the Place Where Spirits Live
lkhon Island is the most sacred place of Baikal. The Island is full of power of spirits and shamanism. Moreover, its natural beauty attracts many tourists. Come and feel the amazing energy of this place!
In this topic, we will tell you about the sights of Olkhon Island. To learn more about the island’s main settlement Khuzhir, click here.
Rest on Olkhon is very diverse. At first, you can climb a mountain and admire the beautiful views! At second, you can enjoy the sandy beaches or swim in the Warm Lakes! Third, you can see a real shaman and explore the ancient culture of shamanism… the Choice is Yours!
It is the most popular attraction of Olkhon Island and Lake Baikal. This Rock since ancient times is considered a sacred place for the local people. No wonder, that tourists from all over the world come here to see this Rock and feel the energy of this place. In the old days people believed that, The Rock is a place of residence of the mighty spirit. People called him the Owner of Olkhon. That is why the Rock was a place for sacrifices and different rites. It was hundreds years ago. Today, thousands of tourists visit the Rock every year. Shaman Rock is located in Khuzhir, right in the village.
The word “Khoboy” in Buryat language means “fang”. It is located in the northern part of the Island. Khoboy Cape is the one more place of Power on the Olkhon. On the Cape, you can often meet people engaged in meditation. Moreover, there are even strange signs on the rocks around... Nobody knows what do they mean.
The Cape looks like a woman's silhouette. According to the legend, the Gods gave a man a Giant Palace and he began to live in it with his wife. Nevertheless, the wife envied to her husband. She asked the Gods to send her the same Palace as her husband. The Great Gods considered it greed, because the woman lived in her husband's Palace and did not need anything. For such an act, they were angry and turned envious woman to stone. "While on Earth will envy, you'll be a stone!" – They said. The stone still rises above the steppe. However, we hope that she will become human again.
This place is very popular in winter, when the rocks are formed beautiful ice height of 20 meters! But nevertheless, we recommend visiting this place in summer and admiring the beauty of the caves.
This place is called the “Cape of three brothers” also. The Three Brothers are three rocks of white marble. According to the legend, a powerful Shaman had three sons and a daughter. One day his daughter ran away to her beloved. The Shaman sent his sons in search of her... Brothers found the sister, but left her with the beloved, and said to the father that she was lost. Unfortunately for them, no one can deceive the Shaman! In a rage, he turned her sons into three stones.
We advise you to visit this Cape at sunset. You will see sunrays creating a beautiful picture on the white marble. The Cape is famous for the cave to a depth of 15 meters. Nobody knows the full depth of the cave, because the triangular stone, which closes the passage further, makes it impossible to get there. What mysteries are hidden in the depths of the cave?
Cape Budun translated from the Buryat language as "Fat Cape". It received this name because of the huge and high rocks. They towering over Lake Baikal at 100 meters. This Cape is located in the middle of the West coast of Olkhon Island.
Kurykanskaya wall located on the Cape Khorogoy. This wall was built hundreds years ago without any fastening materials! The length of the wall is about 300 meters and the height is up to 2 meters. Today it is not the whole wall but just ruins. Scientists still do not know exactly what it was intended: for religious or defensive purposes.
Khankhoy Lake is connected with Baikal by a small channel with a width of 2 meters and a depth of only 30 centimetres. Clear water allows you to see everything in a depth of 4 meters.
In the Buryat language “Shara-Nur” means “Yellow Lake”. Lake Shara-Nur is popular among tourists and local people because of its natural therapeutic muds. It is safe to say that mud treats various diseases of the joints. If you decided to swim in the water of the lake, do not be afraid of red skin after bathing — it’s mineral salts. Many tourists are attracted to this lake by its location in the mountains. It is located at an altitude of 150 meters from sea level, and is fenced on all sides by forests and hills, so only experienced tourists can find it.
The name of this mountain comes from the word “owner” (in buryat language, of course). This is the highest point on the Olkhon Island. Its height reaches 1300 meters. In order to get to this mountain takes a whole day. It would be better, if you are going to climb the mountain, take a large amount of water.
Well, the most visited place is the Sarayskiy Bay. The sandy beach length is about 3 kilometres long. It is located right near the village of Khuzhir. This place is perfect for a relaxing holiday and admiring nature.
Zagly Bay and Nur Lake
After you cross to Olkhon, on the left side you will see the Zagly Bay. Lake Nur is very close to it; mostly tourists stay there. This place is popular because of the warm water, which warms up to 25 degrees
A lonely birch
In conclusion, a beautiful Buryat folk legend. A Shaman had five daughters. One of them had the Gift of Gods – she could heal people. She was always happy to help somebody and use her Gift; people loved and respected the Woman for her kindness. However, even Shamans can't stop the Time. When has come her time to die, people began to cry and beg her to stay. In dying, she said, that even after death she will help people. The Woman has died. Suddenly, on the wasteland, where for hundreds of years never grew trees, people saw a beautiful birch. There was no doubt - the Healer returned to help people.
Hug the Birch and ask for health or help in solving some difficulties or problems. After some time you'll find the answers you need. After standing for a few seconds hugging the birch, you feel a surge of strength and energy. Don't believe? Try it yourself!
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How to get to the Olkhon
It’s not difficult to get to the island because this route is very popular. The road to Olkhon and its capital Khuzhir takes about 4 hours. Be careful going there by your own vehicle – during touristic season there are always very big queues at the ferry crossing. You will have to wait your turn, but route buses and minibuses use the ferry without queuing.
To go by minibus tourists can always buy a ticket at the Bus Station. The other way to use public transport is to take a minibus on the Central Market. We marked this place on Irkutsk Map.
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