunsky" is situated o n the right bank of the Katun.
Manufacturing of valenki (felt boots, Russian national footwear), manufacturing of wicker sledges in v. Multa, wood souvenirs - in v. Tchendek, v. Bashtala.
V. Ust-Koksa - the center of Ust-Koksinsky Region - is situated 401 km away from Gorno-Altaisk.
The valley of the river Bolshoi (Big) Ulagan is famous for the Pazyryk mounds. The chain of the huge excavated mounds of the Pazyryk Terrain, which is 16 km away from v. Ulagan near v. Balyktuyul, is first of all famous for its articles of art and objects of ritual cult of VI-II centuries B.C.
Nature of the Region staggers by its "wildness" and primordial beauty. Canyons, cascade, the Red Gate Rocks, the Tcheibekkel (Dead Sea) Lake cluster round the road from Aktash to Ulagan. Not very large lakes of the region are full of fish.
Ulagansky Region possesses a rich ethnographic potential. In v. Ulagan there is a small museum of the Telengits - the indigenous population of the Region, who are Christians in the fourth generation. There is a folklore group giving performances in other regions of the Republic.
A wide range of national souvenirs made of wood, wild animals' skins, bones and other traditional materials are offered
Ulagan is situated 411 km southwards from Gorno-Altaisk.
The Tchuiskaya Steppe is a unique natural territory, extremely interesting and exotic for a European traveler from the viewpoint of its landscape, flora and fauna; this is a slightly undulating plain situated at the altitude of 1700-1900 m above the sea level, surrounded by mountain ridges covered with eternal snow. Severe climate, dry and windless, with permafrost ground's thickness from 15 to 90 m, reigns here. The Tchuya River, having changed its tempestuous character to a meandering flow, crosses the steppe. There's practically no vegetation in the Steppe - only rare thorny bushes and wormwood can be seen.
Traditionally, the Tchuiskaya Steppe was thought of as "the world's end" (Kosh-Agach is translated as "good-bye, tree", meaning the last tree before desert). It had an image of a place, where civilization, though a relative o ne, gives way to solitary desert. A journey to the Tchuiskaya Steppe means a journey to the unknown, exotic, to "the world's end".
Ethnographically, the Tchuiskaya Steppe is of interest as a symbolic border between Altaian settlements and Kazakh villages, starting from Kosh-Agach. In a small modern village Zhana-Aul, a traveler may come across the still preserved and restored traditions of Kazakh culture. Here o ne may find a museum, a memorial complex, a mosque.
The Tchuiskaya Steppe is rich in archeological monuments - mounds, stone statues, rock carvings (near v. Kosh-Agach and Tashanta). According to the number of monuments, the Tchuiskaya Steppe may be compared to the number of ancient painting of the Sahara, or the south-west of the USA.
Beautiful syrmaks (picturesque woolen carpets with patterns-appliques) are manufactured in Kazakh villages Kosh-Agach, Zhana-Aul, Tashanta.
V. Kosh-Agach - the center of Kosh-Agachsky Region - is 471 km to the south-east from Gorno-Altaisk. The Tchuisky Highway, being the main motor road, reaches the Mongolian border (v. Tashanta).
The Teletskoye Lake is the most significant sight of the Region. The Teletskoye Lake is often compared to the Baikal and is as famous as the latter. Mighty cedars grow along the shores of the beautiful lake, right near the water. Cedar groves make you breathe easier, here one realizes, what Siberian taiga factually is.
Altai State Preserve is the main scientific center of natural studies of the Teletskoye area.
Abundance of humidity and warmth in the Teletskoye area make it possible to have an orchard somewhere in Yailyu and grow many southern plants including grapes.
Local population sells cedar nuts, articles of stone, tree roots. Several remarkable artists live and work in v. Artybash and make beautiful souvenirs of tree roots, cedar, stones.
v. Artybash is 150 km away from Gorno-Altaisk.
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