Lake Baikal

Worlds Largest freshwater lake

Lake Baikal is situated in the center of the Asian continent. The "blue eye of Siberia", "the Sacred sea", "Diamond of Planet" — so called Baikal. The deep lake holds the world's largest supply of fresh water, unique in composition. Not only is it clean and clear, but contains so less mineral salts that are the equivalent of distilled. In the form of the nascent Crescent lake Baikal stretches from South-West to North-East. The length of the lake — 636 km, the greatest width in the Central part of 81 km, the minimum width opposite the Selenga Delta is 27 km away. Lake Baikal is Located at an altitude of 455 m above sea level, the length of the coastline is about 2 thousand km.

On all sides the Baikal is surrounded by mountain ranges and hills West coast are more rocky and precipitous than the Eastern. Beautiful surroundings with exceptional diversity of flora and fauna attract tourists from all over the world. This region received the status of reserve of planetary significance. The most favorable time for rest on Baikal from may to October.

 Circum-Baikal railway - a monument of engineering of the last century. Now the name is a branch from station "Slyudyanka 2" to the station "Baikal" with a length of 89 km., Tourist trains ply the route of the Circum-Baikal Express, laid straight across the lake. Over time, the way they are 8 tunnels, 18 galleries, 248 bridges and viaducts, 268 retaining walls. Saturation engineering structures, this road ranks first not only in Russia but also in the world.

Olhon Island is the heart of Baikal — the largest and most famous island of the lake. Burkhan Cape on it is the main attraction and a place of shamanic power. On the slopes of the mountains of Olkhon discovered the Witch's circles — wide circular formations of unknown origin. On the island nest of the giant steppe eagles, which the Buryats worship the sacred birds.

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