The trip goes in the northwest direction from the city of Chelyabinsk. The route leads through the ancient people's sanctuary Bolshiye Allaki, Kaolinovaya quarry (by the way, locals call it "Ural Bali"), Sugomak cave and the mountain of the same name, on which the ascent is made. The day ends with a walk around the town of Kyshtym and an overnight stay. The next part of the route passes through Magnitka settlement, where there are very interesting faults of the earth crust. The city of Zlatoust is situated here: it is the park named after P.P.Bazhov. Then we go to lake Turgoyak in the city of Miass, and on leaving we visit the museum of Ilmensky reserve telling about history and life of its inhabitants. We continue our journey to the famous Chebarkul Lake, where the Chelyabinsk meteorite fell in 2013. The route ends with the return to Chelyabinsk at 21:00. Along the way will include stops for lunch and dinner. Do not forget to dress warmly and take a flashlight to look carefully into the cave.
Our journey will begin with an immersion in the life of ancient people who worshiped spirits, communicated with them through shamans and made all kinds of rites and sacrifices. Then we will find ourselves in Ural Bali, visit a unique marble cave, climb the mysterious mountain of Sugomak. And our day will end in "winter" town Kyshtym ("kyshky" means "winter" in Bashkir).
There are stops on the route, but don't forget to bring food, water or a thermos with tea in your car just in case. For a better view of the caves, take flashlights with you, and dress warmer to walk with pleasure.
So, guys, let's go, shall we? Just to avoid surprises on the way, refuel with quality fuel to the full, pump up the tires, fill the washbasin and get coffee with healthy snacks! Cool emotions from the trip!
Large stone tents, or the altar of Allaki is an amazing archaeological monument. Previously there was a sanctuary of ancient people, here they made sacrifices to their gods, and also left many drawings on the bizarre rocks, one of which even resembles a human face!
This place is also called Ural Bali, for its azure water color and white sand. Only such design gives to this place kaolin - a kind of white clay, which was extracted here before the lake formation. In summer tourists make small sculptures out of clay, but it is not recommended to swim in the lake, because there are many dangerous chemical elements in the water. In winter, the water in the lake freezes but does not lose its unique color and continues to delight its guests.
It's time for lunch, this restaurant will delight you with large and delicious homemade dishes.
The car can be left near a cave or in a small area near a shield with a description of the object. Now we are located on the territory of the territorial and natural complex Sugomak, which includes three objects: Lake Sugomak, Mount Sugomak and the Sugomak cave. The Sugomak cave is the only cave in the Urals that was formed in marble. Its length is about 123 meters, and it consists of 3 large grottos. We advise to visit only the first of them, as it is rather difficult to get to the others.
On the way to the city center, pay attention to the Church of the Descent - the oldest building in Kyshtym, and the first architectural and cult building in the village.
This estate, as well as the two mountains mentioned earlier, are depicted on the coat of arms and flag of Kyshtym and is one of the main attractions. Both the Temple of the Coming of the Spirit and the mansion are currently under reconstruction, so you can only admire them from the outside.
The best burgers in town. High rating of the establishment among the locals.
Today we will visit at once some unusual places: we learn a history of huge magnetic breaks, we will glance in fairy-tale park of characters of the Ural writer P.P.Bazhov, we will look at fine lake Turgojak, and also we will admire riches of Southern Ural Mountains and a place of falling of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.
Garabash (which means "black head" in Tatar) appeared in 1822 after discovery of gold placers on the place of ancient Tatar settlement. Today it is considered the dirtiest city on the planet. Surprisingly, with this status it attracts curious tourists. Passing through the city, you'll see Poklonnaya Mountain on your left. On the slope of the mountain there is a white stone inscription "Save and Preserve" and above it there is an iron cross.
This lake was nicknamed the Ural Baikal for its crystal clear water, picturesque shores and mysterious history. This object also has a legend about the origin of the name, which tells about the love of young Tur and Koyak girl. Not far from the west coast is the island of Vera, where ancient megalithic structures and the Neanderthal camp were discovered. This means that the island was used not only by Old Believers, but also by an ancient man to worship his gods. Now the place continues to attract both tourists and believers who consider the island a place of power.
Many characters from P.P.Bazhov's fairy tales have settled on the park's territory, as well as museums with mineral and weapon collections and expositions that introduce traditional crafts of Zlatoust. Working Mode Daily: 10:00 - 19:00. Entrance to the territory is free.
Our next stop will be the park with the characters of the famous Ural storyteller Pavel Petrovich Bazhov, and before a walk through it is worth having lunch.
This museum is considered one of the most interesting sights in Miass and is among the five largest geological-mineralogical museums in Russia. A huge collection of various minerals is represented here, and the Ilmensky Hall presents samples of rocks and minerals of the Ilmensky mountains, including those that were discovered here for the first time in the world. On the top floor there is the Biological Hall, which gives an idea of the fauna and flora of the Ilmensky Reserve. Mode of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Ticket price Adults - 150 rubles; Children from 7 to 18 years, pensioners and students - Br70; Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) - Br350; sightseeing tour for a group (up to 25 people) - Br400. Children under 7 years old, from large families, students of geological profile universities, museum staff - free of charge.
On February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk became famous for the fall of a meteorite. The celestial body exploded in the air, and its fragments scattered across the region. The largest of them fell into Lake Chebarkul, on the shore of which you are now. The shard was raised from the bottom and the meteorite was recognized as the largest since the fall of the Tunguska meteorite in 1908. The shard itself is now in the Chelyabinsk Museum of Local Lore.
For dinner we suggest choosing something from the menu of the restaurant "Akarela", and then visit another unusual, but very famous place of the Chelyabinsk region.
It's been a long journey, isn't it time for gas? Come to Gazpromneft for quality fuel, coffee and fresh baked goods to prolong the pleasure of the trip.
And now our journey has come to an end. During all the trip we managed to discover the Chelyabinsk region from an unusual side, learn something new and just have a good time.