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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
+7 902 169-81-08
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Hidden Gem

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2013
Geneva, Switzerland
Worth the ride out of town

Authentic. Not a tourist trap. I would have liked to know about the beliefs and what each temple... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2012
Eve H
Brisbane, Australia
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Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
+7 902 169-81-08
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the car due to it's colorful decorations. We spent over an hour walking around exploring the temple grounds, ignoring the -15C weather outside. Definitely worth the visit, just check out my...More

3  Thank Zandbak
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Authentic. Not a tourist trap. I would have liked to know about the beliefs and what each temple meant.

2  Thank Eve H
Reviewed 4 December 2012

The feelings I have got there were amazing. The people around are very kind and nice. The architecture is incredible.

2  Thank Tatyana R
Reviewed 23 October 2012

If you are interested in buddhism, you just have to visit it!! It´s not so easy to reach the place. We used marshutkas, it was Ok, but you have to speak at least some Russian in order to find the right bus, time etc. And...More

2  Thank ullake
Reviewed 21 October 2012

Very interesting place with great views across Ulan-ude. I recommend organising a guide to take you around the site as you are likely to get more from the trip.

3  Thank northernsole
Reviewed 13 June 2012

Wander around the monastery village and attend various ceremonies, bringing you to a place that you surely didn't expect to find in Russia

1  Thank meinhard
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Very impressive monastery, especially in winter time! Join a guided tour with zabaikalom.com, you'll get the best tour there you can imagine! It's the best agency we've found in the whole baikal region, very helpful and friendly people! Try also a tour to the village...More

1  Thank Martin W
Reviewed 26 November 2011

You should be able to reach Ivolginks Datsan comfortably within an hour by car from Ulan Ude. The journey takes you across rolling plains, past wooden houses and village churches. A notable - and moving - landmark is the hill side with the famous mantra...More

1  Thank Gimlet_10
Reviewed 22 October 2011

The feeling that it is a working monastery. It does not make any concessions to tourists in the sense that there are information boards, interpretation panels etc. It was very useful to have local colleagues with us who could warn us what to do in...More

1  Thank cesta20
Reviewed 2 November 2010

A little way out of the city of Ulan Ude is Ivolginsky Datsan, a Tibetan monastery which looks pretty spectacular - a complex of beautiful brightly coloured temples nestled in the snow against an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Before the revolution there were loads...More

5  Thank HannahCharnock
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