About 97 nationalities are living in Russia! Almost all of them have their Republic – a native territory where they live according to their traditions. There are two official languages in such Republics – Russian and local, for example, the Buryat language in the Buryatia Republic.
Buryatia is to the East and South of Baikal. About one million people live there. Buryats have a vibrant and ancient culture, which they keep to this day. Most of the names of rivers, mountains, and other places around Baikal came from the Buryat language.
To visit Baikal means to learn about the Buryats. These people have lived here for hundreds of years. They are spiritually connected with Baikal, with its past and future. International tourists can learn about Buryat customs and Shamanism and Buddhism traditions by visiting Ust-Orda museums and the other places we noted.