On the banks of the Angara River 72 kilometres from Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is today the tourist gateway to the Baikal region and the wilds of Siberia surrounding it. Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has 2 national Much of the history of Irkutsk, though, revolves around the Decembrists.
From the Irkutsk Travel Guide
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Good hostel but it was under construction when we arrive so we think it will be nicer after when they get all their staff. ... more
We stayed in the 'apartment rooms' (listed as twin/double/family rooms) and were really pleased with this hostel. It's within walking distance of the main sights of Irkutskk, although not directly on any public transport routes. ... more
This hostel was a very pleasant surprise indeed. My reason for staying there was unusual: I was in Irkutsk for work reasons rather than for tourism. Affordable hotels were all booked but I discovered the Trans-Sib fairly late - it was not advertised on many of the websites that I checked. This may be why it stil had a bed for me. ... more
Tips on Trans Mongolian Railway
I'm planning to travel the Trans Mongolian from Beijing to Moscow with stopovers in Ulanbatar and Irkutsk in October. Anyone with tips on the weather in October, whether there will be anything to do and see in October? All kinds of help appreciated! ...
Trans-Siberian/Manchurian train tickets
to Moscow - Irkutsk - Harbin - Beijing I presume it's cheaper buying them on the day, and with it being ...
from, say, Moscow to Beijing stopping off at Irkutsk you need a ticket/reservation from Moscow to Irkutsk and a second separate ticket/reservation for the train you want to take from Irkutsk to Beijing ...