Points to note:
1. The food in general on the train can be disappointing for the Indian taste buds specially for vegetarians. I would recommend carrying some tastemakers like Maggi masala and even ready to eat packets from India or at least from Moscow before boarding the train.
2. The guided tour is major cost cutting that you can do. The trip cost here doesn't include the guided tour cost only the travel and accommodation. The citizens of the city along the council undertook a very interesting project - The red line walking tour. As a tourist one has to just walk on the red line on the pavement (you will notice it in many pictures above) The red line is a good enough guide and covers all major attractions of the city.
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4. Carry necessary medicines(cold , food poising, fever, etc) as medical care is expensive in russia.
5. The places I saw after my lunch break would have been difficult to see without the local guide and his vehicle. For Indian tourists I don't recommend going to these places alone as the language barrier can be distressing. Also they were on the outskirts & could be doubly uncomfortable to explore public transport in cold temperatures.
6. Walk around the city by night. I walked on the pedestrian street of the city and by the river Itsa.
7. My return was a direct flight from Ekaterinburg to Kaliningrad.
Experiencing the local long distance train in Russia was a unique experience. I want to emphasise that Russia is absolutely safe to travel to for solo travellers, women and families. If you are a lover of history and enjoy getting your brain tickled then this could be a good stop for you in Russia.
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