Russia is the only country in the world that belongs to two continents - Europe and Asia. It is the largest country in landmass, sharing borders with 14 countries and has 9 timezones! Russia, in many ways, is like India - vast geographic expanse, diversity of terrains, 40+ languages and absolutely different cultures - one lifetime is not enough to explore this country.
Russia has many myths about its people and culture. The more I explored this country, the more myths were busted. I was in Russia for more than 3 weeks, travelling across the length and breadth of the country. In this article, I am going to share my experience of part-1 - the easily accessible part of Russia in 5 days, including the capital city of Moscow and the 'jewel' of the Golden Ring, Suzdal. The good news is that it is quite affordable, if you compare it with travelling in Europe. But the scope of beautiful architecture, art, nightlife, cityscape and food - is no less than any other top European city.
Before we start, three important points are to be kept in mind.
1. Russian currency is known as Russian Ruble = 0.9 INR, and most of the expenses are similar to that in India, making it not very expensive.
2. Russians speak their languages, mostly Russian in cities like Moscow or Petersburg, but Karachai in Dombay, Tuvan in Siberia and the like. Usage of English is very limited, hence using Google Translator to converse is the best option. It will be nice not to lose patience if in restaurant nobody understands English or even the menu is not written in English.
3. In every place you stay in Russia, you need to register yourself as a traveler. The good thing is that the onus is on the hostel owner. Just remind the hotel desk the moment you land up there.