Breakfast at the hotel.
Meeting with guide at the lobby
Proceed to visit Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery – the center of Buddhism in Russia. Founded in 1946, in
spite of Stalin’s atheist policy, it became the center of Russian Buddhism.
Today, it is the biggest Buddhist monastery in the country with colorful and elegant temples, Buddhist University, and a library. It is also a residence of the Khambo Lama – the leader of Russian Buddhists.
Continue to visit to the Old Believers village at Tarbagatai. They are Eastern Orthodox Christians who maintain the liturgical and ritual practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church as they existed prior to the reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. Exiled to Siberia and still living secludedly and preserve their unique culture, costumes, and folklore.
Meet and greet with the local people, who will show us round their traditional house, walk by well-decorated village street, see the small local Old Believers church, the fascinating museum featuring Old Believers' heritage and lifestyle and ect.
Home-cooked Lunch in the village, all products were gathered from local farms.
After lunch see folk performance, traditional dances and songs.
Proceed to Ulan Ude.
Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight at hotel