One day tour Ivolginsky Datsan & Oldbelievers (10 hr.)
This tour is for travelers who are staying a couple of days in Ulan-Ude. In this one day tour you will get acquainted with two important cultures of Transbaikalia: the Buddhism and the Old Believers. People of two different cultures and religions have been living for more than 300 years here.
The monastery complex of Ivolginsky Datsan is considered to be the center of Buddhism in Russia. It is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin (translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”) where monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism – the basis of the religion.
We will make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory of the monastery and enter the temples. We will see the altar with lots of golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.
After that you will go to the Tarbagatai village where you will visit the unique museum of history and culture of the Old Believers and the ancient Orthodox church. The family will tell you about life, lifestyle and family traditions. The program includes lunch. What could be more interesting than to be on the other side of the village windows and see with your own eyes how the locals live? At the hospitable table you can taste traditional homemade food, learn more about local customs, have a heart-to-heart talk and ask the most exciting questions. True connoisseurs of Russian cuisine know that only homemade soup “shhi” cooked with love, the recipe of which is secretly passed down from generation to generation, will win your heart with its rich taste and aroma. Immerse yourself in Russian culture and enjoy local drinks (mors or samogon). And after a rich feast, the hospitable hostess will offer guests to taste tea from a samovar and local sweets.
The original spiritual culture of the Semeyskie (Old Believers) of Tarbagatai district of the Republic of Buryatia was recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Mankind” in May 2001 in Paris!